Here at Concept Fertility we offer a range of treatments which can help single women to start a family of their own.
The most common are IUI (intrauterine insemination) and IVF (in vitro fertilisation) using donor sperm.
We have arrangements with several reputable, dedicated sperm banks for use in your treatment with us. Alternatively, rather than using a sperm bank, you may have a sperm donor of your own in mind, but this should be a careful consideration.
IUI (Intrauterine Insemination) Treatment
IUI is a simple treatment which involves preparing semen in a laboratory to select only the highest quality sperms for insemination. The treated semen is then introduced into the womb just before ovulation, and can be used with either natural ovulation or in conjunction with injectables, such as follicle stimulating hormones to induce ovulation.
How is IUI performed?
During the procedure, the treated semen is passed directly into the woman’s womb using a catheter. The process is largely painless, although some women report experiencing mild cramping similar to period pain. The process generally takes 10 minutes, and does not require an extended stay at the clinic.
IVF (in vitro fertilisation) Treatment
With IVF treatment a course of hormone treatment is used to stimulate the development of follicles in the ovary. The resulting eggs are then collected in theatre. Our highly skilled embryologists then fertilise the eggs to create several embryos. After between two to five days in an incubator, one or sometimes two of these embryos are transferred through the vagina to the uterus, where implantation occurs, and pregnancy begins. The remaining embryos can be frozen at this point.
How does IVF work?
IVF treatment encompasses a number of procedures referred to as the ‘treatment cycle’ which is done in four main stages: