Is IVF painful?

Not if you do it in a good clinic !

Yes, IVF can be extremely painful in some clinics - especially the ones who use intramuscular progesterone injections to provide luteal phase support after the transfer.
These are oily injections, which need to be given deep intramuscularly , as a result of which the patient's muscles become so sore and hard that they can't even sit on their backside !

These clinics are extremely unkind , and don't care about the comfort of their patients.
Clinics such as ours are much kinder, and we've never used intramuscular progesterone injections.

We do use progesterone , and give it in the form of vaginal suppositories . These doesn't cause any pain at all, which means there's no reason why an IVF cycle should be painful. In fact, they are far better than the progesterone shots, because vaginal absorption of progesterone is much better than through the intramuscular route.

Also, we do our egg collections under general anesthesia. This is a short procedure, and patients have no pain at all, because they are fast asleep !

We take pride in being kind to our patients !

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Authored by : Dr Aniruddha Malpani, MD and reviewed by Dr Anjali Malpani.