In vitro fertilisation (IVF) is an assisted conception technique used to treat all forms of infertility other than involving a male factor problem.
The technique involves adding previously collected and prepared sperm to a laboratory dish containing the eggs for fertilisation. The eggs, following fertilisation by the sperm “in-vitro”, develop into embryos which are then returned to the woman’s uterus, through an “embryo transfer” procedure. Any remaining embryos from this process may be suitable to be frozen and used at a later date.
Essentially there are several stages within IVF:
- Stimulation of the ovaries by gonadotrophin injections to produce eggs
- Collection of the eggs from the ovaries, usually performed under sedation
- Preparation of sperm sample obtained on the day of egg collection
- Laboratory technique of introducing the sperm to the eggs “in-vitro”
- Replacement of the fertilised eggs (embryos) into the womb
There are several regimens that can be used for ovarian stimulation, for example commonly known as long and short protocols. Mrs Gordon will advice you on the most appropriate stimulation regimen for you based on your history, ovarian reserve and any potential risks involved. Care provided is always evidenced based and Mrs Gordon will also discuss with you the necessity of any adjuvant procedures such as Endometrial Scratch, use of testosteron gel, steroids etc.
All consultations and monitoring scans will be undertaken at the Spire Bristol Hospital under the consultant care of Mrs Gordon. Egg collection, embryo transfer and any freezing required are carried out at the licensed centre Bristol Create Fertility Clinic. All cycles will be closely monitored and supervised by the consultant Mrs Gordon to provide you individualised care.