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Are there any alternatives to IVF treatment if I am afraid of needles?

Gynaecology Pregnancy

I have read up on IVF and read that I would have to self-administer injections regularly. What are my options if I am scared of needles?

DOCTOR’S ANSWER (2)

Thanks for the D2D. IVF is one end of a spectrum of fertility treatment options, and it is usually used when all other methods have not worked.

There are simpler means of conceiving, from ultrasound scans to tracking egg development and timing of ovulation, pills to enhance the chances of egg growth, and techniques like intra-uterine insemination (IUI) to improve the odds of sperm-egg fertilisation. These methods do not, or hardly involve the use of injections.

 If IVF does become necessary, we can always teach your husband to administer the injections for you. Many ladies are actually surprised at how easy and painless these injections are. In fact, the type of needles/ injection pens used are similar to those used by diabetic children.

If a young child can self-administer insulin injections, I am sure most ladies can learn too, after a 1-on-1 tutorial from the clinic! Good luck!


Dr Fong Yang
MBBS (S’pore), MRCOG (London), FRCOG (London), FAMS

Astra Centre for Women & Fertility Pte Ltd
38 IRRAWADDY ROAD
MOUNT ELIZABETH NOVENA SPECIALIST CENTRE
#05 - 40 Singapore 329563

973 views 21 Sep 2018

Most IVF treatments require the use of drugs that need to be administered by injections. It is possible to use oral medication, but the results are not as good and may even be poor.


Dr Paul Tseng
MBBS, MMed, FAMS

TLC GYNAECOLOGY PRACTICE CLINIC & SURGERY FOR WOMEN

THOMSON MEDICAL CENTRE
339 THOMSON ROAD
#03 - 02 Singapore 307677


898 views 1 Oct 2018
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