Frequently Asked Questions – Cyprus IVF Centre

Frequently Asked Questions – Cyprus IVF Centre2016-10-13T08:41:57+00:00
I just began taking my oral contraceptive pills, and started bleeding half way through the cycle. Is this considered to be normal ?2018-10-19T05:42:57+00:00

Spotting during the first month of using the oral contraceptive pill is a common occurrence and not something to worry about. However, if the bleeding becomes heavier, it indicates that the pills do not contain a sufficient amount of hormones suitable for your system. Therefore, you are advised to either contact Team Miracle or your doctor who can put you on a different type of contraceptive tablet.

Is swimming allowed after the embryo transfer process ?2018-10-19T05:56:34+00:00

Swimming following IVF treatment is not recommended at all during your pregnancy due to potential infection risk. However, once you have reached your 12 week gestation mark, and, if you feel that you want to swim, you are recommended to contact the doctor who is looking after you during your pregnancy and ask them to advise on the development of your pregnancy and if they feel that swimming is suitable and safe for you. It is then at your own discretion if you wish to go swimming.

Is eating or drinking allowed before the embryo transfer procedure ?2018-10-19T05:52:06+00:00

Yes, you can eat and drink prior to the embryo transfer procedure. In fact, you are asked to drink at least 1 litre of water before arriving at Cyprus IVF Centre and to keep your bladder full to enable a better view of the uterus during the ultrasound-guided procedure.

How can I be sure that the embryos have actually been transferred to my womb ?2018-10-19T05:55:25+00:00

During the embryo transfer process, you can watch the entire procedure on the ultrasound machine. The machine is positioned at an angle so that you can easily watch the process. You can see the embryos being slowly released into your womb through a plastic catheter. The embryologist then double checks the catheter under the microscope to ensure that all embryos have been transferred.

How long is the embryo transfer procedure ?2018-10-19T05:53:58+00:00

The entire embryo transfer process takes around 15 minutes. Sedation or anesthesia is not required as it is generally not a painful procedure. Some women may feel some discomfort during the insertion of speculum but many report that it isn’t too different to having a smear test. If you would prefer, Team Miracle can arrange for you to have sedation during embryo transfer to make you feel more comfortable.

There are women who have gone on to have successful pregnancies after undergoing immune therapy after multiple failed cycles. What is your take on this ?2018-10-19T06:01:20+00:00

Immune therapy can assist women who have high levels of antibodies or, ‘’Natural Killer’’ cells within their systems. Women with overactive immune systems or NK cells require immune therapy to suppress these naturally occurring genes within them to allow their bodies chance to accept and allow their newly transferred embryo(s) to implant and develop. The number of women affected by such immune issues isn’t overly high but Team Miracle can offer a number of immune therapy options to suit each individual’s situation. For those unsure about whether they have immune issues, please speak with your coordinator who can advise you about various testing and options available.

I have experienced a failed IVF cycle. Does this mean that I should get immune tests done?2018-10-19T06:27:43+00:00

Of late, there has been a lot of talk about immune tests and their relation to failed IVF cycles. However, this area is poorly studied and fertility specialists possess little knowledge regarding the immune system. In spite of this, lots of expensive immune tests are ordered. Some of the tests include, DQ Alpha, Reproductive Immunophenotype, Antinuclear Antibody, TJ6 Protein, Natural Killer Cell Assay and Leukocyte Antibody Detection. Couples must understand that many labs do not follow standard procedures to carry out these tests and therefore, the same tests will never have the same result when carried out in different labs. This makes interpretation of the data more difficult. You are best to speak with Team Miracle and inform them about everything which you have undergone previously so that they can advise further if immune testing is something which you should consider or if there are alternative options available to you.

Is male infertility a more common problem than female infertility ?2018-10-19T06:38:54+00:00

Male and female infertility has been established to be more or less the same. It has been estimated that male infertility is the sole contributor to reproductive problems in about 1/3rd of cases. In another third of cases, female infertility is the sole problem. In the remainder of cases, both male and female infertility are equally responsible. It is therefore recommended that both men and women undergo testing prior to starting an IVF cycle at Cyprus IVF Centre. Your Team Miracle coordinator can advise which tests you should both have performed.

Am I allowed to eat before the egg collection program ?2018-10-19T05:50:35+00:00

You should not eat or drink anything a minimum of 6 hours before the procedure. Your coordinator will advise you the day prior to your egg collection procedure how to prepare and the time at which you should stop eating and drinking.

Will I be given general anesthesia before the egg collection program ?2018-10-19T05:44:51+00:00

No. General anesthesia is not a requirement for egg collection. The egg collection procedure is performed under a heavy sedative so that you will be asleep and not feel anything at all but you won’t have any of the nasty side effects associated with general anesthesia. After the procedure, you are immediately put on IV fluids to avoid dehydration and begin to flush the medication out of your system. The effects of sedation begin to fade away quickly and within an hour, you should be feeling back to normal. You will be checked over by a professional to ensure that you are okay, provided something to eat and drink and then you will be discharged with aftercare advice and information.

Can my sister donate her eggs for me ?2018-10-19T07:26:12+00:00

Yes, your sister can donate her eggs to you. In certain European countries, it is forbidden to know the identity of the donors and therefore, friends or relatives cannot act as donors. However, providing your own donor is legally allowed in North Cyprus.

What airport should we fly into ?2018-10-19T10:45:06+00:00

Cyprus IVF Centre is located in the central part of Lefkosa in the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus. From here, Larnaca and Ercan airports are easily accessible. Paphos is over a 2 hour drive away and therefore not recommended as your first choice of airport.

How is fertility affected by age ?2018-10-19T06:32:40+00:00

With advancing age, the quality as well as the quantity of the eggs significantly reduce. A woman is born with all of the eggs she will ever produce, whereas men, in spite of advancing age, can keep producing sperm. Although it must be noted, sperm quality also decreases as men age, even though it can be continually be produced and so it must not be assumed that men will always produce good quality sperm forever more. As a result of such a phenomenon, women face more fertility issues in their early and late 30s. Moreover, women in their 40s are more likely to face fertility problems and might require assistance for the same.

Is there any age limit for fertility treatment ?2018-10-19T06:49:51+00:00

You would be happy to know that Team Miracle can legally treat women up to the age of 55 years old. For any women older than this, special permission can sometimes be applied for their treatment. Please speak to your coordinator to learn more.

Is it safe to fly home immediately after embryo transfer ?2018-10-19T05:59:17+00:00

Yes, you can fly home on the same day as embryo transfer if you wish. We generally recommend flying the following day to allow yourself time to rest but there isn’t evidence suggesting any association between travelling and failure or success of embryo transfer.

I have irregular periods. How can I plan my travel ?2018-10-19T05:35:52+00:00

There are various options available for regulating your cycle and ensuring that your period starts on time so that you can plan your treatment, accommodation and travel in advance. A common choice is the combined contraceptive pill but there are other options such as Norethisterone and HRT to name just some of the options. Contact your Team Miracle coordinator to discuss your options and start planning your treatment.