" If you're considering IVF, this overview will help you understand the basics of the process, what to expect, and how to make the best decisions for your family.

IVF counselling 1 – In Vitro Fertilization IVF: Overview

In vitro fertilization (IVF) is a type of assisted reproductive technology (ART) in which eggs are retrieved from a woman’s ovaries and fertilized with sperm in a laboratory dish. The resulting embryos are then transferred to the woman’s uterus for implantation.

IVF is used to treat a variety of fertility problems, including:

  • Ovulation disorders
  • Unexplained infertility
  • Tubal blockage
  • Endometriosis

IVF can also be used to preserve fertility in cancer patients who are about to undergo radiation or chemotherapy.

The success of IVF depends on many factors, including the woman’s age, the cause of infertility, and the quality of the eggs and sperm. On average, women under 35 who have no fertility problems have a 40 to 50 percent chance of conceiving with IVF.

Steps of IVF

There are four basic steps to IVF:

  1. Ovulation induction
  2. Egg retrieval
  3. Fertilization
  4. Embryo transfer

Ovulation induction is used to stimulate the ovaries to produce multiple eggs. Egg retrieval is a minor surgical procedure in which the eggs are removed from the ovaries using a needle. Fertilization is done in a laboratory dish, where the eggs are combined with sperm. The resulting embryos are then transferred to the woman’s uterus.

IVF is a complex and expensive procedure, and it is not always successful. Multiple cycles may be necessary to achieve a pregnancy. The risks of IVF include ovarian hyperstimulation syndrome (OHSS), a condition in which the ovaries become swollen and painful, and ectopic pregnancy, a pregnancy that occurs outside the uterus.

Cost of IVF

The cost of IVF can vary widely, depending on the clinic, the drugs used, and the number of cycles needed. In the United States, the average cost of one cycle of IVF is $12,400.

Some insurance companies will cover the cost of IVF, but coverage is often limited. Some states have mandates that require insurance companies to cover fertility treatments, but these mandates do not always include IVF.

There are also a number of financing options available to help cover the cost of IVF. These options can include loans, grants, and discounts from fertility clinics.

IVF Overview: This gives an overview of the whole IVF treatment. You can view it before attending the first consultation in the out-patient clinic.