OUR FERTILITY SERVICES
Starting a family is an experience. As an individual or a couple, it is a decision of commitment. Sometimes, a little help is needed to start a family. We have made the decision to commit ourselves to ensuring you achieve your dream of having your own family. Infertility is the inability of a woman to get pregnant after trying for about 6 months to a year. The reason could be mild one where treatment could range from taking pills to minor surgery. In some cases, Assisted Reproductive Techniques would be required. Infertility affects both males and females.
Delay is not denial. You may have been trying to get pregnant for a while and nothing seems to be working. Our goal as a fertility clinic is to assist you in having a family of your own. We assess, determine the reason behind the challenge you are facing and provide you with a solution.
Delay in conceiving often exerts emotional strains on both males and females regardless of the reason behind it. Emotions such as confusion, dejection, anger and sadness may be present especially when the female has been trying to get pregnant for a long time. Our professional staff is always ready to listen and provide effective counselling to all our patients. Before deciding on any treatment we ensure our patients have been counselled properly.
Next, we run a series of tests to determine the cause of the challenge. The first infertility investigations are pretty much standard and are carried out to determine if the cause of infertility is a minor challenge that requires only minor treatment. If minor causes are ruled out, our team of professionals then go ahead to conduct investigations that are more intensive. Only after the investigations have been conducted and the results analyzed, would possible solutions be offered so that our patients can decide. Infertility investigations ensure that the best possible solution, one that offers a higher rate of pregnancy, is selected for each patient.
IN Vitro Fertilization (IVF)
IVF is a form of Assisted Reproductive Techniques. We extract eggs from the female patient. A sperm sample is obtained from the spouse or a donor. The egg and sperm cells are put in a petri dish and allowed to fertilize. After the embryo has developed to a certain stage, we implant the embryo into the uterus and normal development takes place. Using the best equipment available together with our excellent specialists, our IVF program has a very high probability success rate.
In Vitro Maturation (IVM)
In some cases, an IVM procedure is performed an IVF procedure to ensure an even higher rate of success. For an In Vitro Maturation procedure, the eggs undergo maturation outside the body. They are extracted from the female and allowed to develop outside the body. When they are matured enough to be fertilized, the IVF procedure takes place. We usually recommend IVM if the underlying cause of infertility is Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS), ovarian hyper-responsiveness and a few other causes.
Intra Cystoplasmic Sperm Injection(ICSI)
During an ICSI procedure, one sperm cell is injected directly into the egg. This enhances fertilization. We often recommend ICSI for sperm related cases. It could be due to low sperm count, abnormal sperm shape etc. ICSI also eliminates the need for donor sperm in most cases.
Intra Uterine Insemination (IUI)
IUI is a less invasive procedure. It involves injecting the cell into the female’s womb at the most fertile point during her menstrual cycle. In some cases, this fertility treatment is all that is needed. We also recommend this procedure to single mothers who want to conceive.
Testicular Sperm Extraction (TESE)
During TESE sperm is extracted from the testis via a biopsy. The sperm sample acquired through TESE is considered to be of superior quality than a sample collected via TESA.
Testicular Sperm Aspiration (TESA)
TESA is a procedure whereby sperm is extracted directly from a male patient the testis or epididymis using a needle. We often use it in conjunction with IVF and ICSI treatment. This procedure is especially important if there is no sperm in the man’s ejaculate (azoospermia).
Sperm samples of our patients are preserved by freezing (cryopreservation) for future use. It saves time and money if a second IVF or ICSI cycle will be required. We also preserve donor sperms by cryopreservation. Preserved sperm are not of less quality than fresh sperms.
We use cryopreservation to preserve embryos for future use too. If more than one egg was fertilized during an IVF cycle, a patient may decide to have the other embryo for future use. We also preserve unfertilized.
For a pregnancy to be successful, the shell covering the embryo (the Zona pellucida) must hatch. During embryo hatching, a point of the Zona pellucida is weakened by an embryologist. This increases the chances of an embryo hatching when it is implanted into the patient’s uterus. It increases the chances of a successful pregnancy.
We can determine which embryos have the best chances of being able to implant in the uterus by developing an embryo to reach blastocyst stage (day 5 of development) before replacing it into the uterus. This procedure reduces the risk of multiple pregnancies.
Pre-Implantation Genetic Diagnosis (PGD)
This process involves avoiding passing unwanted inherited traits to the child. When the embryo has developed to a certain stage, our embryologists perform a trophectoderm biopsy to get rid of the traits. After the procedure, we implant the embryo into the uterus. You do not have to worry about passing an unwanted trait to your children.
Gestational Carrier – Surrogacy Program
Due to medical or personal reasons, a patient may decide not to carry a pregnancy to term. We offer a Gestational carrier program where our gestational surrogates carries the pregnancy for you. We also offer conventional surrogacy program where our surrogates donates eggs and carries the pregnancy. The gestational surrogates do not donate the eggs. They only carry the pregnancy. Our patients can choose whichever plan suits them.
Open Fertility Day (Free counselling service)
El-Rapha Hospitals and Diagnostics holds free counselling days when we educate on all fertility and infertility issues, family planning, pediatrics and general gynaecology.
We also offer;
- Fertility and Genetics
- Obstetrics and newborn
- Sickle cell anemia prevention program
- Gynae and laparoscopic surgery
- Family medicine
- Diagnostics, e.g ultrasounds, diagnostic laboratory etc.
El Rapha Hospitals and Diagnostics is the first choice for anybody looking to start a family. From our highly trained staff to our up to date medical equipment and techniques, we provide seamless and affordable services. Visit us today and let us begin the journey of starting a family……..TOGETHER.
To contact a patient or for patient room information, call +234 806 502 8060 , +234 806 502 8060
General: 8 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. Family members with an ID badge have 24-hour access to the hospital.
- El-Rapha Hospitals and Diagnostics Plot #930 Salihu Iliyasu Street, Life Camp, Abuja, Nigeria.