In vitro fertilisation (IVF) is one of several assisted reproductive techniques available to help people with fertility problems conceive.
During IVF, male and female gametes (eggs and sperm) are extracted and fertilised outside the body in a laboratory. The fertilised egg, now called an embryo, is then implanted back into the uterus to grow and develop.
The first known and successful IVF attempt took place in 1978 in the UK and was closely followed by other babies born using the same techniques. Jump forward to the present and IVF has become the most effective form of assisted reproductive technology with over 8 million people born as a result of this groundbreaking procedure.
Who would benefit from IVF?
IVF is a proven and effective option for:
– Families who are unable to achieve natural pregnancies
– Unexplained infertility.
– Women with blocked, damaged or missing fallopian tubes.
– Women who have undergone a tubal ligation.
– Men who have undergone a vasectomy.
– Patients with severe male infertility.
– Patients with a high risk of passing on hereditary genetic diseases (see PGT section).
– Patients with post cancer fertility treatment.
– Women who have cryopreserved eggs.
– Intended Parents who require the help of a gestational surrogate.