The Number of Embryos to be Transferred
Until recently the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority (HFEA) allowed units offering treatment and their patients to decide how many embryos (up to a maximum of three) were transferred at any one time. In august 2001 the HFEA revised their policy and decided that normally the number of embryos transferred should not exceed two.
The transfer of three embryos may only be performed in exceptional circumstances which should be specific to each case. We have as a team decided to transfer two or three embryos as indicated.
AFTER EMBRYO TRANSFER
For the next two weeks, you should try and carry on your everyday life as normally as possible, as rest, holidays, taking time off work, etc will not increase the chances of the embryos implanting and thus pregnancy.
If you have not had a period 14 days after egg collection, you should have a pregnancy test performed on a sample of early morning urine at home or come over to the hospital for a blood test to confirm pregnancy. If the test is positive:
- You will have a vaginal ultrasound scan one week after that to confirm the pregnancy is within the uterus and the number of sacs.
- Another scan will be performed two weeks after to confirm the viability of the pregnancy (fetal heart beat).
- After this, you will be given a referral letter to your doctor or to a hospital of your choice for your antenatal care or you will register for antenatal care at Life Specialist Hospital Ltd.
Unfortunately, pregnancies do not always have a successful outcome – there is still a risk of miscarriage or ectopic pregnancy despite the fact that the embryos are transferred back into the womb. Surgery may be needed to evacuate the womb or remove an ectopic pregnancy. If you live at a distance it may be possible to arrange this at your local hospital. It is essential that you let us know the outcome of any pregnancy.
If the treatment is unsuccessful and you have a period, it is also essential that you keep us informed. We can then plan with you what to do next.
COUNSELLING AND EMOTIONAL SUPPORT
At any time, whether you are receiving treatment or not, we will do our best to help you with any questions or problems you may have. There may be a particular member of staff you feel able to talk to, but it is always best to telephone before coming to the hospital to enable us prepare for you and avoid delays.
We also encourage both partners to attend all appointments. If treatment goes badly, unexpectedly the woman may find herself being given bad news without the support of her partner. We would prefer to avoid this.
At your first consultation, the doctor will review the blood test performed during your period. If the level of menstrual follicle stimulating hormone (FSH) is high, we will warn you that the chance of success is not high. However, we continue treating couples who continue to do well. (That is having three good quality embryos available for embryo transfer). The pregnancy rate (certainly up to six attempts) remains as good as the first attempt.
We do sometimes vary the way in which we carry out treatment, and it is not always possible to inform you in advance. Please do not be alarmed if the treatment you receive is different from that in this information sheet, but please do not hesitate to ask us for explanation on the changes.
FINANCIAL MATTERS RELATING TO YOUR TREATMENT
Registration / Consultation N10, 000.00
Preliminary Assessment N75, 000.00
This is defined to assist in making a diagnosis of the cause of delayed childbearing and if the couple needs to proceed with InVitro Fertilisation/Intra-Cytoplasmic Sperm Injection, all the required information will also be provided.
The fee paid will cover the following:
- Clinical Examination
- Transvaginal sonography
- Serum LH and FSH (3days)
- Semen testing
- Hormone Assay Test (FSH,LH,prolactin,Progesterone,Oestradiol)
- Screening Test( HIV, HBSAg, HCV,VDRL,HVS(m/c/s)
- Other Tests: Group, Genotype, HB, Urinalysis
Some patients may require further assessment such as hysteroscopy; laparoscopy and dye test while some other patients may require removal of fibroids before treatment. These will attract additional cost.
Treatment for Infertility
The treatment options offered will depend on the cause of infertility and may range from conventional treatment to intrauterine insemination or to IVF/ICSI
Paying for Your IVF/ICSI Treatment Cycle
The reality of IVF/ICSI treatment is that the average couple has a 25% -35% chance of pregnancy with each treatment cycle. This chance increases to up to 60% after three treatment cycles. We would like to propose that couples look at the treatment as something they may need to do up to three times in order to increase their chance of pregnancy. Of course some couples may achieve pregnancy after one cycle and some may require more than three treatment cycle to achieve pregnancy.
Treatment Cycles Technical Fees
- 1st and 2nd Cycle N 300,000.00 each
- 3rd and subsequent cycles N 250,000.00 each
A treatment cycle commences with taking down regulation treatment and ends at the 2nd week of pregnancy for patients that conceived and end with a follow up consultation for couples that do not conceive.
- Although the payments may be in about two installments, full payment must be made before treatment ie FSH injections.
- Fees quoted do not include the cost of drugs, which may range between N250,000 to N350,000 depending on factors such as the age of the woman.
Possible Additional Cost to IVF/ICSI Treatment Cycle
- Men having difficulty producing samples may require
Semen collection device Fee – N5, 000.00
- Managing complications of Ovarian Hyperstimulatin Syndrome (OHSS)
Serious cases of OHSS may require admission in the hospital. The cost will depend on the treatment received.
- Semen Freezing
Semen freezing is useful for men who find it difficult to produce a sample on demand.
Quarterly charge – N 50,000.00
Infection screening – N 7,500.00
- Pregnancy Scans
- Patients who have had a successful treatment cycle and require a pregnancy scan after the 1st pregnancy scan (about 2 weeks after embryo transfer) Fee – N 3,000.00
- Rescheduling fee
- Patients who were scheduled for treatment and miss their treatment cycle (self withdrawal) and require rescheduling will pay rescheduling fees of Fee – N 15,000.00
- Cancellation fee
Sometimes the ovaries respond inadequately to the drugs and produce very few, if any follicles. If the woman is already on the maximum dose of FSH then a decision will be made as to whether the treatment cycle is to be continued in spite of very poor chance of success, or cancelled. Cancellation fee due to poor response is 50% of cost of treatment cycle.
- Further Assessment Fee
This applies to patients who have not had a successful treatment cycle and are coming for a fresh cycle or patients that have started or gone through preliminary assessment and are coming back after a period of 6 months. They are not expected to go through the entire preliminary assessment process again but consultation and some specific tests will be repeated. Fee – N 30,000.00
- Ovum Donor Cycles
Ovum Donation Fee- ₦120,000
Clients also undertakes to pay for all the drugs used by the donor
- Embryo Freezing Fee- ₦100,000
If you have multiple embryos and wish to preserve some for another cycle
- ICSI Fee – ₦ 100, 000.00
- NB) these prices are subject to change.
- Payment Details
Please ask to see the account officer if you will require any other information.
Or call Chime on 07033801214
Account name: Life Specialist Hospital Ltd
Account No: 0014618146
Bank/branch: Diamond Bank Plc. Nnewi
Now you know all about Life Fertility Centre, we hope to be used by God to end your sorrows and in turn bring about the fulfilment of your expectations.
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