For couples who are having problems conceiving, there is plenty of help available at Prince Court´s ART/IVF Day Care. Infertility is often thought of as a female concern; but in nearly a third of cases, it is because of male problems such as low sperm count. Conditions affecting the woman’s fertility can include damage of fallopian tubes, ovulatory problems, endometriosis and conditions affecting the uterus. Sometimes it can be a combination of factors and sometimes the problems cannot be explained.
At Prince Court, patients are fully taken care of throughout the process in a secure environment that promises privacy, confidentiality and comfort. ART/IVF Day Care at Level 6E is geared with a team of expert Gynaecologist and Embryologist that are highly experienced and staffed by trained fertility nurses. The Andrology and Embryology laboratories are well-equipped with highly-advanced equipment such ICSI machines with lasers, personalized incubator chambers for egg-embryo cultures and heated-stage laminar flows with monitors to give our best services needed with great professional care.
Throughout the procedure patients can rest and relax while being monitored closely in a separate private room with light refreshment served. For male spouses, a private room equipped with a TV and DVDs as well as some relevant magazines is available at your aid.
Intra-uterine insemination (IUI)
The easiest of non-surgical procedures in assisted conception treatment is a technique called artificial insemination (also known as intra-uterine insemination, IUI). This technique should be used as first-line treatment before embarking onto other more advanced assisted conception techniques. This IUI procedure if done properly is fairly painless and very similar to a Pap smear test.
Most IUI pregnancies occur in the first 3 to 4 attempts, especially in younger women with husband having normal semen
In vitro Fertilization (IVF) or Intracytoplasmic Sperm Injection (ICSI)
IVF involves removing eggs from the woman’s body, fertilizing them in the laboratory with her partner’s sperm.
Though this is a simple explanation of IVF, the procedure is a very complex one involving 7 steps;
If there are extra embryos left after the embryo transfer procedure, they are frozen and used at a later stage to attempt pregnancy again.
Testicular Sperm Extraction (TESE)
In certain cases, sperm will be required to be extracted from a man’s epididymis or testicle as some men do not have sperm in their ejaculation. This advanced procedure called TESE and with ICSI has greatly improved the ability of the doctor to treat male factor infertility.
Benefits of Egg, Embryo and Sperm Freezing
Cryopreservation, also known as ‘freezing’ is done when there are surplus eggs or embryos than are needed in a cycle. Extra embryos can be stored for future attempts without the need to repeat the ovarian stimulation or egg retrieval.
In most cases, husbands which are unavailable at wife’s IVF or ICSI attempts, sperm freezing has greatly benefits the couple. It can reduce the cost, inconvenience, and even intense emotional felt by couples throughout the 3-4 weeks length of procedure.
Sperm freezing is one of a choice available when a man is required to undergo other treatment which can impair the sperm production or reduce the sperm quality. A wife still can proceed with the IVF attempt using the husband’s frozen sperm stored earlier.
Embryo hatching occurs when an embryo emerges from its membrane or sheath before implanting in the uterus. Hatching of embryo may be assisted by thinning the membrane either with mechanical techniques, or laser prior to embryo transfer. It helps to increase the chance of pregnancy for those who have failed several IVF attempts.
Success rate with ART
Success rate for ART procedures may vary from one clinic to another and it would be useful to compare the success rate with the national average. At Prince Court we benchmark our success rate with Bourn Hall IVF in UK so as to go inline with international standards.
It is important to remember that you and your partner are in control of your treatment. You determine and decide how many ART cycles you would like to undergo. The earlier you identify the problem, the more likely it is that you will be able to overcome it and achieve your goal.
For many couples, ART offers new hope and opens a new chapter for you as a family. For others, who do not prove successful, other options would be child adoption or child-free. Often, we realise infertility puts a strain on the couple’s relationship, we in Prince Court, offer comfort and counselling through our support group. Do not delay seeking professional help because there is always hope for you.