What you need to know about In vitro fertalisation (IVF)
IVF is one of the many solutions to any fertility problems you may be experiencing. This process involves the fertilisation of your egg by your partner's sperm outside of your body (A.K.A. in-vitro). IVF is a major and expensive solution, therefore it is only used when all other reproductive technology has failed.
How does it work?
Well, the procedure involves monitoring a woman's ovulatory process, then removing an egg/eggs from her ovaries and interlinking it/them with the sperm so that ferilisation can take place in a fluid medium.
There are different types of IVF and the chosen method will be suited to your specific fertility problems.
- Mixing the contents of your fallopian tubes with semen
- Mixing the contents from your uterus with semen
- Ovarian hyperstimulation
- Transvaginal oocyte retrieval
- Embryo transfer
It is important that you receive all of the relevant information from your doctor about each of your fertility options and what they involve. IVF is a big step, so make sure you are ready for the journey financially, emotionally and physically before you begin. Good luck!