Frequently Asked Questions

Who needs IVF?

If you have been trying to get pregnant for over 3 years without results you should consider IVF. If you are a woman over 35, you should consider IVF even if you have been trying for less than 3 years. IVF is also recommended for couples where problems with the Fallopian tubes or sperm have been discovered.

Why should we choose The Bridge Clinic?

We are in a unique position to provide you with your best and quickest chances in achieving pregnancy in Nigeria. We have been doing this for over 15 years and have successfully assisted with the birth of over 1,500 babies. We have a strong safety record, use quality management systems to ensure your safety and give you the most reliable results with minimal risks to you or your unborn child. We offer a full service from the top medical expertise to veteran Care Partners to assist you every step of the way.

What are the success rates with IVF?

We have a success rate of close to 50% in women under 35 years and we are seeing an increasing success rate with clients of all ages treated at The Bridge Clinic, in particular women over the age of 35. With the implementation of new and emerging trends in IVF technology and through the support of our technical partners, the IVF Clinics Prof. Zech, we expect to see this pattern continue to rise.

What does Quality Management mean for me?

Quality Management means that the IVF treatment you receive is of the highest standard. It is safe and all risks have been minimized. Quality Management means giving you the best IVF treatment to give you your best chance of getting pregnant.

Can I still do IVF even though I am over 40 years old?

Yes you can. We are seeing an increased success rate in women over 40. Even though there is an age related decline in female fertility, many women over 40 still achieve pregnancy with IVF. In some cases women with reduced ovarian reserves may need treatment with donated eggs.

What kind of support is available to us during treatment?

Throughout treatment you have a Care Partner by your side to give you all the support that you need. Your doctor is there to treat you and answer all your questions and we also offer the support of a counselor. Sometimes the best support comes from those who have been through the treatment themselves so we also offer support from couples who have undergone treatment at The Bridge Clinic.

Are there any tests we should take before treatment?

We want you to get the most benefit from your IVF treatment so we do run hormonal tests to guide our treatment protocol. We also want to make sure that there are no risks of passing any infection to your unborn child and so we offer full screening tests for infections.

Do I need to remove my fibroid before IVF?

To help you make this decision you should visit a gynecologist for a detailed ultrasound scan which clearly shows the location and size of the fibroid.

Does IVF deplete my store of eggs and lead to premature menopause?

No, it does not. Each month in a natural cycle only one egg is released. All that happens with IVF is that more eggs are released from a cohort of ovarian follicles at one time.

Is IVF treatment painful?

Most of the procedures in IVF treatment are not painful. For those that may cause slight discomfort, we administer pain relief to manage these phases. If you prefer more extensive anesthesia and we find it safe to do so, we can provide this for you.

How many embryos are transferred?

We transfer a maximum of 2 embryos to minimize the risks of multiple pregnancies and to ensure the safety of both you and your unborn child.

How can I be sure that the embryos transferred are mine?

At The Bridge Clinic we have strong quality and safety systems in place to minimize any risk and prevent ‘gamete

mix-up’ so you can be assured your baby is indeed yours. For further reassurance, please feel free to speak to any of our specialists directly.

What is OHSS?

Ovarian Hyper stimulation Syndrome is one of the most common complications of IVF. If it is not aggressively prevented and managed it could be life threatening. At The Bridge Clinic we minimize the risk of the development of OHSS by implementing safe stimulation protocols. We also have aggressive support measures in place to manage it should it occur.

What is PCO?

Poly cystic Ovaries are ovaries that have an atypical appearance and they may increase the risk of OHSS. They are very common, but in most cases will be insignificant.

Are there any risks with IVF?

The benefits of IVF far outweigh the risks of the procedures. However there are some recognized risks. The Bridge Clinic is run with only the highest standards and quality medical procedures so that these risks are minimized and you and your unborn child are kept safe at all times. The most common risks with IVF are multiple pregnancy which is directly related to the number of embryos transferred and Ovarian Hyper stimulation Syndrome (OHSS) which is related to the appropriateness of the stimulation protocols as well as individual response. This is why it is so important to get treatment only at a clinic with high standards of safety such as The Bridge Clinic.

Are there any drugs which can boost sperm count?

A fluctuation in sperm count in normal in all men. This is a biological variable that is not affected by any drugs and there is no evidence of the improvement in sperm counts through drugs.

Are children born through IVF normal?

Children born through IVF are absolutely normal. The vast majority (99.999%) of children born following ICSI are also normal.

What are the side effects of IVF drugs?

You may experience a few common side effects when taking IVF drugs during treatment. These side effects are similar to those experienced in menopause such as hot flushes, some dizziness, headaches, weight gain and so on. These effects don’t last and are usually gone once you have finished taking the drugs.

Why is IVF expensive?

Although the experience of having a child is priceless, IVF treatment requires expensive resources such as imported equipment, imported consumables, specialized training for staff and the costs of maintaining a safe infrastructure and environment in which treatment is being administered.

What does IVF cost?

The costs of IVF will depend on your needs. We recommend that you make an appointment with one of our specialists who will assess your needs and provide you with a cost breakdown.