What is IVF ?
IVF is the technique of mixing the women's eggs (ova) with sperm from her partner in a small dish or test-tube in the laboratory to allow fertilisation to occur. Once the ova are fertilised, one or more fertilized eggs (pre-embryos) or developing embryos are replaced into the woman's womb through the cervix.
Who needs IVF & why
Many cases of infertility can be helped with IVF. However, the chances of pregnancy are very variable and depend on the cause of infertility. When you are seen at the clinic we will discuss the most suitable type of treatment for you and give you an estimate of your chances of becoming pregnant For most couples, IVF treatment involves using your own sperm and eggs. Rarely we may recommend using donated eggs or sperm but of course this would never be done without your consent .
The precise details of your treatment will be send separately and below is a short outline of the steps involved in IVF These include
IVF was developed specifically for women whose fallopian tubes had been injured by prior surgery or infection. Surgical repair of damaged tubes is rarely successful except in certain cases of tubal sterilization. For women with significant damage to the ends (fimbria) of their tubes, one IVF attempt offers a better chance of a viable pregnancy than surgery ever will and at a lower overall cost.
Male Factor-: IVF is clearly the best treatment modality ever developed for low sperm count problems. ICSI, where a single sperm is placed inside each mature egg, has improved dramatically since 1990 and now offers hope even when extremely few sperm are obtained, either from semen or from needle aspiration of the testicular sperm ducts (PESA - Percutaneous epididymal sperm aspiration).