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FAQ

  • IVF
  • Egg Freezing
  • Mainland / Overseas patients
Q:What procedures are involved in IVF? How long does it take for IVF treatment?
IVF includes the following procedures, ovarian stimulation, egg collection, sperm processing, fertilization, embryo culture and embryo transfer. Generally, it will take around 3 weeks.

Q:Is there any side effect or risk?
In general, IVF/ET treatment is fairly safe. Complications such as ovarian hyperstimulation syndrome; ovaries bleeding and pelvic infections after egg retrieval are rarely occurred, less than 1%. Moreover, with more than one embryo transferred, the risk of multiple pregnancies will be increased.

Q:Is it necessary to have husband's semen collection and wife's egg retrieval be on the same day?
If semen sample collection cannot be done on the same day of egg retrieval, it can be arranged to cryopreserve husband's semen sample in advance.

Q:What is the success rate of IVF? Is it related to age?
The success rate of IVF depends on a number of factors, including wife's age and her medical condition, husband's sperm quality and couples'reproductive history.

Q:What are the benefits to use PGS/PGD?
Preimplantation Genetic Diagnosis (PGD) is used to diagnose embryo with specific single-gene disease or chromosomal abnormalities. This reduces the risk of single-gene disease or chromosomal abnormalities to their children.
Preimplantation Genetic Screening (PGS) is used to check whether there are chromosome abnormalities in the embryo through the next-generation sequencing or genome-wide comparative analysis. After screening, only embryos with normal chromosome numbers will be transferred to improve the chances of healthy baby births.
Q:What procedures are included in the egg freezing? How long does it take for egg freezing treatment?
Egg freezing requires procedures of ovarian stimulation, egg collection, and egg freezing. Generally, it will take around two weeks.

Q:How many eggs can be extracted in the surgery?
The number of eggs to be collected and stored cannot be known before surgery. Doctor can check the condition of follicles but cannot confirm the condition of eggs in the follicles until embryologists check the follicular fluid under microscope.

Q:How long can a frozen egg be stored?
According to the Code of Practice, frozen eggs can generally be stored for 10 years. But for cancer patients, the maximum storage period is 10 years, or until the time when the patient is 55 years old, whichever occurs later in time.

Q:Does the quality of frozen egg decline with increase in storage period?
Egg quality is directly affected by the maternal age and wife's ovarian response. The quality of frozen egg is not expected to decline with storage time.

Q:Can a frozen egg be transferred to other places?
Frozen eggs can be transferred to other registered fertility centers that are regulated by local authority.
Q:If patient's visiting visa is expected to be expired during the treatment, what is the solution?
Patient can ask doctor to issue a certificate of medical treatment for the purpose of extension of stay until the end of treatment. Patient submits the application to the Hong Kong Immigration Department for the extension of stay. Approval usually can be approved subject to the discretion of the authority.

Q:Can patient leave Hong Kong during the treatment?
Patient has to be in Hong Kong for clinical consultation, examination and operation. Please ensure that re-entry visiting visa has to be available before re-entry.

Q:What kinds of documents should be carried?
Personal identity card, entry permit / visa, marriage certificate (if married).