A Step-by-Step Guide to Our IVF Process at GENNET City Fertility
When considering an IVF treatment at our private clinic, you may have a number of questions about the process itself. What will happen when you are called to our clinic? How long does the IVF process take? How will each step of the process be carried out? Below, we have set out a step-by-step guide on our IVF process here at GENNET City Fertility, and explained each of these and more in greater depth and detail.
Read on to learn more, or contact us right away if you are ready to book an introductory visit at our welcoming, state-of-the-art facility.
Our IVF Process and its Timeline
We will always begin by offering new patients a free, introductory “mini consultation”. This allows you the chance to get to know our staff, to speak to a discreet and understanding specialist about the fertility issues you may be experiencing, and to spend some time with a professional coordinator going over the options you’ll have for your fertility treatment plan.
After this stage has ended and you’ve decided that we are the right private UK clinic for you, the timeline for your treatment cycle proper will begin. We’ve set out this timeline for you below from start to finish in a seven-step guide, so that you can walk through our doors feeling ready for your consultation and fully informed about the treatments we offer.
You should also find it easier to think of any questions you may have in advance, so that they can be answered and you can have these answers explained in detail when you come to visit us.
If you have not had any previous investigations we recommend you have an Initial Consultation Package (ICP). The package includes physical examinations (a semen analysis, uterine ultrasound and AMH blood test) and an Initial Consultation.
Step One: Your Initial Consultation
The first step in any IVF treatment we carry out will be the initial consultation. This is separate to the mini consultation offered as an introductory service, and will involve a fertility specialist talking to you about your medical and fertility history. They will also be able to review any previous investigations or treatments you have undergone.
During this stage, your fertility specialist may also request further investigations and recommend specific treatment options.
Step Two: Your Follow-Up Appointment
A follow-up appointment will then be arranged with your fertility specialist, during which any test results you’ve had so far will be explained. Your treatment plan will also be finalised at this stage, and arrangements will be made for screening blood tests to be carried out.
Before an IVF cycle can be carried out, you and your partner (where applicable) will need to attend a consultation meeting with a fertility nurse. They will go through your treatment pathway with you in detail and assist you with the completion of the necessary consent forms. At this time, they will also:
• Help you finalise and pre-book your treatment dates
• Make arrangements for any fertility drugs and medications needed
• Provide you with a teaching session on injecting Follicle Stimulating Hormones (FSH)
You will also have the opportunity to meet with an embryologist in order to discuss our laboratory services. They will be able to explain these to you and tell you more about how they might benefit your fertility treatment.
Step Three: Beginning Your Treatment
When you begin your treatment, it will start with ovarian stimulation. This involves taking the FSH you will have been taught to inject by your nurse, in order to stimulate the ovaries into recruiting a large number of follicles and increasing the chances of retrieving eggs from them.
After approximately 9 to 14 days of stimulation, you will then receive a final injection of human chorionic gonadotropin (hCG) or the gonadotropin releasing hormone agonist (GnRHa). This is called the trigger injection and should take place between 35 to 36 hours before egg retrieval.
You will also be invited to come to our clinic in London, UK, for monitoring ultrasound scans between the first and fourteenth days of your cycle. You will normally be invited to three of these, and each should take around 30 minutes to complete. At this time, you may also be asked to have some blood tests carried out.
You will be updated on your progress at each of these appointments and your specialist will provide instructions on your next step.
Step Four: Egg Collection
Around 14 days after your treatment has started, you should be invited to come for the egg retrieval procedure. This should take place under mild sedation anaesthesia, and should take between 15 minutes to half an hour. A number of eggs will be collected at this time, and they will be retrieved by aspirating the follicles using a vaginal ultrasound probe.
After the eggs have been collected under controlled laboratory environment, they will be mixed with the sperm of the patient’s partner or a donor of their choice. The morning after this takes place, our embryologists will assess the eggs for any signs of fertilisation.
Our experts will be able to see this happening when it’s evident that the cells are dividing, splitting from one cell into two, then four, then eight, and so on until it reaches the blastocyst stage. They will also provide you with regular updates on the development of your embryos in the days before the transfer.
Step Five: Your Embryo Transfer
Between two and six days after your created embryos have been declared viable, one or more of them will be transferred back into your womb, your partner’s womb, or into the womb of a chosen and trusted surrogate. This will be achieved using a catheter, which is passed into the patient’s vagina and through the cervix. The embryo will then be released in the middle of the cavity of the womb.
The number of embryos transferred often depends on your age. This will be discussed with you in greater detail before any treatment is started, and once again prior to your embryos being transferred over.
If any good quality embryos are left over after the fertilisation procedure is complete, we can ensure these are cryopreserved (frozen) for potential use in the future.
Step Six: Your Pregnancy Blood Test
10 days after the embryos have been transferred over, you will be invited back to our clinic in order to have a pregnancy test carried out. This should help us to determine if the cycle has been successful.
Step Seven: Your Pregnancy Confirmation Scan
The final step in the IVF process will be to have a final, confirming ultrasound scan around 2 weeks after a positive pregnancy blood test.
How Long Does the IVF Process Take?
One cycle of IVF will take around 28 or 29 days in total, from start to finish on the timeline we’ve set out. The egg maturation and stimulation, or the monitoring of a natural cycle, should take between 10 and 14 days.
The egg collection part of the procedure will take around half an hour at most, but you can expect to be in the clinic for around 2 hours. This can be considered a whole “day”, as you can expect to need to rest and relax after the procedure.
It will take between 2 and 6 days after egg collection for the embryos to be ready for transfer, and a further 10 days after this to find out if the transfer has resulted in pregnancy.
Success Rates of IVF
Success rates of IVF can vary greatly, depending on factors that include the patient’s age and general health. For instance, women aged between 42 and 43 may find that the chances of success stand at around 10%, whereas patients aged under 35 may find the average success rate is much higher, at 42%.
To find out more about the success rates of our treatments, please see our page.
Taking Your Treatment from Start to Finish in the UK
If you and your partner are ready to take the next step on your journey to parenthood and feel as though an IVF cycle would be the most beneficial path, contact us today. We will be glad to arrange a free, 30-minute mini consultation with one of our empathetic professionals in no time at all, before taking you through the treatment options to help you find your ideal process.