What is IVF?

IVF is used to treat a wide range of fertility problems, such as:

 

  • Blocked or damaged fallopian tubes
  • Unexplained infertility
  • Poor sperm quality or quantity
  • Difficulty in ovulation
  • Older women
  • Low ovarian reserve

1. Initial investigations & scans
IVF starts with pre-treatment tests to assess your fertility.

2. Consultation with a Fertility Specialist
Your IVF consultant will take a full medical history and discuss the results of your tests so we can personalise your IVF cycle for your best chance of success.

3. Ovarian Stimulation
The first stage of IVF is ovarian stimulation. This involves using tailored doses of fertility drugs to help you produce mature eggs.

4. Egg maturation
A ‘trigger’ injection of fertility medications – human Chorionic Gonadotrophin (hCG) or GnRH analogue or both – is administered to assist with the final maturation of eggs and loosening of the eggs from the follicle walls.

5. Egg collection
Around 35-38 hours after the ‘trigger’ injection, egg retrieval takes place in our clinic theatre under ultrasound guidance and conscious sedation. The eggs are retrieved from the follicles where they have been growing.

6. Insemination of eggs
The sperm sample is washed and prepared. It is then either added to the eggs or a single healthy sperm injected into the egg using Intracytoplasmic Sperm Injection (ICSI), approximately four hours after egg retrieval.

7. Fertilisation
We monitor your eggs for signs of fertilisation. This usually occurs 16-18 hours after insemination.

8. Embryo culture
The created embryos are placed in an incubator where they grow in the lab for the next two to five days. Our embryologists keep you updated on the progress of your embryos and advise when your embryo transfer will take place.

9. Embryo transfer
The embryo chosen by our embryologists is transferred under ultrasound guidance into your uterus by our fertility consultants, in our specially-designed embryo transfer room.

10. Vitrification
Any remaining good quality embryos that are not transferred are frozen and stored. Frozen embryos can be used in subsequent cycles if the first cycle is not successful or for sibling pregnancy.

11. Pregnancy Test
You can take a home pregnancy test around two weeks after your embryo transfer. During this time, you will be supported by our clinic midwife. If your test is positive, you will be booked in for your pregnancy confirmation scan at 6-7 weeks of pregnancy.

MMC IVF has over 25 years of IVF expertise and consistent patient success. Find out more about us here.

We specialise in individualised IVF treatment that is unique to you, focused on achieving a healthy pregnancy and baby. When you have IVF with us, you can look forward to:

MMC IVF that is planned and led by one of the UAE’s leading IVF and fertility specialist Dr. Gautam Allahbadia, a Consultant Reproductive Endocrinology & IVF.
Dedicated personal support right through the IVF journey, from initial enquiry to pregnancy test and beyond
Access to the latest IVF techniques, proven technologies and innovations for your best chance of success. 

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