In-Vitro Fertilization (IVF) is one of the most effective methods of assisted reproductive technology (ART). It is considered one of the revolutionary methods to have been developed, in order to help with infertility. If you are looking to learn more about IVF treatment in Singapore, you have come to the right place!
IVF, or In-Vitro Fertilization, is the process of fertilization in which a human egg is fertilized with a sperm outside the body. This is usually carried out on a petri dish in a laboratory in the fertility clinic in Singapore. When the embryos are produced, they are then placed into the uterus for conception to occur.
The 5 steps involved in IVF treatment in Singapore
Step 1: Ovarian stimulation
Initially, daily hormonal injections with Follicular Stimulating Hormone (FSH) and other medications will be administered to the female patient. This will help with the development of the eggs and the prevention of ovulation.
To increase the odds of producing an embryo, multiple eggs are taken from the body for this procedure. This phase usually takes around 2 weeks, and some women may need additional medication to optimize their ovarian response.
Blood investigations, imaging tests such as ultrasound scans, and dose adjustments may also be carried out at this stage.
Step 2: Egg or oocyte collection
A trigger injection of human chorionic gonadotropin (hCG) will be administered to trigger ovulation. When the follicles have grown and matured, another hormonal injection will be given. The eggs are then collected by suction under general anesthesia with the assistance of a transvaginal scan and a fine needle.
This process is minimally invasive and isn’t as painful as it sounds. But a mild sedative will be provided by the IVF doctor in Singapore, to prevent any sort of discomfort.
Step 3: Insemination
A sample of fresh semen produced by the male partner (on the same day as egg retrieval) will be used to carry out fertilization.
With Intracytoplasmic Sperm Injection (ICSI), a single sperm is injected individually into each egg with the help of a micro-needle.
Step 4: Embryo development
The development of the embryos is monitored very closely. Daily progress updates of the assessment and culture of the embryos will be provided to the patients by the fertility clinic in Singapore.
It is important to note that each and every egg will not be expected to fully grow and develop into mature and viable embryos.
Step 5: Embryo transfer
Good quality embryos will then be transferred into the patient’s uterus with the help of a fine catheter. The number of embryos being transferred will depend on the patient or couple’s preferences, the patient’s age, family history of miscarriage, the quality of the embryos and the number of the IVF cycle. The IVF doctor in Singapore will talk with the patient about the number of embryos that will be planted within the uterus.
A few medications may be given in the fertility clinic in Singapore, to prepare the endometrium for the transfer, and will be continued till the pregnancy test is carried out.
If there are any additional good quality embryos remaining, these can be frozen for future IVF cycles (if the current IVF cycle doesn’t work or for future pregnancies).
A blood test will be performed about 2 weeks after the embryo transfer to determine if the patient is pregnant or not.
Are there any side effects of IVF?
As with any other medical or surgical procedure, there may be some associated side effects and/or complications, such as:
- Multiple pregnancies
- Ectopic pregnancy (pregnancy outside the uterus)
- Ovarian Hyperstimulation Syndrome/OHSS (ovarian enlargement- rare)
Best IVF treatment in Singapore
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