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Genetic Testing

At Burjeel Hospital, we have state-of-the-art testing facilities and word-class diagnostic abilities backed by a team of Experienced International Professionals. You can have a private consultation session with our trusted physician.
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Treating Difficult Infertility Cases

The Department has experienced and dedicated professionals and with state-of-the-art technology to treat the most difficult cases of infertility.
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  • In Vitro Fertilization (IVF)

    Usually, the process of IVF follows the following steps:

    • Enhancing egg production using fertility drugs. Since a normal menstruation cycle only produces one egg per month, fertility drugs are used to boost the production of eggs.
    • Monitoring & Egg retrieval. Once the drugs have been injected, their effect on the follicle growth is monitored by regular ultrasound scans ending by egg retrieval.
    • Egg Fertilization and Embryo Culture - Once the eggs are retrieved, they are combined with the partner's sperm and cultured for several days.
    • Transfer of embryos – According to the embryo development, the best embryos are transferred to the woman's uterus.

    Who is IVF recommended for?

    The process of IVF is recommended for couples where

    • The man has low sperm count,
    • The woman has blocked fallopian tubes,
    • There have been failed treatments with IUI
    • There is a case of unexplained fertility
  • Intra-Cytoplasmique Sperm Injection (ICSI)

    Patients who are planned for ICSI will follow a standard protocol for egg retrieval. And in general ICSI is planned for those with low reserve of normal, motile sperms or those with poor fertilization results using conventional IVF.

    ICSI procedure will consist of choosing one spermatozoa and injecting it into the oocyte using a special microscope. Embryos are followed for a maximum of 5 days. The doctor and embryologist decide for the appropriate day of embryo transfer.

  • Intra Uterine Insemination (IUI)

    Intra Uterine Insemination (IUI) is a low cost infertility treatment where good quality sperms collected from the fresh ejaculate are injected into the wife's uterus. This will enable the normal fertilization process.

    For Intrauterine Insemination (IUI), patients go through a specific treatment in order to prepare the body to receive the embryo. On a specific time (ovulation) determined by the doctor, the husband's sperm is inseminated after preparation.

    When IUI is recommended?

    IUI treatment is generally recommended for couples when the man has ejaculation problems or low sperm count, unexplained infertility or in the presence of mild endometriosis.

    When is IUI not recommended?

    IUI is not recommended for women over 35yrs, in case of blocked fallopian tubes, pelvic infection or severe endometriosis.

    In men IUI cannot be recommended for those with severe male factor problems.

  • Oocyte or egg freezing

    This is an innovative technology which allows the eggs to be extracted and subsequently frozen and it preserves her ability to have children in the future. Generally this is undertaken before starting any medical treatment which can affect fertility (such as cancer).

    When the time comes to use the stored eggs, the sample will be thawed and inseminated with the spouse's sperm. The resulting embryos are then transferred using the same procedure as in a conventional ICSI and embryo transfer.

  • Semen/Tissue freezing

    In order to preserve the sperm for future use, sperm freezing can be done using special techniques and storing the sample in liquid nitrogen.

    Why would I want to freeze sperm?

    At Burjeel Centre for Reproductive Medicine, we are able to freeze sample in case of:

    • Chemotherapy or radiation therapy
    • Diabetes
    • Male away from home on the day of egg retrieval
    • Severe male factor problems
    • Certain types of testicular surgeries
  • TESA

    TESA is a very straightforward and minor procedure which is usually carried as a day case surgery (which means you can go home the same day) under a local or a general anesthetic. It is usually used for men with almost zero sperm count (non-obstructive azoospermia condition). During this procedure, testicular tissue is aspirated using a needle and the tissue is used to extract sperm for use in In Vitro fertilizations.

    When is it recommended?

    TESA is generally recommended for a man with no sperm count in ejaculate as well as in cases where the production of sperm is defective.

  • Natural cycle IVF

    During a natural cycle, no drugs are used; the only oocyte produced normally during the monthly cycle will be collected by egg retrieval and fertilized in laboratory. The embryo resulted will be then transferred back to the women's uterus as for the conventional IVF treatment.

    This treatment is chosen by the physician for patients with high risk of OHSS –ovarian hyper stimulation symptoms- or for those who are unable to take any fertility drug.

  • Blastocyst culture

    The objective of the in vitro fertilization is to be able to produce embryos of high quality capable of developing further after transfer resulting in live births. After 5 days of culture under standard laboratory culture conditions, only 50% of the total embryos can reach the blastocyst stage. This is the best way to select the most competent embryo for transfer which might have also a better chance for implantation

    This kind of embryo selection helps in lowering the risk of high order multiples while maintaining high pregnancy rates.

  • Assisted Hatching (AH)

    Assisted hatching (AH) technique involves making a small opening in the outer layer of the embryo on day 3 of the culture, prior to the transfer. In general AH is considered on an individual basis where the age of the patient and the number of prior trials can be factors to consider for using AH.

    Assisted Hatching:

    This is recommended in the following cases:

    • When the age of the female is more than 37 years.
    • Series of trials when the implantation was not successful.
    • Cases when the quality of the embryos is not ideal.
  • Genetic testing using PGD/PGS

    To make sure that and embryo doesn't have genetic defects which might be inherited from parents, genetic testing of the embryo is done. PGS/PDG testing allows doctors and the embryologist to detect such anomalies and might increase the chances of the first IVF treatment trial. When all of the chromosomes are tested and considered normal, the rates of pregnancy are hopefully higher.

    Micro-Array Preimplantation Genetic Diagnosis (MA PGD) is one of the latest technologies for testing embryos for genetic abnormalities. This technique requires a blood test from the parents to create a fingerprint of their DNA profiles. This fingerprint is used to compare the DNA from the embryos to make certain there is a chromosome from each parent for the 23 pairs of chromosomes. One of the biggest advantages of this technique is the ability to test all of the target chromosomes in less than 2 days. 24 chromosome testing involves testing for the 23 pairs of chromosomes, but the X and Y chromosome (23rd pair) are counted individually (24 chromosomes). This now gives us the ability to avoid a known inherited disease that exists in a patient's family at the same time we test for the presence of the 23 pairs of chromosomes.

    Once the results of the PGS testing are available, they are discussed with the patients and only the normal embryos are used for transfer.

    Normally one or two embryos will be placed into the uterus. In the setting of gender selection, the embryos with the desired sex can be appropriately used.

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