In Vitro Fertilization (IVF)

In Vitro Fertilization (IVF) is a treatment where female germ cells (eggs) are fertilized by sperm outside of a woman’s body. The process is known as extracorporeal fertilization and is one of the main artificial fertilization methods.

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Step 1:

Complimentary consultation with a doctor to review your medical records and advise on whether or not we will be able to help you.

Step 2:

Step 2:

A customized medical protocol is created based on your specific needs. You will start your medication and follow specific instructions for approximately 10 business days (based on your protocol).

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Step 3:

You will travel abroad and your eggs will be closely monitored until they are ready to be retrieved.

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Step 4:

Egg retrieval and sperm collection will take place. If you decided to do pre-implantation genetic diagnosis, it will happen once the egg and sperm are fertilized.

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Step 5:

Egg transfer takes place and this is the final step of the IVF process.

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Step 6:

You will fly back to your country and will follow up with your local gynecologist in two weeks for a pregnancy test.

Frequently Asked Questions (with answers from our partner clinic)

1Before the embryo transfer

When will the embryo transfer take place? The embryo transfer is planned by the physician in co-operation with embryologist and the patient. Transfer takes place on the 2nd, 3rd or 5th day following the donor egg retrieval. The coordinator will inform you about the date and time of the embryo transfer and s/he will also provide information about the development of your embryos.

How many embryos will be transferred?
We usually transfer one or two embryos maximum. Surplus quality embryos can be frozen.

What is the supposed quality of the embryos on the individual days?
The quality of the embryos can be assessed from the second day of their development. A two-day-old embryo should consist of 3-4 cells. A three-day-old embryo has 6-8 cells. On the fourth day, the embryo becomes a morula and it is very hard to assess its quality. On the 5th day the embryo becomes a blastocyst.

What shall I bring for the embryo transfer?
You do not need to bring anything special for the embryo transfer. Bring all your signed consents to your treatment and also your signed consent forms the freezing of embryos, if you wish to preserve the surplus embryos by freezing.

Do I need to come with a full bladder before the transfer?
You do not need to come with an extremely full bladder for the embryo transfer. We just recommend not emptying your bladder immediately before the embryo transfer. A half-full bladder helps to keep the uterus in an upright position and facilitates the transfer of the embryos into the uterus.

How long will the transfer take?
An uncomplicated transfer takes 3 - 5 minutes. After the transfer you will remain lying down at the theatre for 10 - 15 minutes. After that you can go home.

Can my partner be with me during the transfer?
The presence of your partner during the embryo transfer is at your discretion.

2After the embryo transfer
3I have a positive test
4My test is negative
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