Reproductive Medicine Unit
||Tuesday and Friday
|Follow up clinic
||Monday to Saturday
The Reproductive Medicine Unit, RMU, helps couples who have problems in having a baby. There are many reasons why some couples may have difficulty in having a baby. For example, in the woman, these may be:
- Damaged tubes going to the uterus - Fallopian tubes
- Eggs not ready each month - irregular ovulation/egg production
- Lining of the womb being deposited on the ovaries or inside the lower abdomen - endometriosis
- Uterine problems
- Abnormal hormones
With the man, there may be problems with sperm – number of sperm (quantity) or how good it is (the quality)
How can they be put right?
Some of these problems may be treated by a simple treatment, while others may need more specific and advanced treatment like In Vitro Fertilization (IVF).
Very often, the tests and treatment may take a few months to more than a year. The length of time for the tests can be hard and adds to problem as most couples want to have a baby as soon as possible.
RMU can do:
- Tests to see why a couple cannot have a baby
- Semen assessment, preparation and freezing
- Treatments to help to have a baby
- Surgery to look inside the lady using a telescope to see if there are any problems - Laparoscopic surgery for infertility
- Surgery to make the tubes open - Microscopic tubal surgery
- Helping the lady to release an egg using tablets or injections- Ovulation induction
- Helping to put the egg and sperm together in the lady - Intrauterine insemination
- Joining the egg and sperm together outside the lady and then putting the embryo (baby-to-be) inside the lady - Assisted Reproductive Techniques including In Vitro Fertilization, Gamete Intra fallopian Transfer and intracytoplasmic sperm injection
- Blastocyst culture and transfer
- Keeping the little embryos/babies in a test-tube to use later - Embryo freezing
- Tests to find problems in the baby before the baby is born - Antenatal diagnosis for haematological conditions like Thalassemia and Sickle cell disease
The department offers help within the sanctity of marriage and hence no donor programmes are undertaken.