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In Vitro Fertilisation (IVF) / Intracytoplasmic Sperm Injection (ICSI)

In Vitro Fertilisation (IVF) /
Intracytoplasmic Sperm Injection (ICSI)

Our IVF care is planned and led by some of Irelands leading IVF and fertility specialists.

In Vitro Fertilisation (IVF) / <br>Intracytoplasmic Sperm Injection (ICSI)
Understanding IVF

IVF  is a treatment in which sperm is used to fertilise the eggs (whether your own or coming from donors). Once the eggs are fertilised (now called embryos) they will remain in an incubator within the laboratory for up to 5 days. The development of these embryos is closely observed by our team and the embryo exhibiting the best characteristics will be transferred back into the uterus. Once this embryo is inside the uterus implantation occurs and the embryo will grow into a foetus and follow the same steps as a natural pregnancy would.

IVF or ICSI?

While the female partner is undergoing the egg retrieval procedure the sperm sample, donor or partner is being prepared for use in IVF.

Any mature eggs retrieved from the procedure are placed in a Petri dish in an incubator in the laboratory, to which the prepared sperm sample is added. These are allowed to culture overnight to allow fertilisation to occur.

In some cases, fertilisation needs to be assisted, for example where sperm quality is poor, so our embryology team will utilise a method known as ICSI, Intracytoplasmic Sperm Injection.

The embryologist will select an individual sperm cell and inject it directly into the egg, thus bypassing part of the challenge that sperm cells face to pass through the ‘shell’ of the egg.

Stimulation

This phase will last 2 weeks on average. Here you will be using tailored doses of fertility drugs to stimulate the growth and maturity of the follicles

Trigger

This is arguably the most time sensitive phase of the treatment. Drugs like human Chorionic Gonadotrophin (hCG) or another called GnRH analogue will be used to finish the maturation of the eggs and their detachment from the follicular wall so they are suitable for aspiration

Egg Collection

Around 36 hours after the Trigger medication (35-38 hours) this procedure takes place in theatre under conscious sedation. This is a 30 minute straightforward procedure with extremely low risks of complications. This day we give the eggs to our laboratory for fertilisation

Insemination of the eggs

Here the sperm sample is processed and added to the mature eggs obtained in the egg collection or a single spermatozoa injected into the egg by Intracytoplasmic Sperm Injection (ICSI)

Embryo transfer

This is also a very straightforward procedure that generally lasts around 20 minutes and should not hurt. A very thin catheter is introduced into the uterus and the embryo is left inside.

How much does IVF/ICSI cost at ReproMed?
IVF inclusive package

IVF inclusive package

€4900
ICSI inclusive package

ICSI inclusive package

€5300
ReproMed FAQs

Is there parking at your clinics?

There is parking available at our Cork, Kilkenny & Drogheda clinics. In our Dublin clinic there is a Luas Park and Ride car park beneath us at the Balally Luas stop. Payment for this car park is payable at the Luas Ticket Machines. We would mainly advise patients to park in the Dundrum Town Centre carpark which is directly across the road from our clinic. Traffic in the Dundrum area can be heavy so please allow extra time to get to your appointment. In our Galway clinic limited parking is available. Parking is also available in Dunne Stores Knocknacara which is a 4 minute walk from the clinic.

Will I have any testing done during this consultation?

We will arrange for you to have testing done before or after this consultation if it is indicated.

How long will the consultation last?

Typically the first consultation will last 45 minutes to one hour, depending on the complexity of each individual case.

Do I need a referral from my GP to arrange a consultation?

No referral is needed. We simply require patients to complete a patient registration form with your demographics, important medical information and past fertility history if this is relevant. We also request that patients send us any medical notes or previous fertility test results by email at least one week prior to the appointment so that the doctor can review them.

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