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IVF stands for In Vitro Fertilization. In Vitro "in glass" in Latin, that is, fertilization of eggs and sperm occurs in a laboratory environment outside the body. IVF provides the ideal conditions for successful fertilization and growth of healthy embryos when natural pregnancy cannot be carried out for some reason. IVF is not a single procedure; it is a period with several different steps that take place over a cycle. IVF, which has become one of the greatest medical options of our age by mediating thousands of successful results for couples who want to have a baby, is a procedure that aims to manage one of the most personal and emotional processes in the world in a sensitive and professional way.

IVF with ICSI (Intracytoplasmic sperm injection) is a specialized form of IVF treatment that is used in cases of severe male infertility or after repeated failed fertilization attempts with conventional IVF.

Who Is This For?

  • Couples who are in overall good health and haven’t been able to get pregnant on their own after 6 months

  • Women who have been unsuccessful with other fertility treatments

  • Men suffering from infertility, have low sperm count or poor sperm motility/morphology 

Treatment Duration

6 to 8 weeks.

Potential Risks & Side Effects

  • Nausea and vomiting

  • Severe stomach aches

  • Decreased urinary frequency

  • Shortness of breath

  • Allergic reactions

  • Vaginal bleeding

  • Bloating

  • Breast tenderness

  • Constipation

  • Mood swings

  • Fatigue

  • Multiple births

  • Premature delivery and low birth weight

  • Ovarian hyperstimulation syndrome

  • Miscarriage

  • Gestational diabetes

  • High blood pressure

Recovery Time

Recovery after the egg retrieval process of IVF with ICSI takes about 30 minutes and women may walk out on your own immediately after the procedure.

Success Rate


Alternative Treatments

  • Ovulation Induction

  • Artificial Insemination

  • Surgery

How Does It Work?

1.     Preparation

Before starting the IVF cycle, you and your partner should first avoid stress and anxiety. In addition to this, the preparation process includes:

  • You both should stop Smoking

  • You should take the vitamins recommended by the doctor

  • You should make a fertility-enhancing healthy diet

  • You should avoid red meat, sugar, refined grains, and other highly processed foods

  • You should sleep regularly and efficiently

  • Doing breathing exercises

2.     Procedure Steps

There are 5 main steps in an IVF procedure. These are ovulation induction, egg retrieval, sperm retrieval, fertilization and embryo transfer. To make you understand, here’s a detailed discussion around each step:

  • Ovulation induction: At the first stage, if you are using your own eggs for their IVF procedure, your doctor will prescribe fertility medications to help the ovaries make more eggs and you should start to use them.

  • Egg retrieval: Once your eggs are ready for retrieval after one to two weeks of ovarian stimulation, your  doctor will perform blood tests and a vaginal ultrasound to determine if the eggs are mature to collect. The most common method for retrieval is transvaginal ultrasound aspiration, which uses a device inserted into the vagina to identify the follicles and collect the eggs. To provide the comfort, sedation and pain medication may be used at this stage.

  • Sperm retrieval: If you are using sperm from your partner, he is being asked to give a semen sample. After it is received, the sperm are removed from the seminal fluid to be used in fertilization.

  • Fertilization: Then the fertilization may begin. Your doctor will mix the healthy and mature eggs with healthy sperm in the laboratory. In IVF with ICSI procedure, fertilization is performed by using Intracytoplasmic sperm injection (ICSI).

  • Embryo transfer: The last stage of the IVF procedure is embryo transfer. This process is conducted within six days after the eggs have been retrieval. During the embryo transfer, your doctor will insert a flexible catheter into your vagina, through the cervix and into the uterus. Then, the doctor will implant one or more of the embryos through the catheter. If the procedure is successful, the embryo will implant in the lining of the uterus within ten days after the eggs have been collected. And congratulations, you are pregnant now!

What Should I Expect from IVF Procedure

  • If the first IVF cycle won’t be successful, then you can always undergo a second one.

  • You may consider egg freezing for future use.

  • You may feel minor cramping and discomfort during the implantation stage.

  • The side effects are usually mild, but can include constipation, breast tenderness, hot flashes, weight gain, nausea, and headaches.

  • You can experience psychological side effects during IVF process. The hormones used to stimulate egg production can cause mood swings and depression.

  • Make sure that you have someone who can support you during your journey.


Are IVF Injections Painful?

For most patients, injections do not hurt, but they are not welcome, they are fast and do not cause problems because their discomfort ends within a few seconds.

Are Women Awake During Embryo Transfer?

Women are awake during embryo transfer which takes approximately 15 minutes and they are able to watch the procedure on the ultrasound monitor.

What Is The Different Between ICSI and IVF?

The only difference between IVF and ICSI is observed in the fertilization stage. In conventional IVF, the egg and sperm are left in a petri dish to fertilize on their own. In ICSI, one sperm is directly injected into the egg.


Learn more about IVF with ICSI in Turkey by comparing costs and reviewing the clinics and doctors.

Overall Satisfaction star star 10.0 Based on 16 reviews
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    Melissa, United States
    star star Jan 2022
    Dogus IVF Fertility Clinic was one of the best clinics I have ever been to. The most caring group of people and company I've ever encountered!! I cannot be happier. I am genuinely grateful to Flymedi for arranging the whole trip hassle-free and choosing this clinic for me. In Nicosia, the person I encountered in a store asked me which clinic I went to, and he told me Dogus is one of the best. I cannot describe the joy of being a mom and making this dream come true.
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    Stella M., Germany
    star star Sep 2021
    First thing first, I'd like to thank my doctor for shoving away my concerns during our very first meeting. Also, I thank a lot to the clinic which made my journey much more easier and fun. It was completely great in every way possible.
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    Marina Safonova, Italy
    star star Aug 2021
    I was really stressed about the procedure but it was great. Everyone was really understanding and considerate. And thank god the treatment was successful. I would totally recommend this clinic to everyone in need.
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    Suzan Desmond, United States
    star star Jul 2021
    After trying IVF unsuccessfully in the US for many years Maria from Adonis Fertility International gave me hope. I was very impressed by her work ethic and I trusted she would work hard at helping us become parents. Her communication was top-notch. I choose Adonis because of Maria and then worked with Amy, Nancy, and Ivanna and ALL were Amazing. Everything is broken down for you in steps and very organized. There was always someone there to answer a question you may. Its been a very smooth process, with all the legal documents and made transporting the biomaterial stress-free. We are still in our beginning stages and I will give another review at the end but everything so far has been excellent and I would recommend Adonis to any US couple looking to try IVF and hopefully become parents.
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    Amine, United States
    star star Jun 2021
    Columna medical center helped my husband and I to get pregnant through IVF. We had been trying for a long time to get pregnant and start a family but it just was not working for us. Thank god we made the choice to try this way and are expecting our first child.
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    Danielle, United Kingdom
    star star Jun 2021
    Having a child is a miracle and I always wanted to be a mother. Thank you DOGUS IVF for making it possible! Everyone was so understanding and sweet. I had a million questions and they answered every single one of them. The patience of the team was very important to me. It is almost time for me to hold my baby in my arms. I can't thank DOGUS IVF enough.
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    Marie, Germany
    star star Jun 2021
    Very pleased with the results. Columna Medical Center has given me what I wanted most in life. I was unable to achieve this on my own and would recommend it to anyone in the same situation. Thank you from the bottom of my heart.
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    Angela, Spain
    star star Jun 2021
    I was struggling to deal with my diagnosis and was scared of what the future would hold. Luckily Neolife was really supportive and helped me through this time. They were there for more than just treatment and really made me feel like I was in good hands. Thanks for everything.
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    Candice Nguyen, United States
    star star Jun 2021
    Adonis has been great from the very beginning of our dealing with them. Their huge advantage for folks like us from the USA are that Adonis (Adonis Fertility International) has offices in the USA. Their communication is great, too! Their efficiency in gathering data and checking everything out is top notch. Maria has been stellar in Coordinating our experience. We opted to Travel to Kiev to begin the process rather than deliver the "goods" via their courier...We just felt the need to connect more personally by being there. Definitely worth the time and effort, as we felt even more confident in our decision to move forward with them. Tetiana & Ivana spoke excellent English and made our visit not only comfortable, but pleasant! We will report more as we move along in the process but so far, we are extremely happy with our decision to work with ADONIS!
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    Suzan T., United States
    star star May 2021
    There's nothing I wanted more than a child of my own and Dogus IVF helped me achieve this dream. They made the process so easy for us by being so friendly and understanding. I strongly recommend trying them if you're having trouble conceiving. Truly a magical experience.
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    Zara Irina, Romania
    star star Jul 2019
    Hello!I had a very satisfying experience with Flymed!I called twice for NorthCyprus (Ivfclinic) services, the last time with a positive result and I was pleased with the way I was treated and the way they treated me personally.Flymed's contact, Mr. Mustafa was kind and connected throughout the process, from booking to the hotel until the final outcome of the procedure.The requested information was prompt and very useful.
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    Irina, Romania
    star star Jan 2019
    Flymedi very useful and well-trained staff.Mr. Mustafa Seyhan has been very helpful in mediating with the clinic and booking for accommodation.North Cyprus professional clinic.Treatment and monitoring very good. Personally well prepared and kind.I had a good experience and I strongly recommend. I will be using this service again in the future
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    Ahmed, Qatar
    star star Oct 2018
    كل الشكر والتقدير لسرعة الاستجابة وكفاءة الأداء وبالأخص الأخت نادية اشكرها كثيرا لمساعدتها اياي وكانت حلقة وصل كبيرة مع مصحة بهشيجي اي خدمة لك مستعدين
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    Cristina Nita, Romania
    star star Feb 2018
    I start with searching in the internet the best clinic for ivf,and i find Flymedi.They answer very fast to my email and they help me with everything.With Ceyda and Fidan from flymedi i had the best comunication and they give me all the information i need.Finally when i chose the clinic Fidan make for me an appoiment to the clinic and she come there with me at the first day to be sure everything is ok.I make the best choice by calling Flymedi services.Thank you for all.
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    Isabela, Bahrain
    star star Sep 2017
    Once I decided on my fertility clinic that fit my needs, I stopped at the British IVF Cyprus clinic. Communication was fluid and I was always appeased with the answers. IVF procedure (esp paperwork) was so much easier than the previous one in America, not to mention the cost difference. The previous IVF cycle failed for me in the states but the one in Cyprus actually worked; though I'm only half way through, I'll go back with hopes that I'll hold in my arms my bundle of joy soon. Staff and doctor are engaged which is something that will not happen elsewhere. It's impossible anywhere else except at British IVF Cyprus clinic to actually receive support directly from the doctor in the middle of the night. He lowered my stress by keeping me informed and patiently answering my questions.
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    Narcisa , Romania
    star star Apr 2017
    Serviciile sunt bune, a fost o intervenție reușită.
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