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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…)

Egg freezing to preserve fertility

Elective egg freezing is an option for women to preserve fertility and conceive later in life. This means that eggs with better reproductive potential (harvested at a younger age) are available when one becomes older. Frozen eggs can then be thawed, fertilised and transferred back to the womb through IVF.
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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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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…)