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    When is IVF needed?

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    Dr Bronwyn Devine

    Gynaecologist, Gynaecologist - Infertility (IVF) Specialist, Obstetrician

    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

    The original indication for IVF was when a woman had both tubes blocked and this is still a reasonably common reason for undergoing IVF. However, there are now many other reasons couples may require IVF. If we have serious problems with sperm quality that are not amenable to lifestyle changes or other treatments, then IVF with ICSI is the best approach. If we need to test embryos before implantation to rule out genetic or chromosomal abnormalities then we can use IVF for this indication. IVF is also recommended when other fertility treatments have not been successful or if a combination of factors mean simpler options are unlikely to succeed.

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