Frequently Asked Questions

We are in the process of compiling the most common questions we have received. Our website offers most of the information you need but should you have any question or concern, feel free to contact us.

How long should I try to conceive naturally before going to see a doctor?

If you are 35 years old or younger, we would advise you to see a doctor after one year of unprotected active sexual relationship. However, if you are beyond 35 years old, our recommendation is 6 months as egg quality deteriorates rapidly thereafter.

What tests do clinics routinely run before I am accepted into an IVF/ICSI program?

There are some mandatory tests the couple must go through before being enrolled into an IVF/ICSI program:

  • AIDS / Hepatitis (blood test for both partners).
  • FSH and LH (blood test for female partner usually done on day 2 of menstrual cycle).
  • Semen Analysis (for male partner).

What is the duration of an IVF/ICSI program?

Depending on the stimulation regime recommended by our doctor, an IVF/ICSI program on standard stimulation regime will take 4-6 weeks.

What side effects can I expect from the medication?

Some women are very sensitive to the effects of the medication while others experience hardly any changes or the following side effects listed below:

  • Mood swings
  • Breast tenderness
  • Hot flashes
  • Abdominal bloating
  • Nausea
  • Weight gain

Would it be possible I am not responding well towards the medication?

There is possibility a patient does not respond well towards the medication. One of the most common reasons is that there is a cyst on one of the ovaries which causes the hormonal level to remain high. If this happens, our doctor will perform a minor procedure to remove the cyst. Another common reason for poor response towards medication is low ovarian reserve which usually occurs on patients beyond 40 years old.

Do I need to be hospitalized for any infertility related procedures?

All infertility related procedures are day surgery procedure. No hospitalization is required. The patient will be fitted to go home after few hours rest.

How many embryos should I transfer?

The decision as of the number of embryos for transfer is usually made based on a number of factors: patient’s age, number of IVF/ICSI attempts, percentage of multiple pregnancies and patient’s feelings regarding the number to transfer. Our doctor usually will recommend transferring more than 3 embryos if the patient is more than 35 or have had several unsuccessful IVF/ICSI attempts. This is because as patient aged, the embryo quality declines, therefore transferring more than 3 embryos will give a better chance of success.

Is bed rest recommended after embryo transfer?

There is a wide range of opinions on the subject of bed rest. It has NOT been proven that bed rest will give the patient a better chance of getting pregnant. Our doctor usually will recommend the patient to take it easy for the subsequent two weeks after embryo transfer.

What precautions should I take after embryo transfer?

Usually we would advise the patient to:

  • AVOID caffeine, smoking, alcohol, and drugs
  • AVOID heavy lifting
  • AVOID strenuous exercising and housework (this includes vacuuming)
  • AVOID bouncing activities (horseback riding, aerobics)
  • AVOID sunbathing, hot saunas, hot tubs and Jacuzzis
  • AVOID swimming
  • AVOID sexual intercourse and orgasms

If I have leftover embryos, should I freeze them?

If the patient has any embryos leftover after her fresh IVF/ICSI transfer, she may wish to consider freezing them. Some of the reasons to consider freezing the leftover embryos are: it is less invasive and involves fewer drugs (sometimes none) than a fresh IVF/ICSI cycle and also less expensive than an IVF/ICSI cycle because it involves fewer procedures. While FET success rates are usually not quite as high as IVF success rates, many women have become pregnant during their FET cycles. How much is the cost for an IVF/ICSI program?

Which Victory Group’s IVF laboratory I should go through for my IVF/ICSI program?

Victory Group has 4 IVF laboratories in Asian Region (Central Hong Kong, Shatin Hong Kong, Manila Philippines and JB Malaysia). Depending on the patient’s residential address, we will recommend the nearest Victory Group’s IVF laboratory for her treatment.

How much is the cost of an IVF/ICSI program?

Each Victory Group’s IVF laboratory has different management system and costing. Depending on the patient’s residential address, we will recommend the nearest Victory Group’s IVF laboratory for her treatment. The respective laboratory will provide all the necessary protocol/steps and costing.