If you and your consultant decide that in-vitro fertilisation (IVF) treatment is the way forward, your treatment will be planned and co-ordinated by one of our fertility nurses.
You may see the nurse immediately after your medical consultation or it may be scheduled for a later date.
When you see one of our fertility nurses, you will discuss your treatment plan, complete consent forms and learn how to inject yourself. This may take more than one appointment.
IVF involves using drugs firstly to down-regulate or suppress the female partner's natural monthly hormone cycle. When this has been achieved, a fertility hormone drug is used to stimulate the ovaries to produce a good number of eggs. You will usually have three scans; baseline, to confirm down-regulation, and 2 progress scans. The scans are usually performed between 8am and 9am in the Fertility Centre. The egg recovery is carried out in the Day Surgery Unit at Salisbury District Hospital, and on the same day your partner will need to produce a sperm sample at the Fertility Centre. Depending on your treatment plan, the embyro transfer is then completed 2 or 3 days later or your embryos may be cultured to blastocyst before transfer. This takes place at the Fertility Centre.
The embryologists prepare the sperm sample, which is then mixed with the eggs and transferred to an incubator so that fertilisation can take place. One of our embryologists will call you the day after your egg collection to let you know whether fertilisation has been successful, and continues to keep in touch during this part of your treatment to let you know how many embryos have been formed, if any are suitable for cyro-preservation and to confirm the day and time of the transfer.
All the way through your treatment our team are here to support and advise you. We are fortunate to have an excellent counsellling service run by an independent counsellor, and two sessions are included in any licenced treatment.