If you or your partner have been diagnosed with a genetic, anatomical or hormonal fertility problem, you are likely to be offered IVF treatment as which provides a greater chance of success than other treatments.
Your consultant will advise if an IVF treatment pathway is appropriate for you, particularly if you or your partner have been diagnosed with any of the following:
There are several distinct stages within an IVF treatment cycle. Your consultant will advise if an IVF treatment pathway is appropriate for you, particularly if you or your partner have been diagnosed with any of the following:
Please see our Overview of the IVF Journey which outlines a typical cycle and provides you with a timescale of a complete treatment cycle.
Once the embryos have been transferred into your uterus, you will be need to continue taking any drugs prescribed in your treatment and wait 16 days before taking a pregnancy test to see if your treatment has been successful. You can continue your day to day activities but we recommend you refrain from any strenuous physical exercise and rest if you feel you need to. The clinic will confirm your pregnancy with ultrasound scans and blood tests before discharging you back to your own GP for antenatal care.
As with any medical procedure there are possible side effects and risks. Whilst side effects to treatment vary from patient to patient, reactions to medications may include skin irritation at the injection site, abdominal bloating, headaches, breast tenderness, and nausea. You may also be at risk of Ovarian Hyperstimulation syndrome (OHSS) where the ovaries may have produced too many eggs.
After a successful IVF treatment, there are also associated risks with multiple births, miscarriage or ectopic pregnancy. Your consultant will discuss any risks that may be relevant to your particular circumstances and can answer any questions you may have. At any time you are concerned, please do call the clinic for advice.