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A cycle of IVF can take 8-10 weeks from a menstrual bleed to the completion of the embryo transfer and it is essential that couples fully understand each step involved. Prior to attending the Centre for a consultation you are invited to attend an information evening which is open to all who are about to embark on an IVF treatment programme. These evenings will enable you to meet medical, nursing and laboratory staff who will give a presentation and answer any questions.

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ICSI is a very effective method to fertilise mature eggs when certain types of male factor infertility has been diagnosed as long as motile sperm are present. ICSI involves the injection of a single sperm into a single egg rather than just mixing sperm and eggs together.

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Egg, Sperm or Embryo Freezing

Sperm, egg or embryo freezing may be required as part of a fertility treatment cycle or for fertility preservation purposes. Before we can freeze any sperm, eggs or embryos we must screen for HIV, Hepatitis B and Hepatitis C. To do this we need one blood sample and this can be taken at your GP practice or in the Centre.

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Egg, Sperm or Embryo Recipient

Should you require treatment using donated eggs due to premature menopause, are at risk of passing on a chromosomal abnormality to a child, have lost the use of her ovaries due to disease, surgery or the treatment of cancer, have had failed fertility treatment due to low ovarian reserve or egg quality issues.

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IUI means that prepared sperm is placed in the uterus. By placing the prepared sperm inside the uterus (i.e. closer to the fallopian tube) we are theoretically increasing the chances of a sperm meeting, and successfully fertilising, a released egg.

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Surgical Sperm Retrieval

Surgical sperm retrieval is a technique for collecting sperm from the epididymis or testis. This is performed when no sperm is present in the eqaculate. This may be because of failure of sperm passages to develop, an obstruction in these passages or a previous male sterilisation (vasectomy). 1% to 2% of men have no sperm on ejaculation. In about 50% of these men, sperm is being made in the testicles, but a blockage prevents the sperm from entering the ejaculate. This is called obstructive azoospermia.

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Surrogacy arrangements involve a woman (the surrogate or host mother) bearing a child on behalf of a couple (the intended or commissioning parents), having agreed to hand over the child to the intended parents at birth or shortly thereafter. The intended parents have to acquire the rights to be the child’s legal parents through a parental order issued by a court or by adoption.  The Surrogacy Arrangements Act (1985) and the revised Human Fertilisation and Embryology Act (1998) permit surrogacy provided no agency gains commercially as a result. 

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You may be referred by your GP or prior to your first IVF/ICSI treatment for initial investigations which includes a semen analysis.  The semen sample for analysis can be produced either at home or in our Andrology department which is based within Aberdeen Fertility Centre depending on your travelling distance. This semen analysis will provide assessments of sperm count, sperm motility along with the appearance of the sperm known as morphology. The video above provides important information and instructions for when producing the semen sample.

It is important to watch this before you attend for your appointment. You will also have received a semen analysis request form from your GP or from the Fertility Centre. It is important that you read the instructions and complete the form before your appointment. The details for booking an appointment are provided on the form. You must book an appointment and adhere to the instructions in order for your semen sample to be analysed.