In Vitro Fertilization (IVF)

What is In Vitro Fertilization?

In Vitro Fertilization (IVF) involves stimulating the ovaries with hormonal injections to mature multiple eggs at one time, collecting the eggs during an egg retrieval procedure, fertilizing the eggs in our laboratory, maturing the embryos and transferring an embryo into the uterus.

Fertilization is sometimes aided by performing Intra-Cytoplasmic Sperm Injection (“ICSI”). ICSI which involves selecting a single sperm and injecting it directly into the egg. Embryos can be frozen indefinitely.

Patient Journey

Prior to this phase a patient would have had their first visit with the doctor, completed all testing, reviewed results, and may have completed other fertility treatment decided on IVF as a treatment plan. (Some patients may need counselling, donor sperm, repeat testing, or PGT)

Some reasons to consider IVF

IVF has been a successful treatment for people with:

  • Blocked/missing fallopian tube(s)
  • Endometriosis
  • Ovulation problems
  • Low ovarian reserve
  • Abnormal or low sperm counts
  • Fertility preservation
  • Third party
  • Same sex couple doing reciprocal IVF
  • Unexplained infertility
  • Unsuccessful other fertility treatment
  • Other

In Vitro Fertilization (IVF) Process:

In Vitro Fertilization (IVF) Process:

  • Doctor Visit

    IVF treatment is ordered
  • Attend an IVF Teaching Session

    An educational session organized by the clinic
    Note: If your treatment plan includes using donor egg or sperm, counselling is required prior to the next step. The ordering of donor egg or sperm is required, and the sample needs to arrive at the clinic prior to treatment start.

    Attend an IVF Teaching Session

  • Sign consents

  • Treatment start


    Treatment start

  • Egg Retrieval

  • Embryo Development

    Note: Preimplantation Genetic Test (PGT) if ordered

    Embryo Development

  • Embryo Transfer (if applicable)

  • Embryo Freezing

    You will need a doctor visit and a plan for frozen embryo transfers

    Embryo Freezing

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