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Fertility treatment is amongst one of the most challenging medical treatment to understand as it is an elective procedure with an average success rate of around 50-50.
At Alpha Fertility Centre, however, all the odds are tipped in your favour. From investing in revolutionary technologies to continuous training and Research & Development, every investment is a calculated decision to increase your chances of bringing home a bundle of joy.
With unmatched IVF protocols and international clinical standards, you need not look far to enjoy success rates that are comparable with top IVF centres around the world.
It is no secret that IVF technology is an intensely delicate procedure, as it involves the fertilisation of sperm and oocytes. This means even the slightest change in the surroundings or the genetic makeup could make a difference in the fertility treatment’s success.
PREIMPLANTATION GENETIC TESTING
Preimplantation Genetic Testing is already a well-known procedure in many fertility centres, where embryos and/or blastocysts are screened and graded. Only normal embryos will be transferred into the woman’s womb, hence increasing chances of pregnancy and reducing rates of miscarriage. With the ION TORRENT TECHNOLOGY, Alpha is able to run PGS/PGD concurrently on a single platform from a single biopsy. This increases clinical pregnancy rates to 82.9% compared to other systems where the biopsy would be done at least twice, causing possible downgrade to a good embryo/ blastocyst.
The freeze-thaw process is a crucial element in any IVF treatment, where extra oocytes and blastocysts are stored for future use. Since July 2013, Alpha has been using the proprietary CRYOTEC® Freezing Technology for all embryos and blastocysts, as it is the only method with a proven track record of 100% survival rate of embryos and blastocysts during the freeze-thaw process.
While most fertility centres currently use Intra-Cytoplasmic Sperm Injection (ICSI) to introduce fertilisation, Alpha is the only centre in SEA that uses Piezo-ICSI. Piezo-ICSI uses a blunt, finer injection tip to introduce the sperm into the egg, hence the possibility of damaging the egg is reduced. This has proven to give better fertilization rate & healthier embryos through monitoring the morphological changes of the embryos.
TIME LAPSE & EMBRYOSCOPY
Alpha has also invested in the capability to visualize the progress of embryo development continuously from Day 0 to Day 7 by taking photographs every 5 minutes in the incubator. This allows embryologists to select only best embryos for transfer and increase IVF success rate.
These technologies and more are brought together under one roof to provide customization of treatment because no two couples are ever the same. Every couple is special – thus, Alpha Fertility Centre is committed to making each treatment plan one-of-its-kind.
PART OF THE CULTURE – CONTINUOUS R&D
R&D lies at the very heart of Alpha Fertility Centre. As a strong member of the international fertility fraternity, Alpha Fertility Centre enjoys access to the latest updates, knowledge and skills in fertility treatment.
Alpha Fertility Centre’s specialists also contribute to the pool of knowledge by conducting research prolifically. The results have been published in many international journals, or presented in international conferences, such as the Preimplantation Genetic Diagnosis International Society (PGDIS) Annual Congress, Congress on Asia Pacific Initiative on Reproduction (ASPIRE), and the annual Obstetrical and Gynaecological Society of OGSM (Malaysia ) Congress.
20 scientific papers were produced in 2016, whereas 15 scientific papers were produced in 2017. The commitment to the development of the science of fertility treatment is well-recognised by peers in the same industry. Internally, the centre also invests heavily in training and development for its doctors, embryologists and staff to optimize their skills and potential.
RESULTS THAT SPEAK FOR THEMSELVES
For patients on fertility treatment, all the technologies and skills are meaningless if they do not have the one single desired effect – pregnancy.
The centre’s high clinical pregnancy rate of 82.9% in 2016 was presented at the 24th Congress of Obstretrical & Gyneacological Society of Malaysia (OGSM), Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. At the same conference, Alpha Fertility Centre also presented on a 100% post-thaw survival rates for embryos and blastocysts using the revolutionary Cryotec® freezing method.
A new technique showing that a mix in frozen blastocyst on Day 5 and Day 6 resulted in high clinical pregnancy rates of 71.4% was presented at the 6th Congress of the Asia Pacific Initiative on Reproductive (ASPIRE) in Jakarta 2016.
Another discovery in 2016 – the transfer of a single blastocyst aged less than 120 hours (from insemination to the time of embryo transfer procedure) produced outstanding clinical pregnancy implantation rates of 78.6% – was presented at the 15th International Conference on Preimplantation Genetic Diagnosis (PGDIS), in Bologna, Italy.