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  • Methods of Assisted Reproduction

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    At Mount Elizabeth Fertility Centre, we offer a comprehensive range of assisted reproductive technology (ART) services to help couples overcome a range of fertility issues and improve their chances of having a baby. Our services include:

    • Ovulation induction and monitoring
    • Intra-uterine insemination (IUI)
    • In vitro fertilisation (IVF)
    • Elective single blastocyst transfer
    • Surgical sperm retrieval for IVF programme
    • Importation of donor sperm (eg Fairfax Sperm Bank, Xytex Sperm Bank, and Seattle Sperm Bank)
  • Advanced Fertility Technologies

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    At Mount Elizabeth Fertility Centre, the team of fertility specialists are constantly updated with the latest IVF technologies and protocols, to provide comprehensive personalised care with optimal clinical outcomes. This includes fertility preservation for oncology patients prior to undergoing treatment.

    To learn more about recent medical advancements in the field of IVF as well as our services offered, read on or take a look at our IVF handbook.

  • Blastocyst Culture

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    Traditionally, embryos are cultured for 3 days to reach a cleavage stage with 4 to 10 cells, before being transferred back to the mother. However, embryos that look healthy and well developed by day 3 do not always have the best potential for implantation and a healthy pregnancy. Advances in blastocyst culture, a technique developed for in vitro fertilisation (IVF), now allow embryos to undergo an extended culture period of 5 or 6 days to reach the blastocyst stage.

    By the time an embryo reaches the blastocyst stage with up to hundreds of cells, the embryo has already undergone several cell divisions and achieved its first cell differentiation. This allows us to identify with increased certainty the embryos with high potential for implantation (meaning that they are more likely to attach to the uterine wall and develop into a healthy pregnancy), therefore leading to higher chances of successful pregnancy and reducing the risk of multiple births.

    At Mount Elizabeth Fertility Centre, our high laboratory standards with good culture conditions allows us to best support the growth of embryos to the blastocyst stage. Our ability to develop embryos to the blastocyst stage allows us to select the healthiest embryos with the highest potential for implantation at the time of transfer. Only 1 or 2 blastocysts will be transferred, versus the traditional transfer of 3 or 4 early-stage embryos, back to the mother. This reduces the risk of multiple births from IVF due to fewer embryos being transferred back to the mother, while improving pregnancy rates.

  • Double Stimulation Protocol

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    Patients with poor ovarian response while undergoing IVF treatment can have renewed hope with the double stimulation protocol. Poor ovarian response could be due to multiple factors, including diminished ovarian reserves or older age.

    In classic IVF procedures, only 1 oocyte retrieval (egg collection) is performed using mild ovarian stimulation during the early follicular phase of the menstrual cycle. The double stimulation protocol is where a 2nd oocyte retrieval is performed during the luteal phase. This technique, where double stimulations are performed during both the follicular and luteal phases in the same menstrual cycle, leads to higher opportunity in retrieval of more oocytes. Retrieval of more oocytes allows for better chances in obtaining quality blastocysts and therefore higher pregnancy success rates.

    Talk to your fertility specialist if you would like to understand more about IVF treatment and the double stimulation procedure.

  • Freeze-All Blastocysts Strategy

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    At Mount Elizabeth Fertility Centre, we routinely apply an advanced laboratory technique known as freeze-all IVF. In the past, the standard protocol was transferring fresh embryos during IVF. Now, advancements to the freezing process give couples more options than ever before.

    Vitrification is an advanced and effective method for the safe freezing of blastocysts, whereby the process produces a glasslike solidification of living cells that completely avoids any formation of ice crystals. This is important in the embryology world as ice crystal formation can be extremely damaging to frozen embryos.

    Vitrification in IVF allows for improved survival rates of thawed embryos and substantially higher pregnancy rates after frozen transfer procedures. This translates to better pregnancy outcomes, along with a lowered chance of obstetric complications such as pre-term labour or foetal growth restriction. Quality blastocysts (advanced day 5 or day 6 embryos) that remain after an end of a treatment cycle will be saved, via vitrification, for future use. When needed, the frozen blastocysts are thawed for transfer, leading to maximised chances for a positive outcome upon harvesting of eggs.

    The freeze-all blastocysts strategy is especially beneficial for women who are diagnosed with low ovarian reserves or women who encounter poor ovarian response during IVF treatment. Older women, or even cancer patients who wish to preserve their fertility prior to undergoing gonadotoxic treatments, may also choose to benefit from this procedure.

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