Understanding the IVF Process

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By Dr Sharon Xian Li, director of City Fertility Centre Brisbane SouthsideDr Sharon Xian Li_news blog 150x175.

Many people have heard of In Vitro Fertilisation (IVF) – but do you know how the actual process works? Whether you are just beginning to research fertility treatments or are about to start IVF, the more you understand about the procedures, the less stress you may feel.

IVF literally means “fertilisation in glass”. The  process involves fertilising the egg with the sperm in an incubator outside the body, then transferring the embryo back into the woman’s uterus. The whole process up to the embryo transfer stage usually takes six to eight weeks.

 

An IVF treatment cycle usually follows these eight phases:

 

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