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At First Step Fertility, we give you the best possible chance of falling pregnant through bulk-billed IVF that does not compromise on quality.

Our treatment involves a Fully Stimulated IVF Cycle to maximise the number of embryos from your cycle. This may not be the case with a mild stimulated cycle (low drug dosage) offered at other clinics.


In Vitro Fertilisation (IVF)

In Vitro Fertilisation (IVF) is a procedure whereby a woman’s egg and a man’s sperm are placed together in the laboratory for fertilisation outside the body.

Before this, the woman is given medications to stimulate her ovaries to produce more eggs than she normally would. The eggs are collected through a simple surgical procedure and placed in a dish. We aim to retrieve as many eggs as possible to increase the chance of a successful pregnancy and allow excess embryos to be frozen for future use.  For this procedure, you will be lightly sedated.

Your partner will be asked to produce his semen sample on the day of your procedure. The semen sample is washed and concentrated to eliminate the weaker sperm, then added to the eggs about four hours after retrieval.

After a sperm has fertilised the egg, the resulting embryo is grown in the lab for 5 days before being transferred from the incubator to the woman’s uterus. The embryo transfer itself takes only a few minutes and is usually not painful. You’ll be asked to limit your activity for the first 24 hours after the transfer, and a pregnancy test will be performed two weeks after the embryo transfer.

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For more information, please download our information sheets: IVF Fact SheetIVF Treatment Flow Process and Why Choose First Step Fertility

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Additional Options with IVF

ICSI

As its name suggests, Intracytoplasmic Sperm Injection (ICSI) is similar to a standard IVF procedure but involves a scientist injecting a single sperm directly into a mature egg to achieve fertilisation. After fertilisation, the embryo is transferred to the uterus.

ICSI is the preferred method of treating severe male infertility caused by such factors as a low sperm count, or sperm that is lacking in motility (movement) or morphology (shape). Our highly skilled team of scientists work together to use your partner’s better-quality, more mature sperm to maximise your chances of achieving a pregnancy.

For more information, please download our ICSI Fact Sheet

Frozen Embryo Transfer (FET)

An IVF cycle may result in several good-quality embryos being produced. However, as only one embryo is usually transferred into the uterus, the remaining ones can be frozen and used at a later date.

The actual embryo transfer process on the day is the same as a fresh transfer, without any need for patients to be sedated.

The thawing process involves removing the embryo from liquid nitrogen and rehydrating the embryo. This takes about 15 minutes.

A FET is all about timing the transfer to take place at the correct stage in your cycle. We will carry out a baseline check of your uterine lining at the start of the cycle and examine it again a few days before transfer to ensure it is in optimum condition.

Some of the benefits of completing a FET over a Fully Stimulated IVF Cycle include:

  • There’s no need to stimulate the ovaries for egg collection.
  • Minimal medication
  • No surgical procedure
  • Less time involved to undertake the treatment

 

Please note:
– All treatment procedures are carried out in our RTAC (Reproductive Technology Accreditation Committee)-accredited fertility clinics, where gametes (eggs and sperm) and embryos are also stored.
– Women contemplating fertility treatment should be aware of the possible risks. As with all medications and medical procedures, side effects and potential risks are involved. We encourage you to discuss these at your medical consultation with an IVF specialist.

 

For more information about the cost structures of the different treatments, see our Costs page.

 

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