What is IVF?
IVF is the original ‘test-tube’ baby technique. It was developed more than 30 years ago for the treatment of women with damaged Fallopian tubes, and this remains an important reason for treatment today.
How does IVF work?
All IVF treatments begin with a course of hormone therapy to stimulate the development of several follicles in the ovary. These are collected as eggs, which are then fertilised in a test-tube (‘in vitro’) to create several embryos. After between two and five days in an incubator, one or two of these embryos are transferred through the vagina to the uterus, where implantation occurs and pregnancy begins. However, in IVF as in natural conception, not every embryo implants to become a pregnancy, which is why surplus embryos are frozen – so that a subsequent transfer might be tried if the first one fails. Freezing is now an essential part of every clinic’s IVF programme.
Single Embryo Transfer
Because the transfer of two or more embryos is associated with multiple pregnancy, there has been a determined effort in recent years to cut this multiple rate by transferring just one embryo and freezing the remainder. At We Care Experts we encourage single embryo transfer in patients with a good chance of success.
The most widely reported ‘side effect’ associated with IVF is a multiple pregnancy. There is also a very small risk that some women (1-2%) will over-react to the hormone drugs used to stimulate the ovaries, but ultrasound and hormone monitoring during this drug treatment phase usually ensures that any over-reaction is foreseen and any risk avoided. Egg collection can be uncomfortable, and is often performed with a local anaesthetic.
As with other type of fertility treatment, success rates in IVF decline once patients reach the age of 35 or so. Before that, IVF pregnancy rates at the We Care are around 50% per cycle.
Where can I get treatment?
We Care Experts are working to provide the same levels of service across the country India and Thailand, but access still varies depending on where you live. Have a chat with our Experts to know more. You can email us at firstname.lastname@example.org .
If you decide to pay for IVF, you can approach a private fertility clinic directly. Some clinics ask for a referral by your Local. On average, one cycle of IVF costs about £5000. However, this varies from clinic to clinic and there may be additional costs for medicines, consultations and tests. We have own clinics in Delhi, Mumbai, Bangalore, Bangkok & Singapore.