In Vitro Fertilisation or IVF is one of the most commonly performed fertility treatments. It can overcome a wide range of fertility problems as it enables the egg and sperm to be brought together outside the body. After fertilisation is complete, the embryo can be inserted directly into the womb.
IVF might be a good choice if you haven’t been able to conceive naturally and there is no underlying cause that can be treated (such as a gynaecological condition). The IVF procedure can overcome various fertility issues such as blockages in the fallopian tubes and problems with sperm motility. It can also be used when there is no identifiable cause of infertility.
Some couples may be eligible for NHS funded IVF in UK clinics, but there are restrictions on who can have IVF and how many cycles will be funded. However, you can still have private IVF treatment or arrange IVF abroad even if you’re not eligible for NHS fertility treatment. The first step is to talk to a fertility specialist so that you can get personalised advice and fertility testing if you haven’t already had it. If the doctor believes that IVF is right for you, then you can begin the treatment.
IVF treatment essentially involves collecting eggs and sperm so that they can be brought together “in vitro” or outside of the body. The technique can be used with donor eggs or sperm and there are also some specialised techniques such as ISCI that can address different types of infertility. However, the basic stages of IVF for most couples will be:
All of this can take some time, especially during the early stages when we are encouraging as many eggs as possible to mature. You might also need to have multiple cycles of IVF before you get pregnant. You will need to discuss the process and chances of success in detail with your doctor before you begin treatment so that you know what to expect.
If you are having trouble conceiving then we can provide all of the support that you need, from fertility checks through to the embryo transfer. Our specialists have lots of experience investigating and treating fertility problems, so you can rely on us to provide trustworthy, personalised advice on your options. Once we’ve found the best approach for you, we can then arrange private IVF treatment in the UK or enable you to have your IVF abroad. We provide care in Greece, Dubai and Bahrain as well as in London.
If you’re considering IVF in the UK or overseas then get in touch to discuss your options with one of our experienced fertility specialists.
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