In Vitro Fertilization

If you need more sophisticated methods of assisted reproduction such as IVF or combination of targeted treatments for infertility, Dr. Marinakis and his colleagues can help you to achieve a successful pregnancy providing a specialized treatment. Indications of IVF:

  • • Blocked or non-functional fallopian tubes
  • • Sperm abnormalities
  • • Severe or mild endometriosis
  • • Low ovarian reserve
  • • Ovulation problems which cannot be managed with ovulation induction and artificial insemination
  • • Other infertility treatment fails
  • • Unexplained (idiopathic) infertility

 What are the stages of this procedure?

First stage: Ovarian stimulation

The ovarian production of eggs can be stimulated by fertility medicines (multiple egg production) or naturally during monthly ovulation (only one - or two - egg production).

Second stage: Egg retrieval

Under sedation, the mature eggs are collected from the ovaries while the partner gives a sperm sample. Then, the biological material (ovum and sperm) is processed and placed in a culture dish containing growth medium (the ICSI procedure is often performed in this stage).

After 8 - 20 days, the embryologist will determine how many eggs are fertilized resulting in embryos.

Third stage: Embryo transfer

On day 5, one or two embryo(s) are transferred in the uterus through a plastic tiny tube passing into the cervix (this procedure is painless and it does not need pain relief medication).

Successful IVF means that a healthy embryo is implanted into the uterus, so the pregnancy test gets positive 12 days after the procedure.


How long does the IVF procedure take?

The procedure in combination with medication takes about 2 weeks.


What are the chances of a successful IVF?

The successful rate depends mainly on woman’s age while other factors such as poor sperm quality and anatomical abnormalities are not of vital importance.

Women under the age of 35 are more likely to have a successful pregnancy (45-50%). The cumulative success rate can exceed 70% after 3-4 attempts.

After the age of 35, the success rate gradually decreases each year reaching the 12% at the age of 41-42. However, the more proper and personalized treatment you take, the higher your chances of success.


Dr. Marinakis provides effective medical services and embraces highly successful methods making an absolutely personalised infertility treatment.


What should I do?

Consult Dr. Marinakis.

How much does the IVF procedure cost?

Contact to Dr Marinakis. Learn more about IVF and infertility treatment packages.


The gynecologist Dr. Marinakis served as special assistant in the department of Recurrent Miscarriages in University Hospital St. MARY'S HOSPITAL, LONDON, which is an international centre of interest due to the research and scientific publications in the field of reproductive medicine and assisted reproduction.


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