Conceive with IVF
A steadily growing number of couples is now using ART (assisted reproductive technology) to try and conceive, infertility affects 1 in 6 couples. In 2017 almost 70,000 ART cycles were performed in Australia and New Zealand, many of these being IVF (in vitro fertilisation) cycles.
A typical IVF cycle involves stimulating a woman’s ovaries to produce multiple eggs, retrieving those eggs, which are then fertilised in the laboratory to create embryos. One of these embryos is transferred into the woman’s uterus 3 or 5 days after fertilisation. Extra embryos are frozen and if necessary thawed and transferred in a subsequent cycle.