Frequently Asked Questions – Cyprus IVF Centre

Frequently Asked Questions – Cyprus IVF Centre 2016-10-13T08:41:57+00:00
I just began taking my oral contraceptive pills, and started bleeding half way through the cycle. Is this considered to be normal ? 2016-10-13T08:42:28+00:00

Spotting during the first cycle of contraceptive pills is a normal occurrence and you should not worry on that. However, when the bleeding gets heavier it indicates that the pills do not contain sufficient amount of hormones suitable for your system. You are therefore advised to either contact us or your doctor who can put you on a different class of contraceptive pills.

Is swimming allowed after the embryo transfer process ? 2014-11-14T10:35:31+00:00

Swimming is a good way to keep body fit during the IVF process. However, we do not recommend swimming at least for a week after the transfer process to prevent contracting infections.

Is eating or drinking allowed before the embryo transfer procedure ? 2014-11-14T10:34:40+00:00

Yes, you can eat and drink prior to the embryo transfer procedure. In fact, you are asked to drink at least 1litre of water and keep your bladder full to enable a better view of the uterus during the ultrasound procedure.

How can I ensure that the embryos have actually been transferred to my womb ? 2014-11-14T10:34:03+00:00

During the embryo transfer process, you can actually view the entire procedure through the ultrasound machine. The machine is positioned in an angle, so that you can easily view the process. You can see the 3 embryos that are slowly released into your womb through a plastic catheter.

How long does the process of embryo transfer last ? 2014-11-14T10:33:35+00:00

The entire process of embryo transfer takes about 15 minutes. You do not receive any sedation during the process and can feel some discomfort during the insertion of speculum.

There are patients who could successfully deliver after undergoing immune therapy? What is your take on this? 2016-10-13T08:42:29+00:00

So far, no theory could establish a relationship between immune therapy and a successful IVF cycle. Couples can successfully conceive after undergoing multiple IVF cycles. In such cases, previously no changes in the method were made and couples still conceived. In spite of this, many fertility clinics falsely claim the success of IVF cycle after immune therapy just because some couples could benefit from such a treatment.

I have experienced a failed IVF cycle. Does this mean that I should get immune tests done? 2014-11-14T10:32:37+00:00

Of late, there has been a lot of talk about immune tests and their relation to failed IVF cycles. However, this area is poorly studied and fertility specialists possess little knowledge regarding the immune system. In spite of this, lots of expensive immune tests are ordered. Some of the tests include, DQ Alpha, Reproductive Immunophenotype, Antinuclear Antibody, TJ6 Protein, Natural Killer Cell Assay and Leukocyte Antibody Detection. Couples must understand that many labs do not follow standard procedures to carry out these tests and therefore, the same tests will never have the same result when carried out in different labs. This makes interpretation of the data more difficult.

Is male infertility a more common problem than female infertility ? 2014-11-14T10:31:50+00:00

The incidence of male and female infertility is more or less the same. It has been estimated that male infertility is the sole contributor to reproductive problems in about 1/3rd of the cases. In 2/3rd of the cases, female infertility is the sole problem. In rest of the cases, both male and female infertility are equally responsible. It does need to mention that, male infertility can easily be detected and treated. It is therefore advised that, males should get their semen tested prior to beginning of the fertility treatment for a female.

Am I allowed to eat before the egg collection program ? 2014-11-14T10:31:04+00:00

You are ideally not supposed to eat anything few hours before the procedure. If the egg retrieval process is scheduled during the morning hours, then it’s fine to drink a glass of water before 6am. Post that, you are expected to stay NBM – nil by mouth. After the effects of sedation fade away, you are carefully examined by the specialists and put on IV fluids to avoid dehydration. After that you are dropped back to your hotel.

Will I be given general anesthesia before the egg collection program ? 2014-11-14T10:30:18+00:00

No. General anesthesia is not a requirement for egg collection program. Here at North Cyprus IVF centre, all egg collection procedures are carried out under conscious sedation. When the patient is sedated, she is still conscious, but relaxed and does not feel any discomfort during the procedure.

Can my sister donate her eggs for me ? 2014-11-14T10:29:45+00:00

Yes, your sister can certainly donate her eggs for you. In certain European countries, it is forbidden to know the identity of the donors and therefore, friends or relatives cannot act as donors. However, such a practice is legally allowed in North Cyprus.

What airport should we fly into ? 2014-11-14T10:29:17+00:00

Our centre, North Cyprus IVF is located in the central part of Nicosia. From here international airports of Larnaca and Ercan are easily accessible.

How is fertility affected by age ? 2014-11-14T10:28:49+00:00

With advancing age, the quality as well as the quantity of the eggs significantly reduce. A woman is born with all the eggs; unlike men who in spite of advancing age keep producing sperm. As a result of such a phenomenon, women face more fertility issues in their early and late 30s. Moreover, women in their 40s are more likely to face fertility problems and might require assistance for the same.

Is there any age limit for fertility treatment ? 2014-11-14T10:27:57+00:00

You would be happy to know that at North Cyprus IVF centre, we have no upper age limit for treatment. We have successfully treated women in their early 60s.

Is it safe to fly home immediately after embryo transfer ? 2014-11-14T10:27:16+00:00

Yes, certainly you can go back home soon after the embryo transfer has been accomplished. There is no evidence suggesting any association between travelling and failure or success of embryo transfer.

I have irregular periods, so according to you what would be the ideal time to plan my travel ? 2014-11-14T10:24:19+00:00

Cycles can be regularised with contraceptive pills. Contact your fertility expert about the type of pill that would suit you and its dosage schedule as well. This implies you can plan your travel and book tickets and accommodation well in advance. However, if you are bound by certain religious reasons that do not permit you to take contraceptive pills then we advise that you wait for your periods to arrive after which you can plan your travel.