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How do you prepare for semen analysis or semen production for your IVF treatment?

Prior to the day of semen analysis or semen production for IVF treatment, the couple is advised to refrain from sexual intercourse and masturbation for 3 to 5 days. It is important for the man to clear his semen 3 to 5 days before the analysis because sperm quality could be lower with prolonged abstinence, and thus affect the accuracy of the results. (more…)

What are the most common fertility treatments? Which is most suitable for me?

In order to achieve a pregnancy, the egg has to be fertilised by the sperm. Fertilisation is the fusion of an egg and a sperm to form an embryo. Fertilisation can occur in-vivo (inside body such as conceiving by natural means) or in-vitro (outside the body). Fertilisation that occurs outside the body is known as in-vitro fertilisation. The most common fertility treatments are:
  1. Intracytoplasmic sperm injection (ICSI) in In-vitro Fertilisation (IVF) treatment
  2. Intrauterine Insemination (IUI) treatment
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Do you need PGT (Preimplantation Genetic Testing)?

A couple had regular visits to the obstetrician as she was pregnant. As part of prenatal care, the couple had thalassemia screening (thalassemia is a blood disorder that is inheritable). Results revealed that they were carriers of beta-thalassemia. Subsequent amniocentesis confirmed that the baby inherited both genes from the father and mother, and had the disease in full. What are the couple’s options to have a healthy child in light of their genetic status? In this article, we hope to explain about ‘Preimplantation Genetic Testing’, a procedure that helps overcome this undesirable genetic inheritance. (more…)

Steps involved in PGT (Preimplantation Genetic Testing)

In our earlier article, we explained about who preimplantation genetic testing (PGT) is for—do have a look if you have not! To recap, PGT is helpful for couples at risk of passing down genetic disorders to their children. Through PGT, healthy embryos are identified and selected for transfer into the womb, ensuring that the resulting child is free from the disease. (more…)

IVF Case Study #1 – PCOS with low sperm count

Mrs Allie (not actual name) is a 34-year-old female. Mr. Allie is a 43-year-old male, a social smoker and drinker. Mr. and Mrs. Allie were married for 2 years and have been trying to conceive a baby naturally. However, they had no success in conceiving. They were unsure of the reason behind their infertility and decided to seek medical advice from professionals. The couple came to Alpha IVF Centre for a fertility check and were keen for fertility treatment. (more…)

What services does a women’s clinic provide?

A women’s clinic provides various healthcare services for women at every stage of their lives. A women’s clinic offers solutions to issues relating to women’s reproductive health, fertility and pregnancy. Gynecological conditions such as abnormal menstrual flow/pain, ovarian cysts and genital tract infections are commonly seen in women, regardless of age, and may cause infertility. Hence, it is important to visit a gynaecologist (gynae) to address any reproductive health concerns before they become a threat to one’s health and fertility. Besides that, a women’s clinic also provides medical care to mothers-to-be during their pregnancy, and manages the delivery of their babies. (more…)