Infertility Services and In Vitro Fertilization Treatment
What are infertility services and in vitro fertilisation treatment?
If a couple has been trying to conceive a baby for a period of 12 months without success, they may wish to seek help. Our obstetricians can perform diagnostic tests can on both parties to determine the cause of the infertility.
Sometimes medical treatment or surgical intervention is required to solve the problem. If the fertility issues cannot be explained or solved, the option of assisted reproductive technology (ART) will be discussed.
The most common assisted reproductive technology is in vitro fertilisation (IVF), where a fertilised egg (or eggs) is placed in the woman’s uterus.
What infertility services and in vitro fertilisation treatments are provided to women and families?
When treating infertility, medical investigation and intervention to diagnose the cause of the infertility is accompanied by counselling and emotional support. Negative emotional reactions such as stress, anxiety, blame, anger, hopelessness, and fear have been proven to have an adverse impact on the medical procedures being performed in the hope of getting pregnant. It is therefore essential that the couple feel well-informed, supported and hopeful throughout the process.
If you decide to embark on in vitro fertilisation treatment, your fertility specialist will prepare you and your partner for each step of the journey.
When should you see an obstetrician for infertility services and in vitro fertilisation treatment?
If you have been trying to conceive, without success, for a period of 12 months, or if you are aged 35-40 years old, it is recommended that you consult a fertility specialist. Your doctor will discuss your medical history and lifestyle in detail, perform physical examinations of you both and then order diagnostic tests for you and your partner. These may include an ultrasound, blood and laboratory tests, semen analysis and testing of the uterus and fallopian tubes to try to find the reason. If a reason cannot be found, and your remain infertile, your specialist will discuss the assisted fertility options, such as in vitro fertilisation, available to you.Enquire with our obstetricians.
Did you know?
According to a recent study on IVF treatments, patients aged < 30 years had the best IVF outcomes, reflecting optimal reproductive capacity. Age-related decline in fertility starts after 30 years. Women opting for IVF should be counselled about age-specific success rates while taking into account individual risk factors.¹
How can you maintain or improve your reproductive health?
Although the causes of infertility are diverse, and often unexplained, your general state of health can have a significant bearing on your ability to conceive. The following elements may have a negative impact on your fertility:
– Age (fertility starts to decline in a woman’s mid-30s).
– Tobacco (reduces fertility and increases the risk of miscarriage).
– Alcohol (reduces fertility and can cause birth defects).
– Being overweight or underweight.
– Excessive exercise or insufficient exercise.
– High levels of stress.
– High caffeine intake.
Maintaining a healthy diet and lifestyle and staying physically and mentally fit has been known to significantly boost fertility. Supplementing your diet with vitamins and trying complementary medicine such as acupuncture are also to be considered.
What facilities and technologies do specialists use for infertility services and in vitro fertilisation treatment?
To provide the best patient care and outcome for our patients we offer a dedicated team of fertility specialists including embryologists, medical technologists, nurses and counsellors who will advise and support you throughout this journey.
Our specialists also research and adapt the latest techniques such as in vitro fertilisation. This procedure continues to help many couple who are struggling with infertility.
Our team of specialists will accompany you on each step of your treatment, providing you with the highest quality medical care as well as psychological and emotional support.Request an appointment with an obstetrician today.
 Tan TY, Lau MSK, Loh SF, Tan HH. Female ageing and reproductive outcome in assisted reproduction cycles. Singapore Medical Journal. 2014;55(6):305-309. doi:10.11622/smedj.2014081.