Assisted reproductive options include IVF (invitro fertilisation), ICSI (intracytoplasmic sperm injection) and PGT (preimplantation genetic testing). IVF forms the basis of treatment. It involves injection of hormones to grow more than 1 egg in the body. Followed by retrieval of the eggs and fertilisation of the eggs in the laboratory. If sperm was poor quality, then ICSI is used to ensure fertilisation. So ICSI just just a part of the IVF process. Once the fertilised egg grows to day 5, it is termed a blastocyst embryo (there are embryos also forming at day 3- termed cleavage stage embryos). We aim to place 1 blastocyst and keep any additional ones frozen. If the first embryo doesn’t work, then we can simply thaw the frozen embryos without the need for further injections.

In PGT, the embryos have an additional step where it is tested for chromosomal abnormalities before being placed back in the uterus. So PGT is just an additional step in IVF. It does not increase the blastocyst numbers and cannot improve the quality of the blastocysts. It is a selection tool and is used simple to shorten time to pregnancy.

Currently ADORA offers bulk billed IVF services for medicare eligible patients.

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