Sunday, February 2, 2014

The Hope Valley Clinic introduces new IVF technique to tackle infertility

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.

Managing 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.”

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