The In Vitro Fertilisation (IVF) process requires the woman to undergo treatment to stimulate her ovaries to obtain the maximum number of eggs. This treatment is always personalised to the individual patient.
The follicular puncture procedure is carried out under sedation, during which the eggs are retrieved by aspiration from the ovarian follicles.
These eggs are fertilised in the Embryology Laboratory, to obtain as many embryos as possible. Depending on the individual case, semen from the partner and/or from the sperm bank can be used.
One or two of these embryos are later transferred to the patient, in the outpatient operating suite, with no need for anaesthetic; around a fortnight later, we will know if the patient has become pregnant.
If there are any embryos left over, these are frozen for use in any later transfer procedures.
Patients must sign legal consent forms to undergo IVF treatment.