June 13, 2022 – 09:38 BST
IVF questions, answered. What are the different stages? How much does IVF cost? Who is suitable for IVF? And more…
Whether you’ve started your IVF journey or are researching the process, we’ve got everything you need to know from the average costs through to the different stages and who is suitable. Read on to learn more…
IVF stands for In vitro fertilisation and it’s basically a form of assisted reproduction where sperm and an egg are combined in a laboratory in the hope of creating a successful embryo.
There are multiple stages of IVF
The NHS website details the six main stages of the IVF process.
The first port of call is to speak to your doctor to discuss your eligibility of IVF on the NHS. As a guideline, in the UK you are usually suitable for the treatment via the NHS if you are under the age of 43 and have been trying to get pregnant for two years.
Some people may be eligible for free IVF treatment on the NHS and depending on the local health board and its funding, could be offered up to three rounds of IVF without payment. If not, IVF can incur costs of around £5,000 per cycle, although clinics can set their own costs.
IVF has varying success rates
Like with all medical procedures, the effectiveness can vary from patient to patient but as a guide, the NHS have published statistics which show the the percentage of IVF treatments that resulted in a live birth in 2019.
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