The ultimate guide to understanding IVF

Between days 3 and 5 after fertilisation, the best embryo with the highest implantation potential is selected for transfer.

Between days 3 and 5 after fertilisation, the best embryo with the highest implantation potential is selected for transfer.

What you need to know:

  • On average, about 70 percent of fertility problems are attributed to the woman while 30 percent are attributed to the man.
  • The process of IVF involves monitoring and stimulating a woman’s ovulatory process, removing an ovum or ova (egg or eggs) from the woman’s ovaries, and letting sperm fertilise them in a laboratory.
  • The success of IVF will largely be dependent on a variety of factors ranging from the age of the woman, hormonal imbalance, high-quality eggs, sperms, and embryos, and luck.

In May 2006, Kenya’s first in vitro fertilisation babies were delivered at Avenue Hospital in Parklands, Nairobi. The babies, both girls, were born to women aged 30 and 35 years. Their birth came 28 years after the first test-tube baby was born in the United Kingdom. The two paid at least Sh. 300,000 each for the IVF procedure. Since then, over 2,000 babies have been delivered through IVF. In the first six months of 2020, over 400 babies were born through in vitro fertilization.

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