Am I a Candidate for IVF?

What is IVF?

In vitro fertilisation (IVF) is a technique used to help infertile couples have a baby. It is a complex clinical procedure that involves the collection of matured eggs which are combined with sperm in the laboratory.  After fertilisation, the eggs are implanted into the woman’s uterus. It is a time-consuming and invasive procedure, which takes around 2 weeks for the completion of a single fertilisation cycle.

Who is a good candidate for IVF?

IVF can help those with

  • Poor success with other fertility methods
  • Blocked fallopian tubes
  • Endometriosis
  • Polycystic ovary syndrome
  • Abnormal ovulation cycles
  • Unhealthy eggs who are willing to use healthy donor eggs
  • Male infertility

What lowers the chances of a successful IVF?

The following factors can reduce your rate of success with IVF:

  • Ovarian Dysfunction
  • Abnormal hormone levels
  • Uterine abnormalities
  • Fibroid tumours
  • Age over 37

While IVF can increase your chances of a successful pregnancy, being a favourable candidate does not assure pregnancy. Some must undergo several cycles of IVF before achieving pregnancy while others may not be successful. Before beginning treatment, you will receive appropriate counselling to help you deal with the possible outcomes. We encourage you to remain hopeful.

  • British Gynaecological Cancer Society
  • British Fertility Society
  • British Menopause Society
  • BSGE
  • General Medical Council
  • National Association for Premenstrual Syndrome
  • Royal College of Obstetricains and Gynaecologist