What is IVF?

For a small number of people with fertility problems, IVF or In Vitro Fertilisation, will be recommended to help them to have a baby.

During IVF, the ovaries are stimulated with the use of medication to increase the number of eggs produced.

The eggs are collected from the woman’s ovaries and fertilised with sperm in a laboratory. One of the fertilised eggs, now an embryo, is then transferred to the woman’s womb to grow and develop.

IVF can be carried out using a woman’s own eggs and her partner’s sperm, or with eggs or sperm from donors.