It Is Suitable For
· Those who can stay / revisit Kuala Lumpur for 3 weeks or more.
· Those with fertility problems.
· Those with blocked / damaged fallopian tubes.
· Those with failed attempts to achieve conception after 12 months of unprotected sexual intercourse.
· Those who wish to have children.
What is IVF?
When couples have been trying hard for a child for over a year, the first treatment approach is usually controlled ovarian hyperstimulation with or without intrauterine insemination. However, half of the couples will continue to undergo In-Vitro Fertilization.
In-Vitro Fertilization or also known as IVF assisted reproduction technology is a popular treatment especially for those couples who have been struggling to conceive. The basic steps in an IVF treatment cycle are ovarian stimulation, egg retrieval, fertilization, embryo culture, and embryo transfer. Usually, ICSI is involved for enhanced effectiveness.
In Vitro Fertilization (IVF) / Intracytoplasmic Sperm Injection (ICSI)
In Vitro Fertilization (IVF)
· This is the most common kind of fertility treatment in which the sperm and eggs are joined in a small dish in the laboratory in order to allow fertilization to take place before being transferred into the uterus.
Intracytoplasmic Sperm Injection (ICSI)
· Using a very delicate microneedle, a single healthy sperm will be injected into the centre of the egg. This method is usually performed if the sperms have difficulty penetrating the egg or if the sperm count is rather low. The ability of the sperm to penetrate the egg is then no longer important as this has been assisted by the ICSI method.
How It Works
IVF involves several steps from start to end. One cycle of IVF can take about 4 to 6 weeks and in most cases, you will be required for multiple revisits.
As an important note, IVF Cycle rounds always start on the first day of your period and as part of your fertility plan, you may have to take medications or injections prior to your first day of cycle.
Step 1: First Day of Cycle
First to third of your period cycle indicate the first official day to start your IVF treatment round. At this stage, an endometrium scan will be done.
Step 2: Ovaries Stimulation
Naturally, your ovaries will produce 1 egg or oocyte every month. You will usually be required to take a medication for at least 8 to 14 days to stimulate the follicles in your ovaries to produce more eggs and avoid spontaneous ovulation.
Medication and treatment plan may vary depending on individuals. Transvaginal ultrasounds will be done to keep an eye on your ovaries and predict the time for trigger injection; a procedure that gets your eggs ready for ovulation.
The most common hormones composed in the medications are:
· FSH - Follicle Stimulating Hormone
· LH - Luteinizing Hormone
Please note that Non Package does not include medication for this stage.
Step 3: Egg Retrieval
Retrieving of eggs is another procedure for eggs collection from your ovaries. This is usually performed under general anesthetic and takes about 30 mins to perform.
Latest ultrasound energy is used to guide a needle into your ovaries and this is where an experienced specialist is really important in order to succeed in this delicate work. Rest assured that our affiliated specialists are well experienced at it.
Usually before the retrieval procedure, the number of eggs can be predicted from the ultrasounds made in the previous step and usually the average number of eggs collected is between 8 to 15.
Step 4: Sperm Retrieval
On the same day of ovum pick-up, the spouse or donor's semen sample will be collected and inseminated into the eggs. If ICSI is involved, the strongest sperm will be manually injected. A perfect sperm is just nice in size, not too fat or thin with a tail that is not too short or long.
Step 5: Fertilization
Fertilization is the procedure of having both egg and sperm be introduced to one another. This is done when the 2 are placed on a dish and under a powerful microscope. Just like how they would naturally fertilize in your womb, this happens in our affiliated hospital's laboratory.
Step 6: Embryo Development
Upon the sperm successfully fertilizing the egg, they have both turned into 1 unit known as embryo. The embryo will be kept under a special incubator with optimized and controlled conditions just perfect for it to be grown and perfectly developed. Just like how your body would naturally nurture the embryo, perfect growing conditions are created using a mix of amino acids.
Step 7: Embryo Transfer
Embryo transfer usually takes only about 5 mins since it is a very simple procedure, like pap smear. There wouldn't be anesthetic and you will be awake throughout.
By this stage, you may be worried if the embryo may slip out or fall if you stand or go to the toilet. Rest assured as our affiliated specialists would ensure that it is safe by placing the catheter through your cervix and into your uterus.
Step 8: The Test
Normally, after 2 weeks of embryo transfer, you will be called again to measure your hormone hCG levels. A blood test will be done for this and the hCG or Human Chorionic Gonadotropin existence in your bloodstream indicates that the IVF treatment is a success and you are proven pregnant.
Advantages and Limitations of IVF
· Increases chances of pregnancy / conception
· Includes screening test
· Considers all sources of infertility issues
· More successful than other forms of assisted reproductive technology
· Many IVF cycles are usually required
· Possibility of emotional stress
IVF Post Care
· Consume your medications as prescribed
· Keep yourself happy and away from stressors
· Take folic acid
· Avoid heat or anything that might raise your uterus temperature
· Avoid strenuous activities and have enough rest
Q1: Is there a risk of ectopic pregnancy with IVF?
A1: About 2% to 5% of women who use IVF will have an ectopic pregnancy.
Q2: Will it be successful on my first attempt?
A2: This strongly depends on one's body and hormone condition. According to studies, the odds of having a baby on the first attempted IVF is around 30% successful.
Q3: Can I choose my baby's gender with IVF?
A3: It is possible if the fertilized eggs are genetically biopsied with preimplantation genetic diagnosis (PGD).
Q4: Upon successful IVF, will my baby be healthy?
A4: Majority of IVF babies are very well and healthy.
Q5: How many injections will I need?
A5: Medications prescribed to you are usually in the form of injections. The dose varies as some may be prescribed 1 to 2 for the cycle and some may need 1 to 2 per day.
Q6: Will the injections hurt?
A6: Depends. Some may not consider it painful and some others may consider it as severe pain and it could actually be made worse if you are developing anxiety.
[Clinic Name] Sunfert International Fertility Centre @ Bangsar South
[Location] Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
[Nearest Stations / Attractions] Located in the city center, 15 mins drive from KLCC and easily accessible via the LRT (Light Rail Transit) from many entertainment and shopping districts in the city, and is surrounded by service apartments, hotels, and a variety of F&B outlets.
[Clinic Opening Time] Monday, Wednesday and Friday (7:30AM - 5:00PM); Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday (7:30AM - 4:00PM); Closed on Sunday and Public Holidays
|4 - 6 weeks
|Number of Postoperative Visit
|3 - 9 weeks
|For Non Package, medication for Ovaries Stimulation is not included
|Once booking is confirmed, you may be charged a penalty fee upon booking cancellation
|Include In This Price
|Intracytoplasmic Sperm Injection (ICSI), Sedation during Oocyte Pick-Up (OPU)
|Price is exclusive of blood test*, first consultation, semen cryofreezing and maintenance, pain management post-OPU, and embryo cryopreservation
(*ANSHC & AMH, ANQHC, HP3)
| Sunfert International Fertility Centre - Bangsar South, Unit 2-2, Level 2 Nexus, 7, Jalan Kerinchi, Bangsar South, 59200 Kuala Lumpur