A LAGOS in-Vitro Fertilisation (IVF) centre, Medical Art Centre, says it has recorded the highest pregnancy rates in the history of IVF in the country.
According to its Medical Director, Prof. Oladapo Ashiru, the accomplishment was due to the effectiveness of the stimulation protocol, the efficacy of the laboratory especially with intracytoplasmic sperm injection (ICSI), staff and quality of embryos coupled with the use of ultrasound guided embryo transfer.
Ashiru disclosed this during the clinical presentation of the centre. It was tagged high incidence/ order of multiple pregnancies and multiple births in the last two years.
He said during an 18-month period from 2009 to 2011, 20 women within the ages of 30 to 35 had multiple pregnancies from twins and quintuplets, adding that of those women, one delivered a singleton, six twins while three delivered triplets. Another woman also delivered quadruplet while two delivered quintuplets.
In addition, three women are currently carrying singleton, two twins, one expecting triplets and two women quadruplet pregnancies.
Ashiru said: “We recognise the role of our pre-IVF evaluations such as hysterosonography, ovarian improvement regime and the use of immune support as contributory factors to the success.”
He praised the quality of embryos, pre-implantation genetic diagnosis (PGD) and blastocyst transfer for the successful pregnancies.
Ashiru said many of the women before their successful IVF treatment had psychosocial and emotional issues. “For example, many marriages were saved,” he added.
He said it is left for couples to narrate their stories, adding that people are still skeptical in our society to share their personal experience after a successful IVF treatment.
Ashiru said: “It is important to dispel the myths around IVF treatment and IVF babies. IVF produces normal babies who grow up to be bright and intelligent children.”
He said people should be encouraged to share their stories which may help other couples find succour.
“We believe the more people talk about their success openly, the better it would be for those who need such services and the more acceptable the process would be, he said.