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EDITOR IN CHIEF- ABDULLAH BIN SALIM AL SHUEILI

First govt run fertility centre to open on Feb 14

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Muscat: The Fertility Centre at Al Wattayah Obstetrics and Gynaecology Complex is the first government fertility centre in the Sultanate of Oman. It helps to realise dreams of men and women to have children.


The centre, which will officially open on February 14, includes a medical team comprising experienced doctors, technicians and embryologists. It is equipped with the latest laboratories to provide free medical care services to help men and women towards parenthood.


During the first year since its opening, the centre seeks to receive and treat 1,000 cases, with the number rising to 1,500 cases in the second year.


In vitro fertilisation (IVF) is used in cases of blocked fallopian tubes in women and those with ovulation disorders. It is also useful for men with low sperm count or poor sperm motility.


IVF will be based on best international practices to increase the chances of pregnancy. The age of woman undergoing IVF should not exceed 42 years. She should not have a healthy child, and her body mass index should not exceed 35, which will increase chances of successful treatment.


The mother's age is the main factor determining the success of intracytoplasmic sperm injection.


As a woman gets older, the success rates decrease, and the success rate of ICSI at the age of 40 is very low compared to ICSI at 30 or 20.


The centre also offers to freeze eggs and sperm for individuals suffering from chronic diseases and disorders that affect their fertility.


The centre will receive infertility cases referred from all hospitals and clinics across governorates of Oman


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