Fertility Treatments

Fertility Treatments

For couples who are seeking help to conceive, Sincere Healthcare Group offer the full spectrum of fertility treatment options. We are known for its eminence in diagnosing, treating and supporting couples with fertility issues and is accredited by Australia’s Reproductive Technology Accreditation (RTAC) – the accrediting arm of the Fertility Society of Australia (FSA) and licensed Assisted Reproduction Centre by the Ministry of Health of Singapore.

Sincere IVF Center is equipped with an operating theatre for egg collection and embryos replacement and an embryology laboratory for assessment and preparation of oocytes, sperms and embryos as well as to perform a range of procedures such as Intrauterine Insemination (IUI), In-vitro Fertilisation (IVF), Intra-Cytoplasmic Sperm Injection (ICSI), blastocyst culture, freezing of eggs and embryos by vitrification, ovarian tissue cryo-preservation and Testicular Sperm Extraction (TESE), among others.

Our expertise is complemented by a team of professionals comprising fertility specialists in Reproductive Medicine, embryologists, specialised nurses and supporting staff who are trained in patient care to ensure a comfortable patient experience and help couples who are seeking to overcomes conception difficulties realise the joy of parenthood.

What is In-vitro Fertilisation (IVF)?

In vitro fertilisation (IVF) is a type of assisted reproductive technology (ART) where sperm and an egg are fertilised outside of the human body. IVF is a complex process that involves retrieving eggs from ovaries and manually combining them with sperm in a lab for fertilisation. Several days after fertilisation, the fertilized egg (now called an embryo) is placed inside a uterus. Pregnancy occurs when this embryo implants itself into the uterine wall. A successful pregnancy can be confirmed about two weeks later.

What happens during the process (IVF)?

IVF is a process, with each IVF cycle occuring with one menstrual cycle.

  • Blood test: You will have a blood test on day one of your menstrual cycle.
  • Hormone stimulation: Your hormone stimulation treatment will start on day 2 or 3 of your menstrual cycle. You will then start taking medicine to stimulate your follicles to allow them to produce eggs.
  • Trigger shot: Once your eggs have reached a certain size, you will then give yourself an injection that containing hormones that trigger the ovary to mature and to release an egg.
  • Egg retrieval: 36 hours after the trigger shot, the fertility specialist will use a thin needle inserted in your vagina wall into the follicles to retrieve the eggs (collected).
  • Semen sample: Semen sample will be collected on the same day of the egg collection.
  • Fertilisation: In an IVF cycle, we put the sperm and egg(s) together in a carefully labelled and electronically tagged dish. Sometimes, we inject each egg individually with a single sperm. This is called intra-cytoplasmic sperm injection or ICSI.
  • Embryo transfer: Eggs that have fertilised are called embryos. We will transfer embryos to your womb 3 or 5 days after fertilisation. During embryo transfer, we put the best 1 or 2 embryos into your womb. If the remaining embryos are suitable, we will freeze them for future use.
  • Pregnancy test: After the embryo is transferred, you need to take the test 16 days after your egg collection. We tell you the date at your embryo transfer.

What is Intra-Cytoplasmic Sperm Injection (ICSI)?

For married couples who are having problems conceiving, the cause of infertility is sperm-related. ICSI is the most common and successful treatment for male infertility. In intra-Cytoplasmic sperm injection (ICSI), a single healthy sperm is injected directly into each mature egg. ICSI is often used when semen quality or number is a problem or if fertilisation attempts during prior In-vitro fertilisation (IVF) cycles failed.

Who should consider fertility treatment?

In Singapore, IVF treatment is only available for married couples. It is recommended to seek help from a fertility specialist if you have been trying for 12 months (or 6 months if you are over 35 years old), or married couples with any of the conditions shown below:

  • Having an irregular menses
  • Reduced fertility in women age 40 & above
  • Blocked fallopian tubes or irreparably damaged
  • Unexplained infertility
  • Uterine fibroids
  • Endometriosis
  • Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) or ovarian conditions
  • Male infertility, such as low sperm count or other sperm impairments
  • Problems with uterus
  • Risk of passing on a genetic disease or disorder

Government Subsidy For IVF: The use of MEDISAVE

IVF cycleMedisave limit
1st$6,000
2nd$5,000
3rd & subsequent$4,000

Counselling & Consent

Sincere IVF Center, we have qualified counsellors to support you throughout your fertility journey. Our clinician will explain and discuss the procedure with you. Questions that you have about the treatment can also be raised during the session. A written consent for IVF/ICSI and cryopreservation/thawing of the embryos is also obtained.

You will also need a separate session by our IVF counsellor on the emotional and physical demands of undergoing the treatment programme and dealing with disappointments of failed attempts.

OUR COUNSELLING FOCUS ON:

  • Preparing for fertility treatment and implications of treatment
  • Providing you with emotional support before, during or after fertility treatment
  • Impact that infertility and treatment may have on your life and your relationships with other people
  • Coping with stress and maintaining an emotional balance as a couple
  • Understanding how to provide emotional support to your spouse, throughout the fertility treatment journey