FERTILITY UNIT

ISIS clinic

ISIS clinic

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ICSI

In cases where the sperm quality is not suitable for the standard IVF treatment, fertilisation can be performed by using the technique of intracytoplasmic sperm injection (ICSI). In this case one sperm is injected into each egg using a high-powered microscope and special electronically controlled sperm and egg manipulators. 

TESA

In the most severe cases of sperm problems, where no sperm can be found in the sample, we are using the technique of testicular sperm aspiration or extraction (TESA or TESE). Under a general anaesthetic we take the sperm directly from the testicle and our embryologists will extract the sperm from the sample using specialised techniques. If successful, we can freeze any spare sperm for future use thus avoiding the repetition of the testicular procedure.

Egg Donation

We have an extremely efficient egg donation program with pregnancy rates of more than 50%. The donors are screened extensively for genetic abnormalities and various infections. We allocate at least 7-8 eggs per recipient and after the embryo transfer any spare embryos are frozen and belong to the recipient. They can thus be used at a later stage in case of an unsuccessful result or following a birth for genetic siblings. Waiting time is only a few weeks.

Sperm Donation

The increasing number of sperm problems is a global event and in some cases we are unable to extract any sperm from the ejaculate or the testes. We have a wide variety of anonymously banked sperm (imported from reliable sperm banks) for patients to choose from. The donor’s characteristics are listed to help with the selection of the sperm. Testing is performed in the same way as for egg donors, the sample is quarantined for six months and the donors re-tested to ensure the maximum safety of the sample.

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Embryo Freezing

We use the latest technology and techniques of vitrification which offers excellent survival rates for embryo and egg freezing. Sperm freezing is also performed as part of sperm banking and in clinically indicated conditions. We have a strict quality control selection process concerning which embryos to freeze in order to offer the best possible results for transferred frozen embryos. We can thus offer results almost as good as fresh embryo transfers.

Egg Freezing

One of the biggest problems in the past was the inability to freeze eggs due to the poor survival rate. Today, by using the latest techniques we are able to freeze eggs for future use. Survival rates are in excess of 60%, and storage can extend for up to 10 years.

Intro

The unit has been designed and constructed based on European standards and consultations from embryology laboratory designers, mainly from the UK. It has its own clinical areas for egg collection, embryo transfer and a private room for producing the sperm sample. The laboratory itself has separate areas for cryopreservation and sperm handling. All equipment is of the latest technology and we have the ability to handle 800 treatment cycles per year. Our embryologists are very experienced in all aspects of fertility treatments and we work as a team discussing all our cases in a multi-disciplinary matter. Our laboratory and clinical protocols conform to the HFEA (Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority) standards of the UK, one of the strictest quality control protocols in the world.

IUI

In cases where the sperm and tubes are healthy we can offer intrauterine insemination (IUI).  Basically, this is preparing the sperm sample and selecting the fastest swimming sperm and concentration and inserting it inside the uterus. The procedure can be performed in a natural cycle or a low dose of injections can be used to produce more than one egg in order to improve the chances of success to about 15-20% per cycle.

IVF

In couples unable to conceive naturally and following our investigations and treatments we offer in-vitro fertilisation (IVF). This involves taking injections for stimulation of the ovaries, an egg collection procedure which is performed adjacent to the laboratory and using sperm to fertilise the eggs. A few days later, usually two of the embryos will be placed in the uterus and about two weeks after that a pregnancy test is performed. Success rates are in the order of 45-50% in the group of women under the age of 38. Any spare embryos can be frozen for future use.

ISIS clinic

ISIS clinic

ISIS clinic

Pre - implatation Genetic Diagnosis (PGD)

Couples with specific genetic conditions, the most common of which in Cyprus is both potential parents being carriers of thalassaemia, may choose to undergo analysis of the embryos before these are transferred to the woman and thus eliminating the chances of carrying an affected child. This technique has gained popularity over the last few years since it avoids the difficult position of the parents having to decide the termination of an affected pregnancy following a prenatal diagnosis. Sex selection without a genetic reason is illegal and we do not perform it.

Treatment from abroad

We currently accept patients from UK and the rest of the world for all fertility treatments. We can perform the investigations needed prior to any fertility treatments, or in order minimise your stay in Cyprus, we can guide you to performing simple non-invasive investigations (blood tests and Ultrasound scans) in advance so you can be ready to start your treatment. Please contact us for details and co-ordinating the process. You may also contact by e-mail directly any of the doctors for specific advice and questions.