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Assoc. Prof. Dr. Savas Ozyigit adds one more award to his collection of many! In November of 2016, a red carpet event held in Istanbul announced Prof. Ozyigit as the recipient of "lifetime achievement award" for his contributions in the medical field over the course of his career. As the first IVF specialist in Northern Cyprus, Prof. Ozyigit has introduced a number of firsts in his field in the region. We are sure he is not done collecting these awards just yet... (Read More)
Assoc. Prof. Dr. Savas Ozyigit has been a pioneer in the field of medicine in Northern Cyprus. As the very first certified IVF specialist in North Cyprus, Dr. Ozyigit has introduced many firsts on the island in the field of assisted reproductive science. As the recipient of several awards for excellence, Dr. Ozyigit offers highest success rates on the island through his own expertise and own methods... (More About Us)
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It has been over 37 years since the birth of Louise Brown, the very first baby born after IVF treatment. Within this time period, the level of technology used in ART (Assisted Reproductive Technologies) has improved greatly to the point where a lot can be done at an IVF laboratory on gametes prior to and post fertilization. There now exist several improved methods for ovulation induction, sperm extraction, fertilization, embryo screening, genetic diagnosis and many more to come, which have taken assisted reproduction many steps further. North Cyprus IVF Clinic is one of the few clinics in the world with the flexibility and capability of adapting new IVF technologies into clinical practice. With favorable laws and regulations in Northern Cyprus, new technologies can easily be brought into daily clinical practice as soon as they are approved as effective methods of treatment. With these new technologies and medical advances, we are able to offer our patients more effective treatments with higher success rates. Below are such innovations that are offered at North Cyprus IVF Centre.
Just like how being able to select the highest quality embryos for embryo transfer determines the likelihood of success with IVF treatments, being able to select the highest quality sperm determines the quality of the embryos that will be created after ICSI. The micro chip technology allows us to select not only the best sperm cells, but also the sperm cells with highest genetic integrity (lowest DNA damage). So far, technologies like ICSI and IMSI have enabled us to select sperm based on its appearance. Now, with this technology, we are able to select sperm cells not based on how they look, but based on their genetic correctness! This technology has allowed us to greatly improve success rates with fertility treatments for couples with male factor and unexplained infertility.
Cytoplasmic IVF Transfer: IVF Success in Older Age Brackets
Cytoplasmic IVF transfer is one of the latest approaches in fertility treatments. Cytoplasmic transfer, when used as part of an IVF/ICSI program has the potential of increasing success rates in older age brackets. This treatment option rests on the principle that cells are fueled by the organelles found in the cytoplasm, mainly the mitochondria. Mitochondria found in the egg's cytoplasm are responsible for providing the necessary energy for cell growth and development. Deficient mitochondria, therefore, will be unable to perform its duties and will not allow for successful cell growth and/or cell division. By injecting eggs with younger cytoplasm, an older egg cell is given a younger mitochondria for better prospects of growth.
Embryoscope is a trademark name for the time lapse embryo imaging technology used during IVF treatments in an IVF laboratory. This technology allows the embryologist to watch and observe embryo growth in a continuos manner through the screens fitted onto the incubators in which the embryos are placed, or through an iPad with the appropriate application which makes it possible to monitor the embryos with remote access. Time lapse imaging becomes especially important when a "perfect embryo" is to be selected when patients consider single embryo transfer in order to avoid the risk of a multiple pregnancy. Our lab at North Cyprus IVF Center is equipped with time lapse imaging technologies, allowing our embryologists to monitor embryos with a 24/7 surveillance system.
Mostly suited for patients in their 20s, IUI treatment is the least invasive infertility treatment option available. IUI is also known as artificial insemination where the sperm sample of the male partner (or a sperm donor if preferred) first processed in the laboratory and then is injected intra-uterine in order to generate pregnancy. IUI can be performed after a natural cycle or it can follow a mild stimulation protocol where the ovaries are mildly stimulated with medication to obtain multiple follicles. The latter will offer a higher chance of success as medication will allow more eggs to reach ovulation and be available for fertilization by the inserted sperm. For more information about artificial insemination, visit our "IUI TREATMENT" page.
Mini IVF Treatment is a relatively new treatment method suited for patients in older age brackets. However, patients should know that there is always a cut-off age for all types of fertility treatments involving the use of female patient's own eggs for treatment. Mini IVF aims to obtain a relatively fewer number, but higher quality eggs to increase success with IVF treatment. The dose of medication is crucial in mini IVF treatment since high doses of ovarian stimulation medication can subject the ovaries to a large amount of hormonal activity without any difference in the number of oocytes to be recruited. This can possibly reduce the quality of the oocytes to be obtained via treatment.
When a couple has tried on a regular basis over the course of a year but has not been able to achieve pregnancy, then either IUI or IVF treatment can be considered. If the couple has undergone non-invasive methods such as IUI or the female partner is older than 30 years old, then the most sensible option is to directly opt for IVF treatment. At North Cyprus IVF Centre, ICSI is a standard procedure offered alongside with IVF Treatments in order to offer our patients a higher chance of success. ICSI refers to selecting the most morphologically intact sperm cell to inject into the egg to achieve fertilization. Compared to the less invasive IUI method, success rate with IVF/ICSI treatment is much higher as it allows the embryologist to manipulate the eggs and the sperm and manually induce fertilization rather than letting nature take its course.
Egg donation or donor egg IVF treatment at North Cyprus IVF clinic is a treatment option suitable for patients who cannot achieve pregnancy using their own eggs during an IVF treatment. This group of patients include women with premature ovarian failure, women in menopause, women who have undergone chemotherapy or radiation therapy and therefore lost their ovarian function, women at the risk of transmitting a genetic condition to her child and gay men who need donor eggs to have a child. Due to our strict egg donor recruitment criteria, our expertise, high level of technology and favorable laws, we are able to offer success rates around 80% with this treatment option. Egg donation in North Cyprus is done anonymously. However, we can offer agency donors from overseas agencies for patients willing to use a known egg donor. The cost of this option would be substantially higher than using a clinic egg donor.
IVF with sperm donation refers to the IVF/ICSI treatment option where donor sperm is used during treatment instead of the male partner's sperm sample. This treatment option is suitable for couples with male factor infertility where the female partner does not have any fertility problems and the male partner is diagnosed with non-obstructive azoospermia. Single women are also able to use this treatment method to have a child without a partner. If there is no male partner or the male patient is unable to produce normal sperm cells that can generate pregnancy via natural conception or via fertility treatments, use of a sperm donor will be the most suitable treatment option. If the male partner is not yet ready to move forward with using donor sperm, he may be eligible for our stem cell therapeutical study. Please contact for more information.
Gender or sex selection refers to selecting the sex of your baby before conception. Gender selection program at North Cyprus IVF Centre allows patients to select the sex of their unborn baby for family balancing purposes or to eliminate the likelihood of sex linked diseases with their unborn child. Gender selection methods include pre-implantation genetic screening, pre-implantation genetic diagnosis (PGD/PGS) and MicroSort sperm sorting techniques. Due to legal regulations, Pre-Implantation Genetic Screening cannot be used as a gender selection method in Cyprus. Therefore, MicroSort becomes the only alternative for selecting the sex of your baby. Please be aware that North Cyprus IVF Center is the sole owner of MicroSort technologies in Europe and the Middle East and no other clinic in Cyprus has access to this technology without purchasing the service directly from us.
Tandem IVF Cycle is an IVF treatment option for women with diminished ovarian reserves. As the very first clinic in Europe to introduce this treatment option, North Cyprus IVF Center offers women with diminished ovarian reserves a chance to use their own eggs during an IVF treatment as well as having an egg donor prepared for them at the same time as back-up. If the patient's own eggs do not generate viable embryos at the end of treatment, embryos created with donor eggs become a viable option. Alternatively, if the patient's own eggs generate embryos but are of poor quality, then a combination of own embryos as well as embryos created with donor eggs can be transferred into the uterus, thus increasing chances of success with treatment.
Gestational surrogacy refers to a process of pregnancy where the baby is carried by a surrogate mother who is biologically unrelated to the child. Gestational surrogacy becomes an option when the female partner cannot carry a pregnancy to a full term due to a medical or a non-medical reason. Gestational surrogacy is also the option of treatment sought after by gay male couples. Our Cyprus-America surrogacy program offers a comprehensive surrogacy program with agency work, legal guidance, medical and clinical expertise. Our gestational surrogacy program offers an unparallelled quality of service at a very competitive cost when compared with any other American surrogacy program.
Embryo donation is a treatment option where the couple receives double donation. Double donation refers to using eggs from a young and healthy egg donor and sperm from a young and healthy sperm donor. In such treatments, fresh egg donors are prepared for the treatment, very much like we do in IVF with Egg Donation treatment. This treatment option is suited for couples with both male and female factor infertility or single women in older age brackets who no longer have ovarian function. This is one of the most successful IVF treatment options given that both the egg donor and the sperm donor tend to be young, reproductively healthy and pregnancy proven.
IVF with Cytoplasmic Transfer is a treatment option for two groups of patients: Women with known mitochondrial DNA defects, who are at the risk of transmitting this disorder to their offspring, and women in older age brackets who still have ovarian activity, but the oocyte quality does not allow for obtaining viable embryos for achieving pregnancy. In older age brackets, just like any other cell in our bodies, the egg cells also age due to aging mitochondria, which becomes defective and is unable to provide as much energy as it used to. With this treatment option, we inject a small portion of cytoplasm from young and healthy donor eggs into the recipient's eggs providing the eggs more favorable conditions for growth and development. Cytoplasmic transfer is a breakthrough advancement in IVF treatments.
Pre-Implantation Genetic Screening and Pre-Implantation Genetic Diagnosis are methods which allow us to genetically select embryos based on their genetic integrity. Embryos can be "screened" via PGS for chromosomal aneuploidies (abnormalities) for patients in older age brackets. Also, embryos can be "diagnosed" via PGD when parents have a known genetic disorder which can be transferred down to their child (autosomal recessive or x-linked genetic diseases). At North Cyprus IVF Center, we use FISH for standard chromosome testing and we use Next Generation Sequencing for comprehensive chromosome testing and single gene disorder analysis.
Balancing your family can be something that you may start to consider after your 40s, when your ovarian function has decreased, not allowing you to parent a child with your own eggs. If that is the case, you can use donor eggs for the procedure and have a baby of desired sex using eggs from a young and healthy egg donor. All egg donors at North Cyprus IVF Center undergo a very tight screening protocol and are required to be pregnancy proven.
Just like heterosexual couples, gay couples can form domestic partnerships or marry and decide to complete their family by having a child. Due to biological reasons, gay couples need a woman to carry their baby, known as a surrogate mother. Also, gay couples will require an egg donor to create their embryos since our gestational surrogacy program does not allow for using your surrogate mother's eggs for the procedure. We can offer anonymous egg donors as well as known donors from a donor agency if you prefer to meet your egg donor. Our Cyprus-America surrogacy program offers a comprehensive program at competitive costs, which is the fraction of any American surrogacy program.
Surgical sperm retrieval is a general name for micro surgical procedures used for extracting or aspiration of sperm cells from within the testes or the epididymis. Depending on the cause of azoospermia, you may or may not benefit from surgical sperm extraction/retrieval methods. If you are suffering from obstructive azoospermia, it is likely that live sperm cells can be found via these methods. However, if you are suffering from non-obstructive azoospermia, surgical sperm retrieval methods are not likely to work and you may need to consider stem cell therapy for sperm generation or sperm donation.
Egg freezing is an option for women who are still in the fertile range but are not yet ready to parent a child just yet. Egg freezing uses an IVF-like protocol where the patient uses medication to stimulate her ovaries so that eggs can be collected and frozen to be used in the future.
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