Clinical embryologist using the IVF dish

In vitro fertilization (IVF)

What is IVF and who is it for?

IVF is a fertility treatment that involves the fertilisation of eggs with sperm in the laboratory in order to create embryos. The embryos are then cultured outside of your body before being transferred to the womb. IVF is suitable for a wide variety of fertility issues, such as when the fallopian tubes are blocked or there is unexplained infertility and can be carried out when the sperm parameters are within the normal range.

Reciprocal IVF is a treatment that often involves the sharing of eggs between 2 women within a same sex relationship, in which one partner provides the eggs for treatment and the other is the gestational carrier. The process of reciprocal IVF is the same as any other IVF treatment cycle.

How does IVF work?

Within IVF, the ovaries are stimulated with drugs to produce multiple eggs which are then collected and placed in culture. On the same day, a semen sample is produced and prepared to isolate healthy sperm. The eggs are then incubated with the sperm overnight. The embryos created are cultured in the laboratory for up to 5 days before being transferred to the womb. Any surplus embryos of good quality can be vitrified (frozen) for future use.

What are the features and benefits of IVF?

IVF can help people who are struggling to conceive naturally to become pregnant.

Two yellow chairs in the BPAS Fertility clinic

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If you would like to know more information about IVF or wish to book a consultation, get in touch.

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