Is IVF painful

Is IVF painful?

Most IVF clients are concerned about the pain and discomfort of this procedure. Is IVF painful? Fortunately, the answer is No. However, it might be mildly unpleasant, depending on the IVF steps.

Each step will be described in great detail, and the fertility specialists will speak about the severity of the pain. Usually, the patient’s comfort level with injections can be different based on patient’s pain tolerance.
Also some times before IVF procedure, non-narcotic analgesics can be administered for comfort.
IVF in IRAN by TebMedTourism experts will start by prescribing some fertility drugs.
Before IVF, a hormonal injection is given in the lower abdomen several times, which might cause discomfort.
one of the side effects linked to IVF drugs are Abdominal cramps. While taking these drugs, some individuals have cramps that resemble menstrual cramps.
Some pain in special steps in IVF will be fixable with painkillers like acetaminophen or applying heat or cold.
Still, it is necessary to gain knowledge about IVF procedures for pain exposure to do the best, so read the article to the end.

Which part of IVF is painful

What are the 4 stages of IVF? Which part of IVF is painful?


Several questions may come to the client’s mind, such as what part of IVF is painful? Is IVF egg extraction painful? How painful is the IVF transfer? Are IVF injections or embryos transfers to the uterus painful? Is the process of egg retrieval painful?

In this article, we are going to answer all these questions as well as the IVF stages:

Stage1: Medications (FSH) injection (slightly painful)       


What is FSH injection? When do you give FSH injections?

FSH (Follicle stimulating hormone) injections are responsible for maturing eggs simultaneously before collection eggs. A woman who cannot ovulate needs this hormonotherapy. It may come to your mind how successful the FSH injections are. The answer is very promising! The success rate is about 60-70%, of course, after 3-6 IUI cycles or IVF cycles.

FSH injection will start between days two and three of the period and typically is advised daily or every other day. It is essential to do some scans on days 1 through 3 of the cycle to rule out any ovarian cysts before therapy begins.

This step is very important and has a main role in the preparation of the responsible gland (Pituitary Glands) & ovaries, but the journey of eggs retrieval doesn’t end. Sometimes to prolong the life of the eggs, a variety of drugs should be utilized.

What is ovulation induction treatment? (Lightly pain exposure as a side effect of FSH)


Ovulation or ovarian stimulation typically takes one to two weeks. To find out when the eggs are mature enough to be harvested, you might require blood tests and a vaginal ultrasound.

The hormone fluctuations brought on by the injections might occasionally cause women to feel bloating, breast tenderness, fluid retention, mood changes, headaches, and insomnia (like period symptoms).

If you feel severe pain or other adverse effects, talk to TebMedTourism doctors about getting prescription medicine to relieve the pain.

Stage2: Egg retrieval (without pain)

Mature eggs will be removed surgically by the doctor 34 to 36 hours after the last injection and before ovulation, so you won’t experience any pain.

A tiny needle is optically guided by ultrasound through the vagina and into the follicles to remove the eggs. TebMedTourism fertility doctors retrieve the eggs from the follicles; a suction device is attached to a needle. It takes about 20 minutes to do this. Then, mature eggs are put in an incubation dish with a nourishing liquid. Egg retrieval process is done under general anesthesia.

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Is IVF hard to go through

Is IVF egg extraction painful?

Is IVF egg extraction painful? This is a common question that many women ask! The answer is No. In this stage, Mild side effects like cramping, bloating, or pressure may be felt by some women. But don’t be anxious TebMedTourism doctors could advise you to use an over-the-counter drug like ibuprofen to ease the ache.

Stage3: Fertilization (painless)

The painless procedure is fertilizing the egg. In traditional insemination, mature eggs and healthy sperm are combined and incubated overnight.

ICSI (intracytoplasmic sperm injection) is the process of inserting one prepared sperm into an egg. This method is proper when prior IVF cycles have failed to fertilize eggs due to poor semen quality or a male partner’s low sperm count.

Extra procedure before embryo transfer

Before embryo transfer, your doctor could recommend different procedures in some circumstances.

  1. Your doctor may advise assisted hatching if you are older than 35 or have had several unsuccessful IVF cycles. Before transfer, a hole is made in the zone pellucida of the embryo to increase success rate of implantation and reduce risks.
  2. Before transferring IVF-created embryos to your uterus, medical professionals can check them for particular genetic illnesses called preimplantation genetic testing. Although screening it’s not a guarantee, it allows you to prevent having a child with a genetic disorder.

Stage4:  Embryo transfer (painless)

One of the common questions about embryo transfer procedure that obsessed and cause stress for women by, “Typically, embryo transfer happens two to five days after egg retrieval. A catheter will be inserted into the mother’s vagina via the cervix and uterus after the doctor administers a slight sedative.

 The embryo or embryos are inserted into the patient’s uterus using a syringe. Embryos are suspended in a small amount of fluid and attached to the end of the catheter. If egg retrieval is successful, the embryo will implant in the mother’s uterus within six to ten days.

Are the process of egg retrieval and embryo transfer painful?

Even though this surgery is painless, you can feel a little discomfort.

A woman can take a pregnancy test after a week to find out if she successfully conceived or not, as the woman is only pregnant if the embryo firmly attaches to the uterine lining.

A lady doesn’t experience any discomfort throughout the IVF process because the entire procedure is carried out while she is under the effect of sedatives. However, a few women reported experiencing brief cramps for a day.

Author: Fatemeh Rahnama

This article has been approved by the TebMedTourism medical team (Dr. Bazazi and & Dr. Mohammadzadeh).

Learn more : All about IVF in Iran

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At the end of the IVF journey, as you can see, we don’t immerse you in medical complications, but everything is described most straightforwardly. TebMedTourism physicians in all stages of IVF will accompany you patiently. You can speak about all your concerns and ask your questions.


How painful the IVF transfer is?

IVF (In Vitro Fertilization) has four main stages. Some stages need injections. Depending on the patient’s comfort level with injections, the pain dose can differ in the range of zero to slightly.

Are IVF injections and embryo painful in the uterus?

The answer to this question is a slight yes. The IVF injections could feel a little uncomfortable. After the egg extraction, you can also suffer some little discomfort, cramping, and bleeding, and the embryo’s implantations are probably the IVF procedure’s least unpleasant step. However pain medication can help.

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