There is no doubt that today IVF – in vitro fertilisation - is something that everyone has heard of. It wasn’t long ago however that it was a mysterious procedure and that babies born using IVF were referred to as test tube babies.
Artificial insemination is another fertility measure in which the sperm is introduced to the uterus and then conception takes place. With IVF the fertilisation takes place in the laboratory.
Lower sperm counts
Uterus or fallopian tube problems
Issue with ovulation
Antibody production leading to harming of the eggs or sperm
Sperm being unable to penetrate or to survive in the mucus of the cervix
Any fertility problem that is unexplained
There are some things you will need to consider before thinking about in vitro fertilisation at your private gynaecology clinic in London.
Before any IVF procedure, hormones or fertility pills will have to be taken to stimulate follicle production in your ovaries so harvesting of multiple eggs can be done, increasing your chances of fertilisation and pregnancy and ultimately a healthy baby.
Once the eggs are harvested with the IVF procedure, the best eggs will be selected and put in incubators in the lab. The eggs and the sperm are mixed together and watched closely. Sometimes embryos can be cryogenically frozen and then used later.
After the embryo has been allowed to develop in the lab over a few days, the doctor will then choose the best embryos to transfer. Guided by ultrasound, the doctor will transfer the embryo into the uterus, through the cervix. Sometimes multiple embryos will be implanted, increasing the chances of a successful pregnancy. This will also increase the chances of having more than one baby.
Rarely, ovaries become hyper-stimulated, giving rise to a lot of pain. There might also be side effects from the anaesthesia used with the procedure. Sometimes women have some bleeding or nausea after their IVF.
It can take several cycles of IVF to get pregnant. Success can depend on age and general health as well as the health of the male partner, as well as other environmental factors.
If you are having pregnancy problem or considering IVF treatment, make appointment with a gynecologist to get the right solution. We will be happy to talk to you about the problems you are having and we will talk you through the various solutions that can be offered to teat either male or female nfertility. Our aim is to achieve pregnancy and a healthy baby for the couples who come to us for advice and help. Make your appointment today.