Prince Court Medical Centre provides solutions to infertility problems
Getting pregnant can be harder than you think. If you are having intercourse regularly without using contraception you should conceive within two years. In any one month your chances of conception are around 20 to 30%.
For couples who are having problems conceiving, there is plenty of help available at Prince Court´s ART/IVF Day Care. Infertility is often thought of as a female concern; but in nearly a third of cases, it is because of male problems such as low sperm count. Conditions affecting the woman’s fertility can include damage of fallopian tubes, ovulatory problems, endometriosis and conditions affecting the uterus. Sometimes it can be a combination of factors and sometimes the problems cannot be explained.
Conducive Environment And Advanced Equipment
At Prince Court, patients are fully taken care of throughout the process in a secure environment that promises privacy, confidentiality and comfort. ART/IVF Day Care at Level 6E is geared with a team of expert Gynaecologist and Embryologist that are highly experienced and staffed by trained fertility nurses. The Andrology and Embryology laboratories are well-equipped with highly-advanced equipment such ICSI machines with lasers, personalized incubator chambers for egg-embryo cultures and heated-stage laminar flows with monitors to give our best services needed with great professional care.
Throughout the procedure patients can rest and relax while being monitored closely in a separate private room with light refreshment served. For male spouses, a private room equipped with a TV and DVDs as well as some relevant magazines is available at your aid.
What procedure suits you?
Intra-uterine insemination (IUI)
The easiest of non-surgical procedures in assisted conception treatment is a technique called artificial insemination (also known as intra-uterine insemination, IUI). This technique should be used as first-line treatment before embarking onto other more advanced assisted conception techniques. This IUI procedure if done properly is fairly painless and very similar to a Pap smear test.
Most IUI pregnancies occur in the first 3 to 4 attempts, especially in younger women with husband having normal semen. The IUI procedure may be recommended to you:
- if the sperm count is low or the sperm are poor movers (poor motility)
- sperm are not surviving the journey through the cervical mucus (sometimes mucus can be too thick for the sperm to pass through)
- female antibodies present that attack the sperm individual experiencing impotence or premature ejaculation
In vitro Fertilization (IVF) or Intracytoplasmic Sperm Injection (ICSI)
IVF or ICSI are a four-stage process which includes ovarian stimulation, monitoring, and ovulation triggering; egg retrieval or ovum pick-up (OPU), fertilisation, and embryo transfer.
In an IVF cycle, eggs and sperm are collected and placed together in a dish to fertilise. The embryos which derived from the successful fertilisation will be chosen and transferred into woman’s uterus. The potential surplus embryos can be kept frozen for future use.
ICSI is a procedure where a single sperm is injected directly into each egg. ICSI is often used if the male partner has a very low sperm count, low motility or poor sperm quality. Once the fertilisation occurs, embryo transfer and freezing would follow next as it goes with IVF.
Testicular Sperm Extraction (TESE)
In certain cases, sperm will be required to be extracted from a man’s epididymis or testicle as some men do not have sperm in their ejaculation. This advanced procedure called TESE and with ICSI has greatly improved the ability of the doctor to treat male factor infertility.
Benefits of Egg, Embryo and Sperm Freezing
Cryopreservation, also known as ‘freezing’ is done when there are surplus eggs or embryos than are needed in a cycle. Extra embryos can be stored for future attempts without the need to repeat the ovarian stimulation or egg retrieval.
In most cases, husbands which are unavailable at wife’s IVF or ICSI attempts, sperm freezing has greatly benefits the couple. It can reduce the cost, inconvenience, and even intense emotional felt by couples throughout the 3-4 weeks length of procedure.
Sperm freezing is one of a choice available when a man is required to undergo other treatment which can impair the sperm production or reduce the sperm quality. A wife still can proceed with the IVF attempt using the husband’s frozen sperm stored earlier.
Embryo hatching occurs when an embryo emerges from its membrane or sheath before implanting in the uterus. Hatching of embryo may be assisted by thinning the membrane either with mechanical techniques, or laser prior to embryo transfer. It helps to increase the chance of pregnancy for those who have failed several IVF attempts.
Success rate with ART
Success rate for ART procedures may vary from one clinic to another and it would be useful to compare the success rate with the national average. At Prince Court we benchmark our success rate with Bourn Hall IVF in UK so as to go inline with international standards.
Hope for you at Prince Court Medical Centre
It is important to remember that you and your partner are in control of your treatment. You determine and decide how many ART cycles you would like to undergo. The earlier you identify the problem, the more likely it is that you will be able to overcome it and achieve your goal.
Prince Court supports you
For many couples, ART offers new hope and opens a new chapter for you as a family. For others, who do not prove successful, other options would be child adoption or child-free. Often, we realise infertility puts a strain on the couple’s relationship, we in Prince Court, offer comfort and counseling through our support group. Do not delay seeking professional help because there is always hope for you.