At Life Fertility Centre, we offer IVF services at an affordable cost. We effectively combine Medicine and Prayers in the management of infertility and hence we believe that every Tear can Be Turned into Joy. Our well trained Counselors will walk you through the journey, ensuring you get the best of services and assistant any time and any day.
Starting the IVF treatment process can be an exciting and nerve-wracking experience but here at always life, we make the experience memorable. IVF is usually considered if…
- A woman has blocked Fallopian tubes
- Low sperm count in males
- Unexplained Infertility
- Advanced age in females
- Failed IUI
This brings us to the IVF process;
Step 1: A preliminary assessment
This involves an advanced ultrasound scan that determines the treatment protocol. It is done on the second day of your period, the ovaries and uterus are checked to ensure that they are in good conditions for the fertilization and conception of a baby. This assessment is performed to understand the qualitative nature of the woman’s fertility; not just how many eggs, but how healthy they are and how receptive will the womb lining be to implant an embryo. Also, a semen sample is collected from assessment. Note that intercourse or masturbation should be refrained from 36-72 hours before producing a sample.
Step 2: Cycle control drugs To increase the chance of success and to make management of the treatment cycle easier for both you and us, we use a combination of drugs:
- Follicle Stimulating Hormone (FSH) to stimulate the ovaries to mature more eggs than in your natural menstrual cycle.
- Either Gonadotrophin Releasing Hormone Agonist (Buserelin/Nafarelin) or Gonadotrophin Releasing Hormone Antagonist (Cetrorelix) to control the timing of egg maturation and egg collection.
- Human Chronic Gonadotrophin (HCG) which ripens the eggs so that they are capable of being fertilized.
Several scans are done between treatments to ensure that the eggs are developing normally.
Step 3: Egg Retrieval This is done while under sedative and the eggs are collected under ultrasound guidance and collected with a needle. Once in the ovary, the clinician will puncture and drain every follicle in order to get the maximum success rates. These oocytes will be transferred to the embryology lab for fertilization. Light spotting is common, as well as lower abdominal cramping, but most feel better in a day or so after the procedure.
Step 4: Egg Fertilization Once the eggs are retrieved, they are mixed with your partner’s sperm for fertilization. In some cases, ICSI is used when there is low motility or low sperm count. The embryo is not allowed to fertilize for 3-5 days.
Step 5: Embryo Transfer During the embryo transfer, a thin tube, or catheter, will be passed through your cervix. After the transfer, you’ll stay lying down for a couple hours (bring a book) and then head home. If there are “extra” high-quality embryos left over, you may be able to freeze them. This is called embryo cryopreservation. They can be used later if this cycle isn’t successful, or they can be donated.
Once the embryo is successfully implanted, the pregnancy cycle begins. Our hospital provides quality antenatal care to guide you through the process and eliminate as much difficulties as possible. You are our topmost priority.
See our Info Booklet for a more detailed explanation of the procedure.