IVF

Visit the Assisted Conception Unit (ACU) at Chelsea and Westminster Hospital for In vitro fertilisation (IVF) - you can ask your GP to refer you to us.

In vitro fertilisation

In this treatment, eggs are removed from the ovaries, fertilised with sperm in a laboratory dish and allowed to grow before being replaced in the woman’s womb. IVF literally means ‘fertilisation in glass’, giving us the familiar term ‘test tube baby’.

IVF can be appropriate in the following circumstances:

  • if a woman has damaged or blocked fallopian tubes which stop sperm from reaching the egg
  • if a man has sub-optimal sperm quantity or quality which reduces the chance of fertilisation
  • if there is unexplained fertility or resistance to conventional ovulation induction techniques

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