Reducing IVF Cost : Parenthood Magazine

by Dr Agilan Arjunan, Fertility Specialist, KL Fertility Centre (Malaysia)



Male Infertility Test Simplified


by Dr Agilan Arjunan, Fertility Specialist, KL Fertility Centre (Malaysia)


Have you ever gone through a fertility assessment before? For couples who had done it , you would know that it can sometimes look very complicated with all those internal ultrasound (transvaginal) scans, blood tests, x-ray tests and sperm test for a male partner.

In this article, I will simplify the fertility tests for a male partner. I’ll start with sperm test and go on to other tests required when a man has no sperm (azoospermia).

For a man , the most important test is a semen analysis (sperm test). About a third of couples, the problem lies with the male partner and thus it is very important to do this test.

“A 70 year old man can still reproduce, so this can’t be a major issue right?” . Its a yes and a no. It is true that a man continues to produce sperm but the QUALITY of the sperm deteriorates as he ages. Low sperm quality equals to lower chance to conceive.

What is a sperm test ?

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Lelaki Semakin Tidak Subur

by Dr Agilan Arjunan, Fertility Specialist, KL Fertility Centre (Malaysia)


My recent interview about male infertility ( ketidaksuburan lelaki ) that was published in Utusan Malaysia daily.

Laparoscopy: Keyhole Surgery

by Dr Agilan Arjunan, Fertility Specialist, KL Fertility Centre (Malaysia)



“Best Things In Life Are Free” is a well known proverb and sometimes it may not be easy to grasp its meaning entirely.  Well, as a gynaecologist and fertility specialist, I do see many woman and couples and become part of their journey to fulfil their dreams.

I feel “The Best Things In Life Are Small” and the best part of it , it comes in 3D .

Majority of women in their lifetime would have undergone a surgery. Whether a minor or a major surgery, it is still a nightmare to go through it. By the age of 60 , 1 in every 3 women would have undergone a hysterectomy ( surgery to remove the womb) for various reasons.

Traditionally, gynaecological surgeries ( surgeries involving female’s reproductive organs) , are associated with big skin incisions, painful recovery and longer time to get back to norm. Longer recovery means loss of quality time  with family, personal or professional. For some, it means loss of income.

Gynaecological surgeries has evolved so much that the traditional phrase ‘big skin incisions, painful and slow recovery’   have now become  ‘small holes, nearly painless and out -of-hospital the next day’ .

It’s called Laparoscopic surgery or keyhole surgery. Do you know that laparoscopic surgery has been reported since 1930s’, but yet many women do not know about this ?

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Fertility Book “Catching My Baby Dust” : The Untold Story

by Dr Agilan Arjunan, Fertility Specialist  , KL Fertility Centre (Malaysia)

After about a year , we finally launched our long awaited fertility book last Thursday. “Catching My Baby Dust” was officially unveiled to the public at MPH Bookstore Nu Central.

I feel very proud to be one of the editors / authors of the book which chronicles the fertility journeys of couples who persevered through IVF. This book is not about theorethical aspects of infertility and IVF but rather focused on the most important drive to succeed : HOPE.

The 14 stories tells us about 14 couple’s own unique way of finding and keeping their flames of HOPE till they reach their goal.

“There is no accidents in life”….

What I have learned throughout my own journey as a co-editor ?

I’ve learned that perserverence has no limit. The limit is set not by our circumstance but by our own will power. The couples has demonstrated that HOPE is kept alive in their thoughts, actions and beliefs.

I’ve also learned and witnessed that the ultimate success is a culmination of many smaller efforts that accumulates over time. They did succeed after a long and hard fought journey.

I do really hope that this book will inspire those who have already embarked on their journey towards parenthood.

Good luck to you all !