Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions

Egg Freezing

Women undergoing egg freezing undergo a 10 to 12-day regimen of daily follicle-stimulating hormone injections to stimulate the development of multiple eggs within the ovaries.

Once the ovarian follicles have reached an appropriate size, the final maturation of the eggs is triggered by administering an additional injection of human chorionic gonadotropin hormone. Approximately 36 hours later, a brief outpatient procedure guided by ultrasound is conducted to collect the eggs.

Fluid containing the eggs is then extracted from the ovarian follicles. Subsequently, these collected eggs are cryopreserved and will be thawed and utilized when the woman chooses to proceed with their use.

You do not need to take a leave of absence. Injections will entail a 10 to 15-minute visit to our clinic, where we may perform an ultrasound scan and request blood exams, after which you will receive an injection. You may go home afterward.

Our doctors would prefer to administer the injections in the clinic to ensure you receive the correct dose of medication. This will also allow us to closely monitor your response to the treatment.

The pain is momentary and only during the injection.

It’s possible! This can be comparable to how some women react to contraceptive pills. However, this is temporary and will only be during the course of the treatment.

No. You will be administered with anesthesia and will be asleep during the procedure.

No. The egg extraction process is a short outpatient procedure that lasts about half an hour, after which you will be observed in the recovery room for a few hours. You may go home afterward, but you will not be allowed to drive after the procedure because you may feel groggy from the anesthesia.

We employ conventional IVF techniques for egg freezing to ensure a robust harvest of eggs. Research indicates that women up to 38 years of age can anticipate a 75% egg survival rate after thawing and a 75% fertilization rate. Consequently, if ten eggs are frozen, it‘s expected that seven will survive the thawing process and 5 to 6 will successfully fertilize to form embryos.

Women up to 38 years typically have 3 to 4 embryos transferred during IVF. As a result, we recommend storing at least ten eggs for each attempt at pregnancy to optimize the chances of a successful outcome.

You are not bed-bound after the egg harvest. However, we do not advise you to engage in strenuous activities immediately after the procedure.

The eggs will be stored and will be thawed later on when they’re ready to be used.

Total costs can amount to P300,000. Most of the expenses will be due to the medication needed to stimulate the ovaries to produce multiple eggs.

Storage costs will be less than P10,000 annually.

Meet with your doctor to undergo some preliminary tests. You will be given medication over the next few days to prepare the uterus for embryo transfer. Next, your eggs will be thawed and fertilized with sperm using ICSI or injecting a single sperm into a single egg, which will then be transferred to your uterus. After two weeks, a pregnancy test will be done to confirm if you were able to successfully conceive.

The next steps will cost less than P100,000.

In Vitro Fertilization

In vitro fertilization involves retrieving eggs from a woman’s ovaries, fertilizing them with sperm, and subsequently transferring the fertilized egg (embryo) into her uterine cavity.

IVF is commonly used when other methods of achieving pregnancy have not been successful.

The total costs of an IVF cycle typically fall within the range of P400,000 to P500,000. However, this can be subject to change as each patient’s treatment plan is tailored to their specific fertility needs. Individual costs may vary, and some patients may spend more or less than the base amount.

IVF offers a 40-50% chance of pregnancy per transfer.

Step 1: Ovarian Stimulation
For women, fertility medications will be used to stimulate the ovaries and induce the production of additional eggs. Each patient receives a personalized treatment plan, and the dosage of stimulation drugs varies based on individual fertility profiles.

Step 2: Egg Retrieval
Once the eggs are ready for harvesting, medication to trigger ovulation will be administered 36 hours before the egg retrieval procedure. Mature eggs collected during retrieval undergo intracytoplasmic sperm injection (ICSI) with a single sperm from the woman’s partner. If there are immature eggs, they are cultured until they reach maturity before undergoing the injection process.

Step 3: Fertilization
The injected eggs are closely monitored approximately 18 hours after injection for signs of fertilization. The embryologist tracks the progress of fertilized eggs as they develop into embryos, monitoring their growth day by day until the preferred transfer date.

Step 4: Embryo Transfer
VALPI has the capability to culture embryos based on the selected day of transfer, which may include day 2, day 3, day 4, or the blastocyst stage. Any remaining embryos can be preserved through freezing for potential future use.

Step 5: After Transfer
It is recommended that our patients limit physical activities for the first 24 to 72 hours following the embryo transfer. Engage in non-strenuous and non-aerobic activities and refrain from sexual intercourse for a week. If you experience any signs of bleeding, bloating, or abdominal cramps, it’s important to consult with your specialists.

On the day of the oocyte retrieval, the male partner will be asked to provide a fresh sperm sample. If the husband cannot produce a fresh sample, a previously frozen semen sample will be used for the ICSI/IVF procedure.

For male partners with zero sperm count, a surgical sperm retrieval procedure is necessary, but this procedure will be scheduled before the start of ovarian stimulation.