IVF – In Vitro Fertilisation
There are many different steps to the reproductive process and a problem occurring at any of these stages can potentially result in difficulties getting pregnant.
A woman might have damaged fallopian tubes or endometriosis, or the male partner may have poor quality sperm while for some couples, the cause of fertility is unknown. IVF can overcome issues that obstruct natural conception and help people struggling with their fertility to grow their family. The IVF process can be broken down into several steps:
IVF science has advanced very rapidly in recent years and CARE’s clinicians and scientists have been at the forefront of these developments, helping to pioneer ever more effective treatments for a wide range of people.
Simon Fishel, founder of Beacon CARE Fertility and our Head of Research & Development, was part of the UK team who pioneered IVF from the first successful procedure carried out in 1978. Since then, over 5 million IVF babies have been born worldwide and over 50,000 of them are CARE babies.
When you feel you are ready, we’re here for you and ready to help.
Step 1: a woman’s ovaries are stimulated with a tailored dose of fertility drugs to help her produce multiple mature eggs. You’ll attend the clinic for monitoring scans during this stage so that we can check on your follicles (which produce the eggs) to determine the optimum time for egg collection.
Step 2: the mature eggs are carefully collected from the ovaries using specialist ultrasound guidance
Step 3: the eggs are then fertilised with partner or donor sperm in our embryology lab
Step 4: the resulting embryos are cultured in our state-of-the-art labs for three to five days. During this time, our expert embryologists check on your individual embryos daily to assess how they are developing. This helps us determine the best quality embryo to use for transfer.
Step 5: A simple procedure will then be carried out to transfer the embryo back into the uterus
Step 6: After two weeks, you will be able to take a pregnancy test. Whatever the outcome, we’ll be here to support you.