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If you are unable to conceive naturally, you may be eligible to receive IVF treatment – but what exactly is IVF, and what does the treatment involve?
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In vitro fertilisation (IVF) is a medical technique used to help people with fertility problems have a baby. ‘In vitro’ is the medical term for a process which takes place outside of a living organism, and is used here as the woman’s eggs are fertilised outside of her body.
The fertilised eggs, called embryos, are returned to the woman's womb to develop. IVF can be carried out using the patient’s eggs and their partner's sperm, or eggs and/or sperm from donors.
More than a quarter of a million babies have been born in the UK using IVF. But who can receive the treatment, what does it entail, and what are the chances of it succeeding?
Who can have IVF?
If you're having trouble getting pregnant, the first step is to consult your GP, who will advise on how to improve your chances of having a baby. If these measures don't work, they may refer you to a fertility specialist to consider alternatives, including IVF.
Guidelines from the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) recommend that NHS-funded IVF should only be offered to women under 43 years of age who have been trying to get pregnant through regular unprotected sex for two years.
What happens in IVF treatment?
First, medication is given both to suppress the patient’s menstrual cycle, and to encourage her ovaries to produce more eggs than usual.The patient will then receive an ultrasound scan to check the development of the eggs, and medication is used to help them mature.
Next, eggs are collected by way of a needle inserted into the ovaries while the patient is under sedation. Only 60-70% of eggs retrieved will be mature; these will be mixed with the sperm for a few days, and only 60-70% of these will be successfully fertilised.
Finally, one or two of the fertilised eggs (or embryos) are placed into the womb in a simple, painless procedure. The patient must then wait two weeks to see if the treatment has worked by having a pregnancy test.
What are the chances of IVF working?
The success rate of IVF depends on the age of the woman undergoing treatment. Younger women are more likely to have a successful pregnancy, but according to the NHS, in 2010 the percentage of live births after IVF treatment was still only 32.2% for women under 35, falling to 13.6% for women aged 40-42, and just 1.9% for women aged over 44.
Maintaining a healthy weight and avoiding alcohol, smoking and caffeine during treatment may improve your chances of having a baby with IVF.