TruCare Fertility Clinic is Nigeria’s Leading IVF/Fertility Treatment Centre, Our focus is on getting you pregnant rather than doing endless tests. Check out some of our common services.
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Our IVF Cycle Process
An IVF ‘cycle’ is how we describe one round of IVF treatment starting with the first day of your period. As part of your fertility plan, you may start medication or injections before the first day of the cycle. Check the 7 steps process below.
While IVF does involve manipulation of the ovaries, using fertility injections to stimulate egg maturation and release, we still work with your body’s natural menstrual cycle and hormone production. Thus, your IVF cycle will begin on the first day of the menstrual period closest to when you have scheduled your IVF treatment.
In some cases, once your period begins, we will administer oral contraceptives that will help to regulate hormone levels more precisely, while simultaneously limiting any potential cysts from developing as cysts can compromise fertilization. The contraceptives are typically taken anywhere from two to four weeks.
Note: If you’ve been trying to conceive for more than six months to a year, or you’ve been diagnosed with infertility, you should contact us now!
The ovarian stimulation phase starts from day 2. In a natural monthly cycle, your ovaries normally produce 1 egg. You’ll take medication for 8-14 days to encourage the follicles in your ovaries (where the eggs live) to produce more eggs.
Your specialist prescribes medication specific for your body and treatment plan. It’s usually in the form of injections, which can vary from 1-2 for the cycle, or 1-2 per day. It can be daunting, but your fertility nurse will be there to show you exactly how and where to give the injections.
We keep an eye on your ovaries and how the follicles are developing with blood tests and ultrasounds. Your medication will be adjusted if needed. Our team will support you through these processes and make you as comfortable as we can.
Egg retrieval, or egg ‘pick up’, is an hospital day procedure where the eggs are collected from your ovaries. An anaesthetist will get you ready for a general anaesthesia. You’ll be asleep and the procedure takes about 20-30 minutes.
At Trucare, our fertility specialist uses the latest ultrasound technology to guide a needle into each ovary. It’s delicate work where every millimeter counts, and this is where the experience of our specialists pay off. You can’t see an egg with the naked eye, they’re contained in the fluid within the follicles in your ovaries. The specialist removes the fluid from the follicles that look like they’ve grown enough to have an egg inside.
Recovery takes about 30 minutes and you’ll be able to walk out on your own. It’s a good idea to have a support person with you as you won’t be able to drive after the procedure.
If you’re a couple planning on using fresh sperm, the male will produce a sample the morning of the egg retrieval. If you are using frozen or donor sperm, our scientists will have it ready in the lab.
The sperm is graded using four(4) different levels of quality. It’s washed in a special mixture to slow it down so that our scientists can spot the best ones under the microscope. A perfect, healthy sperm is not too fat or thin, with a tail that’s not too long or short. The best sperm are selected, and they’re ready and waiting in the lab to be introduced to the eggs.
Your fertility specialist gives our embryologist the eggs they have retrieved, still in the fluid from the follicles of the ovaries. The scientists use powerful microscopes to find the eggs in the fluid so they can be removed.
It’s important the eggs are fertilized quickly. The sperm is directly injected into the egg (ICSI). Our ICSI service is very beneficial to our clients.
Your fertility specialist gives our scientists the eggs they have retrieved, still in the fluid from the follicles of the ovaries. The scientists use powerful microscopes to find the eggs in the fluid so they can be removed.
It’s important the eggs are fertilised quickly. The eggs and some sperm are placed in a dish. They have the chance to find each other and fertilise like they would naturally within your body.
If the sperm fertilizes the egg, it becomes an embryo. Our scientists put the embryo into a special incubator where the conditions for growth and development are perfect. Our scientists keep an eye on the embryos over 5-6 days.
We know that implanting embryos at the blastocyst stage into the uterus boosts your chances of a successful pregnancy. At Trucare, we ensure that we get to the blastocyst stage before transfer.
If your embryo develops in the lab, you’re ready for it to be transferred into your uterus. Your fertility nurses will explain the process. We use ultrasound technology to get the embryo in the perfect spot, and it helps to see the lining of the uterus.
The embryo transfer is a very simple process. It takes about 5 minutes, you’ll be awake, there’s no anaesthetic, and you can get up straight away. You can continue with your day, the embryo can’t fall out if you stand up or go to the toilet.
A scientist talks to you about your embryo, prepares it by placing it in a catheter. Its critical this is done by an expert to disturb the embryo as little as possible.
An embryo is only 0.1 millimetre, and the specialist has a target area of approximately 1 millimetre to play with. If it’s placed in the wrong spot, the embryo may not ‘stick’ and there is risk it’ll find a home outside the uterus.