FORMS OF ASSISTED REPRODUCTION TECHNOLOGY (ART)
AI (artificial insemination) also known as IUI (Intrauterine insemination) – placing sperm inside a woman’s uterus to facilitate fertilisation. The goal of IUI is to increase the number of sperm that reach the Fallopian tubes and subsequently increase the chance of fertilisation.
IVF (In Vitro Fertilisation) – Is a method of helping a woman to have a baby in which an egg is removed from one of her ovaries, fertilised outside her body and then place back in her womb.
ICSI (Intra Cytoplasmic Sperm Injection) – A direct injection of a single sperm into an egg obtained from IVF (outside the body fertilisation) The fertilised egg can then be transferred to the woman’s uterus.
There are so many facets to infertility; the physical aspects being one of them. For so many couples struggling with infertility, the stress and psychological trauma affects them the most. It is always advisable to go for counselling prior to embarking on your fertility journey.
Please remember to keep all your scripts, scans and important information stored as you will need it when transferring from one doctor to another. We recommend whilst on this journey, you speak to your Fertility Specialist about the importance of pre-implantation genetic testing which is the testing of early stage embryo’s (up to 5 days old) for genetic abnormalities. The term ‘pre-implantation’ is used because testing is performed on embryos during the time before the time that they would naturally implant into the uterus (usually after day 6). PGT-A is offered as a compliment to a patients in-vitro fertilisation (IVF) treatment to improve pregnancy success rates and reduce miscarriages. PGT-A testing is testing of early stage embryos for chromosomal abnormalities.
MEET THE SPECIALISTS IN JOHANNESBURG
MEET THE SPECIALISTS IN PRETORIA
Dr Biko is a Reproductive Medicine Specialist and experienced endoscopic surgeons. They have extensive experience in endometriosis surgery.
Dr Maoto is a UCT and Pretoria University Graduate. He is a young, dedicated Gynaecologist with a keen interest in Reproductive Medicine and Endoscopic Surgery.
MEET THE SPECIALISTS IN CAPE TOWN
Dr Heylen is a specialist in Reproductive Surgery. He is also a registered as an obstetrician and gynaecologist.
Dr Paul Le Roux is a registered Specialist in Reproductive Medicine with the Health Professions Council of South Africa.
Dr Nomathamsanqa (Tamtam) Matebese specialises in Gynae – Endocrinology, IVF, recurrent pregnancy loss and laparoscopic surgery.
In 2010 Dr. Lizle Oosthuizen started work at a rural Eastern Cape hospital and headed the only unit in the province to have no maternal mortalities.
Dr Joanne Pottow, a Reproductive Medicine Specialist, is passionate about providing high quality, individualised patient care for each and every person she treats.