How does IVF work for a heterosexual couple?

First, we collect the eggs. To help with this process we use fertility drugs, which will stimulate your ovaries to create a number of eggs. Once you have produced some eggs, we harvest them with a minor surgical procedure. The collected eggs are then placed in a culture dish.

Next, we wash the semen – usually produced by masturbation – and, using a variety of techniques, select the best sperm. This then joins the egg in the culture and, over the next 18 hours or so, fertilisation occurs naturally.

After allowing a period of growth in culture, our skilled embryologists assess the developing cell structure of the delicate embryos under a microscope. One or two are then transferred to your uterus.