FAQs

FAQs

  • Do I need IVF?

    IVF is indicated when:

    • When Alternate treatments are either unlikely to achieve a pregnancy or have failed to achieve a pregnancy or have failed to result in a pregnancy.
    • Blocked fallopian tubes or extensive pelvic adhesions, prevents the egg from entering the fallopian tubes.
    • It's a case of low sperm count. The process of IVF super concentrates the sperm, often leading to successful fertilization.
    • Unexplained fertility is the diagnosis. IVF is suggested when the couple fails to conceive, with tests being normal and after failing the process of IVF.
    • You suffer from Polycystic Ovaries (PCOS)
    • You suffer from mild-moderate endometriosis, then IUI can help, but in the case of severe endometriosis, the ideal route is IVF

  • What are the success rates of IVF/ICSI?

    Our group success rates are among the best globally. They are the result of years of experience and constant fine-tuning of our stimulation protocols, our laboratory culture conditions and our embryo transfer guidelines.

    The most important factors determining the success of a cycle are the woman’s age and the reason for the infertility.

    At MMC IVF, we would be delighted to meet with you, understand your situation and prescribe only the best tailor made solutions for your infertility issues.

  • Are birth defects more common after IVF / ICSI ?

    The percentage defects with IVF is roughly the same as in the general population (3-4%). The chances of birth defects after ICSI are rare. Some of the problems that caused the male infertility, however, may be genetic. In these cases, boys conceived with the use of ICSI may have infertility issues as adults.

  • How Long Is An IVF Cycle? What Are The Steps?

    An IVF cycle comprised of Ovarian Stimulation, Egg Retrieval (OPU), Sperm Collection, ICSI and Embryo Transfer is generally 21-25 days. Read about the steps of an IVF-ICSI cycle in detail here.

  • Does IVF Hurt? What about the Hormone Injections?

    The IVF procedures include Egg Retrieval and Embryo Transfer. Egg Retrieval is done under sedation and afterwards you may feel some discomfort similar to that of a heavy menstrual cycle. Embryo Transfer is a painless procedure and feels similar to a Pap smear. We are dedicated to using the best quality tools to ensure that you experience the least possible discomfort during treatment. As far as the injections, each woman is different and some will be more sensitive than others. Some women feel slight discomfort from the medication released by the first injection but nothing that is intolerable. Most injections can be taken from the convenience of your home and if you are feeling discomfort from the needles we can apply a numbing cream beforehand.

  • Is It Important to have high sperm count And good motility for IVF?

    If you have low sperm count or poor motility, MMC IVF has treatment options available for you. At MMC IVF we use Intra-cytoplasmic Sperm Injection in conjunction with IVF in order to improve chances of fertilization by injecting a single sperm into each egg. With this procedure, we can work with as little as one sperm and sperm with very low motility. We may also suggest a regime of supplements to improve sperm quality. Our Embryology Lab is equipped with IVF technology that allows for Intra-cytoplasmic Morphologically-selected Sperm Injection (IMSI). IMSI is performed after the best morphological sperm is selected after magnification of the sperm up to 6000 times. To discuss treatment options available to you or to schedule a Semen Analysis, book an appointment with MMC IVF today.

  • I have failed at other clinics, how can MMC IVF help me?

    We are highly specialized in treatment of repeated IVF failures that come to us from other fertility centers. Below are some of the factors that will allow us to better help you. Investment in the latest technology and techniques in our embryology lab: MMC IVF was the first medical center in the UAE to have EmbryoScope, the latest advancement in lab equipment for IVF treatment. To read more about the EmbryoScope and lab technologies and techniques available at MMC IVF, click here. Our embryologists are extremely skilled in completing Assisted Hatching which increases the chances embryo implantation.

    In house genetics lab: MMC IVF is the only IVF center in the Middle East with a Genetics Lab and is the only Genetics Laboratory in the UAE completing Pre-Implantation Genetic Diagnosis or Comprehensive Chromosomal Screening. To read about the genetic tests available at MMC IVF, click here.

    Advanced protocols: Each couple will undergo an extensive analysis in order for us to better understand the cause of your infertility. Make sure to bring all previous medical records and tests with you during your first visit.

  • What Are the steps involve in freezing my Eggs?

    To read about the steps of Egg Freezing in detail, visit MMC IVF's Preserving Fertility page. If you are interested in freezing your eggs or have any concerns or questions about your fertility, book an appointment at MMC IVF today.

  • How soon can I get an appointment with A MMC IVF Doctor?

    We do not have waiting lists to see our physicians. You can typically get an appointment with the physician you are interested in within 1-4 days. Book an appointment online to get started.

  • When is the right time to start treatment for in vitro fertilization (IVF)?

    Your doctor will explain the best time to start treatment after the initial consultation, examination and blood tests. Your clinician may start your treatment on the 2nd or 3rd day of your period.

  • How long does it take for the procedure?

    The semen processing takes approx 45 mins to 1 hour, after submission of the semen sample, which is most often by masturbation. It is preferred that the sample is procured within the hospital premises. After the sample is processed its takes 5-10 min for insemination.

  • Can we get a semen sample from home?

    Semen can be brought from home, provided you reach the hospital within 30-45 mins of ejaculation. In such conditions, the doctor should be informed, so that a sterile container can be made available prior. The container containing the sample should be kept at body temperature.

  • Is complete bed rest advised after embryo transfer?

    The recent evidence is not backing this; however, we advise rest for 2-3 days after which they can carry their routine non-strenuous activity.

  • What Is secondary infertility?

    Secondary Infertility is defined as the inability to conceive another (not necessarily second) child successfully and naturally. When a childless couple is unable to conceive, they tend to seek treatment. However, couples who already have a child and who are affected by secondary infertility are much less likely to do so because of the misconception that once you are fertile you will always be fertile.

  • Why does secondary infertility happen?

    Reasons for secondary infertility tend to be the same as reasons for primary infertility. Since the last time pregnancy, the husband or wife may have gained some weight, had an infection, or started eating fewer healthy foods. These small variances in lifestyle can affect reproductive health. Additionally, if it has been a few years since the last child, the quality of eggs may have begun decreasing, or the husband's sperm may have undergone some changes. Abnormalities with sperm and ejaculate are frequently cited as causes of secondary infertility. Other common explanations for secondary infertility include:

    • Ovulation disorders
    • Endometriosis
    • Pelvic adhesions
    • Uterine fibroids or polyps
    • Diminished ovarian reserve
  • What is Family Balancing?

    Even though each pregnancy has a 50% chance to be male and a 50% chance to be female, some families have more children of one gender. Gender selection for Family balancing can help these couples have a child of the underrepresented gender in their family.

  • Dreaming of having a baby girl or a baby boy? Gender selection for family balancing can help?

    Often, men and women will come to MMC IVF to inquire about “balancing” the number of girls or boys they have in their families. Gender selection for family balancing can allow families to choose whether to have a boy or girl before becoming pregnant.

    Hopeful parents may be interested in gender selection for family balancing for medical, cultural or personal reasons, and our MMC IVF fertility center is here to help.

  • Sex selection for family balancing allows families to choose having a boy or girl before becoming pregnant.

    This treatment option allows families to ‘balance’ the number of girls or boys they have in their family. Couples choose family balancing for medical, cultural or personal reasons.

    Sex selection is performed through the laboratory technique of PGS, preimplantation genetic screening. Through the laboratory process of PGS, individual embryos that are created in an IVF cycle can be screened to determine if they are genetically male or female.Then, only embryos of the desired sex are transferred back into the uterus.

  • Are all procedures performed at MMC IVF?

    Yes, at MMC IVF all procedures and laboratory work is conveniently performed in our facilities. Those procedures include blood tests, ultrasounds, egg retrievals, genetic testing (CCS, PGD, Gender Selection for Family Balancing and more), embryo transfers, laparoscopy and hysteroscopy operations.

  • Do you only provide IVF services?

    No. MMC IVF offers routine gynecology examinations, PAP-smears and consultations regarding female health and well-being. Our physicians are also experts in helping women with PCOS who would like to curb their symptoms and as well a large range of other gynecological issues. We also have a large team of Obstetricians who can treat you throughout your pregnancy. MMC IVF's Genetics Laboratory also provides a full range of genetic testing services.

  • When do I need ICSI?

    Intracytoplasmic Sperm Injection (ICSI) has revolutionized the treatment of male infertility. ICSI is advisable if the male partner’s sperm count or number of motile sperm is very low or the morphology is excessively poor.

  • What are the health-risks associated with IVF/ICSI?

    The drugs used during IVF/ICSI may on occasion cause side effects. There is a small but significant risk of Multiple Pregnancies, Ectopic Pregnancy, Pelvic Infection and rarely Injury to nearby organs. Controlled Ovarian Hyper-stimulation (COH) is associated with a risk of Ovarian Hyper-stimulation Syndrome (OHSS). Symptoms of OHSS include the following in varying degrees of severity: nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, extreme bloating, rapid weight gain, difficulty breathing etc.

    These symptoms are closely monitored by our doctors to prevent the occurrence of hyper-stimulation.

  • Is IVF harmful?

    Basically, any surgical procedure has its inherited risk, but overall the rate of surgical complication during egg collection is minimal, as it is guided by ultrasound. As far as the egg making injections/hormones are concerned, they are excreted daily in urine and stools, provided the renal and kidney parameters, are normal. As far as the OHSS is considered, the incidence of severe form is only 1-2%, which requires hospitalization. The mild and moderate cases can be handled on OPD basis.

  • All of our initial testing came back normal; why am i not getting pregnant?

    The initial testing is useful in detecting large problems such as low sperm counts or blocked fallopian tubes. Approximately 20-25% of patients presenting with infertility will have normal testing (called “unexplained infertility”). This may be at least partly explained by an age-related decline in fertility. Often times we are able to obtain further information as to why you have not gotten pregnant through monitoring and may be able to help overcome this underlying infertility with treatment.

  • What is IUI?

    Sometimes, couples may need a little help conceiving. There are many different types of fertility therapies available. Intra-uterine insemination or IUI is a simple fertility treatment that involves inserting the sperm directly into a woman's uterus while she is ovulating. It may also be performed with donor sperm or frozen sperm.

  • How many times can we try IVF?

    A couple can try as many times as they want, as long as they can handle the costs.

  • We have heard that Egg collection process is painful, is it true?

    The procedure is not painful, but may cause mild discomfort. At our clinic, we use mild anesthesia administered through an IV route which relieves discomfort. Stressed patients usually ask this FAQ about IVF.

  • Can someone who does not have sperm have children?

    There are procedures for men who do not have sperms in their semen. Such procedures include collecting tissue samples directly from the testes in different ways depending on the condition. If sperm is found in these tissue samples, then ICSI can be used to inseminate the eggs.

  • How successful is the IVF treatment?

    Success rates strongly depend on the age of the patient, their condition and the treatment used. MMC IVF has a record success rate over 75%.

  • What is the difference between IVF & ICSI?

    Both are forms of in vitro fertilization, differing in only the method of fertilization in the embryology lab.

    In IVF, the sperms and the egg are allowed to fertilize in a small petri dish and this method is very similar to the natural form of fertilization. IVF is deployed when sperm parameters are normal.

    ICSI, is the form of Fertilization, mainly for Male Factor fertility, where each egg is injected with the help of a fine needle with the sperm. Indicated when the sperms parameters are deranged in count, motility, morphology.

Video Presentation

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  • Is IUI Better than IVF?
  • Family Balancing using IVF in Dubai
  • Can we Treat Men with Low Sperm Count?
  • Gender Selection in Older Women in Dubai
  • Can men with Low Sperm Count do Gender Selection?
  • How to get older, women pregnant?
  • How to treat Low AMH?
  • How to double pregnancy rates with the correct timing of IUI?

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