IVF and The
IVF Process

IVF is a fertility treatment where an egg and sperm are combined outside the body in a laboratory, allowing the fertilised embryo to develop before being transferred to the uterus to increase the likelihood of pregnancy.


An introduction to IVF

Simply put, the IVF process takes eggs and sperm and combines them in a culture dish in a lab. If the natural process occurs and they fertilise, an embryo will form. We take the tiny embryo (0.2 mm) and insert it into the uterus. If it grows and develops, you’ll take your baby home nine months later.

So, how do we get there?

  • We stimulate your ovaries to help your body produce eggs it has created naturally. This involves a series of injections or medications. They’re easy to manage; our friendly nurses will walk you through the process and we have additional resources to guide you at home.
  • We remove those eggs in a simple day procedure called the egg collection or egg retrieval with our experienced SSfertility IVF Clinicians.
  • Your partner provides our laboratory with a sample of his sperm, or we prepare the donor sample in the laboratory. The laboratory will prepare the samples to collect the most viable sperm from the sample for combining with your eggs.
  • Our expert scientists combine and culture the eggs and sperm in our lab. Our goal is to create as many embryos as possible—the more embryos you have, the greater the chance of some being viable for use
  • If the eggs fertilise, they become embryos and we’ll grow them for five days to the blastocyst stage. At this point, you’ll come back in to have the embryo/s transferred into your uterus.
  • At this time we will get you to do a blood test to see if you’re pregnant.

Did you know that the hormones in the most common IVF medications are produced naturally in the body? The eggs we’re stimulating already exist - the medication simply boosts the natural levels of these hormones to encourage more eggs to develop.


Common questions

The side effects you experience during IVF treatment will depend on the specific medication/s your specialist has prescribed for you. You can learn more about IVF medications here.

An IVF cycle typically takes around 6-8 weeks. The process includes an initial consultation, ovarian stimulation that lasts 8-14 days, egg retrieval, fertilisation, embryo transfer, and a pregnancy test. The embryo transfer and pregnancy test are typically performed 5 days after fertilisation.

It’s important to note that IVF is a complex process, and treatment and results can vary from person to person. In some cases, multiple cycles of IVF may be required to achieve a pregnancy.

Our experienced counsellors are here to support you through the ups and downs of fertility treatment. Our counsellors have degrees in psychology or social work, so you know you’re in expert hands.

Absolutely. Early intervention options include simpler treatments like Ovulation Induction and IUI.

Your fertility specialist will only recommend IVF treatment if you’ve exhausted other less-invasive options first. Our goal is to get you pregnant with the least amount of intervention possible.

Elective surgery refers to medical procedures that are chosen by the patient, rather than being deemed medically necessary. These procedures are not considered to be life-saving or required to mitigate disease, but are carried out for personal or cosmetic reasons.

IVF is not considered an elective procedure. It is intended to address a specific medical condition or fertility-related issue. It is usually recommended for people who have struggled to conceive for at least 12 months or who have been diagnosed with infertility.


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