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Answers To Common IVF Questions

About one in six couples face difficulties conceiving. In women, common causes include issues with the womb, ovulation problems, poor egg quality, ovarian cysts or blocked and damaged fallopian tubes.


About one in six couples face difficulties conceiving. In women, common causes include issues with the womb, ovulation problems, poor egg quality, ovarian cysts or blocked and damaged fallopian tubes.

How common is it to have fertility issues?
About one in six couples face difficulties conceiving. In women, common causes include issues with the womb, ovulation problems, poor egg quality, ovarian cysts or blocked and damaged fallopian tubes. In men, basically it comes down to low levels of good quality sperm. Things that can affect sperm quality include tube blockage (eg vasectomy), low sperm counts which can be genetic, due to injury or takings some drugs or the presence of sperm antibodies. 


What do I do if I’m experiencing delayed fertility?
If you are under the age of 35 and have been trying to conceive naturally for at least 12 months, or you are over 35 and have been trying for 6 months then you should get a referral from your GP to see a fertility specialist. During your first consultation you’ll learn more about why you’ve not conceived so far. Usually, there will be a range of investigations performed to assess the cause of infertility. With this information we can then provide you with a series of treatment options. 


What treatment options are available?
Many couples will conceive with simple measures, and won’t need Medically Assisted Reproduction (MAR). IVF is the most well known and commonly used form of MAR because of its success rate. IVF stands for in-vitro fertilization, where eggs are collected from the ovary and fertilized in a laboratory. The embryo is then implanted back into the uterus, and unused embryos can be frozen for subsequent cycles. 


ICSI is intracytoplasmic sperm injection, in which sperm is injected directly into the egg via a laboratory, often used where there are low sperm count or sperm motility issues. Intrauterine insemination (IUI) is a simple treatment that introduces sperm into the uterus on the day of ovulation via catheter.  


How many IVF cycles does it take to get pregnant?
The number of cycles varies from case to case, but most women achieve a pregnancy within 3 to 6 cycles.

What is the Mild Ovarian Stimulation (MOS) technique?
Traditional fertility treatments used to harvest eggs for IVF involve high doses of hormones that release more eggs, but can result in hyperstimulation, which has severe symptoms. You also need a break between cycles and need to take medication for around 40 days. 
Mild Ovarian Stimulation requires less hormones, which has fewer side effects on your body and results in more babies per embryos transferred. Most patients don’t require blood tests, and often only require a single ultrasound to check progress, making it a much more effective, and less stressful technique. 

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