- Upward trend of couples embracing different methods of
assisted reproduction as more couples start families later in life
- PFI to launch new technologies that significantly improve
SINGAPORE - Media OutReach - 25 October 2018 - In response to the growing Asian demand for assisted
reproductive medical services, Pacific Fertility Institutes (PFI) officially
launched its 11th medical centre Pacific Fertility Institutes Medical Clinic
(PFIMC), and the first in Singapore, at Royal Square @ Novena, Level 8.
In conjunction with the
launch, Mr. Dee Zhang, Chief Operation Officer of PFIMC, introduced the
cutting-edge EmbryoScope+ technology, a time-lapse incubator that enables
doctors to visualise embryo development within the stable environment of the
embryo incubator. Currently the only IVF center equipped with this technology
in Singapore, the time-lapse (TL) technology monitors embryo development and
allows embryologists to make a more accurate assessment when selecting
embryo(s) with the highest potential for implantation. TL imaging will be
especially useful for women with a large number of eggs but have failed to
achieve pregnancy in previous IVF attempts and those of an older reproductive
PFIMC also prides itself as
the first IVF clinic in Singapore to be equipped with XILTRIX in its
laboratory, a real-time continuous monitoring and alarm system that minimises
any adverse events that may affect culture and storage conditions within the
embryology laboratory and cryo- room. With this technology, patients can be
assured about the safety of their eggs and embryos stored with the facility.
"With a long-standing reputation for having a safe,
advanced and holistic healthcare industry, and recognised as the top country in
2017 for regional medical tourism, the decision to bring PFI to Singapore was
an easy, and logical one. We believe that our state-of-the-art technologies and
extraordinary medical professionals will make PFI an attractive choice for couples
around the region seeking assisted reproductive services." said Mr. Zhang.
Declining Fertility and Birth Rates in
According to the World Health
Organization, infertility and subfertility issues affect a significant
proportion of humanity, and this number stands at one in every four couples of
child-bearing age. This
problem of ultra-low fertility is strikingly evident in many Asian countries
like Japan, Singapore, Taiwan, South Korea, and Hong Kong.
women in modern age Asia choose only to embrace motherhood at a later age, as
they place more emphasis on career development and further education before
settling down with the right partner. Furthermore, childbirth before marriage
is considered a social anomaly in Asian culture.
age is the major cause of fertility problems in women, but with improving
pregnancy success rates, better awareness and increased affordability of
assisted reproductive services, a growing number of women are turning to
medical help to conceive and fulfil their dreams of starting a family,"
continued Mr. Zhang.
Raising Birth Rates through Assisted Reproductive Technologies (ART)
rates have seen a decline in every age group of women except for one: women in
their 40s. While
most babies are born to women in their 20s and 30s, the growing trend of older
mothers reflects a long-term shift to delayed childbearing. To address this
trend, PFI has committed itself to providing professional and comprehensive
medical services to couples who experience infertility issues, especially
amongst women who are past prime childbearing age.
through the continued expansion of its professional network worldwide, as well
as close collaboration with other IVF experts, PFIMC aims to carve a strong
footing in the industry and to serve the local population as well as
international patients whose issues could not be successfully addressed
About Pacific Fertility Institutes (PFI)
Pacific Fertility Institutes
(PFI) is a global chain of assisted reproductive medicine centres with private
assisted reproductive clinics and international referral centers in U.S.A (Los
Angeles and Saipan), Singapore and China (Beijing, Shanghai, Hong Kong, and
Pacific Fertility Institutes
Medical Clinic's (PFIMC) brand-new 10,000 square feet medical clinic is located
at Royal Square @ Novena. With the most number of accredited IVF specialists in
private sector in Singapore, PFIMC has been through a strict evaluation and
assessment process of audit and certification by both the Australian
"Reproductive Technology Accreditation Committee (RTAC) Code of Practice
for Assisted Reproductive Technology Units (International Edition)" and
the "Licensing, Inspection and Audit Branch of the Ministry of Health
(Singapore)" to provide Assisted Reproductive Technology services.