In-Vitro Fertilisation (IVF) / Intracytoplasmic Sperm Injection (ICSI)
In-Vitro Fertilisation or commonly known as IVF, is a procedure to assist with the conception of a child.
In conventional IVF, matured eggs are retrieved from the woman’s ovaries and are fertilised with millions of sperm in the laboratory to create embryos. The ICSI process includes selecting a single healthy sperm to be injected into the egg for fertilisation through microscopic lens
Here at Sunway Fertility Centre, we use the Intracytoplasmic Morphologically Selected Sperm Injection (IMSI) technique to examine and select the healthiest sperms to fertilise the egg/ovum. IMSI makes it possible for our embryologists to examine the structure of sperms more accurately to improve the likelihood of fertilisation and a healthy embryo development
The IVF cycle in 5 steps
An IVF cycle is a round of IVF treatment that typically begins at the first day of a woman’s period.
This will be a day procedure that will be conducted at our fertility centre. During this step, matured eggs are gently collected from the ovaries, with the use of a special designed needle and an ultrasound. This is a delicate process and this is where the experience of our specialists pays off. During this step, you will be given general anaesthetic and the procedure will generally take about half an hour.
This process is done in Sunway Fertility Centre’s IVF laboratory. The harvested eggs and husband’s sperm will be fertilised via the Intracytoplasmic Morphologically Selected Sperm Injection (IMSI) procedure.
Once the fertilised egg develops into an embryo, the embryo will be transferred into the womb via a slim catheter that passes through the vagina. This is a very simple process that takes only about 5 minutes. Embryo transfers are done on either Day 3 or Day 5 of the embryos.
There are 2 types of embryo transfer; fresh and frozen. A fresh embryo transfer is performed on the same IVF cycle, 3 or 5 days after the egg retrieval procedure. The remaining embryos will be frozen for future use. A frozen embryo transfer is a cycle in which the embryos frozen from a previous IVF cycle are thawed before being transferred into the woman’s womb.
For couples considering IVF treatment, it’s important to take note of several factors that could influence your treatment’s success. This includes:
- Cause of infertility
- Choice of fertility clinic
- Egg, sperm and/or embryo quality
- Lifestyle habits such as smoking and obesity
- Maternal age
6 Reasons Why You Should Consider IVF
Here are some reasons why you should consider IVF as part of your journey towards conceiving your child:
- Fallopian tube damage or blockage
- Uterine fibroids
- Poor sperm production or function
- An obstruction which prevents sperm release, for e.g. vasectomy
- Unsuccessful vasectomy reversal
- Unknown causes of infertility