In Vitro Fertilisation (IVF)

In Vitro Fertilisation (IVF)

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

In Vitro Fertilisation (IVF)
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.


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.

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Steps to Pregnancy


At your first consultation you will meet one of our doctors who will describe in detail the IVF procedure, what to expect throughout the process, success rates for your own particular case and the expected outcome.


During your consultation your Doctor may suggest some additional diagnostic tests for you. After your consultation you will be contacted by a member of our team who can schedule these tests for you and answer any questions you may have.

Treatment Plan

When all your diagnostics are complete your doctor will dictate and confirm your treatment plan. You will receive educational modules relating to your treatment, along with consent forms via our online platform Engaged MD. Upon completion of your modules and consent forms the coordination/ nursing team will arrange your starting date for treatment and next steps.

Baseline Appointment

The first appointment of your treatment cycle is referred to as your baseline appointment and usually takes place just before or in the early stages of your cycle. We will carry out viral screen blood tests (HIV, Hep B and Hep C) for both partners (if applicable) in advance of this appointment. You will have an assessment scan and hormone bloods taken at this appointment.


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


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.

Egg Collection

Around 36 hours after the Trigger medication (35-38 hours) this procedure takes place in theatre under conscious sedation. While the egg collection is taking place the sperm sample is being simultaneously prepared in the laboratory where a concentrated sample of the motile sperm is extracted from the semen sample. The sperm is added to the dish or dishes containing the eggs and they are returned to the incubator.

Embryo transfer

This is also a very straightforward procedure that generally lasts around 20 minutes. A very thin catheter is introduced into the uterus and the embryo is left inside. Before you leave the clinic, you will be advised of the date of which you should carry out a pregnancy test. It is usually 14 days after embryo transfer.

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IVF | In Vitro Fertilisation

IVF | In Vitro Fertilisation

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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