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Azoospermia Condition in Men

Infertility is not uncommon in present society. Very often, people would think that the issue with infertility lies mainly in women. However, men can also be the cause of infertility between couples. Azoospermia is a medical term used when there are no sperm in the ejaculate (semen). This could be caused by a blockage along the reproductive tract which prevents sperm from entering the ejaculate, or it can be non obstructive whereby it is caused by a decrease in sperm production by the testis. (more…)

The benefits of Pulse-driven ICSI

What is Infertility?

Infertility is defined as not being able to achieve a pregnancy after 12 months or more of regular unprotected sexual intercourse between a man and a woman. Around 15% of couples in Singapore faced infertility [1]. Fortunately, there are various ways to treat infertility. ICSI (intracytoplasmic sperm injection) is one of the treatment methods to overcome infertility. (more…)

Laser Assisted Hatching (LAH) Technology

What is Laser Assisted Hatching?

A human embryo has a soft outer ‘shell’ called the zona pellucida (or zona for short). When an embryo is five or six days old and is at the stage known as a blastocyst, it needs to hatch out of the zona. Once the embryo has hatched out of the zona, it is able to implant into the lining of the womb. If the embryo does not hatch a pregnancy cannot occur. The embryologists can assist the hatching process using laser assisted hatching (LAH) technology if the embryo does not hatch naturally at the time of embryo transfer. (more…)

IVF injections: Tips for fertility shots

For women pursuing in-vitro fertilisation (IVF), you will most likely be given fertility medications for ovarian stimulation. These medications come in the form of injections and are usually self- administered. It can be a challenging experience to have multiple IVF injections a day, even for those who are unafraid of needles. Here are several tips from our nurses that may be of help. (more…)

Process of IVF (A step by step guide)

Step 1: Ovarian Stimulation

Ovarian stimulation facilitates the retrieval of multiple oocytes during oocyte pick up (OPU) procedure in an IVF cycle. In order to retrieve multiple oocytes, the ovaries are stimulated through daily administration of fertility medications. Throughout the course of stimulation, the follicles in the ovaries grow in size and potentially contain oocytes (eggs). Generally, it takes about 10 to 14 days for stimulation. It is perfectly normal to have a shorter or longer stimulation period as the duration of stimulation can differ due to individual’s unique body constitution. (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

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…)
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