IVF and ICSI
IVF is an amazing process that has given many people the opportunity to become parents. Shire IVF offers a tailored approach to fertility and IVF, combining the latest innovations, optimal care and thorough investigations to maximise your chances of having a baby.
In-vitro fertilisation (IVF) is a reproductive technology in which medication injections are give to develop an increased number or eggs which are removed from a woman and mixed with a sperm cell from a man in a test tube (in vitro). The cells fuse to form single cell, which then starts dividing, becoming an embryo. When the embryo is between 8-100 cells large, it is implanted in the woman’s uterus, and, if the cells are genetically normal it will develop into an embryo, a foetus and then a baby.
What does IVF involve?
Couples or women using donor sperm first need an initial appointment with Dr Jessup, including a full history and examination and bloods tests. The egg freezing procedure starts with the woman’s period and involves taking between 1 and 2 injections a day for 7-10 days, between 1-3 ultrasounds scans, a blood test and a trans-vaginal egg collection procedure. On the day of the egg collection, the male partner will need to supply a sperm sample which will be used to fertilise the eggs. Previously frozen partner to donor sperm can also be used
Egg collection is a relatively simple procedure and Shire IVF gives you the option of a more cost effective in clinic procedure under a local anaesthetic or the alternative of a day procedure in hospital under a general anaesthetic. Generally, progesterone vaginal pessaries will be started daily from the day of the egg collection and an embryo transfer will be performed 2-5 days later. This is a simple procedure, similar to having a PAP smear or CST test and does not require an anaesthetic. One or two embryos can be replaced depending on your situation. All other good quality embryos can be frozen for up to ten years for future use.
A Medicare rebate is available for IVF and you may be able to access your superannuation to fund your treatment or use payment schemes that are available to help.
Intra cytoplasmic sperm injection (ICSI) is an in-vitro insemination procedure in which a single sperm is injected directly into each egg. ICSI is performed as part of the IVF process when the sperm numbers or motility are too low for the sperm to fertilise the egg by itself, or when frozen sperm is being used.
If you would like to meet with Dr Sonya Jessup or have a free nurse consultation you can, book an appointment today by calling 02 9256 2030
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