ONE OF the techniques used to help couples with fertility problems who are struggling to have a baby is in vitro fertilisation (IVF). But what does process involve and who qualifies for the treatment on the NHS? We've got the details you need... What is IVF? The process involves removing an egg from a woman’s ovaries and fertilising them using sperm in a laboratory. The fertilised egg, also known as an embryo, is transferred back into a woman’s womb to grow. The process can use eggs and sperm from the couple themselves, or these can be sourced from a donor. How does IVF work? There are six main stages of IVF: Firstly the menstrual cycle will be suppressed with medication You will be given further medication to encourage your ovaries to produce more eggs Ultrasound scans will be given to check the development of your eggs and medication can be used to help the maturing process The eggs will be collected by a needle being inserted into the ovaries via the vagina Eggs are … [Read more...] about What is IVF, how does it work and can the treatment be done on the NHS?