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IVF Infertility Treatment Bangkok

What is IVF?

IVF involves hormone treatments increasing egg production from one egg a month to several. If tests and ultrasounds determine that eggs are ready for fertilization, egg retrieval will be performed with a hollow needle, choosing only the best eggs. Once retrieved, the eggs will be combined with your partner’s best sperm specimen. The specimens will be kept in a culture dish, where measures will be taken to ensure that the likelihood of fertilization is optimized.

Is IVF for me?

IVF is usually the final frontier in the process of fertility treatments. IVF is performed if:

  • There is a blockage or damage to the fallopian tubes – a blockage would keep the embryo from traveling to the uterus
  • There is an ovulation disorder – When ovulation is inconsistent or nonexistent, there are less eggs to be fertilized
  • Low ovarian reserve – Low ovarian reserve is a condition which causes women to have a decline in egg release
  • Endometriosis – Endometriosis occurs when uterine tissues grow outside of the uterus. This problem damages the functionality of the ovaries, fallopian tubes and the uterus
  • Fibroids – Uterine fibroids are benign tumors that hinder implantation of a fertilized egg
  • Hindered Sperm Production
    – Uterine fibroids are benign tumors that hinder implantation of a fertilized egg
    – If your partner has low or nonexistent sperm function or production, it can be very difficult for the egg fertilization process to take place

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What are the advantages of IVF?

IVF is a very real option for couples who are unable to conceive due to any of the conditions discussed above. Other advantages of IVF are as follows:

  • Couples with fertility issues can boost the odds of conceiving with IVF
  • IVF can reduce the need for surgery on the fallopian tubes
  • Should a couple choose to use an egg donor, IVF can be a very useful tool in conception
  • Increases the odds that couples can have a biological child
  • Only the best egg and sperm specimens are used, which highly increases chances of fertilization

The new embryology laboratory at the Samitivej Critical Care Complex in Bangkok, Thailand utilizes international standards and state-of-the-art technology to provide infertile patients with a natural embryonic environment to increase pregnancy rates. In this new laboratory, we can provide treatment for more infertile couples while still maintaining the same medical standards as before. Discover more here.

Pre-pregnancy Genetic Testing

For parents looking to start a family, it is important to keep in mind the many hereditary diseases that can be passed on to your unborn baby, including diseases like thalassemia and hemophilia. In order to prevent these diseases, consult with your doctor for pre-pregnancy screening tests. Presently, pre-pregnancy genetic testing can provide analysis of up to 600 recessive genes. This means we are now able to identify carriers of genetic diseases, that are likely to cause disabilities or deformities, much more comprehensively than ever before. The Preimplantation Genetic Screening (PGS) procedure tests chromosomes from the embryos before returning them back to the womb. This is done through the Next Generation Sequencing (NGS) technique. PGS is an essential part of in vitro fertilization (IVF) screening of chromosomes for abnormalities and choosing the healthiest ones to be returned to the womb. The procedure is highly accurate and has proven to have a success rate of 90 percent, especially for the following:

  • Infertile parents
  • Women of advanced maternal age (more than 35 years old) who wish to get pregnant
  • Parents with an unexplained history of miscarriages
  • Parents who have suffered disappointment from multiple IVF procedures
  • Parents with a history of pregnancies with abnormal chromosomes

Click here for more information about Pre-pregnancy Genetic Testing. 

In Vitro Maturation (IVM) – Alternate treatment

If you are looking for an alternative infertility treatment, Bangkok’s Samitivej Sukhumvit Hospital is the first institution in the country to pioneer the implementation of In Vitro Maturation (IVM) with a success rate of around 30 percent. Click here to learn more about IVM and our fertility specialists, or click here to discover the infertility treatment plan at Samitivej Hospital.

References

  1. Mayo Clinic: In Vitro Fertilization. Available from: http://www.mayoclinic.org/tests-procedures/in-vitro-fertilization/basics/why-its-done/prc-20018905. Accessed January 12, 2016.
  2. Babycentre: Fertility treatment: in vitro fertilisation. Available from: http://www.babycentre.co.uk/a4094/fertility-treatment-in-vitro-fertilisation-ivf. Accessed January 14, 2016.
  3. Youtube: IVF animation. Available from: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P_rsWGByTMk. Accessed January 17, 2016.
  4. Createhealth: The advantages and disadvantes of IVF: http://www.createhealth.org/news/2014/the-advantages-and-disadvantages-of-ivf. Accessed January 20, 2016.

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