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FACTS ABOUT IN VITRO FERTILIZATION

       IVF is a popular form of infertility treatment. Here are some facts you should know if you are considering the procedure;

  1. IVF is a natural process. A lot of people believe that IVF is an artificial process. This is false. The difference between IVF and traditional conception is that fertilization takes place outside of the body. After the egg has been fertilized by the sperm, the embryo is implanted back into the uterus and the patient carries the pregnancy to term naturally.
  2. IVF babies are not born with birth defects. IVF does not increase the chances of babies having birth defects. Countless studies on the subject have proved it without a doubt. IVF pregnancies are safe.
  3. IVF is not a “cure all” for all fertility issues. IVF does not work for every infertility case. There are different fertility treatments available for different causes of infertility. IVF is just one of the most common ones. This is why it is advisable to consult a fertility expert when you are ready to start a family. A fertility expert will run some tests and if you are in need of fertility treatment, the best option for you will be selected.
  4. IVF is not excessively expensive. IVF procedures are more affordable than a lot of people think they are. There are different fertility clinics in Nigeria that offer quality fertility treatment including IVF. If you do some research, it will be very difficult not to find one that does not match your budget. However, make sure that price is not the dominant factor when you opt for a fertility clinic. You must consider the clinic’s success rates, specialists as well as how they treat their patients. Do not pick a fertility clinic just because their prices are low. Some fertility clinics also offer payment plans for their clients to make it easier on them.
  5. IVF does not require a Caesarean section. All IVF procedure will not result to the patient having a Caesarean section. It is not a part of the process. Normal vaginal delivery is more common during IVF than Caesarean sections.
  6. IVF is not guess work. It is an extremely delicate technique. Only certified fertility clinics are licensed to carry out this procedure. It is a form of treatment recommended by fertility experts after thoroughly studying the reasons behind the patient’s infertility case. It is a procedure backed by decades of research and advancement in the medical field. The success rate of IVF for patients under 35 years is a little above 40%.
  7. IVF is not successful 100% of the time. Millions of couples have achieved their goals of starting a family thanks to IVF. It is not always successful. It has a high success rate but like other medical solutions underlying issues may hinder its success. Sometimes after a few more tries it can be successful. Other times it may not.
  8. You cannot choose to get pregnant at any age using IVF. IVF can be used to treat some age related fertility cases but it is not a guarantee that you can choose to get pregnant at any age based on that. Fertility decreases as a woman gets older. This because the quality of the eggs decreases and it also gets more difficult for women over the age of 40 to carry a successful pregnancy. If you would like to get pregnant  later on, it would be a good idea to talk to your fertility doctor about preserving your eggs when you are younger.
  9. IVF can also be used to treat male related fertility. Infertility issues are not always from the woman. Low sperm counts, low quality of sperm cells are some fertility issues that affect men. IVF increases chances of fertilization and can be used successfully for male related fertility issues. When visiting a fertility doctor, it is a good idea to go with your partner so both of you can be tested.
  10.  You could need an IVF procedure even if you have spontaneously conceived before. It is not uncommon for women who have had one or more children previously without any help to use IVF if they want to conceive again. Remember, fertility decreases with age. Other factors could also arise between one pregnancy and the next.
  11.  IVF does not necessarily mean multiple births. Sometimes more than one embryo is implanted into the womb to increase chances of a successful pregnancy. This may lead to multiple births. However, you can always choose to implant one of the healthiest embryos to avoid the risk of multiple pregnancies. It is not a requirement to implant more than one embryo.
  12.  IVF does not cause any form of cancer. Ovarian stimulation is a process in the IVF procedure. Ovarian stimulation has been thought to cause cancer. Studies have debunked this claim. IVF absolutely does not cause cancer. 

   Are you and your partner considering In Vitro Fertilization? We hope this article has cleared any myths you may have heard about the procedure. You can contact us at El-Rapha Hospital and Diagnostics for a consultation with one of our fertility experts. We would love to have you.   

IS IVF DIFFERENT FROM ICSI?

PROCEDURE

IVF (In Virtro Fertilization) and ICSI (IntraCytoplasmic Sperm Injection) are both forms of Assisted Reproductive Technology. They are a bit similar to each other but there are also some important differences you should know about if you are considering either one of them.

       The most significant difference between IVF and ICSI is their procedures. In both cases fertilization takes place outside the womb in the lab. The process of fertilization is different.

       During an IVF procedure, the egg is placed in a sperm culture and fertilization takes place naturally.

       For ICSI, a single sperm cell is injected directly into the middle of the egg. This greatly increases the chances of fertilization.

WHICH SHOULD YOU CHOOSE?

       Some fertility clinics do not offer ICSI and IVF as separate procedures. ICSI is considered as a possible option with IVF. It is normally recommended if the underlying cause of infertility lies with the male. When the sperm count is low, or the sperm cells lack motility or are of poor quality, ICSI can greatly improve the success rate of fertilization. The success rate of fertilization with ICSI is between 60%-80%. Although some studies has shown that normal IVF procedure without ICSI has a slightly higher success rate than with ICSI.

PRICING

       ICSI is a bit pricier than IVF. The difference in price is as a result of the direct fertilization process.

AT EL-RAPHA

       After consulting with one of our fertility experts, our patients are advised on which option would be best suited to then.

FERTILITY AND BIRTH CONTROL

Does using any of the birth control methods reduce your chances of getting pregnant in the future? There is a common misconception that using any form of birth control could delay pregnancy in the future, however numerous research has proven otherwise.

It is possible and even commonplace to conceive as early as your next cycle after discontinuing whatever form of birth control you were on. This includes: condoms or diaphragms, the pill, IUDs etc. Implants may take a little longer because they are designed to pregnant pregnancy for longer periods. Once their effects lapses, it is not unusual for the female to conceive as soon as possible.

      The delay observed after the use of birth control is more likely to be as a result of the age of the female. Fertility decreases with age once a woman hits her late 20s or early 30s.

       If you do observe some delay in getting pregnant after discontinuing any sort of birth control method, you should not be alarmed. Studies have shown that the chance of pregnancy per ovulation cycle is 30% in even healthy couples.

         If you and your partner has decided to start a family it is a good idea to visit a fertility clinic or consult your gynaecologist to ensure you have all the information you need.

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OOCYTE RETRIEVAL

       Oocyte retrieval is a procedure used to obtain eggs from a female’s ovary. The procedure has minimal risks. The entire procedure usually takes between 30-60 minutes and the patient can be discharged that same day after a few hours of rest.

WHO NEEDS AN OOCYTE RETRIEVAL

    We perform an oocyte retrieval for patients who are eligible for procedures like IVF, ICSI etc. Oocyte retrieval is also performed to obtain eggs for preservation or embryo freezing.

HOW IT WORKS

       About 36 hours before the procedure, a hcG(human choronionic gonadropin) injection is administered to the patient. HCG is a hormone that signals the follicles to prepare to ovulate. The eggs are retrieved while they are still in the follicles. It is easier to obtain them this way.

       A surgeon performs the procedure with the guidance of ultrasound technology. The surgeon uses a needle to pierce a follicle and suctions the oocyte out. The surgeon repeats the process on another follicle.

       Oocyte retrieval is not a fertility treatment in Abuja on its own. It is a stage in procedures such as IVF, ICSI and other assisted reproductive techniques.

COST OF IN VITRO FERTILIZATION IN NIGERIA

 COST OF IN VITRO FERTILIZATION IN NIGERIA

One of the major reasons why most people do not consider an IVF procedure in Nigeria is because of the cost. Many people believe it is outrageously expensive without even doing some research. This article will address some of the issues revolving around the cost of IVF in Nigeria.

Firstly and perhaps most importantly, a standard IVF procedure is more affordable than you realize. In Vitro Fertilization is an extremely specialized procedure that requires specialized knowledge and equipment. While this makes it costlier than a general procedure, it does not make it “expensive”. The cost of IVF in Nigeria today is much more affordable than it was ten years ago. In addition, a number of fertility clinics offers payment plans to make it even more affordable. If you do enough research, you will definitely find one that suits your budget.

Price does not necessarily determine whether the procedure will be successful or not. It does not work that way. There are many factors to consider before, during and after an IVF. Age, quality of the eggs, cause of infertility are some of the factors that could determine whether it would be successful or not. A higher price does not guarantee success and vice versa.

       It is always smart to select treatment plans within your budget, but this should not be the dominant factor. Before selecting a fertility clinic (or any hospital really), ensure you have done your homework. Success rates of past IVF patients, the clinic’s ratings, customer/patient care, available counselling, follow up etc, are factors you have to consider other than the price. Remember, the cost of IVF in Nigeria is not as expensive as you think it is and it is not the only factor you consider when you opt for it.

Breast feeding

World Breastfeeding Week

Breastfeeding is very natural, but it doesn’t always mean it’s intuitive or easy. ⁣⁣⁣It will take some trial and error for both you and the babe before you have it down. The key is to be patient and persistent. If you stick with it through 4-6 week mark, it will only get easier!⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣ As far as position goes, there is no right or wrong way to feed the baby and soon you’ll figure out how you are both most comfortable. ⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣Try one or all of these breastfeeding positions and remember as the baby grows this might change or evolve.
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DO OVARIAN CYSTS REQUIRE A VISIT TO THE HOSPITAL FOR A CYSTECTOMY?

While most ovarian cysts would go away on their own, some requires surgical removal. This surgery is called a Cystectomy. In Nigeria, and in most countries ovarian cysts are a common cause of hospital admissions for females.

An ovarian cyst is a fluid filled sac that forms on the surface of an ovary. It is usually non-cancerous. There are often no signs and symptoms presented by an ovarian cyst although some of them may cause pain and bleeding. Frequent visits to your gynecologist can significantly improve the chances of discovering a cyst early.

A cystectomy is performed in order to remove a more serious case of ovarian cyst. This procedure may be done via a Laparoscopy (keyhole surgery) or open surgery. it is mostly a minor surgery.

Ovarian cysts affect women of every age but older women are more likely to develop it. Family history of cancer, previous history of breast cancer and obesity also increases the risk of a female developing cysts.

Surgery may be needed to remove a cyst if;

  • The cyst does not go away after several menstrual periods
  • The cyst gets larger
  • The cyst has been causing pain.

Ovarian cysts can be caused by; hormonal problems, pregnancy and severe pelvic infections. Cysts formed during pregnancy are typically harmless. They will be monitored constantly by your gynecologist.

Obstetric fistula

TODAY NIGERIA JOINS THE WORLD IN THE FIGHT AGAINST OBSTETRIC FISTULA

Today marks the 7th annual International Day to End Obstetric Fistula. According to the United Nations Population Fund, about 100,000 women develop obstetric fistula every year. In Nigeria, almost 20,000 women develop obstetric fistula annually. However more than 400,000 women are currently living with this condition in the country as a result of poor access to hospitals and proper medical care. The United Nations Population Fund has supported free surgical repairs for over 6,000 women and girls living with fistula in Nigeria.

Obstetric Fistula is an abnormal opening between a woman’s genital tract and her urinary tract or rectum. Obstetric fistula is one of the major causes of maternal mortality especially amongst women in Asia, the Arab region and Sub-Sahara Africa. The opening can be as a result of obstructed labor. During obstructed labor the tissues between the woman’s vagina and her pubic bone are damaged by continuous pressure from the infant’s neck trapped in the birth canal. The damaged tissue later falls off leaving a hole between the vagina and urinary tract or rectum. Faeces and/or urine often leaks from this hole. Obstetric fistula may also be caused by cancer, radiation therapy or surgical complications.

Obstetric fistula can be treated mainly through surgical procedures. The success rate of surgically treating obstetric fistula is very high, above 90% in most cases. However in Nigeria over a large number of women are currently living with this condition. Women that suffer from obstetric fistula are often socially ostracized.

Obstetric fistula can be prevented by;

  • Delaying age of first pregnancy
  • Cessation of harmful traditional practices such as Female Genital Mutilation
  • Timely access to obstetric care.

No woman or girl should have to live with obstetric fistula.

At EL-RAPHA HOSPITALS AND DIAGNOSTICS we provide professional and affordable treatment for obstetric fistula. We are committed to the welfare of every woman an girl child and we join the rest of the world today in the fight against this “silent epidemic”.

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IN VITRO FERTILIZATION A SOLUTION TO INFERTILITY?

In 1984, Dr. Oladapo Ashiru and his team successfully delivered the first baby via In Vitro Fertilization (IVF) in Nigeria. This was six years after the birth of Louise Brown in 1978, the first baby in the world conceived via IVF. Over six million babies has been conceived using IVF. It is often looked upon as a last resort, when other forms of ART (Assisted Reproductive Techniques), has failed.

WHAT IS IN VITRO FERTILIZATION?

In Vitro Fertilization or IVF as it is more commonly referred to is a form of assisted reproductive technique. IVF helps with fertilization, embryo development and implantation. In IVF, fertilization takes place outside the body. The ovum (egg) is extracted from the female. A sperm sample is retrieved from the male also. The egg and the sperm sample is then manually combined in a laboratory. Once fertilization takes place and the embryo has developed to a certain stage, the embryo is the transferred to the uterus and in most cases normal development takes place and the female gives birth to a perfectly healthy baby.

IVF may be considered if either partners have been diagnosed with;

  • This is when tissue similar to the lining of the uterus grows in other places in the body outside the womb
  • Low sperm count
  • Antibody problems that harm sperm or eggs
  • Inability of sperm to penetrate or survive in the cervical mucus
  • Poor egg quality
  • An unexplained fertility problem etc.

In Nigeria tubal factors and low sperm count are the leading causes of infertility. One in four Nigerian couples experience infertility.

In earlier times children conceived through the IVF procedure were often referred to as “test tube babies”. One of the myths was that babies born via this procedure were often not “normal”. This is completely false.

 

IVF Success Rate

While the success rate with IVF is a little below 50%, this reduces as the female ages, the babies delivered are healthy and normal. To increase the chances of pregnancy, Doctors transfer 3-10 eggs back into the uterus depending on the age of the female, quality of the eggs etc.  Advances in technology has greatly improved the chances of IVF procedures making it safer and an option for couples finding it difficult to conceive.

Consult us at EL RAPHA HOSPITALS AND DIAGNOSTICS  which is on of the best fertility hospital in Nigeria today as we have a medical team of professionals that will offer guidance, support and professionalism should you opt for an IVF procedure.

 

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  • El-Rapha Hospitals and Diagnostics Plot #930 Salihu Iliyasu Street, Life Camp, Abuja, Nigeria.
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