In-vitro fertilisation (IVF) uses laboratory techniques to bring the egg and sperm together outside a woman’s body and involves several treatment stages.
Hormonal injections may be administered to boost the quantity of eggs, which are then retrieved via vaginal ultrasound, fertilised with sperm to form embryos and transferred back into the womb a few days later.
When is it necessary?
It is needed when initial treatments like fertility drugs or intra-uterine insemination are unsuccessful, if a woman’s age is above 40 or if a couple’s condition includes challenges like severe male factor infertility and serious gynaecological conditions.
How can I increase the treatment’s success rate?
Quit smoking, reduce alcohol and caffeine intake and keep chronic medical conditions under control. Men should limit heat exposure from hot baths and saunas while women should ensure they have rubella immunisation, take folic acid to prevent birth defects and undergo a thorough gynaecological evaluation prior to IVF.
You should also seek treatment for swollen fallopian tubes, fibroids, ovarian cysts and endometriosis, if any. A laparoscopy and hysteroscopy can help assess the uterine cavity to ensure your embryos are implanted in a healthy environment. It isn’t always a guarantee, but these tips can help your chances of conceiving successfully.
Health & Fertility Centre for Women
290 Orchard Rd, Paragon Medical Suites, #18-06, 238859
Tel: 6235 5066
From The Finder (Issue 292), June 2018
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