IVF Cyprus - Fertility Treatment is an intense process that requires sensitivity and an understanding of the physical and emotional aspects of each patient's journey. Led by our experienced fertility specialists, EuroCARE IVF is a comprehensive IVF center in the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus.
In Vitro Fertilization (IVF) is a type of Assisted Reproductive Technology (ART) performed at our leading fertility clinic in Nicosia (Cyprus). In this treatment, egg cells are removed from a woman's ovaries and fertilized with sperm in the laboratory. This fertilized egg is called an embryo. The embryo is either transferred into a woman's uterus or can be frozen for later use.
Experienced IVF specialists are on hand to provide you with the best possible fertility care for the journey ahead.
There are several possible scenarios in IVF treatments:
- Your own eggs and your partner's sperm
- Your eggs and donor sperm
- Your eggs, donor eggs and your partner's sperm
- Donor eggs and your partner's sperm
- donor eggs and donor sperm
- Donated Embryos
Exceptional fertility care combines technical expertise, advanced reproductive treatments and a proven track record of successful results. The EuroCARE team is proud to welcome patients from all over the world for IVF and other modern fertility treatments.
Benefits of IVF
Before attempting IVF, your doctor may recommend alternative therapies. These may include fertility drugs or IUI – intrauterine insemination. If after 3-6 months there is still no improvement from taking medication, or if IUI has not worked or is not suitable for you, then you should consider ART treatment.
In most cases, IVF is offered as the primary infertility treatment, particularly for women over 40. IVF is also recommended when infertility conditions have been identified as medical or otherwise.
- Blocked/damaged/removed fallopian tubes
- Ovulation disorders (premature ovarian failure, PCOS)
- Uterine/cervical problems (fibroids, polyps, endometriosis)
- Low sperm count / abnormalities
- Unexplained fertility
- Detection of genetic abnormalities
IVF can also be recommended when there is a possibility of passing a genetic disorder on to the child.Preimplantation genetic diagnosis (PGD)carried out to examine the embryos for certain genetic disorders. This means that only genetically healthy embryos are transferred to the uterus in the treatment cycle.
IVF Treatment in North Cyprus
In vitro fertilization (IVF) and related assisted reproductive technologies at our European clinic are heavily dependent on the ability to retrieve mature, healthy eggs from the ovaries - either of the intended parent or oneegg donor.
IVF is a technology that introduces retrieved eggs and sperm - which are combined in a special culture medium, greatly improving the chances of successful fertilization. The embryos are observed and grown in our modernized IVF laboratory, where they are graded for quality. Once the embryos have reached the blastocyst stage, the chosen amount of embryos are reinserted into the recipient's uterus.
All of the procedures required during IVF treatment, including ovarian stimulation, egg and sperm retrieval, insemination (ICSI) and embryo transfer, are performed on-site at our state-of-the-art facilities inNorth Cyprus.
An IVF cycle lasts around 16-18 days in total, although this length of time is not needed in Cyprus if home country medication begins.
EuroCARE IVF process
To begin your journey to parenthood, pleaseContact one of our helpful patient coordinators. Everyone has different circumstances, and our coordinators are experienced to answer any questions or concerns you may have — and help you find the right personalized treatment plan.
IVF with ICSI
Step 1 | Testing
The first step is to take the necessary tests to check your fertility. This includes a blood test to check ovarian hormones and a scan to check your antral follicle count. The scan is also beneficial to ensure there are no issues that could affect the embryo's chances of implantation, such as: B. fibroids or polyps.
After reviewing your results, our doctor will confirm which treatment plan is best for you – and the prescription and medication log will be organized. We work with pharmacies in the UK who can deliver the medicine straight to your door.
Step 2 | stimulation phase
When you are ready for treatment - Day 1 of your menstrual cycle marks Day 1 of the treatment cycle - and on Day 2 the stimulation injections begin. We will ask you to have a scan done after 5 days of injection to check how your follicles/ova are developing. Our specialist doctor will make adjustments to the treatment plan at this stage. For example, when the dose of medication needs to be increased (or decreased) and when to start further injections to prevent premature ovulation.
If you use your own eggs in the treatment, daily doses of synthetic hormones are administered to help the eggs develop and mature. These hormones help produce more than one egg instead of the single egg that normally develops each month. The reason for collecting multiple eggs in IVF is due to the fact that some eggs may not be fertilized and not all embryos will develop well enough for transfer. The more eggs we can collect, the greater the chance of having good quality blastocyst embryos for transfer.
Various types of drugs are used throughout the treatment process.
- Injections are required for approximately 10 days for the follicles to develop and mature. Inside the follicle the egg grows and so the size of the follicle indicates the maturity of the egg inside. The injections usually contain a combination of FSH (follicle stimulating hormone) and LH (luteinizing hormone).
- As the follicles develop, natural ovulation occurs and therefore another injection is required during the cycle while the follicles develop. This second injection prevents ovulation and keeps the eggs in the ovaries until they are ready for collection here in Cyprus.
- Regular scans are required to check follicle growth. When finished, a final injection is given (HCG trigger) that stimulates the final maturation of the oocytes in the ovaries.
- Once the eggs are collected, the drug must be used to prepare the lining of the uterus to receive the fertilized egg and then sustain the pregnancy.
Your doctor and patient coordinator will work with you every step of the way and advise you on medication and how to use it when planning your egg retrieval and embryo transfer.
The treatment process usually takes around 16-18 days, however, you don't have to be in Cyprus that long if you start treatment at home. All details will be discussed in good time and plans will be made for your month of treatment.
In rare cases, one of the following factors may cause treatment to be postponed/cancelled:
- Insufficient number of follicles/eggs
- A thin/irregular lining of the uterus
- Premature ovulation
- Excessive number of follicles/hyperstimulation
In each of these cases, the doctor will discuss the options for further action with you, so that we can still help you. For example an alternative medication protocol, freezing embryos until a later date, an alternative treatment such as egg donation.
Step 3 | Egg and sperm collection
On the 9th day of the treatment process, you need to fly to North Cyprus. We'll see you at the clinic the next day for your next scan. When your oocytes have matured, the hCG injection is administered and 36 hours later, the oocytes are collected by ultrasound-guided aspiration.
You will be lightly sedated for egg retrieval and will therefore sleep throughout the procedure. The doctor will retrieve your eggs from the ovaries using ultrasound-guided aspiration. This process takes about 20 minutes and several eggs can be collected successfully.
Your partner's (or donor's) semen sample will be taken the same day. This is filled out in the clinic and the sample is sent directly to the laboratory for processing. Surgical sperm retrieval methods can also be arranged such as TESA or TESE – however these are usually only required if the sample provided does not contain any sperm. If you use sperm donation, this is already organized before the treatment and will be ready at the clinic on the day of the egg retrieval.
The oocytes are then fertilized with the sperm using the ICSI (Intracytoplasmic Sperm Injection) procedure to form the creation of your embryos. ICSI is used in all IVF treatments in our clinic as it is the most effective method of fertilization. ICSI is where a single healthy sperm is injected directly into each mature egg.
Step 4 | embryo transfer
Our medical team will carefully monitor your embryos over the following days and will plan the embryo transfer when they have reached their optimal stage. We prefer transfer on day 5, when the embryos have reached the blastocyst stage, so our fertility doctors can see which embryos have performed best – resulting in a higher chance of a successful pregnancy. Our doctors will discuss the quality and quantity of your embryos with you on the day of the transfer.