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Hospital Umra medical director Datuk Dr Mohamed Rafi Mohammed Feizal (left) said this is cheaper as compared to the normal IVF, which cost between RM12,000 and RM20,000. Pic by STR/MOHD ASRI SAIFUDDIN MAMAT

SHAH ALAM: More young couples who want to conceive with the help of technology can now do so with the In-Vitro Fertilisation (IVF) Lite that offers treatment for RM8,999.

Hospital Umra medical director Datuk Dr Mohamed Rafi Mohammed Feizal said this is cheaper as compared to the normal IVF, which cost between RM12,000 and RM20,000.

The hospital, in collaboration with Tropicana Medical Centre Fertility Centre, came up with the IVF Lite programme.

“We have a large number of infertility patients, who we often direct them to centres that offer IVF treatment since we do not do it here. We only do Intrauterine insemination (IUI).

“Patients are at lost sometimes, so we then decided to collaborate with TMC, in which the tests and ultrasound scans will be done here at the hospital.

“TMC Fertility Centre will carry out the fertilisation process by extracting eggs, retrieving a sperm sample, and then manually combining an egg and sperm in a laboratory dish. The embryo is then transferred to the uterus,” he told the New Straits Times here today.

Dr Rafi, who is also a consultant obstetrician and gynaecologist said IVF Lite offers a less complicated treatment plan, with lower drug dose, better outcome and fewer risks of having multiple pregnancy or ovarian hyperstimulation syndrome (OSHH).

Multiple pregnancy, he said pose a higher risk or premature birth, miscarriage, stillbirth, disability and developmental issues, while OHSS can lead to severe illness or death.

“Some patients going through the normal IVF may be injected with a higher dose of medication (of up to 600 units per injection) to reproduce a higher number of eggs (up to 20 eggs).

“Whereas in IVF Lite, patients are only given a lower dose (150 units) per injection that will produce one or up to three eggs. The quantity does not matter as long as you have one or two fertilised eggs.

“In the normal IVF, for instance, additional eggs can be frozen and stored for use on a later date, when the woman is ready to have another child without worrying about the egg quality.”

Meanwhile, TMC fertility specialist and consultant obstetrician and gynaecologist Dr Navdeep Singh Panny said TMC’s fertility centre’s IVF success rate ranges between 20 to 70 per cent.

“It depends on the women’s age, where if the wife is younger and the husband’s sperm is of good quality, it can go up to 70 per cent. However once you cross the age of 40, the success rate is lesser (lower than 10 per cent).”

On infertility, Dr Rafi said the cause of infertility may also lie in the husband as in the wife.

“I would say 25 per cent of it (the problem) is female related and 25 per cent is male related. While, 30 per cent is where both husband and wife are responsible, and the remaining 20 per cent is GOK (God only knows or unknown).

“There are many factors that can cause infertility in women, which include anovulation/total ovarian failure, endometriosis, Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS), uterine factors (implantation/miscarriages), tubal dysfunction, chromosomal abnormalities, immunological factors.

“Other factors include smoking, alcohol consumption, drug stress, psychological and environmental factors.

“Among the male related factors of infertility are low sperm counts, absent sperms, low sperm quality, sperm transport issue, ejaculatory dysfunctions, immunological factors and infections.”

Dr Rafi said patients should look out for symptoms, seek counselling or treatment and adopt lifestyle changes in hopes to increase chances of childbearing.

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