How does IVF work?

To quickly understand how IVF works, watch our short animation below explaining the process.

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.