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IVF (in vitro fertilisation)

IVF is a type of assisted conception where sperm which have been specially prepared are mixed with eggs in the laboratory.

It is used when there is damage to the tubes, for endometriosis and for unexplained infertility.

If there is fluid in the tubes (hydrosalpinges) they may be removed as this may help to improve the chances of success.

ICSI may be needed if there are serious male factor problems.

Egg and embryo donation and surrogacy all use IVF techniques.

 

 

NHS: In vitro fertilisation (IVF)

www.nhs.uk/conditions/ivf/

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BFS quick guide: Stimulating the ovaries for IVF treatment

www.britishfertilitysociety.org.uk/­quickguides/stimulating-the-ovaries-for-ivf-treatment/

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HFEA: "One at a time" campaign to reduce multiple births

www.hfea.gov.uk/about-us/our-campaign-to-reduce-multiple-births/

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BFS guick guide: Enhancing success with assisted reproductive technology (ART)

www.britishfertilitysociety.org.uk/­quickguides/enhancing-success-with-art/

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BFS quick guide: Insemination of eggs, what are the treatment options?

www.britishfertility­society.org.uk/­wp-content/uploads/2015/09/­Insemination-of-Eggs-what-are-the-options.pdf (PDF)

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Full funding of IVF treatment would lower rates of multiple pregnancies, says RCOG

https://www.rcog.org.uk/en/­news/full-funding-of-ivf-treatment-would-lower-rates-of-multiple-pregnancies-says-rcog/

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