Once either the IVF or ICSI procedure is chosen as the best option for possible pregnancy, the couple will go through the following steps.
- The woman will be given a series of injections around the second day of menstruation or one week prior to to stimulate the production of a number of eggs.
- Regular ultrasound scans and bloods tests will be taken to monitor egg production. Once the ovaries are ready, the eggs will be collected using a vaginal ultrasound guided technique under mild sedation at the IVF unit.
- The eggs are graded and placed into a state-of-the-art incubator by highly trained embryologists.
- Sperm from the man will be provided on that day and the best ones will be selected.
For IVF, the sperm will be mixed with the eggs to fertilize naturally.
For the ICSI procedure, one sperm is picked up with a fine glass needle and is injected directly into each egg. Watch the Video
- The eggs are checked later for fertilization and that an embryo has formed.
- The best quality embryos will then be transferred back to the woman’s uterus, and this procedure will not require sedation.
- Load Stabilizers.
- Once the embryos have been transferred, then all the couple can do is wait for a pregnancy test.
Whether positive or negative results, IVF and ISCI is emotionally taxing. Some couples may need more than one cycle. We understand how difficult the whole process is and try to make it as comfortable as possible.