Nollywood actress Tonto Dikeh has officially launched an In Vitro Fertilization (IVF) program through her foundation.
The 38-year-old philanthropist had earlier disclosed her plans to help women conceive through IVF, following a dream she allegedly had some days ago.
“I have consulted my Big Mummy @igweabigail and my elder brother @philipojire together we will be looking for Good hospitals, Ministers and IVF Centres to work with on this Assignment.
“I’m overwhelmed with An uncommon feeling, My tears wouldn’t just stop.
“God, I don’t know where you are leading me to but I have never doubted your ability to see me through…”
She seems to have turned her dreams into a reality by launching the IVF initiative, while also offering some helpful medical guide to women who would wish to learn more about it.
In another one of her Instagram posts, the somewhat controversial actress took her time to explain what the IVF is about and various steps women should take to get it done.
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IVF stands for in vitro fertilization; introduced in the US in 1981, It’s one of the more widely known types of assisted reproductive technology (ART). IVF works by using a combination of medicines and surgical procedures to help sperm fertilize an egg, and help the fertilized egg implant in your uterus. The first step in IVF is taking fertility medications for several months to help your ovaries produce several eggs that are mature and ready for fertilization. This is called ovulation induction. You may get regular ultrasounds or blood tests to measure your hormone levels and keep track of your egg production. Once your ovaries have produced enough mature eggs, your doctor removes the eggs from your body (this is called egg retrieval). Egg retrieval is a minor surgical procedure that’s done at your doctor’s office or at a fertility clinic. You’ll get medicine to help you be relaxed and comfortable during the procedure. Using an ultrasound to see inside your body, the doctor puts a thin, hollow tube through your vagina and into the ovary and follicles that hold your eggs. The needle is connected to a suction device that gently pulls the eggs out of each follicle. In a lab, your eggs are mixed with sperm cells from your partner or a donor. This is called insemination. The eggs and sperm are stored together in a special container, and fertilization happens. For sperm that have lower motility (don’t swim as well), they may be injected directly into the eggs to promote fertilization. As the cells in the fertilized eggs divide and become embryos, people who work at the lab monitor the progress. About 3-5 days after the egg retrieval, 1 or more embryos are put into your uterus (this is called embryo transfer). The doctor slides a thin tube through your cervix into your uterus, and inserts the embryo directly into your uterus through the tube. Pregnancy happens if any of the embryos attach to the lining of your uterus. Embryo transfer is done at your doctor’s office or at a fertility clinic, and it’s usually not painful. Plan on resting for the rest of the day after your embryo transfer. You can go back to your normal activities the next day. You may also take
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