In vitro fertilisation (literally: in glass) is a type of Assisted Reproductive Technology (ART), used to treat infertility. The IVF treatment process involves "joining" oocytes and sperm outside the body (in laboratory settings) by either incubating the eggs and the sperm together or through procedures such as ICSI or IMSI, which involve injecting a single sperm into an egg (using a specialized needle). IVF may be used in conjunction with egg and/or sperm donation.
All the procedures at Central IVF are performed by highly skilled and reputable fertility specialists, who are assisted by dedicated counsellors and nursing staff, thus allowing our patients the security of knowing that everything is being done according to the highest standards.
What Happens During an IVF Treatment?
During an IVF treatment cycle the ovaries are stimulated to produce more eggs than in a natural cycle. The oocytes are then collected in the operating theatre under sedation (normally this procedure takes less than one hour), inseminated with prepared sperm and cultured overnight. The created embryos are then grown in an incubator for 2 to 5 days. Following this, a selected embryo is transferred to the patient's uterus. Any additional embryos can be cryopreserved (frozen) for future use in case the first In vitro cycle is unsuccessful.
Is IVF Right for Me?
Indications for in vitro fertilization include:
- Tubal pathologies (blockage or damage) or status post tubal ligation
- Hormonal disturbances
- Genetic diseases (PGD)
- Male factor infertility
- Unexplained infertility