In Vitro Fertilisation (IVF)

– The centre has the latest IVF equipment and a State-of-The-Art Labratory. 

– Fertility Point is part of NMC Healthcare, which is the largest IVF Service Provider in the world. 

International Medical Treatment is an Official Information and Referral Office for Fertility Point Kenya, helping coordinate treatment for people in Kenya and across the region at no extra charge.

About In Vitro Fertilisation

  • In Vitro Fertilisation, commonly referred to as IVF is an assisted reproductive technology (ART) which involves egg extraction, sperm retrieval and manual combination of fertilisation of the two in a petri dish in a laboratory.

  • After fertilisation, the embryo(s) is transferred to the woman’s uterus for a successful pregnancy.

  • IVF is the most effective fertility treatment today with a 50% success rate at Fertility Point.

  • This procedure is recommended for women:

    Suffering from endometriosis,

    Suffering from fallopian tube blockage,

    With premature ovarian failure,

    With ovulation disorders,

    With fibroids, or

    With unexplained infertility.

Men with male infertility factors like low sperm count and sperm motility, same sex couples and individuals with genetic disorders are also advised to go through IVF.

Steps Involved in IVF

  • IVF Consultation

    Every patient is different. Therefore, for the specialist to determine the best approach to your treatment, an initial consultation is necessary for the specialist to conduct your fertility investigation. It is important to bring with you any medical records or laboratory reports if you have previously undergone any tests or treatments for the specialist to review. If you have not had tests done regarding the infertility, you may be asked to undergo blood tests and an ultrasound to check your hormone levels, as well as to assess your uterus and ovarian function.

    In cases where the infertility is due to a male factor, a semen analysis is carried out. The specialist then provides a personalised treatment plan based on your medical history, physical exam and the test results.

  • Ovarian Stimulation

    Just like in IUI, the ovaries need to be stimulated. This enables the follicles in the ovaries to produce more eggs than usual, to increase the pregnancy rate. Stimulation is done using the follicle-stimulating hormone (FSH) and in some cases, the Luteinising Hormone (LH).

    Stimulation with FSH is carried out for approximately 10-12 days during which follicular growth is monitored through blood tests and ultrasound until it reaches the correct number and size. A Human chorionic gonadotropin (HCG) shot is administered once the optimum number of follicles ready is reached to trigger the final egg maturation. The shot is given 30-40 hours before egg retrieval.

  • Egg Retrieval

    This is done through a minor surgical procedure that involves using ultrasound images to guide a hollow needle through the pelvic cavity to the ovary, to retrieve the follicular liquid which contains the eggs. 

  • Sperm Collection

    At Fertility Point, sperm collection can be done on the same day as the egg retrieval. Your partner is asked to give a semen sample so that it can be prepared for fertilisation.

  • Insemination

    The sperm and eggs are mixed together and stored in Fertility Points State-of-The-Art Lab to encourage fertilisation. However, in cases where fertilisation probability is low, Intracytoplasmic Sperm Injection (ICSI) may be used. ICSI involves injecting a single sperm into the egg to achieve fertilisation. The egg(s) are then monitored to check whether fertilisation and cell division is taking place. Once fertilisation occurs an embryo is formed which is then transferred to the uterus.

  • Embryo Transfer

    The embryo with the highest quality is transferred to the woman’s uterus. This process is usually done 3-5 days after egg retrieval and fertilisation. The procedure is done by inserting a catheter into the uterus to transfer the embryos. It is painless for most women but some may experience mild discomfort. Blood tests are conducted two weeks after embryo transfer to confirm pregnancy.

What to know if you are considering IVF

  • IVF takes approximately 3-4 weeks at Fertility Point, therefore, for international patients, the woman will need to be at the clinic on day 2 or 3 of her cycle while her partner would need to be there on the ovum pick up day.

  • A woman can be able to travel after 3-4 days, however, she should be able to visit the clinic for 4 weeks.

  • The age limit for women who can go through IVF is 45 years. Those above 45 years need to go through evaluation tests to check egg viability.

International Medical Treatment is an Official Information and Referral Office for Fertility Point Kenya, helping coordinate treatment for people in Kenya and across the region at no extra charge.