IVF stands for in vitro fertilisation. IVF is a type of assisted reproductive technology used for infertility treatment.
IVF is a complex and expensive procedure. It’s usually done only after other fertility treatments have failed.
The typical IVF process involves stimulating the ovaries to produce multiple eggs. Then, eggs are retrieved from the ovaries and are combined with sperm in a lab. After fertilisation, the resulting embryos are transferred to your uterus.
If you have trouble getting pregnant but want to carry your own baby, IVF may be an option. Your doctor may recommend IVF if you’re have been diagnosed with:
- blocked fallopian tubes
- ovulation disorders
- male infertility
If you’re an older woman or if you’ve been diagnosed with certain conditions that could make it difficult for you to get pregnant, such as uterine fibroids, polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) or premature ovarian failure (POF), IVF may be an option for you.
Does IVF increase your chance of falling pregnant?
IVF definitely increases your chances of pregnancy if you’re having fertility problems, but there’s no guarantee — everyone’s body is different and IVF won’t work for everyone.
What is the age limit for IVF in South Africa?
According to Cape Fertility Clinic, the woman has to be less than 45 years of age unless she is using donor eggs. The success rate in woman older then 44 is too low to justify IVF. The age limit for women using donor eggs is 50.
What is the IVF success rate in South Africa?
IVF success rates depend on many factors, such as maternal age and cause of infertility, so it’s important to see a fertility specialist at a clinic you are interested in to find out what their success rates are. Each clinic has different IVF success rates in South Africa.
Why do couples choose IVF?
- IVF can be used to treat a variety of causes for infertility, including:
- Blocked fallopian tubes
- Male factor infertility, including low sperm count or motility
- Unexplained infertility
- Ovulation disorders
- Antibody problems that harm sperm or eggs
- Premature ovarian failure (early menopause)
- Decreased ovarian reserve (fewer eggs remaining)
The procedure can be costly, and that is why we recommend using Medfin for financial assistance.