In vitro fertilisation (IVF) literally means ‘fertilisation in a glass’. Babies conceived and born from IVF are commonly called ‘test tube babies’. During this procedure, eggs that have been collected from the ovaries are fertilized with sperm in an incubator and the resulting embryos are then grown in a laboratory for 2-5 days before being placed back in the womb.
IVF is recommended for :
- Women with blocked, damaged or absent fallopian tubes
- Men who have abnormal sperm
- Couples who have failed to conceive from less invasive techniques like IUI
- Unexplained infertility
IVF cycles involve the need for women have hormone injections to boost the production of eggs and prevent natural ovulation. The eggs are then collected and fertilized using either your partner’s sperm. The resulting embryos are then transplanted back into the woman’s uterus.
If the woman is under age 40, one or two embryos can be transferred. If the woman is older than 40, 3 embryos may be transferred. However, the number that is transferred is usually kept as low as possible to avoid risks including multiple pregnancies. We offer embryo freezing and frozen embryo transfer as options for future IVF treatments.