IVI Fertility Clinic, Marina Village

Marina Village, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

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Acupuncture is a 5000 year old traditionalChinesemedicine treatment which is known to be effective in many conditions including infertility and boosting fertility in couples, especially those undergoing IVF or IUI procedures. Acupuncture is based on the theory that a vital energy called qi (pronounced "chee") flows through the body along pathways called “meridians”. In this method thin, disposable sterile needles are gently inserted at strategic points near the surface of the body. There are over 2,000 acupuncture points in our body connected with 14 major pathways, called meridians. If due to poor health habits or other circumstances the flow of “qi” through the meridians is disrupted, it results in pain and/or disease. But pressing specific points with these needles, the normal flow of energy towards hormone systems, reproductive organs, etc are unblocked, thereby increasing a couple′s chances of conceiving.
Infertility is a medical condition that touches all aspects of life. It may affect the relationship, the perspective on life and the feeling about oneself. Most people can benefit from the support of family, friends and medical care givers. Support counselling aims to give emotional support to patient experiencing distress. Distress can be caused by the frustration of the desire for a child, social and family pressure as well as by the reproductive technology employed and its limitations. Such distress motivates the need for emotional support from many sources (such as family member, partner, and support groups). The process of fertility investigations and treatment can impact individuals at a deep emotional level and is often stressful for patients. It can be an anxious time for the couple. Individuals will be affected differently, but many may experience these common emotions: anger, envy and guilt, loss of control, social isolation, anxiety and low mood.
An important aspect of any assisted reproduction technique is the transfer of the developing embryo(s) to the uterus.It is an extremely sensitive step that plays a significant role in the success of a pregnancy.
In-vitro fertilisation (IVF) In-vitro refers to glass, as glass dishes were first used to achieve the first pregnancy in 1978. Fertilisation is now achieved using plastic dishes to unite the eggs and sperm to achieve a number of embryos to transfer to the mother's uterus. This technique is carried out in a laboratory using the latest technology and is used to treat infertility when previous kinds of treatments such as Intrauterine Insemination have failed. It is also a solution to infertility problems arising from male factor, tubal factor (obstructed fallopian tubes) and unexplained infertility. The insemination of oocytes can be carried out by means of the conventional IVF technique where eggs are mixed with a specific concentration of sperm or by Intracytoplasmic Sperm Injection (ICSI). The latter is recommended in cases of severe male infertility, previous fertilisation failures with IVF, previous Intrauterine Insemination treatment failures.
Nutrition plays a big role when it comes to having a healthy body and reproductive system. Nutrition is the cornerstone of good health and wellbeing. It is particularly crucial at certain stages of life including fertility, conception, pregnancy, brain development, childhood growth and has a significant role to play in the prevention and treatment of chronic diseases like hypertension, diabetes and cardiovascular (heart and vessels) diseases.
The embryo is surrounded by a layer of protein called the zona pellucida and it needs to break out of this outer layer so that it may attach to the wall of the uterus to establish a pregnancy. One of the possible explanations for IVF-failure is thought to be the inability of the embryo to break out of the zonapellucida.
A blastocyst transfer refers to an embryo transfer on day 5 or day 6, which is done to increase pregnancy rate and reduce the chance of multiple pregnancies. An embryo goes through different stages as it develops from the fertilized egg (oocyte) until it hatches and attaches to the endometrial lining to achieve a pregnancy. A normal pattern of embryo division states: a) 2-4-cell stage on day 2, b) 6-8-cell stage on day 3, c) 14-32 cell stage (called Morula) on day 4, with or without compacting, d) blastocyst on day 5.
If a young man or women is diagnosed with cancer and a chemotherapy or a radiation in the region of the pelvis is needed, then there is a high risk, that this treatment will have a negative impact on the future fertility of this patient. Fertility preservation treatments offer possibilities for men and women to preserve their fertility for the time, when cancer treatment is complete and health is restored. Advances in reproductive medicine have made various options available.
Fine needle aspiration is a technique which involves using a thin, hollow needle to remove samples of tissue or fluid from an organ of the human body. In Testicular Sperm Aspiration (TESA), a very thin, hollow needle is gently inserted through the skin. Often there is a syringe attached to the needle. Then, sperm is extracted directly from the testicles by passing the fine needle directly into the testicle. After that, a small amount of tissue is extracted and prepared in the laboratory and examined for sperm. Usually, the test can be done without the need to make a cut in the skin. This helps to minimise any discomfort for the person having the test as well as reduce the risk of infection or other complications. Often used in cases of obstructive azoospermia. This procedure is done under local anesthesia. Sperm obtained by this method are either frozen for subsequent use or prepared using a process of washing and grading.
IVM (In Vitro Maturation) is a new technique that was introduced to assisted reproductive techniques (ART) in the late 90’s. For a group of special selected patients (patients with a high risk for or a history of severe ovarian hyperstimulation syndrome, OHSS) IVM might be safer than regular IVF-stimulation since it involves only a short time of hormonal stimulation and the oocytes are collected while they are immature.
In an IVF or any other assisted reproduction method, apart from embryo quality and successful transfer a pregnancy is established only if the embryo implants on to the uterine lining. For this, the timing of the transfer needs to be right when the lining of the uterus is the most receptive to the embryo. The endometrium or endometrial cavity is the lining in the uterus, where the fertilised egg or the embryo goes and attaches itself for growth and development during the remaining gestation period. Therefore, its receptiveness plays a crucial role in a successful pregnancy. If a woman has undergone failure in pregnancy or miscarriages, due to non-implantation of the embryo, this test can help identify the “window” in which the uterus is most likely to allow successful implantation.
Intracytoplasmic sperm injection, commonly known as ICSI, is a method that implements Assisted Reproductive Technology (ART), in order to help a couple conceive. ICSI has been developed to overcome male infertility that is due to impaired semen quality.In this technique a motile, normal shaped sperm is selected, immobilised and placed inside the egg using a fine needle. The sperm is directly injected into the egg using a micromanipulator. This is done using an inverted microscope under high magnification, in order to try to achieve fertilization and create embryos for transfer later.
IUI is a technique provided by our clinic to help you conceive. In this technique, washed and prepared sperm are injected into the wife’s uterus through the cervix in a prepared menstrual cycle. IUI can be done in natural cycles or in controlled ones, where the wife takes hormones to stimulate the ovaries to produce a few oocytes instead of one or two in natural cycle. The growth of the follicles is monitored by ultrasound to ensure that there is no risk of multiple pregnancy and to determine the right time for the IUI. Once the follicle (s) have reached the correct size, ovulation is triggered by another injection called human ChoronicGonadotrophin (hCG). This trigger shot allows the egg(s) to mature in the follicle(s) get them ready for release 36 hours later. The IUI will be scheduled 24 - 36 hours later.
Controlled Ovarian Hyperstimulation (COH) is the the development of multiple ovarian follicles, than the normal count in a female’s menstrual cycle. This juncture is reached with the help of certain fertility medications. Once several follicles start developing, the number of functional eggs also increases, which in turn lead to greater chances of conception.
Semen cryopreservation is a procedure to preserve sperm cells. Semen can be used successfully indefinitely after cryopreservation. For human sperm, the longest reported successful storage is 21 years. Sperm freezing is suitable for ejaculated and surgically retrieved samples. Depending on the number and quality of sperm in the sample and also of the reason forsperm freezing, it has to be decided, whether one sample will be enough or more samples are needed.
Spermatogenesis is the process of spermatozoa production in the male testes. The initial stages of this process occur in a part of the testes, called the seminiferous tubules. In non-obstructive azoospermia, spermatozoa production might be restricted to few parts of the testis, mainly in the healthy tubules. Micro-TESE procedure allows the surgeon to identify the healthy tubules depending on their appearance and diameter. This gives a better chance of finding spermatozoa, unlike the regular TESE procedure where biopsies are taken randomly from different parts of the testis.
Laparoscopy surgery is an invasive diagnostic procedure that uses a telescopic camera system to visualise the abdominal organs such as bowel, liver and reproductive organs such as uterus, fallopian tubes and ovaries.
Hysteroscopy is performed to assess a woman with infertility, recurrent miscarriage or abnormal uterine bleeding. For this procedure a thin telescope-like instrument (hysteroscope) is inserted through the vagina and cervix into the uterus to assess the cavity.
Ovarian reserve plays a crucial role in fertility of a woman. Ovarian reserve is a term that refers to a woman’s current egg supply and seems to be closely associated with reproductive potential. Females are born with their ovaries filled with eggs, representing the reserve for their life-time, called ovarian reserve. If all of the eggs are used or gone, no more reproductive hormones (estrogens and progesterone) will be produced and the woman will not have her period. Low ovarian reserve is when there is a physiological decrease in the number of eggs, resulting in an insufficient number to ensure a reasonable chance of pregnancy.
Preimplantation genetic screening (PGS) is a test which is done to screen for abnormalities in the number of chromosomes in the embryos, obtained by In-Vitro-Fertilisation (IVF) or Intra-cytoplasmatic-sperm-injection (ICSI) prior to the transfer of the embryos into the uterus of the woman. Normally an embryo has 46 chromosomes, 22 in pairs and additional the sex chromosomes, XX in female and XY in male. An embryo that does not have the correct number of chromosomes is called aneuploid. Changes in the numbers of the chromosomes can lead to no pregnancy at all, miscarriages, still births or disabled children.
An analysis of the semen reveals the characteristics of sperm; its amount and quality in order to measure a patient’s fertility. Usually couples having trouble getting pregnant get themselves tested so as to know the cause of problem. Sperm analysis is a way of getting a good idea of the male partner’s sperm health.
In many cases, everything seems normal with both the man and woman, but they are still not able to conceive. In such a scenario detailed analysis need to be done, so that the cause can be identified. Testicular biopsy is one such test, where tissue samples are taken from the testicles and are analysed by laboratory experts so that they can determine problems concerning its functions. Often, a testicular biopsy is conducted to find the cause of low sperm count or other hormonal imbalances.
Almost one in six couples faces difficulty in conceiving naturally, and the major cause for this is stress. Stress can be due to any number of reasons, be it responsibilities from career, home, partner and other commitments. Moreover, not being able to have a baby after trying for months further adds on to the stress. Stress is something that affects both the husband and the wife. It affects our body so much, that it creates various hormonal imbalances that result in many diseases and can even cause infertility. A step away from medical approaches, there are many unconventional and natural ways that can help boost your fertility. One such is practicing yoga daily. It is an established fact that yoga can help reduce stress, which affects fertility. Studies have even shown that specific poses can boost fertility potential in women by increasing blood flow to your pelvis, stimulating hormone-producing glands, and releasing muscle tension.

About Us

IVI, a world leader in assisted reproduction (headquartered in Spain) has opened its first fertility centre in Abu Dhabi, UAE, under the leadership of Prof. Dr. Human M. Fatemi, (MD, Ph.D. at University of Brussels/Belgium).

IVI Fertility Clinic LLC (IVI′s first clinic in GCC region - IVI Middle East) is a partnership between IVI Spain and former Senior Medical Director (University of Brussels/Belgium) Prof. Dr. Human M. Fatemi, and his team to introduce the most sophisticated Assisted Reproductive Technologies (ART) in Abu Dhabi.

With Prof. Fatemi′s international expertise and region-specific know-how, in collaboration with IVI Spain, IVI brings exceptional standards of processes, protocols and policies.

IVI Middle East offers personalised treatment using the most advanced techniques, governed by WHO standards and administered by ESHRE-certified fertility experts.

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