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.