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. Prior to attending the Centre for a consultation you will be invited to attend an information evening which is open to all who are about to embark on an IVF treatment programme. These evenings will enable you to meet medical,nursing and laboratory staff who will give a presentation and answer any questions. For a copy of the presentation please click here
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.