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IVF (In Vitro Fertilisation) treatment is used to overcome a range of male and female fertility issues, and has enabled a large number of couples with complex fertility issues to realise their dream of having a baby. ICSI (Intracytoplasmic Sperm Injection) is a treatment used for male fertility problems, where a single sperm is carefully injected into the egg during an IVF treatment cycle.

How does IVF work?

In vitro literally means ‘in glass’, and in IVF, sperm fertilise the woman’s egg in a laboratory dish rather than in the fallopian tubes.

The egg is placed in a culture dish with many thousands of prepared sperm, taken from a semen sample. Over the next few hours, fertllisation takes place and a number of embryos form.

These fertilised embryos develop over the next two to five days, and are then transferred to the woman’s uterus. If more than two embryos develop, we can freeze the surplus embryos for use in subsequent cycles.

If ICSI is required, very fine micro-manipulation equipment is used to inject a carefully chosen sperm under a microscope.

Do I need IVF or ICSI?

Although IVF is one of the most commonly used assisted reproductive technology treatments, it is not the only option. Following your initial consultation with Associate Professor Hughes and subsequent diagnosis, he will develop a tailored treatment plan that takes into account your unique fertility issues, your age and your desire to have a baby.