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.
To contact a patient or for patient room information, call: (+234) 909 888 9013, 90998889015
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- El-Rapha Hospitals and Diagnostics Plot #930 Salihu Iliyasu Street, Life Camp, Abuja, Nigeria.