Until pregnancy test results are known, heavy and strenuous exercises are prohibited and if you are taking any medications, it is best to inform us as it may interfere your fertility medications.
Since In-Vitro Fertilization (IVF) and Intra-Cytoplasmic Sperm Injection (ICSI) need more monitoring compared to other infertility treatments, couples need to undergo a detailed consultation with our infertility gynaecologist before commencing the treatment at our IVF centre so that they have a more thorough understanding about what to expect. This helps to reduce patient anxiety when they realise that modern IVF treatments are now relatively stress free.
IVF regimes employed in our IVF clinic involve controlled ovarian hyperstimulation with hormonal injections which results in the development of more eggs (follicles) and hence better chance of pregnancy. Once the eggs are mature and reach the desired size, they are collected using a special needle attached to a vaginal ultrasound probe. Women are sedated during this egg retrieval procedure (minor IVF surgery). A single sperm is then injected into each collected egg via a microneedle to facilitate fertilization in a process called intra-Cytoplasmic Sperm Injection (ICSI). The embryos are transferred (embryo transfer) into the womb a few days after fertilization using a fine catheter which is usually painless. Any extra embryos that are not transferred may be frozen and stored for later use (embryo freezing).
Dr Christopher Ng is an experienced gynaecologist with special interest in infertility and IVF management. He was educated in Singapore and the United Kingdom and his early desire to pursue a career as an Obstetrician and Gynaecologist stemmed from having two generations of prominent doctors in his family.
Apart from general gynaecology surgery, he is accredited to perform Level 3 laparoscopic (minimally invasive) surgery and has an interest in surgery for urinary incontinence and utero-vaginal prolapse. He has presented papers in these topics at medical conferences in Singapore and overseas, in addition to winning the 2nd prize for his research at the 6th International Scientific Meeting of the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists in 2005.
He has also authored many medical papers and has served as a reviewer on peer-reviewed journals in obstetrics and gynaecology. Dr Ng’s dedicated care to his patients has won him 4 Service from the Heart Awards and a national Excellent Service Award (EXSA). His commitment to work and patients was recognized with a Long Service Award from KK Hospital in 2007.
On the day of your initial consultation with our fertility gynaecologist, it would be helpful if you could provide us with an accurate medical history. Please bring records of your past fertility treatment and gynaecological surgery if any so that we can then have a better understanding of your problem.
Infertility is a very sensitive and delicate problem and everyone’s needs is unique. That is why our fertility gynaecologist will have to perform some basic evaluation based on your medical history and physical examination as well as a combination of ultrasound scan, hysterosalpingography (HSG), semen analysis, ovulation assessment, etc.
Based on the results of these tests, treatments like ovulation induction, surgery to remove growths (polyps or fibroids) or adhesions, superovulation intra-uterine insemination (SO-IUI) or in-vitro fertilization (IVF) can be commenced.