A cycle of IVF can take 8-10 weeks from a menstrual bleed to the completion of the embryo transfer and it is essential that everyone fully understands each step involved. 

Before being referred for IVF you need to know if you have and can use your own eggs. There are a few options to assess this through undertaking blood tests and an ultrasound scan. We also assess sperm available regarding the number and the amount that are moving quickly.

In IVF eggs are fertilized by the partner’s sperm in the laboratory and the resulting embryos are transferred back into the uterus. In a normal menstrual cycle the ovaries produce only one or two eggs whereas if IVF/ICSI is planned, the ovaries are stimulated with drugs to produce more eggs, ideally 8-10 eggs would be collected.



  • During IVF ovaries are stimulated by taking injections for around 12-14 days to develop eggs
  • Eggs are removed from the ovaries using vaginal ultrasound to guide a needle into each follicle that holds the egg


  • Eggs are fertilised with sperm in the laboratory.
  • The fertilised egg develops into an embryo which can then be transferred into the uterus to grow and develop.
  • It can be carried out using your own eggs and your partner’s sperm or eggs and or sperm from donors.

Further Information

If you would like any further information regarding IVF, please get in touch. One of the team will be happy to guide you through the process and answer any questions you may have.

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