IVF treatment involves the stimulation of the ovaries to produce a good number of follicles (6-12) within the ovaries which hopefully contain eggs. The eggs are collected and fertilised in the laboratory and embryos are replaced between 2 and 5 days later.
IVF treatment is a more high tech treatment. The treatment itself involves taking a number of injectable drugs which are designed to suppress natural ovulation but induce multiple egg production. Treatment for IVF can take anywhere between 3 to 5 weeks depending upon the type of stimulation protocol chosen.
IVF treatment is suitable for most types of infertility problems but where there is severe male factor problems associated with very poor sperm parameters, once eggs have been obtained, the sperm is then injected into the egg in a process known as intracytoplasmic sperm injection (ICSI) to aid fertilisation.