The IVF Unit will provide facilities for In vitro fertilisation (IVF) procedures. IVF is one of several Assisted Reproductive Techniques (ART) used to help infertile couples to conceive a child. The procedure involves removal of eggs (mature Oocyte or Ovum) from the woman's ovary. Ova are then fertilised with sperm in a laboratory procedure (in vitro). If fertilisation occurs, a fertilised ovum, after undergoing several cell divisions, is transferred to the mother for normal development in the uterus, or frozen for later implantation.
The IVF laboratory may use Intracytoplasmic Sperm Injection (ICSI) in the process of IVF.
Services provided by the IVF Unit include:
- Patient consultation and interview on an outpatient basis
- Pre treatment assessment
- Blood collection
- Semen collection
- Artificial insemination
- Ovarian stimulation therapy
- Ultrasound examination
- Oocyte (egg) collection
- Embryo culture
- In vitro / ICSI fertilisation
- Embryo transfer