Assisted Reproduction

DIFF Hospital is proud to be one of the leading IVF centres in Abuja, Nigeria and Africa. We offer a range of comprehensive fertility treatments and techniques including: IVF, ICSI-ET, FET, PGD, blastocyst biopsy and IVF-surrogacy. 

Our Services

We are here to provide expert advice on the most appropriate treatment plan for you as well as customized care from the beginning to the very end of your IVF journey. The nature of assisted conception you are offered is dependent on the individual needs of the patients and the results of your fertility investigations. This will be properly outlined to you during consultation. Read more about the IVF treatments offered to get an overview of the choice of potential treatments available to you.

IVF

ICSI

PGD-PGS

Surrogacy

Donor Program

Ovulation Induction

Blastocyst Culture

Frozen Embryo Transfer

In-Vitro Fertilization

This involves bringing the sperm to the eggs in a laboratory for fertilization and embryos are generated which are then transferred into a woman’s uterus. IVF could overcome the endocrine and physical problems that may be preventing conception.

During IVF, medications are administered to stimulate and develop mature eggs from your ovaries, these eggs are then retrieved by a minor surgical procedure as outlined above and put in a culture dish. Your partner’s sperm is collected in a semen cup (usually by masturbation or interrupted sexual intercourse otherwise known as the “withdrawal method” using a non-spermicidal condom). Thereafter, sperm is washed with the best sperm selected and put in the egg containing culture dish for fertilization to occur in our IVF Laboratory.

The growth of the embryos in culture medium is monitored by our skilled embryologists to assess cell division and cell. Embryos that have successfully gone through the growth culture phase for a period of five days (These embryos are known as blastocysts) are transferred into your uterus for implantation to occur. One cycle of IVF takes approximately 8 weeks. Any leftover embryos can be frozen for future use.

  • This procedure may be ideal for you if you have;
  • Blocked fallopian tubes.
  • Idiopathic infertility.
  • Male factor infertility.
  • Unsuccessful attempts with other ART procedures like IUI and Timed intercourse.

Intracytoplasmic Sperm Injection (ICSI)

Sometimes conventional IVF is not enough – and that is where ICSI comes in. Intracytoplasmic Sperm Injection (ICSI) is a technique that may suitable if your sperm needs extra succor to achieve fertilization. It is simply where one sperm is injected directly into an egg. ICSI involves use of specialized micromanipulation tools and techniques by our embryologists to select individual sperm with an ICSI needle and inject it directly into the inner part of an egg.

Your eggs are retrieved the same way as in IVF, but in terms of fertilization, a single sperm is injected into the inner part of an egg in our embryology lab. The resulting embryo(s) are then transferred into the uterus the same way as in an IVF procedure. In DIFF Hospital, we use the ICSI technique in most ART procedures to increase the chance of fertilization and ultimately more embryos are generated for the client.

  • ICSI is used mainly to treat Male factor infertility. This technique is used if there is
  • Low sperm count.
  • High number of abnormal sperm.
  • Sperm motility (movement) is poor.
  • Sperm has elevated levels of antibodies.
  • Eggs have thickened outer coat (zona pellucida).
  • Low number of eggs collected.
  • Unsuccessful IVF cycles and other ART procedures like IUI and Timed intercourse.

Surrogacy

In DIFF Hospital, surrogacy is practiced to the highest standards. Our surrogacy program has one of the highest patronage in Sub-Saharan Africa.

  • Advanced Maternal Age.
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  • A woman diagnosed with cancer of the reproductive organs or late stage cancers in any part of the body.
  • A woman with decompensating cardiac disease.
  • Patients with frozen embryos that have repeated had failed IVF cycles.

 

Following an enrolment for surrogacy, the couple will have a comprehensive fertility test done. Once these results are obtained, we will proceed to sign the relevant consent forms and match two gestational carriers for the couple. This is a completely anonymous reproductive programme.

The surrogate mother(s) is kept in our custody in comfortable apartments for the duration of pregnancy, while we give them monthly allowances to cater for the families they have left behind at their homes for the duration of stay with us.

  • Recruitment, investigation and preparation of surrogate mothers.
  • Repeated thawing of embryos and embryo transfers until pregnancy and delivery is achieved.
  • Provision of antenatal care, admission of surrogate mothers throughout the pregnancy period up till six-weeks post-delivery.
  • The Neonatal care of the baby(ies) post delivery is not covered in this payment.
  • The surrogacy programme is considered a “shared risk programme” in which the hospital is committed to the programme until mission is accomplished. Once the surrogate mother has been recruited and investigated, there will be no refunds paid.

  • The eventual success of the program is defined by the delivery of a baby. Though two surrogates are recruited, DIFF Hospital can only guarantee the delivery of one baby. The delivery of twins or triplets is not necessarily our target. However, the biological parents determine the number of babies they desire per adventure two surrogates get pregnant.

Frozen Embryo Transfer

In DIFF, you can choose to freeze supernumerary fresh embryos for embryo transfer at a later time or “leftover” embryos can also be frozen after embryo transfer. When you are ready to commence treatment, the embryos are then thawed and transferred into your uterus. We advise that extra embryos be frozen for future use as this is both economical and less stressful especially for the woman who is able to avoid another ovulation induction cycle.

Thawed embryos are transferred in a frozen embryo transfer cycle. Medications are given in the right dosage that will produce the best environment in your uterus for the embryos to be transferred. On the day of embryo transfer, your embryos are thawed and transferred to your uterus using a narrow catheter. Just as in a fresh IVF cycle. You’ll take a pregnancy test 14 day after embryo transfer. If positive then you’ll be invited to the hospital for a gestational age scan 14 days later. 

    • Frozen Embryo Transfer (FET) is relatively less invasive and less expensive than a fresh IVF cycle. Frozen Embryo transfer is ideal for clients;
    • Patient who wish to return at a later date for treatment without having to go through the entire process of IVF again.
    • Patient who for whatever reason have decided to postpone pregnancy
    • Patient who have been successful in previous cycles but desire new additions to their family
    • Patient who have Ovarian Hyper Stimulation Syndrome

     

    Please note that there is an annual fee for freezing of gametes and storage.

Ovulation Induction

For patients having any form of ovarian stimulation, this involves taking medications (mostly hormones in the form of injections) for some days to stimulate egg production. These injections also help to prepare your uterus to receive the embryos. Please note that drug dosage and number of visits will depend on how your body responds.

You will be required to come in for scans on different days of your cycle to monitor how you are responding to the medications and the growth of the follicles (sacs that contain eggs). The medications will be modified if necessary. Thereafter, a schedule of the date of egg retrieval is given.

Blastocyst Culture

At DIFF, we strive to make your dream of achieving parenthood become a reality. Thus, we endeavor to transfer only the best of embryos  into the uterus to increase chances of conception and pregnancy.

Blastocyst culture involves keeping and nurturing the embryo(s) in our lab incubators a bit longer. This allows the embryologist to monitor and ensure that the embryo(s) go through vital developmental changes (cell divisions and differentiation) to select the best embryo(s) for transfer that would most likely result in pregnancy.

Our fertility specialists will counsel you if blastocyst culture is right for you, depending on your personal circumstances. We are constantly researching and improving our processes to ensure success for our clients.

The treatment cycle doesn’t change. In blastocyst culture, fertilized embryos are cultured for extended periods in the lab. Thus, in this case embryo transfer day will be 5-6 days after egg collection.

Donor Program

In DIFF Hospital, we have a very robust oocyte donation program. Oocyte (Egg) donation is a program that involves a fertile woman who receives ovarian stimulation, have her eggs harvested and given to another woman who has a low ovarian reserve and cannot produce good eggs. All donors are screened for infectious diseases and some genetic diseases. Our oocyte donation program is a purely anonymous program in which the donor and recipient do not come in contact with each other. However details of your donor can be given to you e.g. B.M.I, Educational qualification, hobbies, year of birth, hair colour, eye colour, complexion, current occupation, Interest and Hobbies, medical history of parents (if any), languages spoken, local government area etc.

The use of donor oocytes (eggs) have been used to treat women with cases of ;

  • Low ovarian reserves.
  • Premature ovarian failure.
  • Genetic disorders like Turner’s Syndrome.
  • Ovarian failure following chemotherapy.
  • Heritable genetic disorders like cystic fibrosis.
  • Repeated IVF failures due to poor oocyte quality.
  • Patient who has had surgeries like bilateral oophorectomy (removal of ovaries).

Preimplantation Genetic Diagnosis - Preimplantation Genetic Screening

Book an appointment with us through the website and you will be scheduled for a consultation with our team of esteemed professionals. During your first consultation with our fertility team (usually a reproductive physician, nurse and an embryologist), you will be required to have fertility investigations. The investigations are scheduled on different days of your menstrual cycle. For women with irregular menstrual cycles, baseline investigations will be carried out on such patients. On completion of investigations, a result review will be carried out by our esteemed professionals. Thereafter, an individualized treatment plan will be drawn up and commenced depending on your fertility needs.

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