What is IVF?
In-Vitro Fertilisation (IVF) involves putting the eggs and sperms together. By natural selection, the egg will usually allow only one sperm to enter and this usually leads to the fertilisation process in the laboratory. After fertilisation, the embryos are allowed to grow for a short period of time before being placed into the uterus. A successful pregnancy can be confirmed about 2 weeks later.
Watch this 3D animation of how IVF works
Who Is Suitable For IVF?
IVF is the only fertility treatment for women with irreparably damaged or blocked fallopian tubes. IVF is also offered when infertile women cannot conceive with simpler methods of treatment for conditions such as endometriosis, ovulation dysfunction, unexplained infertility, sperm disorders and immunological problems.
The success rate of IVF treatment in KK Women’s and Children’s Hospital is about 30-35% per cycle and the take-home-baby rate is about 25-27%. Additional embryos frozen further enhance the pregnancy chances in many of the patients.
What Is ICSI?
Intra-Cytoplasmic Sperm Injection (ICSI) involves injecting a single sperm into each egg to allow fertilisation to occur in the laboratory.
ICSI is recommended if the husband has poor quality sperms or if you have had difficulties with fertilisation in the past.
It is natural to feel a little bit discouraged and upset with yourself if you find out that you are infertile. However, remember that you are not alone. It also absolutely does bot mean that you will never hear the sweet footsteps of children. If all else fails, adoption and foster parenting are always viable options for you to consider consider.
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