In South Africa, limited medical aid coverage for infertility treatments, high costs associated with reproductive techniques and costly healthcare has seen a rise in the population’s infertility numbers. Currently, 15 to 20 per cent of the population is experiencing infertility. Fortunately, the number of fertility treatments available in the South African market caters well to the rise in infertility numbers.
An Uncommon Move By Fertility Clinics
Over the past recent years, unaffordable fertility treatments left those suffering from infertility seeking alternate, common and cheaper methods such as herbal alternatives, surrogacy, adoption and fertility drugs. While many of the fertility clinics still offer treatments at high rates, other clinics such as the BioArt Fertility Clinic are making solutions to infertility more accessible and more affordable. With the route to conceiving now more available than ever, couples are becoming more knowledgeable about different, common treatment options and are finding out more about those which commonly show positive results.
It’s Not Uncommon To Undergo These Common Treatments
Years back it was uncommon to seek fertility solutions, but now fertility clinics are seeing more foot traffic than ever with trips to the fertility specialist becoming a common need for South African couples. Interesting to note for those starting off on their journey to fertility, the two most common assisted reproductive technologies used by South Africans is In Vitro Fertilisation (IVF) and Intrauterine Insemination (IUI).
IVF, meaning fertilisation in glass, is a combination of medicines and surgical procedures which assist the sperm in fertilising the egg. This procedure helps the fertilised egg to effectively implant in the uterus. IUI is a procedure whereby the sperm is placed directly inside the uterus, helping the sperm to get closer to the egg.
Less Common But Still Viable Options
Couples still finding themselves without child and with money fortunately still in the bank after trying IVF and IUI can seek other common fertility treatment options such as ICSI and PICSI.
Intracytoplasmic Sperm Injection (ICSI) is performed as an additional part of an IVF treatment cycle where a single sperm is injected into each egg to assist fertilisation. In most cases, the ICSI fertility treatment can be used to overcome severe male infertility treatment. And, with male infertility on the rise in South Africa, this once uncommon treatment is becoming more common.
Another less common, but still viable, infertility treatment is Physiological Intra-Cytoplamsic Sperm Injection (PICSI) which involves the selection of motile, mature sperm for injection, with mature sperm bound to hyaluronic acid.
It’s Common To Freeze For The Future
In South Africa, it’s becoming more and more common for couples to undergo vitrification, a procedure which sees the freezing of sperm and embryos (Oocyte cryopreservation). With this procedure, sperm and embryos can be frozen for an indefinite period. With cancer in South Africa affecting more woman and living standards and lifestyles motivating for pregnancies later on in life, vitrification is certainly becoming a common treatment these days.
For more information on common fertility treatments or and to book an appointment with a fertility specialist, visit www.bioartfertility.co.za.