Apeksha Fertility Centre in Rs. 100m expansion
The Apeksha Fertility Care Centre which operates two centres, in
Nugegoda and Ratmalana, hopes to take technology to the peripheries by
setting up satellite centres in Matara, Kandy, Batticaloa, and Jaffna
investing Rs. 100 million.
The centre set up in 2010 provides reproductive health services for
women in Sri Lanka. Last year, it launched its state-of-the-art In Vitro
Fertilization and Research Centre with the latest modular technology
investing over Rs. 50 million.
Apeksha has included egg, embryo and sperm donation and sharing
programs to its infertility services for couples who are unable to
produce their own.
Due to the social stigma associated with infertility services,
Apeksha gives an undertaking guaranteeing 100% confidentiality.
Egg donation remains one of the ways of bringing the joy of
parenthood to many couples who cannot conceive naturally.
Chairperson, Apeksha Fertility Care Centre, Dr. Champa Nelson said
the success rate of IVF depends on the age of the woman undergoing
treatment and the cause of the infertility (if it's known). The success
rate at Apeksha is on a par with the global rate. Younger women are more
likely to have healthier eggs, which increases the chances of success.
Many women now defer having a child until their late thirties or
beyond. If these women then fail to conceive readily, it becomes one of
the most difficult problems in reproductive medicine today. The older
women become, the lesser eggs they produce, she said.
Female fertility begins to decline many years before menopause,
despite continued regular ovulatory cycles.
Germ cells in the female are not replenished during life. The quality
of the remaining oocytes diminishes with age, and the frequency of
sexual intercourse often declines with age. Although there is an
apparent decrease in the frequency of sexual intercourse with advancing
age, this does not fully account for the decline in female fertility.
Miscarriages are also more frequent as maternal age rises. The
age-associated decline in female fecundity and increased rate of early
pregnancy loss are largely attributed to abnormalities in the oocyte.