Getting pregnant by in vitro fertilisation
In vitro fertilisation (IVF) literally means ‘fertilisation in a glass’. Without overwhelming you with information, IVF can be explained in a few steps.
Medication is used to help the woman produce several good quality eggs in the same cycle.
An ultrasound is carried out in our rooms to count how many eggs you have produced. A blood test can also be carried out to check hormone levels, which help to confirm ovulation.
Eggs are retrieved via an ultrasound-guided needle.
A sperm sample is washed and concentrated. The sperm is then added to the eggs. The eggs are examined under a microscope for signs of fertilisation. If both the egg and sperm samples look normal, approximately 70% of eggs are expected to fertilise.
The best quality embryos are transferred into the uterus. This happens between two to five days after egg retrieval.
It is best to limit physical activity for at least 24 hours after a transfer. After a few days many women return to work if their jobs are not too strenuous.
Fourteen days after your transfer, a blood test or home pregnancy test can determine whether you are pregnant or not.
Adelaide Obstetrics & Fertility’s specialist fertility doctors can help you work out if IVF is a good option for you and your partner, and discuss in depth any associated risks or complications.
To find out more about IVF, or to book an appointment with one of our fertility specialists, please ask for a referral from your GP and then call Adelaide Obstetrics & Fertility on 08 8272 7755.