The team at NewLife@PHKL is committed to the physical and emotional needs of our patients and the community. We understand that infertility can create a tremendous amount of stress, which is only intensified by uncertainty. Here are a few of the questions we most commonly hear, and generally accepted.

Our support team is always on hand to offer advice or to put your mind at ease. Please do not hesitate to get in touch if there is something we have missed here. You should write in or request an appointment.

Infertility is frequently defined as the inability of a couple to conceive and, for a woman to carry a pregnancy that results in a live birth, after one year of unprotected intercourse.

There are many factors that contribute to infertility with both male and female partners.

  • 30% of infertility is due to female factors alone
  • 30% of infertility is due to male factors alone
  • 30% of infertility is due to both female and male factors
  • Up to 10% of infertility remains unexplained
  • Blocked or damaged fallopian tubes
  • Ovulatory problems
  • Hormonal disorders
  • Polycystic Ovary Syndrome, PCOS
  • Endometrioses
  • Being over 38, from which age fertility declines rapidly
  • Medical conditions such as diabetes, epilepsy, and thyroid and bowel diseases
  • Lifestyle factors such as stress, being overweight or underweight, alcohol misuse and smoking
  • Environmental toxins including exposure to pesticides and lead
  • Excessive physical or emotional stress that results in amenorrhea (absent periods)
  • Low number of sperm produced, or not at all (Azoospermia is a term used when there is a complete absence of sperm in the ejaculate)
    Azoospermia may be caused by:

    • Genetic abnormality
    • Failure of sperm production
    • Following a vasectomy

Blood tests to investigate hormone levels (FSH) may be required. A testicular biopsy may be required to determine the ability of the testicles to produce normal sperm.

  • Sperm being obstructed from ejaculation
  • Sperm that don’t swim very well in the female reproductive system restricting its ability to reach and fertilise an egg
  • Oxidative stress resulting from injury, infection or smoking causing semen defects
  • Lifestyle factors such as stress, being overweight or underweight, alcohol misuse and smoking
  • Environmental toxins including exposure to pesticides and lead
According to WHO, couple should seek fertility treatment after 12 months of unprotected intercourse, with the same partner, without resultant pregnancy.
Step 1 – Make appointment for consultation session with NewLife@PHKL Fertility Specialist

Step 2 – Preliminary Investigations

Step 3 – Getting Started

Step 4 – Confirm treatment plan with your Fertility Specialist

Step 5 – Begin ART/IVF Treatment

For more information, kindly refer to IVF Diary

The cost of treatment depends on the options of treatment. For an IVF treatment, kindly refer to “Packages”.

No insurance coverage for fertility treatment is available.

For those patients who have an active schedule they may continue in the initial phase of their IVF treatment. However, as IVF treatment progresses (usually once injections commence), only low-impact exercise such as walking is recommended. The impact of vigorous exercises such as running could possibly create adnexal torsion or ovarian twisting which would complicate the IVF treatment process. Nevertheless, patients are advised to avoid all unnecessary risks during IVF treatment.

Read more about adnexal torsion at Risk of Fertility Treatment

The egg retrieval (Ovum Pick-Up, OPU) procedure will be performed under general anaesthesia; our patients are asleep. The beauty of this approach is that you will feel absolutely nothing, remember absolutely nothing, and will have few of or none of the typical side effects of anesthesia such as nausea and vomiting. The OPU procedure lasts approximately 20 to 30 minutes. You will be discharged several hours after procedure within the day of OPU.
A pregnancy blood test (βhCG) is usually done 12-14 days after OPU, while a confirmation of clinical pregnancy test via ultrasound scan will be done 19-21 days after OPU.
We would recommend at least one full menstrual cycle of waiting before undergoing IVF a second time. We know that it can take up to 6 weeks for inflammation to resolve; therefore, it is reasonable to wait a similar amount of time before restarting the process (if complete new cycle is require).