Infertile is defined as the inability of a couple to conceive after a year of regular unprotected intercourse. Regular intercourse means an average frequency of two times per week. If the female partner is above 35 years old, they should consult a doctor after trying for 6 months because pregnancy rate declines for women over 35 years of age.

No, it is a problem involving both men and women. Men and women are almost equally affected. That’s why the men also have to be actively involved in the treatment of infertility.

About 1 in 10 couples is diagnosed as infertile nowadays. It is more common as age of the women increases and is as high as 1 in 3 couple at age of 35 years.

The values obtained in the semen analysis can vary according to the recent change in physical health and the duration of abstinence prior to semen collection. So, it is advised to repeat semen analysis if the test is abnormal.

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There is no simple drug treatment that can help in improving your semen quality. A good way that can help is goes through assisted reproductive technique.

For most men, a 2-3 day break is ideal. This period gives the “sample” an opportunity to regenerate. Too “old” a sample raises the risk of poor motility, white cells, and other problems of “old” sperm. (An “old” sample would be one that is taken after more than 7 days of abstinence).

Normal and healthy sperm lives approximately 48-72 hours after ejaculated.

Day 1 is the first day you see a red flow, not just intermittent spotting.

Absolutely not. Normally, 30 eggs in a woman’s ovary will grow and develop every month, but only one of them will become fully mature and released, while the rest will degrade and reabsorbed by the body. In COH, drugs are given to stimulate several eggs to become fully mature simultaneously.

A lead follicle should be at least 18 mm before you can have your hCG shot. The hCG will induce the follicle to ovulate after 36 hours.

Follicles grow approximately 1 to 2 mm a day.

The vast majority of Clomid pregnancies occur during the first 4-5 ovulatory cycles. You should try at least 2-3 cycles of Clomid before moving on to IUI.

Once you have had two IUI cycles, you might consider moving to IVF because the chance of a successful IUI cycle is reduced after two cycles. In addition, if you have blocked tubes, then IUI will not help. Thus, you should proceed directly to IVF treatment.

You can carry on your normal activities (including working) during IVF stimulation programme. But once the embryo is transferred back, you should have more rest. Heavy lifting, climbing and long journey of walking should be avoided. No bed-rest is required unless advised by your doctor.

Admission is not necessary for IVF cycle as both egg-pick-up and embryo transfer are outpatient procedures.

You can have the result two weeks after the treatment. This can be confirmed by raised serum beta-hCG as early as 10 days after IUI/embryo transfer or gestational sac by ultrasound 3 weeks after the procedure.

The overall clinical pregnancy rates (IVF and ICSI) of Metro IVF are 40%-65%, depending on patient’s age, causes of infertility, number of egg recovered at oocyte pick-up, number of embryo available for transfer and sperm quality. Click here for success rate chart.

The miscarriage rate is higher in ART pregnancy compared to natural pregnancy. In ART pregnancy, the miscarriage rate is about 20% while the natural pregnancy’s is 10%.

The incidence of congenital malformations in IVF pregnancies ranges from 2% nation-wide. It is slightly higher than that of natural conceiving pregnancies. But the increased risk is attributable to maternal factors and not from any aspect of the IVF procedure as IVF mothers are older and produce poorer quality eggs.

You can email your queries to or call for Miss Lee/ Nurol/ Gladys at 33412277.

The average length of IVF cycle from controlled ovarian stimulation until confirmation of pregnancy is 6 weeks.

You will need to pay us 8 to 15 visits for one cycle of IVF.

Yes, you can still get pregnant although your husband has no sperm (azoospermia). This can be achieved by surgical sperm retrieval (MESA, PESA, TESE) if the cause of no sperm is caused by vas deferens (sperm tube) or sperm donation if the cause is primary azoospermia.

Yes, if you cannot produce egg because of menopause or premature ovarian failure, then you still can get pregnant by using egg donation and IVF. The successful rates of getting pregnant using egg donation are as good or even better normal IVF cycle.