In Vitro Fertilisation- Gender Choice

Embryo, 5 day development


IVF is used in a variety of situations

Even with all the advances in medical science, IVF with ICSI is still the most effective answer for situations when a couple is unable to achieve a successful pregnancy using natural methods.

The process

To enhance success rates fertility medications are used to stimulate the ovaries and at the same time prevent premature ovulation. The response to these drugs is monitored by regular ultrasound scans and blood tests. At the end of the stimulation stage an HCG injection is given 36 hours before egg retrieval to trigger ovulation.  Once the eggs are retrieved they are fertilised using the male partner’s sperm and then the resultant embryos will develop for 5 days to Blastocyst stage under very strictly controlled laboratory conditions, prior to transfer.

The same basic procedure applies whether you are having an IVF/ICSI cycle yourself- or your egg donor is having the IVF and gifting you her eggs.

Who can have an IVF cycle?

Egg Donor Patients

Most of our patients use embryos developed from their egg donor’s eggs and partner’s sperm. In this case it is the egg donor who has the IVF treatment.

Surrogacy Patients

For women who have a medical condition which prevents them from carrying a pregnancy but wish to use their own eggs.

Family Balancing- Gender Choice

Where a couple, for personal or medical reasons, wishes to choose the gender of their children. The procedure requires IVF/ICSI to enable the PGS or NGS cycle- more information here: Gender Choice.

Single women using donor sperm

While some women prefer IUI the success rates are rarely better than natural conception –usually resulting in disappointment and waste of donor sperm. IVF/ICSI, particularly when combined with PGS or NGS, offers the best chance of a successful outcome.

Difficulty Conceiving resolved with a Frozen Embryo Transfer

It has been proven that success rates are higher if embryos are frozen after an IVF cycle and the Intending Mother takes a pause in her treatment for one or two months to allow the after-effects of her IVF medication to subside. Frozen Embryo Transfers in this situation result in higher pregnancy success rates,