Successful Infertility Treatment & Sophisticated Postpartum Care
CHA Gangnam Medical Center
Eun-mi Chang MD
Q: How can patients choose fertility treatment and Obstetrics and Gynecology hospitals in Gangnam?
A personalized treatment should be provided after a thorough screening of infertility cause. If a lump is found in the uterus or ovary, it can be removed by a laparoscopic surgery and help natural pregnancy. If natural pregnancy is difficult, IVF (In Vitro Fertilization) treatment is conducted. This requires a specialist and also hospital should be equipped with a state-of-the-art IVF laboratory for IVF procedure and embryo management.
Q: Could you tell us about the procedure for IVF treatment as Gangnam is famous for it?
The IVF procedure takes about a month. If a patient visits at the right menstrual cycle, she will receive fertility medication injections for 7 to 10 days, then the growth process will be monitored by ultrasonography and hormone test. Under general anesthesia, eggs are retrieved by vaginal ultrasound and they are fertilized on the same day. Once the embryo has been formed, the embryo is incubated in a special incubator for 3-5 days. On the 3rd or 5th day, the developed embryos are transferred into the uterus and the pregnancy can be confirmed by the blood test two weeks after the egg retrieval. Many foreign patients who had a hard time with infertility treatments, have visited Korea and gone back home with great results.
Q: Korea is known for its well developed postpartum care culture. Can you introduce Gangnam postpartum care center system?
An increasing number of international patients are coming to Korea to give birth. There are numerous cases where after a successful IVF treatment, they come back to Seoul for delivery as well. There are many postpartum care centers in Gangnam which are affiliated to obstetrics & gynecology hospitals. A perfect care service of massage and nutrition are provided to new mothers who are both physically and mentally exhausted after their delivery. They also help new mothers with breastfeeding and bathing newborns.