Achieving Higher IVF Pregnancy Success

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

IVF technology has been around for over 30 years. It had helped many couples to realise their dreams. At last miracle is not impossible for couples with infertility. However , IVF is not a 100% solution for all. We know now that we are still unable to reverse the effect of female age on her fertility. A woman’s fertility declines as she ages. The same is true for a man and male infertility in increasing.

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Stressful Sperms


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

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Stressful Sperms

For over 30 years, scientists all around the world had found some link between stress and sperm quality. However , many of these studies were either not large enough to give a concrete conclusion or used many different methods of ‘stress level’ assessments (i.e. from self-reported stress level to reporting acute stress events). This differences in study designs made comparison among the studies or even ‘pooled-data’ analysis from all these studies not practical.

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Human Genetic Modification : IVF Saviour?

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

Since the beginning of field of medicine, from the ancient Egyptian to Babylonians to the Greeks, we have always tried to find the cure for many diseases. Modern medicine has advanced so much so as to be able to read the core building blocks of human beings called DNA (deoxyribonucleic acid).

DNA was first discovered and isolated by Friedrich Miescher in 1869. In 1953, James Watson and Francis Crick put forward the double-helix model of DNA which had changed the understanding of the world about DNA. According to the model, DNA is composed of basepairs .

DNA is our basic genetic material that signals the body to develop and function as it should be. DNA contains our biological information . It is passed down from one generation to the next. Health and sickness of a person is determined by their genetics or DNA. Hence, it is not surprising that recent researches looking for cure for many diseases is focused on DNA.

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The Future of Male Infertility


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

Male factor is the cause for about 1/3 of infertility. However, the role of male- cause infertility is in the rise and many researches has confirmed this fact. Nevertheless, male partner is often the “forgotten” partner in the equation of fertility treatment. The focus has always been the female. Hence, we see today many investigations and treatments are focused on the female.

To conceive a baby, we need female egg (oocyte), male sperm and a healthy womb (uterus). In the treatment of male-cause infertility, sperm is usually retrieved either my masturbation (in mild -moderate male infertility) or by a surgical procedure (in severe male infertility). In the event the sperm in not retrieved, donor sperm is advised. The next step is usually IVF/ICSI (In-Vitro Fertilisation / Intra-Cytoplasmic Sperm Injection) or sometimes IUI (Intrauterine Insemination) with donor sperm. Treatment for the couple is highly dependent on the availability of mature sperm, either from the partner or from a donor.

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Vitamin D Improves IVF Success Rate

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


We consume multivitamins as daily supplements. Of all the vitamins , Vitamin D is of particular interest in the world of infertility. Let me enlighten all my readers about Vitamin D and infertility.

Vitamin D or ‘sunshine vitamin’ is a group of fat-soluable steroid hormone , synthesized mainly by the skin on exposure to sunshine. Less than 10-20% of Vitamin D is obtained from diet ! Synthesis of Vitamin D in the skin is the major natural source of this vitamin.

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