Artificial Reproductive Technology ( ART ) or specifically In-Vitro Fertilization (IVF) , gave the world our first IVF baby in 1978. The birth of Louise Brown gave infertile couples a new hope towards parenthood .
Over the last 3 decades , IVF technology has evolved and advanced.
Ovarian stimulation has become safer and more patient-friendly . Fertility laboratory techniques has improved tremendously.
The most important breakthrough development in the fertility laboratory technique is the ability to freeze and thaw embryos successfully.
The original method of freezing and thawing the embryos is associated with higher embryo loss.
The current technique of embryo freezing known as vitrification has improved the embryo survival rate. In an established IVF laboratory, the survival rate of thawed embryos with vitrification technique is close to one hundred percent .
In 1984, the first baby via frozen embryo transfer (FET) was born. Since then , many fertility clinics has adopted frozen embryo transfer as part of their strategy in their IVF protocol.
Embryo transfer procedure can be divided into fresh and frozen embryo transfer based on the timing of the embryo transfer.
by Dr Agilan Arjunan, Fertility Specialist, KL Fertility Centre (Malaysia)
Worldwide statistic shows that about 1 in 7 couples suffer from infertility. These couples need some form of fertility treatment in their journey towards parenthood.
Fertility treatments can be as simple as ovulation induction to more sophisticated treatment such as IVF (In-Vitro Fertilisation) and ICSI (Intra-Cytoplasmic Sperm Injection).
IVF/ICSI gives the highest pregnancy rate and it can treat most causes of infertility, both male and female related. However, the biggest concern among couples is the high cost of an IVF.
How can you reduce your overall cost of an IVF ?
The following tips may solve this problem. In fact, several tips can lead to natural pregnancy with no further medical intervention. For those who need fertility treatment, these tips increases success rate of an IVF cycle.
Here are 12 tips to do that .
1. Empower yourself
Knowledge is power . This strategy also works when it come to fertility treatments. There are lots of informations on fertility treatments, either printed or online. Couples should empower themselves with basic knowledge of why they have difficulty and what are their options. For beginners, they should know about fertility tests and a where they can get that done. This will invariably save them cost in terms of money, emotional stress and time.