IVF – In-Vitro Fertilisation

Trying to conceive can be a very stressful for couples. If you and your partner have been trying to become pregnant for more than 6 months, we suggest seeking advice from a fertility specialist.

Your specialists will provide a complete fertility assessment and investigations before recommending the best course of treatment for pregnancy. In-Vitro Fertilisation (IVF) may be the right course in your treatment.

IVF process

What is IVF?

IVF is one of the most common fertility treatments in assisted reproductive care. The base of the word ‘in-vitro’ means outside the body and in an artificial environment. IVF procedures in Bali Fertility Centre take place in our clinical lab and performed by the embryology team.

In-vitro Fertilisation (IVF) is a process and involves combining a woman’s egg and male sperm in a lab setting. If the natural process of fertilisation occurs, embryos are formed.

IVF process

Patient steps in the IVF Process

IVF is process with a set of preliminary stages before treatment by your fertility specialist, and post steps following treatment. The Bali Fertility team is here to support you at every turn to explain ‘what’s next, what you can expect and the how to’s in the IVF process. Let’s break it down for a better understanding of what’s involved:

  • Stimulate your ovaries to help your body produce eggs it has created naturally. Preliminary stages begin with stimulating your ovaries. This involves a series of injections or medications where fertility hormones are taken daily to boost your egg production. The medications are easy to manage; our friendly nurses will walk you through the process and we have additional resources to guide you at home.
      – During this time, you will receive regular blood tests and ultrasounds by one of our fertility specialists to monitor your ovaries and hormone levels until enough of your eggs have matured and are ready to be removed.
  • Egg collection /egg retrieval (oocyte pick up – OPU). We remove those eggs in a simple day procedure called the egg collection or egg retrieval referred to as the oocyte pick up (OPU) with our experienced Bali Fertility Clinicians. This egg retrieval, also known as follicular aspiration, requires a minor surgical out-patient procedure under sedation.
  • Your partner provides our laboratory with a sample of his sperm. Sample of sperm is through masturbation. The laboratory will prepare the samples to collect the most viable sperm from the sample for combining with your eggs.
  • The embryology team combine and culture the eggs and sperm in our lab. After retrieval, the eggs will be incubated in a dish with the sperm for 2-5 days under optimal conditions for fertilization The aim for our science team is to create as many embryos as possible—the more embryos you have, the greater the chance of some being viable for use.
  • If the eggs fertilise, they become embryos and we’ll grow them for five days to the blastocyst stage.
  • You’ll come back to the Centre and our fertility specialist will transfer your embryo/s into your uterus. This procedure does not require any recovery time, but exercise or other strenuous activities should be avoided for 1-5 days following implantation.
  • We will freeze any additional, viable embryos to use in another cycle if needed.
  • After your embryo transfer, there will be a two-week wait while we see if the embryo ‘takes’. The two-week wait can feel emotional and stressful. It’s best to keep busy and distracted during this time if you can. Our fertility team and nurse are here for you if you need to reach out.
  • Blood test to see if you’re pregnant. At this time, we will get you to do a blood test to see if you’re pregnant.

Is IVF the best option for me?

IVF may be the right course of treatment if you and your partner or your fertility specialist finds that you are experiencing any of the following:

  • Fallopian tube damage or blockage
  • Ovulation disorders
  • Endometriosis
  • Uterine fibroids
  • Impaired sperm production, motility, or function
  • A genetic disorder requiring genetic testing
  • Tubal sterilization or removal
  • Fertility preservation due to other health conditions such as cancer
  • Unexplained infertility
  • advanced maternal age, making it less likely to conceive naturally
  • recurring miscarriage
  • potential genetic issues where embryo screening may help

Consult with the Bali Fertility Centre team and get to know your options. Our friendly and expert nurse team can help book your appointment – Connect with us – phone +62 361 3002200, text us via Whatsapp +62 811-3820-7474 or email us: info@balifertiltycentre.com.