Event Highlights: Your Fertility Matters Webinar (5 March 2022)

Mar 2022 Events

Contributed by: SMG Women's Health Editorial Team

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On 5 March 2022, we held a “Your Fertility Matters” webinar for couples who want to fulfil their parenthood dreams. Our 3 IVF clinicians shared various topics relating to fertility. It was a cozy session with a QnA segment right at the end where the doctors answered all the attendees’ burning questions. For those who missed the webinar, here are a few key points that were shared!

1. Dr Lim on How Common Gynae Conditions Affect Your Fertility

Dr Lim started his talk by reminding ladies that the biggest factor affecting fertility is always age. He also shared more about conditions like endometriosis, ovarian cysts, polyps and problems in the fallopian tubes just to name a few.

He talked about what are the common symptoms and how a gynae can treat them to ensure fertility is preserved.If ladies face any symptoms, they should seek help early. He ended off his session by reassuring couples that they can still conceive even if the ladies have pre-existing gynae conditions.

2. Dr Chan on Your Fertility Options – Should I Choose IUI or IVF

As a MOH-accredited IVF clinician, Dr Cathryn Chan shared about when it is advisable for couples to try for Intra-uterine Insemination (IUI) and In-vitro Fertilisation (IVF). She also shared how both processes work and what they entail.

She then went on to share about some advances in IVF processes such as Intra-cytoplasmic Morphologically Selected Sperm Injection (IMSI), which allows the selection of better sperms, embryo cryopreservation and micromanipulation techniques like assisted hatching, to help improve the success of an IVF procedure.

3. Dr Fong Yang on Men & Their Fertility Too

Dr Fong Yang, an IVF Clinician who treats both female and male fertility, starts off his segment debunking the myth that fertility is a woman’s problem only. Often, ⅓ of the struggles couples face in having a baby are due to male infertility.

Men’s fertility can be easily assessed through semen analysis, which assesses 3 main qualities of the sperms – the sperm count), sperm structure or morphlogy and motility (sperm movement). If necessary, there are more detailed tests will be required. For men with any issues with their sperms, there are assisted reproductive methods such as Intrauterine Insemination (IUI) and In-Vitro Fertilisation (IVF) to help with getting pregnant successfully.

One key takeaway that all doctors emphasised was couples should seek help when:

  • Unable to get pregnant the 2nd time
  • Experience recurrent miscarriages
  • Trying for 12 months (below 35 years old)
  • Trying for 6 months (above 35 years old)
About Doctor
Dr Lim Min Yu is an accredited IVF clinician and a fertility specialist with over 10 years of experience in IVF and other assisted reproductive technologies. He is also an O&G specialist and the medical director of Astra Women’s & Fertility Specialists located in Gleneagles Medical Centre. Dr Lim strongly believes in working together with his patients to customise a treatment plan that is aligned with his patients’ needs and to help couples achieve their pregnancy goals.


About Doctor
Dr Cathryn Chan is an obstetrician and gynaecologist with almost 30 years of experience and an accredited IVF clinician. She has a keen interest in infertility and reproductive medicine. She is currently practising at Astra Women’s Specialist Centre (Novena and Hougang).


About Doctor
Dr Fong Yang, an accredited IVF clinician with more than 20 years of experience in the specialisation of Obstetrics & Gynaecology. Dr Fong Yang is the medical director of Astra Centre for Women and Fertility at Mount Elizabeth Novena Specialist Centre. He often shares about his area of expertise at forums both locally and abroad. He is also an active writer for a myriad of newspapers and magazines to help raise awareness for female and male fertility problems.


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