Towards reducing the burden of infertility in Nigeria, a new In vitro Fertilisation (IVF) technique- Intracytoplasmic Morphologically Selected Sperm Injection (IMSI) has been introduced by The Hope Valley International Clinics Ltd, Lagos designed to achieve a higher clinical pregnancy rate.
The technology according to the hospital is capable
of magnifying sperm 600 times more than other existing
techniques like the intracytoplasmic sperm injection (ICSI) for better
fertilization and implantation of the human eggs.
IVF and other assisted reproductive technologies have become a well
accepted medical treatments for infertility globally .
Available statistics show that over 4,000 babies have been born
through IVF in Nigeria and five million globally.
The first IVF baby, Louise Brown, was born in England 34 years ago, while the
first in black Africa was on March 17, 1989, at the Lagos University Teaching
Hospital (LUTH), Idi-Araba.
European Society of Human Reproduction and Embryology (ESHRE) in a story
published recently by Agence France Presse (AFP) said as the initial
controversy over man’s scientific manipulation of nature has faded, about
350,000 babies conceived in petri dishes are now born every year.
Director of the clinic, Dr. Michael Ogunkoya, said the technology
was introduced to assist couples with fertility problems have their own
children, stressing that IMSI is an essential tool for breaking barriers
in infertility management.
Ogunkoya stated that the overall effect of availability of IMSI was to improve
success rate in terms of pregnancy rate and take home baby rates which has “
become evident at The Hope Valley Clinics in the last few years.”