At TFP GCRM Fertility, we offer many different kinds of treatment, from conventional IVF, to fertility preservation, egg and sperm donation and surrogacy. This section describes the treatments, outlining when you might use them and what will happen if you do.
IVF treatment requires more eggs than in a natural cycle so the ovaries are stimulated to increase the number of mature eggs available for fertilisation. The eggs are collected from the ovaries using ultrasound guidance. The sperm from the partner or a donor are specially prepared and mixed with the eggs in the laboratory to allow fertilisation to occur.
If the chances of success of IVF are low because the number of suitable sperm is too low, the eggs obtained following hormonal stimulation can be fertilised in the laboratory by means of microinjection using one sperm cell each. The resulting embryos are transferred to the uterus, just like in IVF.
Spare embryos from your IVF treatment can be frozen for future use, depending on their quality. Frozen cycles are necessary for those wishing to use their previously stored embryos.
Vitrification involves much more rapid cooling than other less advanced methods of freezing, and it prevents ice crystals from forming. This preserves the quality of the cells and improves the chances of success when they are thawed.
People struggle to have children for many different reasons. By donating your sperm, you’ll be giving them the chance to conceive the child they’ve always wanted.
Artificial insemination requires a fresh sample of the partner’s sperm or IUI donor sperm on the day of insemination. The semen is prepared and concentrated prior to placement in the uterus using a fine catheter (intra-uterine insemination).
A woman’s fertility is at its highest in her twenties, but for many women having a baby at this stage of life is not an option, and many are now planning to start families in their late 30s. It can get harder to conceive as a woman gets older; her chances of miscarriage also increase.
Before IVF treatment begins, we carry out a semen analysis. Some men have sperm being manufactured in their testes, but not present in ejaculate when the semen is analysed. The problem can be caused by a blockage, or reduced sperm production. In these cases, we can collect sperm via surgical sperm retrieval. We can also use this method to collect sperm for men who have previously had a vasectomy, or a failed vasectomy reversal.
Harmony Testing is risk-free, non-invasive prenatal testing carried out after 10 weeks of pregnancy and consists of a blood test that analyses DNA from the foetus that circulates in the mother’s blood.
The pre-genetic screening we offer is Next Generation Sequencing from embryo biopsy.
As well as fertility-related treatments and services, we also offer additional services such as blastocyst culture, endometrial scratch and assisted hatching.