In vitro fertilization (IVF) and intracytoplasmic sperm injection (ICSI)
In vitro fertilization (IVF) and intracytoplasmic sperm injection (ICSI) are forms of assisted reproduction that can help those who are struggling with infertility to become pregnant. IVF involves removing eggs from the ovaries, fertilising them with sperm in a laboratory, and then transferring the resulting embryos back into the uterus (womb). ICSI is a variation of IVF that is used when there are problems with sperm quality or quantity. In ICSI, a single sperm is injected directly into the egg to fertilise it.
There are several reasons why couples may require IVF or ICSI, including:
It is important to understand the potential benefits and risks of IVF and ICSI and to discuss options with a fertility specialist. Dr Proud can help you understand the process and the requirements for IVF and ICSI, and can guide you through this process. With the right treatment and support, many are able to achieve their dream of starting a family.