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In-Vitro Fertilisation (IVF) Fertility Treatment

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In-Vitro Fertilisation (IVF) Fertility Treatment - Other Information

Regulatory and Funding Matters

For In-vitro Fertilization (IVF):

  1. IVF counseling is mandatory under Ministry of Health (Singapore) guidelines.
  2. There may be waiting time before starting program.

For IVF and Frozen Embryo Transfer (FET):

Government co-funding and Medisave can be used for Singapore Citizens, subject to conditions. For more details, please refer to Ministry of Health (Singapore) website: http://www.pqms.moh.gov.sg

Under Ministry of Health (Singapore) guidelines, our institutions do not practise:

  • Sex selection unless medically indicated
  • Social storage of gamete or embryos unless medically indicated

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS (FAQ)

  1. How much does in-vitro fertilization (IVF) treatment cost?
    Currently IVF costs between 10,000 to 12,000 SGD depending on your selected treatment.

    There are government grants available for Singaporeans below the age of 40 to help cover the cost of your treatment provided you fulfill other criterias.

    Our staff will work closely with you to help you manage your costs.

    Please refer to the following website for more information regarding using your MEDISAVE for assisted conception procedures.

    Click here to read more.

  2. Can I travel during my IVF fertility treatment?
    No. It is imperative that during the monitoring phase of the treatment cycle, patients should be available as multiple appointments will be made for mandatory tests and treatments.

    Our nursing staff will work closely with you in scheduling the appointments.

  3. Can we choose the sex of the embryo?
    This is not allowed as Government of Singapore forbids sex selection procedures.

    The sex ratio is almost identical to that seen in the general population following standard IVF treatment.

  4. Will my age affect my pregnancy chances with IVF fertility treatment?
    Pregnancy rates decrease and the incidence of miscarriage increases for patents above 40 years of age.

  5. Does weight affect pregnancy chances with IVF fertility treatment?
    IVF is not recommended if Body Mass Index (BMI) is more than 30 or less than 19 as the chance of success is significantly lower with higher risks.

  6. Is there something we can do to improve our chances of success in IVF fertility treatment?
    Although IVF treatment is a medical process, some lifestyle and dietary modifications may improve the success rates of IVF. Patients should stop smoking and avoid inhaling passive smoke. Alcohol consumption and having an extreme Body Mass Index should also be avoided.

    A daily intake of 5mg of Folic Acid is recommended for all patients trying to conceive as this prevents neural tube defects in the baby.

  7. What to expect after oocyte pick up (Egg retrieval)?
    It is not unusual to experience slight abdominal discomfort and/or bloating, which will usually subside in 48 hours. It is usually tolerable. If necessary, medications may be prescribed.

    Patient may also experience slight vaginal bleeding after the procedure which will subsequently resolve.

    However, please contact us if you have heavy vaginal bleeding or severe abdominal pain.

  8. What should a patient take note after the embryo transfer?
    Please avoid strenuous and high impact activities and exercises. You will be provided medical leave for rest.

  9. Is it normal to experience vaginal bleeding after embryo transfer?
    Light vagina bleeding often occurs within the first few days after an embryo transfer. This can be present as light bleeding (pink/red/brownish) or spotting/staining. In this instance, no intervention is usually required.

    Common causes include the implantation of the embryo onto the lining of the womb. The use of vaginal progesterone causing the cervix to be more delicate and thus cervical bleeding is another common cause.

    Patients may continue using vaginal Progesterone tablets as directed. If the bleeding lasts longer than 3 days or becomes very heavy, you are advised to call the IVF center.

  10. Is it normal to experience pain after embryo transfer?
    Many women complain about non-specific abdominal discomfort after embryo transfer. If the discomfort is mild and not constant, it is unlikely to be of concern. Simple pain relief medications should be sufficient. If the pain is severe with or without heavy bleeding, please call IVF center for advice or seek medical attention in hospital.

  11. When will I be able to tell if I am pregnant?
    A pregnancy test is normally scheduled 14 to 17 days after the embryo transfer. It is mandatory that you return for this test even if you are bleeding.
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