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Virtus Fertility Centre Singapore ( VFCS ) began operations in January 2015 in a purpose-built , dedicated in vitro fertilisation ( IVF ) facility together with a team of fertility specialists , embryologists , and specially trained nurses with a vision to improve patient outcomes for its patients .
VFCS is one of the centres in Virtus Health , an Australian company and the fourth largest provider of IVF services globally , and its mission is to provide personal fertility services enhanced by the passion of people and the precision of technology by creating a culture with the ambition to continually deliver the best care , science , and outcome .
VFCS is proud to have a unique ‘ clean room ’ embryology laboratory and automated radiofrequency identification , thereby providing optimal safety , service quality assurance , and peace of mind for its patients .
The IVF centre is easily accessible by patients and providers alike as it is located along Scotts Road , which is at walking distance from the famous Singapore Orchard Road shopping and entertainment area , while still giving its clientele a sense of privacy once they enter the centre .
The clinical team works closely with a group of dedicated fertility coaches to help couples cope with the stress as they undergo IVF . The positivity and calm assurance that they are not alone help pave the way for smoother cycles and better outcomes .
The team at VFCS strives to improve clinical outcomes by regularly reviewing performance within and without the Virtus Health group of IVF centres and adopting the latest technologies
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and knowledge in IVF . The demand for couples seeking IVF services is increasing , and in 2020 VFCS saw a 30 percent increase in IVF cycles , and a 12 percent increase in embryo transfers year on year . Success rates are also increasing each year and in 2020 , VFCS achieved a clinical pregnancy rate per transfer for patients under the age of 35 of 63.60 percent and for patients over the age of 35 , 48.70 percent . It also achieved an overall live birth rate per egg retrieval , resulting in a frozen transfer of 50.40 percent and 33.1054 percent for each age group respectively . The majority of its patients lie within the band of 35 to 45 years of age .
VFCS combines high magnification technology that can identify and select sperm with good DNA integrity with intra-cytoplasmic sperm injection ( ICSI ) to improve embryo quality and pregnancy outcomes . In addition , VFCS also employs Polarised Light Microscopy ( PLM ) to identify healthy eggs for fertilisation . This is particularly useful for more mature patients where genetic abnormalities are more common and eggs are fewer .
The premise is to ‘ Make Every Egg Count ’ and use innovation to better understand a patient ’ s egg quality , thereby optimising outcomes . Sperm analysis has always been emphasised at VFCS as well , and equal care is taken to select each sperm for the ICSI process .
To optimise workflow and minimise the exposure of the embryos by frequent assessment , VFCS uses time-lapse incubation system which allows the process of embryo development to be continually monitored without disrupting their environment . This process is further enhanced by using artificial intelligence and visual assessments to help determine which embryos are more likely to succeed in producing a viable pregnancy .
In 2021 , VFCS is expanding its clinical capacity to better serve its patients and providers . It remains committed to serving its patients with empathy and a mindset of excellence in every step of their journey to help them optimise their own potential to achieve their goal of becoming parents .
VFCS is committed and continues to work with its colleagues within the Virtus Health group of IVF centres and other IVF centres to support patients ’ various needs .
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