NewLife Fertility Center offers a wide range of Fertility Treatments
Our experts are performing these procedures:
- What is it? Intrauterine
insemination, also known as artificial insemination, involves inserting sperms of the husband into the womb at the time of ovulation using a catheter (a
very fine needle or probe). The woman may need to take fertility drugs to stimulate egg production.
- Used to treat: unexplained infertility, premature
ejaculation, erection difficulties.
- Success rate:NewLife has a success rate of 17% (avarage is five to
15 %) per cycle.
- For information about IUI, click here.
In vitro fertilization (IVF)
- What is it? Eggs and
sperm are collected and fertilised in the laboratory before the resulting embryo is transferred to the womb. The woman takes fertility drugs to stimulate the
production of eggs. Once these are mature, they're collected by the doctor, using ultrasound to guide the collecting tube. The husband produces a sperm sample, which is prepared before being put with
the eggs in a Petri dish and left for a few days to see if fertilisation takes place. If a healthy embryo develops, this is placed in the womb using a catheter (a very fine needle or probe). Usually,
no more than one or two are placed. Any remaining embryos suitable for freezing may be stored for future use.
- Why it's used: to treat unexplained infertility, blocked fallopian
tubes, endometriosis, PCOS.
- Success rate: NewLife Fertility Center's success rate is 37% and 61% for
frozen embryo transfer (FET) (the avarage is about 33 - 36 %) per cycle.
- For more information about IvF, click here.
Intracytoplasmic sperm injection
- What is it? A single
sperm is injected into the cytoplasm or centre of a single egg. This is then transferred to the womb using the same process as IVF.
- Why it's used: to treat male factor infertility, such as low sperm count
or poor motility (mobility or movement) or abnormally shaped sperm. ICSI may also be used following previous unsuccessful attempts at fertilisation using IVF and when sperm has been retrieved
directly from the epididymis or the testicles (see 'Sperm extraction', below).
- Success rate: as for IVF,NewLife Fertility Center's success rate is 37%
and 61% for frozen embryo transfer (FET) (avarage about 33 - 36%)per cycle, sometimes more.
- For more information about ICSI, click here.
If during previous IVF attempts, the embryos fail to implant in the womb, the doctor
may suggest a blastocyst transfer. The embryo is allowed to develop for five or six days before being transferred to the womb. Because the embryo is more developed and transfer occurs closer to the
time that implantation would occur naturally, the pregnancy rate is usually higher. However, some embryos will die in the laboratory, so the number of embryos available for transfer and freezing will
be fewer. For this reason, it's generally only offered to women who produce a large number of good quality embryos.
Before attaching itself to the wall of the womb, an embryo has to break out (hatch)
from a gel-like membrane known as the zona pellucida. This membrane can be tough or thickened and some fertility experts think it may impede implantation of the embryo in the womb. To help the embryo
break through, the embryologist may make a tiny hole in the membrane before it's transferred to help the hatching process.
Pre-implantation genetic diagnosis
- What is it? PGD involves checking the genes of embryos aged between two and five days, created by IVF for genetic diseases such as sickle cell, thalassemia, Down's syndrome,
haemophilia and cystic fibrosis, as well as for some inherited diseases of later life such as breast, ovarian and bowel cancer. Disease free embryos will then be transferred to the womb.
- When it's used: if a couple has a child with a genetic
disease and is at risk of having another; if there have been several terminations because a genetic disorder was diagnosed; if there's a strong family history of breast, bowel or ovarian cancer.
- For more information about PGD, click here.
Pre-implantation genetic screening
- What is it? PGS (sometimes called aneuploidy screening) involves checking IVF embryos to ensure they have the correct number of chromosomes, and that these are
- When it's used: if parents are older, around 45 years,
with a high risk of having a baby with chromosome disorder such as Down's syndrome or if the mother has a history of recurrent miscarriages. Normal
cells contain 23 pairs of chromosomes, making a total of 46 chromosomes. PGS involves screening embryos produced by IVF to ensure they have this number. This avoids embryos with the wrong number of
chromosomes being transferred to the womb. In Down's syndrome, for example, there are three copies of the number 21 chromosome instead of the usual two.
- What is it? A small operation that
removes sperm from the epididymis (the tube where sperm mature in the man's body) or the testicles (where sperm cells are made) for use in ICSI or another treatment. There are several different
methods of sperm extraction:
- PESA (percutaneous epididymal sperm aspiration) involves guiding a small needle into the epididymis to
draw out fluid containing sperm.
- TESE (testicular sperm extraction) uses the same method to remove tissue from the testes.
- MESA (microsurgical sperm aspiration) uses a small needle to extract mature sperm from the
- Why it's used: when a man can't produce sperm - for example, after a vasectomy failed
- Success rate: when used in ICSI, about 25 per cent per cycle.
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