Time-Lapse (TL) Culture System in IVF

Time-lapse culture system is a current technology used for embryo culture and embryo development monitoring in IVF. The system itself is an incubator which comes with a high- resolution camera and computer software that can automatically take an image of each developing embryo at 10-minute intervals. This provides an undisturbed and stable environment for embryos to grow whilst continuously acquiring images of the developing embryo. These images can be reviewed at any time by the embryologists for embryo development evaluation without having to remove the embryos from the incubator. (more…)

Benefits of Frozen Embryo Transfer (FET)

An embryo is formed when the egg is fertilized by the sperm. The embryos created in in vitro fertilisation (IVF) can be transferred back to the woman’s uterus in 2 ways:
  1. Fresh Embryo Transfer (ET) Fresh ET is the transfer of embryos that are formed 3 or 5 days after oocyte pick up (OPU) during fresh IVF cycle.
  2. Frozen Embryo Transfer (FET) FET uses frozen embryos for transfer. Similar to fresh cycle, fertilised embryos are cultured until day 3 or day 5. Depending on the quality of the embryo, slow developing embryos may need to be cultured to day 6 or day 7 in order to form blastocysts. Those embryos that the embryologists deemed as freezable grade are frozen. This would mean that embryos which are able to survive the freezing and thawing process will be frozen. Poor quality embryos will not survive the harsh freezing and thawing process. All freezable grade embryos are frozen and stored for future implantations.

PGT (Pre-implantation Genetic Testing) Co-funding Scheme

A new co-funding scheme for Pre-implantation Genetic Testing for Monogenic / Single Gene Defects (PGT-M) and Chromosomal Structural Rearrangements (PGT-SR) was recently introduced as part of the Government’s effort to support couples in their parenthood journey with effect from 1st July 2022. This scheme will provide financial support for eligible couples who wish to conceive but are at risk of transmitting serious inheritable diseases to their offspring [1]. (more…)

When should I visit a fertility clinic?

There are various reasons why a visit to the fertility clinic is required. If you and your spouse have difficulty getting pregnant after trying for a long time, it is recommended to visit a fertility clinic. A fertility clinic provides comprehensive fertility related tests and services to help married couples conceive a child of their own. When couples could not get pregnant after trying a long time, fertility specialist may run fertility test to find out the cause of infertility. (more…)

Pregnancy Tips: How to cope with morning sickness?

Morning sickness is very common. Most pregnant women would experience it during pregnancy. Morning sickness is a feeling of nausea and vomiting during early pregnancy. It can happen at any time of the day or night. It usually begins on the 6th week of pregnancy and goes away by the second trimester. (more…)

Optimising your pregnancy chances

Miscarriages are common in the first few weeks of pregnancy. Unfortunately, they are unpreventable. There are many factors that could lead to a miscarriage, such as chromosomal abnormalities and fetus development issues. However, there are ways we can adopt to have a healthy and positive pregnancy. (more…)
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