Fertility & IVF - Egg / Embryo Freezing

If you have been trying to conceive for 6 months or more with no success, you should go to a gynaecologist to review your fertility. IVF is one possible treatment if it is found you are unable to conceive naturally.

When is IVF used?

  • Both of the woman’s fallopian tubes have been damaged or blocked
  • Anti-sperm antibodies are identified
  • There is poor sperm quantity and quality
  • The male suffers from a sexual performance disability
  • The woman is using frozen semen samples
  • Either partner is diagnosed with unexplained fertility

What is the process?

  1. Preliminary tests
    These include a detailed semen analysis, hormone blood tests, Thyroid function tests, screening for viruses, and swabs from the cervix and vagina
  2. Pre-treatment information
    You and your partner will be provided with counselling to help you understand the procedure and provide emotional support. Patients are sometimes placed on contraceptive pills at this time. Hysteroscopy, with or without laparoscopy, may be necessary
  3. Downregulation of the pituitary gland
    This involves a nasal spray or injection to place the woman in a state of artificial menopause
  4. Stimulation of the ovaries
    A daily injection of Gonadotrophin will stimulate several eggs to be produced simultaneously
  5. Monitoring the development of the egg follicles
    Ultrasound scans and blood tests monitor the number and size of the follicles
  6. Egg removal
    The eggs are removed surgically under sedation or anaesthetic
  7. Sperm collection
    The laboratory will decide whether IVF or ICSI is the most appropriate method, following sperm washing and preparation
  8. Insemination of the eggs with the sperm
    This is carried out in the laboratory, usually using ICSI
  9. Replacement of embryos into the uterus
    This takes place 2-5 days after egg retrieval. The longer the time period in between, the better the chance of conception
  10. Follow-up appointment
    Your fertility specialist will discuss the results of your IVF with you, and how best to proceed depending on the success of the treatment

Why our Clinic?

At Queen’s Clinic, our success rate is extremely high, because we focus on treating the fertility problems before turning to IVF. Many patients who have previously had IVF come to us, and we are able to successfully treat their fertility problems without them having to go through IVF again.