In Vitro Fertilisation (IVF)
What is IVF?
In vitro fertilisation (IVF) is a fertility treatment that involves the fertilisation of eggs with sperm in a laboratory in order to create embryos. The embryos are then cultured outside of your body before being transferred to the womb. IVF is suitable for a wide variety of fertility issues, such as when the fallopian tubes are blocked or there is unexplained infertility, and it can be carried out when the sperm parameters are within the normal range. Reciprocal IVF is a treatment that often involves the sharing of eggs between two women within a same-sex relationship, in which one partner provides the eggs for treatment, and the other is the gestational carrier. The process of reciprocal IVF is the same as any other IVF treatment cycle.
How does IVF work?
In IVF, the ovaries are stimulated with drugs to produce multiple eggs, which are then collected and placed in culture. On the same day, a semen sample is produced and prepared to isolate healthy sperm. If the sperm is frozen, it will be thawed and prepared on the same day. The eggs are then incubated with the sperm overnight. The embryos created are cultured in the laboratory for up to five days before being transferred to the womb. Any surplus embryos of good quality can be vitrified (frozen) for future use.
Why is IVF important?
When is IVF recommended?
IVF is recommended in various situations, especially when other methods of conception have not been successful, some common scenarios include:
- Blocked or damaged fallopian tubes
- Male factor infertility
- Ovulation disorder
- Genetic disorders
- Previous fertility treatment failures
How successful is IVF?
At Bridge Clinic London we pride ourselves in having a multidisciplinary team that is committed to helping you achieve your dreams of starting a family and we will give you all the support that you need at every stage of your journey. The treatment you receive will always be designed around your individual needs.
It is important to remember that success rates can have their limitations when you compare them with your own experiences or diagnosis.
- All required screening blood tests (minimum Hepatitis B and C, HIV and Rubella)
- A teaching session with the member of the nursing team to
- teach drug administration
- support you with the consenting process
- A consultation with one of our embryologists
- Baseline scan
- Stimulation scans
- Blood tests if required
- Egg collection
- Conscious sedation
- Sperm preparation
- IVF insemination
- Embryo culture to the blastocyst stage (day 5)
- Embryo transfer
- Pregnancy scan if applicable
- Trial embryo transfer if required
- The use of AI algorithms to assist us in assessing embryo quality
If for medical reasons the clinical team recommends to freeze all suitable embryos, then the subsequent frozen embryo transfer cycle will cost £300. These reasons might include: risk of ovarian hyperstimulation syndrome, high progesterone or thin endometrium.