Building a family can pose many challenges for couples. American Hospital Dubai, in collaboration with Livio AB, is helping couples in their journey to expand their families and have babies on their timetables by using the best and most advanced fertility preservation methods.
When couples decide to protect their future reproductive ability, that is known as fertility preservation. It is important to choose the correct time for your pregnancy whether it is due to chemotherapy, aging, radiation or other medical treatments. Fertility preservation is achieved by using the vitrification technique that freezes oocytes without damaging them to ensure a better success rate.
There can be many reasons why couples would want to decide to have babies at a time when it's most convenient for them and preserve their fertility in the meantime. Fertility preservation can be used by women who have faced the loss of fertility because of cancer treatments, premature ovarian failure or to overcome the limitations that come with reproductive aging. The Fertility Center at American Hospital houses an expert team of reproductive endocrinologist who are experienced in performing fertility preservation with positive outcomes.
It is best to discuss with your gynecologist to seek the best possible options for fertility preservation. Your doctor can then give you a clear-cut plan after discussing when you wish to achieve motherhood, whether at a certain age or after cancer treatment.
Fertility preservation can be indicated for a number of cases including:
• Women who want to postpone motherhood and have babies at a later time in life
• Patients who have other health conditions that may jeopardize their reproductive organs that can prevent them from having children in the future
• Individuals with genetic disorders, such as Turner Syndrome as well as Turner mosaicism that is associated with ovarian failure
• Patients who have been diagnosed with cancer and are undergoing chemotherapy, radiation or are taking medication that can damage the ovaries, eggs and sperm
Fertility cases can differ from person to person which is why our IVF specialists provide patients with a number of options that can increase their chances of preserving their fertility. Our IVF specialists can help determine any potential risk that you may have and decide on the best course of action that can preserve your reproductive ability safely for future use.
American Hospital’s recent collaboration with one of the largest network of fertility treatment provider in the Nordic region, Livio AB, has allowed us to provide a multitude of services at our fertility clinic pertaining to preserving the reproductive ability of couples for future use including:
- In-vitro fertilization and embryo freezing
- Egg freezing
- Sperm freezing
Our fertility clinic houses a team of expert specialists that patients from all over the Middle East come to consult with. Our IVF Clinic at American Hospital provides patients with the best and latest technological advancements for infertility treatments and fertility preservation. Vitrification, a technique used to freeze eggs, allows for the properties of the gametes to stay intact for an indefinite amount of time.
Fertility preservation includes the following steps:
First visit: During your first visit with your fertility specialist, your doctor will conduct a full gynecological exam and later give you the details of how the process of fertility preservation works. Your doctor will then analyze your reports on the second visit and schedule a treatment plan according to your needs.
Ovarian stimulation: Your treatment will begin with ovarian stimulation which happens when a woman’s menstruation cycle starts. Hormones are then injected so that multiple oocytes are developed. After a period of 10 to 12 days, your doctor will prescribe an ultrasound along with blood tests to determine the growth of the eggs. When the eggs have reached the required number and size, the hCG hormone is then induced to ensure the maturation of the eggs. The follicular puncture is then scheduled after a 36 hour time period.
Follicular Puncture: A follicular puncture is a 15-20 minutes long procedure that is performed in an operating room while the patient is sedated. Doctors will examine the ovaries through the vaginal cavity in order to puncture the follicles and collect the eggs inside tubes. The egg samples are then sent to the IVF laboratory to conduct vitrification and the patient can get discharged after some time and get back to their daily routine.
Oocyte vitrification: The eggs collected during follicular puncture are then preserved through multiple protective methods and are safely kept at a temperature of -196°C inside small supports which are later stored in specific tanks at specific temperatures.
American Hospital Dubai has an experienced team of doctors and a cutting-edge in-vitro fertilization lab that gives couples who are looking to preserve fertility with a wide range of options with the best outcomes. If you are considering to freeze your eggs, you can schedule an appointment with one of our fertility advisors online.