But the treatment continues to have many myths associated with it, of which very common one is that it is painful.

Is IVF Painful?

The IVF process has a different effect on each patient, and what may be painful to some may not be for others. Although it is normal to be uncomfortable during some parts of the process, such as injections or egg retrieval, but there is no/ minimal pain during the procedure and the presence of severe pain may indicate complications and should be discussed with the treating doctor on a urgent basis

How IVF Works?

Patients will be more relaxed and relieved of their concerns if they have a thorough understanding of the procedure. Moreover, it will give them an idea of what to expect during each step of the procedure in terms of pain.

Ovarian Stimulation

The IVF procedure begins with ovarian stimulation, where the ovaries are stimulated with injectable drugs so that several eggs mature in a cycle, whereas in normal ovulation, only one egg is matured. These drugs contain hormones like luteinizing hormone (LH) and follicle-stimulating hormone (FSH). It usually takes eight to fourteen days for the ovulation stimulation process to be completed. Self-injected fertility drugs that stimulate the ovaries can cause pain. However, most women find it more uncomfortable than painful as these injections can sometimes cause bloating and other unpleasant side effects but generally pain is not a big issue.

Ovulation Induction

Once the eggs are mature enough, the doctor administers a trigger shot containing human chorionic gonadotropin (HCG) to cause ovulation and release the mature eggs. It is usually administered 36 hours before egg retrieval. Women may experience some side effects after receiving a trigger shot, but these are usually minor irritations.

Egg Retrieval

In most cases, the egg retrieval procedure is not painful because the patient is under anesthesia. However, there may be some minor cramping or pressure after the procedure, for which pain medication is usually prescribed. Once the retrieval procedure is complete, the patient can return to their normal routine within a day or two.

Embryo Transfer

After the eggs have been harvested and fertilized in the laboratory, the embryo is selected for transfer into the uterus. Through a vaginal catheter, a syringe inserts the embryo directly into the uterus. This is a very gentle procedure and utmost care is taken to keep our patients as comfortable and relaxed as possible during this time and so there is no pain associated embryo transfer.


During any medical procedure, there is always a possibility of pain, and IVF is no exception. It is not generally viewed as painful, although some patients may feel minor to moderate discomfort during the procedure.


  1. What is the best way to prepare my body for IVF?
    To optimize your chances of getting pregnant, you should avoid alcohol and smoking, exercise regularly, eat foods that enhance fertility, and get enough sleep.
  2. How long should you rest after IVF?
    While the patient can resume normal activities immediately following treatment,
  3. How long does an IVF process take?
    IVF procedure involves removing mature eggs from your ovaries, fertilizing them with sperm, and then transferring them to your uterus for further development. One cycle of IVF typically takes three weeks.
  4. Are children born through IVF normal?
    Yes. The IVF procedure does not pose any short-term or long-term health risks to the babies. The primary difference between an IVF baby and a normal baby is the process of conception.
  5. Are IVF injections painful?
    It is rare to experience any pain during IVF injections. There is a slight stinging sensation on needle insertion, but it is not too bothersome.
  6. Does embryo transfer hurt?
    It is common for women to experience cramps during embryo transfer, just as they do during their monthly cycles.