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In Vitro Fertilisation (IVF)

In Vitro Fertilisation is the mixing of eggs and sperm to attempt fertilisation outside the body; some of you may have heard this being referred to as a "test tube baby".   

What does IVF involve?

IVF is a complicated process and it is easy to feel confused or intimidated. Staff at the Unit will be more than happy to talk through the process with you and go over any parts that you do not understand. If you are considering having treatment with IVF, please make sure that you read our patient information pack, as it contains more detailed information and do not hesitate to Contact Us if you have any queries.

In very simple terms, IVF involves:

  • "Switching off" your body’s own reproductive hormone production.
  • Growing eggs in your ovaries.
  • Having the eggs removed from your ovaries.
  • Mixing the eggs with sperm in the laboratory.
  • Having the embryo (fertilised egg) put back in your womb.

This process is carried out via a series of steps - View Treatment Steps