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    What is IVF?


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  • Dr Bronwyn Devine

    Gynaecologist, Gynaecologist - Infertility (IVF) Specialist, Obstetrician and Gynaecologist

    Dr Bronwyn Devine is a gynaecologist and Fertility Specialist who has returned to Sydney after living and working in Canberra for a number of years. ... View Profile

    IVF stands for “in vitro fertilisation” and it refers to a technique whereby eggs are matured in the female body using medication and collected via a minor surgical procedure. They are transported to the IVF laboratory in an incubator where they are allowed to combine with freshly produced or previously frozen and thawed sperm. Sometimes an individual sperm is actually injected into the substance of the egg to assist fertilisation - this is a technique known as “ICSI”. Once the eggs are fertilised they are now embryos - and embryos are grown in the laboratory for about five days. At this stage they are ready to implant and thus able to be placed back in the uterus in a simple medical procedure that requires no anaesthetic. Usually one embryo is replaced and any additional good quality embryos can be frozen for use at a later date.

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