FAQs

While the questions answered here cannot substitute for a consult with our professionals, we trust that a few concepts explained here will grant more understanding. Please contact us for any further consultation from the contact page. Thank you.

Why does it take longer to get pregnant as we get older?

Egg quality generally declines with advancing female age but it can occur at any age. Ovarian reserve is a measure of “egg quality” and is evaluated during the infertility workup (day 2 or 3 fsh or serum amh).
Diminishing ovarian reserve comes with age and sadly depletion comes with time.

Should my husband or partner come to the first appointment with me?

Not necessarily.

What professionals are available in the olive branch clinic?

Advanced fertility practitioners, consultant gynaecologists and embryologist, trained fertility nurses, and an intermittent counselor.

Why should I choose or use olive branch clinic?

We are focused, evidence based and thoroughly professional. We maintain the strictest confidentiality and competence levels for the sensitivity of all our treatment plans. We are also courteous and deliver our services in the serene and calming environs of our new admiralty way facility.

Is there a follow up fee for subsequent consultations?

No follow up consultation fees.

How much is the initial new patient consultation and what does it entail?

30k paid only once per treatment cycle.

What is olive branch clinic’s success rate?

Success rates vary (e.g. Fertilization rate, implantation rate, and take home baby rate) but across board we have a success rate of between 43 and 53% for our IVF ICSI service. (The doctor will share more information with you on this)

How long has olive branch clinic been in existence?

We have been focused on advanced fertility management since 2002, we formally started practice in 2007 (where we used Georges memorial facilities) we have just moved to our all advanced super specialist clinic in March of 2015.

What could make the process of conceiving harder

Have multiple sex partners
Have a sexually transmitted disease
Have a past history of orchititis or epididymis
Excessive drinking, smoking and drug use of marijuana, cocaine, heroin and crack

What are the conditions for fertility to occur

The testis must produce millions of sperms everyday.
The sperm must travel to the epididymis at the back of each testis, and must mature
Then the sperm should reach the seminal vesicles through the vas deferens
A good amount of seminal fluid (content of the seminal vesicles) should get mixed with the sperm and form the ejaculatory duct
The two ducts must then reach the prostrate gland
A potential quantity of semen should be expelled through the urethra and must be ejaculated through the penis along with the sperm.

What can cause Male Infertility

A defect or a problem in the fertilization stages in your reproductive system could spell out a root cause of infertility. In majority of the cases you would be diagnosed as infertile because of a defect in production of the sperm, obstruction of the transport of the sperm or in the quality of the sperm. Each of these encompasses various causes that you need to know. Knowing about them is a step towards treating infertility.

When will fertilization take place?

The menstrual cycle of a woman represents the fertilization phenomenon. The various stages that your body goes through every month, are the essential processes that determine fertility or infertility. Any flaw or malfunction of the organs can disrupt the cycle and can result in infertility.

You have a pair of ovaries, one of which produces an egg every twenty-eight days to thirty-six days. Each of these twenty-eight days represents the menstrual cycle. The female reproductive system must undergo the following processes for fertilization to take place.

The ovary houses many follicles, each of which produces a single egg
The follicles must mature satisfactorily under the influence of the FSH (Follicle Stimulating Hormone) and LH (Luteinzing Hormone) produced by the pituitary gland.
While maturing, the follicles must produce another hormone called estrogen, which prepares the uterus lining (womb) for receiving the fertilized egg. (implantation)
The most mature and dominant follicle should release an egg in the middle of the cycle. In other words, you must ovulate without any disorders.
The mature egg must travel through the fallopian tube where it might get fertilized with a sperm.
The sperm must pass through the cervical mucus to fertilize the egg
The fertilized egg must get implanted into the uterus.

What can go wrong?

Any fault in the maturation of the egg (follicle), ovulation, quality of the egg, fertilization of the egg, implantation of the egg can lead to infertility.

Fallopian Tube Damage:
The damage to the tubes can occur due to infections, endometriosis or adhesions. These block the fallopian tubes thereby inhibiting the egg to travel towards the sperm and vice versa. (info)

Cervical Factors:
The cervix produces a substance (mucous) that becomes thin at the time of ovulation, so that the sperm can easily pass through to meet the egg. Abnormality in the cervix results in poor quality of the mucous, usually a poor viscous mass that prevents the sperm journey through the cervix.

What can increase the risk of my infertility

Have multiple sex partners
Have a sexually transmitted disease
Excessive drinking, smoking and drug use of marijuana, cocaine, heroin and crack
Have a past history of PID (pelvic inflammatory disease)
Have eating disorders
Anovulatory menstrual cycles
Have a chronic disease like diabetes

What can cause female Infertility

So, your medical diagnosis says that you are infertile. We understand it is devastating. But it is not the end of the road.

Most likely, your cause is due to endometriosis, ovulatory disorders, fallopian tube damage, cervical factor or even age. Sometimes, infertility is a result of unexplained factors. It is important to know and understand your fertilization cycle and its implications on conception, so that you feel secure and at ease at the time of treatment.