Our answers to your questions.

Why did Sunfert relocate to Bangsar South?

Sunfert has grown tremendously over the years and is in need of more space for expansion and provision of new services. Also, the trend now is to relocate fertility centres away from hospitals for more privacy. Bangsar South is at a strategic location in the centre of Klang Valley and is well connected via a network of highways and LRT. Sunfert@ Bangsar South is poised to be the largest boutique fertility centre in Malaysia offering quality yet affordable fertility care.

Is Sunfert an entity under Sunway Medical Centre (SMC)?

Sunfert has always been operating independently in SMC and is NOT an entity under SMC and will continue to be so in Bangsar South. We have doctors, nurses and embryologists under our own employment since our inception in 2009 and our core team members will form the backbone of the staff in Bangsar South.

Is Sunfert owned by a corporation or foreign equity?

Fortunately no, we are self-owned hence there is no pressure for profit or repatriation of our earnings to corporations or overseas. Our focus is to provide effective fertility care at an affordable cost using state-of-the-art facilities and we plough our earnings back into cost savings for our patients.

Will the price of treatment increase with the move?

Sunfert has emerged as one of the largest fertility centre in Malaysia in terms of the number of IVF cycles performed. As a result of bulk purchases of medications and culture media, we are able to keep our pricing affordable and will continue to do so at our new centre. In fact, there is a slight price reduction for most packages.

Will the IVF success rates remain the same with the move?

IVF pregnancy rates depend on the skill of the doctors, embryologists and the efficiency of the laboratory. Our new laboratories have even better air system and equipment, which will further boost pregnancy rates.

Is Bangsar South easily accessible?

Bangsar South is centrally located between Kuala Lumpur and Petaling Jaya and is easily accessible via Federal Highway and NPE. It is also serviced by the Putra LRT line. A new access road is being constructed from Federal Highway. Our clinic hours are such that the patients arrive and leave our centre outside the peak hours of traffic.

What are the causes of infertility?

Causes of infertility can be broadly divided to male factor only (35%), female factor only (35%) or combined (20%). In 10% of couples, no causes can be identified (unexplained).

What are the female factors that can be involved?

  • Lack of ovulation (egg production) due to advanced age, excessive weight loss or polycystic ovaries
  • Endometriosis i.e. abnormal old menstrual blood in the areas behind the womb or within the ovaries
  • Blocked fallopian tubes due to infections
  • Distortion of the womb due to congenital abnormalities or fibroids

What are the male factors that can be involved?

  • No sperm production due to failure of the testicles or obstruction of the connecting ducts
  • Poor sperm quality due to varicocele (dilated veins in the testicles leading to overheating), inherited causes or smoking
  • Sexual difficulties e.g. erectile dysfunction or inability to ejaculate

Are there any statistics on the number of infertile couples in Malaysia?

There is unfortunately no official data but as in most countries, about 1 in 10 couples have some form of fertility problems. Recent estimates put the figures as about 350,000 couples in Malaysia, and the number seems to be increasing.

Can I consume traditional supplements such as Chinese herbs during fertility treatment?

In general, supplements that are meant for general health should be fine but specifics herbs to boost fertility should be avoided during fertility treatment as they may contain female hormones that may interfere with our medications. As a rule of the thumb, any supplements or herbs that are meant specifically for women’s health and cannot be consumed by men SHOULD be avoided during treatment.

Is there a higher chance of miscarriage after assisted conception?

Early miscarriages (less than 12 weeks) are likely to be due to an abnormal baby (70%).The risk is greater if the woman is older. The risk of miscarriage if you are 20 is about 10-15% while if you are 30, the risk is about 15-20%. Women above 40 have a miscarriage rate of more than 50%. Women exposed to certain infections like rubella, or some occupational chemicals may also miscarry. Women with Polycystic ovaries may have abnormally high hormone called Luteinizing Hormone (LH) which affects egg development leading to a higher chance of miscarriage. Miscarriages may also be due to a condition called Antiphospholipid Syndrome (APS) where the body produces antibodies that fights against the placenta. In APS, the miscarriage is likely to be recurrent. As in natural conception, miscarriages do occur after assisted conception. The risk of miscarriage is the same as natural conception. However as pregnancies are diagnosed earlier in assisted conception, failed pregnancies are also diagnosed earlier leading to the erroneous misconception that the rate of miscarriage is higher.

What is the cost of test tube baby treatment in Malaysia?

In the past, treatment is generally limited to the middle class population because treatment is costly. An average IVF cycle can cost anything between RM 8,000 to 20,000 per cycle, depending whether it is performed in a government or private centre. Sunfert has an innovative all- inclusive ART packages that are extremely affordable. The packages are truly all-inclusive with no hidden charges, so that our patients can plan their budget accordingly and not worry about cost overruns. More importantly, we use top end products (drugs, culture media, and consumables) in a clean room setting to achieve the best results.

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