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In Vitro Fertilisation (IVF)

Health Care Services

In Vitro Fertilisation (IVF)

What is In Vitro Fertilisation?

IVF is where eggs are extracted from a woman’s ovaries and fertilized with sperm in a laboratory.

How does it work?

The 5 steps of the IVF process

  • Stimulation: Fertility medications to stimulate the ovaries to produce eggs. Patient will be given a daily round of injections to stimulate ovaries.
  • Egg Retrieval: An ultrasound aided retrieval of follicles will happen under general anesthesia, followed by an embryologist assessing the egg quality and quantity.
  • Fertilisation and Embryo Culture: Either a standard IVF or ICSI is performed to fertilize the best quality eggs followed by assessment of the embryos for development.
  • Embryo Transfer: The embryologist, after sharing the assessment details with the fertility specialist, if fertilization is successful, performs the transfer by inserting the embryos into the uterine cavity. Pregnancy can be confirmed in a week.
  • Embryo Freezing & Storage: All unused embryos are frozen for future use in case of a failed pregnancy.

Points to know and consider

  • Success is dependent on age and physiology.
  • The process begins with a series of blood tests and hormone checks.
  • IVF is offered to couples requiring donor oocytes and patients with bilateral tubal block.
  • IVF is a complicated process requiring precision and patience. A full cycle can take up to 6 weeks, with more time needed for any testing which might be required.
  • The retrieval or embryo transfer may need to be repeated more than once for success.

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