While humans have been blessed with the ability to procreate, conceiving a child can be difficult, and such problems can cause lifelong emotional damage to hopeful spouses. Human fertility factors in a number of variables, such as timing, emotions, nutrition and lifestyle – hence the reason why certain misconceptions such as “smoking does not affect our chances” and “as long as I am healthy, my age doesn’t matter” are wrong.
Both men and women can be infertile, and you can rest assured as there are infertility treatments for both male and females. There will be instances where you and your spouse can go according to the books and still have it not happen. When conceiving a child the traditional way isn’t an option anymore, fertility treatments—also known as infertility treatments—are the only tried and true solutions. Malaysia is the fertility hub of Asia, offering a plethora of infertility treatments while boasting a high success rate of 55 to 60 percent for the In Vitro Fertilisation (IVF) treatment. This would be impossible if it weren’t for the advanced technological equipment used in our fertility centres.
What To Expect From Fertility Treatments
In order to diagnose the problem, you and your spouse will have to provide our fertility specialists with your detailed medical history and undergo a physical examination. What usually follows are fertility screenings, and these can be in the form of urine tests, laboratory tests, blood tests, biopsy tests, imaging tests and more.
Before suggesting treatments, our fertility specialists will prescribe fertility drugs and monitor the progress. If conditions aren’t improving, medical intervention becomes necessary, and you can rest assured as you are in the great hands of Malaysia’s medical marvels. If it reaches this stage, it’s important to manage your expectations as fertility treatments can take time. While waiting for the result, you can always go for a short getaway to the many exotic islands in Malaysia. Plenty of great people and amazing foods await you! Given Malaysia’s track record in fertility treatments, you have a reason to believe that your dream will become a reality.
Addressing Fertility with Assisted Reproductive Technology (ART)
Assisted reproductive technology (ART) is designed to treat infertility for both males and females. It is a fertility treatment where both the eggs and sperm are handled. In other words, sexual intercourse is bypassed. Most of the procedures—be it fertility treatments specifically for male or female—involve surgical methods to extract both the eggs and the sperm, followed by the necessary steps, depending on the ART procedure used.
Fertility Treatments in Malaysia
Here are some of the ART procedures that Malaysia’s fertility medical marvels specialise in:
i. In Vitro Fertilisation (IVF)
IVF is a procedure that fertilises the egg outside of the female body. Transvaginal ovum retrieval (OVR) is used to retrieve the egg from the back of the vagina. Meanwhile, sperm is acquired through ejaculation or even aspiration through surgeries such as percutaneous epididymal sperm extraction (PESA) and microscopic epididymal sperm extraction (MESA), if required. Fertility drugs will be prescribed for ovarian stimulation, stimulating multiple eggs to grow in the ovaries instead of just one. Following the drug induction, the female will experience hormonal changes that actually help with the preparation of the uterus’ lining for embryo implantation. Once the implantation is successful, you should prepare yourself for a marvelous 9 months ahead, followed by a lifetime of happiness.
ii. Intracytoplasmic Sperm Injection (ICSI)
ICSI is one form of In Vitro Fertilisation, and an infertility treatment that’s designed for males with low sperm count. This procedure involves the injection of a single sperm into the centre of an egg with a microneedle as a means to fertilise the egg.
iii. Preimplantation Genetic Diagnosis (PGD)
PGD is an adjunct to ART procedures. It is a form of embryo profiling that is used to identify the possibility of genetic defects, helping prevent certain genetic diseases or disorders from being passed on. It can also be used as a method of sex selection, as it boasts a high accuracy rate.
iv. Preimplantation Genetic Screening (PGS)
PGS is also in adjunct to ART procedures. It is the practice of evaluating embryos for chromosomal aneuploidy. According to this study (1) couples with recurrent miscarriage, repeated implantation failure, and several male factors, are thought to have a predisposition for producing aneuploid embryos. PGS helps identify the chromosomally normal embryos, which will then be used in IVF procedures.
Our fertility medical marvels will wholeheartedly welcome you and make you feel at home away from home as you undergo one of the most emotionally-challenging phases of your life. The price of fertility treatments in Malaysia begin from RM15,000 (approximately $3500). Reach out to us for more information now.
Brezina, P., Ke, R., & Kutteh, W. (2013, February 27). Preimplantation genetic screening: A practical guide. Retrieved July 09, 2020, from https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3888082/