Treatments for infertility
Hormones are given to the female to increase the production of eggs.
This may solve the problem but only if low egg production was the issue.
IVF – in vitro fertilisation
- Female is given fertility drugs to increase egg production.
- Eggs are surgically collected from the ovaries.
- Sperm is collected.
- Sperm and egg cells are mixed in the lab.
- Female is given hormones to ensure the uterus lining is thick.
- Embryos are placed into the uterus.
- If successful an embryo/embryos will implant into the uterus lining – the female is pregnant.
Usually only one or two embryos are placed into the uterus to give a balance between ensuring success and avoiding multiple births.
Before placing the embryos into the uterus, it is possible to genetically screen them for abnormalities or check their gender.