How Can an IVF Specialist Help You in Your Fertility Journey
For some couples, the journey to parenthood is marred by multiple tries without success. If you or your partner has spent many months (or years) trying to start a family, perhaps it’s time to consider engaging with a fertility specialist in Singapore and discuss one of the many fertility treatments: In Vitro Fertilisation (IVF).
IVF is a complex procedure that offers couples struggling with infertility a chance at conceiving. It involves retrieving female eggs from the body and fertilising them with sperm in the laboratory. The embryo(s) will then be transferred to the uterus for conception.
IVF Procedure: Step by Step
The first step in IVF involves injecting Follicle Stimulating Hormone (FSH) to stimulate the production of multiple eggs within a month instead of only one.
2. Close Monitoring
Throughout your menstrual cycle, blood tests will be regularly conducted to monitor your hormone levels. Your fertility doctor will also perform ultrasound tests to measure the size and number of your ovarian follicles to determine the best time to collect the eggs.
3. Collection of Eggs
Once the eggs are at the right stage of development, you will be given a trigger injection of human Chorionic Gonadotropin (hCG) to induce ovulation. Your fertility doctor will locate your ovarian follicles with ultrasound and remove the mature eggs with a hollow needle. On the same day, your partner will provide a fresh sperm sample for fertilisation.
Fertilisation will take place in our laboratory, with each egg injected with a single sperm.
5. Embryo Development
The fertilised eggs are then placed into individual incubators at 37 degrees Celsius, to mimic the natural body. They will then be kept under observation to ensure optimal growth. Between two or five days, the embryos will reach a more advanced blastocyst stage and are ready to be transferred into the uterus.
6. Embryo Transfer
Up to two embryos will be transferred into the uterus via a very fine catheter. Any additional embryo(s) may be frozen and stored for later use.
7. Pregnancy Test
A blood test will be scheduled two weeks after the embryo transfer to determine the IVF procedure’s success. If the result is positive, your fertility clinic will organise an ultrasound scan three weeks later.
As with every fertility journey, we understand that this process can be as emotionally difficult as it is physically challenging. At O&G Specialist Clinic, we are dedicated to helping you realise your dreams of parenthood, and we will go to great lengths to ensure that this process goes as smoothly as possible. You’re welcome to set a virtual consultation with us to discuss the treatment in detail – from the process, recovery to cost.