5 Best IVF Centres for Singaporean Couples

Best IVF Clinics in Singapore
Best IVF Clinics in Singapore
Image: Thomson Fertility Centre

IVF is never an easy journey. But it is one of the most worth-trying journeys one can take in life. If you are going to embark on it then read our guide to find out all the must-knows.

WHAT TO CONSIDER WHEN CHOOSING AN IVF CLINIC:

  • Success rate: IVF success rate is a must-ask while looking round to find your right fertility clinic. It is important because the proven success rates ensure the chance of achieving your dream of having a baby. The higher the clinical pregnancy rates, the higher your chance of getting pregnant.
  • Specialist: There are clinics where the specialist is the one who manages the patient treatment every step of the way. There are also clinics where only the important tasks are taken care of by the specialist, the rest is left in the hands of the team’s healthcare professionals. So, make sure you know who will manage your treatment to ensure that you are provided with continuity of care and the best possible chance to solve your issue.
  • Location: To many couples, IVF treatment is a hard and long journey to take. It requires couples to travel back and forth between home and the clinic often. So, make sure the fertility clinic you go with is located in a convenient location to save you time and hassle.

STEPS TO EXPECT DURING IVF:

  1. Pituitary suppression: Your natural cycle is suppressed with the use of medication (GnRH agonist/antagonist).
  2. Ovarian stimulation: A fertility hormone (FSH) is injected daily for between 9 to 14 days to encourages the ovaries to produce more eggs than usual.
  3. Egg monitoring: The egg development is monitored via ultrasound to make sure the number and size of the eggs are adequate before aiding their maturation by the final injection.
  4. Egg retrieval and semen collection: Eggs are retrieved by inserting a needle through the vaginal canal. Semen sample needs to be collected on the day of egg retrieval procedure.
  5. Fertilisation: The eggs and the sperm are mixed together in an incubator for a few days to allow them to be fertilised.
  6. Embryo transfer: Embryo transfer occurs two to five days after egg retrieval.
  7. Pregnancy test: Your pregnancy blood test is due about 14 days after the embryo transfer.

HOW ARE THE IVF TREATMENT FEES CALCULATED?
IVF treatment fees often break down into three main types of cost:

  1. Pre-treatment costs: Including the consultation fee for your first appointment with your specialist and the charges for initial tests.
  2. IVF cycle costs: They are the charges for medications, egg retrieval, embryo transfer, laboratory charges, hospital accommodation, anaesthetic service, use of operating theatre, nursing fees and others.
  3. Advanced science costs: Advanced scientific techniques such as PGD may be required, depending on your individual needs.

HOW MUCH ARE THE PRE-TREATMENT COSTS?

  • Consultation fee: S$150 – S$300
  • Fertility tests: S$240 – S$440

HOW MUCH ARE THE IVF CYCLES COSTS?

  • Fertility medication: S$2,500 – S$3,500
  • Egg monitoring: From S$1000
  • Egg retrieval: S$3,550 – S$10,000
  • Sperm collection: From S$1,250
  • Embryo transfer: S$1,500 – S$5,500

HOW MUCH ARE THE ADVANCED SCIENCE COSTS?

  • Laser-assisted hatching: S$150 to S$600
  • Blastocyst culture: S$150 to S$300
  • PGD: Can be up to over S$10,000

So, in summary, costs of IVF treatment at public hospitals range between S$10,000 and S$15,000 per cycle while it starts from S$7,999 and can go up to S$20,000 per cycle at private hospitals.

GOVERNMENT SUBSIDY FOR IVF: MOH CO-FUNDING
As long as there is one person in the couple is a Singapore citizen, you can get MOH co-funding when seeking IVF treatment at public hospitals which are:

  • KK Women’s and Children’s Hospital
  • National University Hospital
  • Singapore General Hospital
Couple’s citizenshipMOH co-funding (fresh cycles)MOH co-funding (frozen cycle)
SG citizen + SG citizen75% (up to $7,700)75% (up to $2,200)
SG citizen + PR55% (up to $5,700)55% (up to $1,600)
SG citizen + Foreigner35% (up to $3,600)35% (up to $1,000)

GOVERNMENT SUBSIDY FOR IVF: THE USE OF MEDISAVE
This applies to Singaporean and PR couples, which allows you to use your Medisave to pay for IVF treatment. The maximum amount one can withdraw in a lifetime for this kind of treatment is $15,000.

IVF cycleMedisave limit
1st$6,000
2nd$5,000
3rd & subsequent$4,000

PROS AND CONS WHEN GETTING IVF TREATMENT AT PUBLIC AND PRIVATE HOSPITALS:

ProsCons
Public hospitalsLower cost (co-funding)Longer waiting time for an appointment to see a specialist
Private hospitalsShorter waiting time for an appointment to see a specialist
Customer service is of better quality
Higher cost (No co-funding)

Couples who decide to go to a private hospital for IVF treatment should consider prenatal insurance that covers IVF to keep the cost manageable. Check it out with insurers like AIA, AXA, and Pacific Prime Singapore for those kinds of insurance.

Here are the best fertility clinics in both public and private sectors for your consideration.

1. KKIVF Centre

KKIVF Centre Image: Joseph Tee
  • Sector
    Public
  • Located at
    KK Women’s and Children’s Hospital
  • Operation
    37 years
  • Cost guide
    S$10,000 - S$15,000 per cycle
  • Address
    100 Bukit Timah Rd, Singapore 229899
    Basement 1, Women's Tower
  • Phone
    (65) 6294 4050
  • Opening hours
    Mon to Fri: 08:30 – 17:30
    Sat: 08:30 – 13:00
  • Website
  • Being the fertility unit of KK Women’s and Children’s Hospital, KK IVF Centre (aka KKIVF) is home to a comprehensive range of diagnostic and treatment procedures for infertility issues. It is widely recognized as the leading infertility centre in not only Singapore but also South-East Asia.

    In the last period of ten years, KKIVF performed more than a thousand of fresh cycles and hundreds of frozen cycles each year.

    ACHIEVEMENTS:

    • In 1983, KK Women’s and Children’s Hospital produced the first IVF baby in Asia.
    • In 2001, KKIVF achieved the 1st Laser-Assisted Hatching pregnancy in Singapore, which resulted in a live birth in May 2002.

    SUCCESS RATE: Below is the clinical pregnancy rate per fresh transfer at KKIVF in 2014

    • Under 30 years: 56.1%
    • 30 – 35 years: 48.2%
    • 36 – 39 years: 34.2%
    • 40 – 44 years: 13.5%

    SPECIALIST TEAM:

    • Dr Sadhana Nadarajah: A senior consultant in the Department of Reproductive Medicine in KKH with 18 years of experience in the area.
    • Dr Jessie Phoon Wai Leng: An IVF specialist, Director of KKIVF Centre with 10 years of experience in practising IVF.
    • Prof Jerry Chan Kok Yen: A senior consultant with 10 years of experience in treating infertility.
    • Adj Asst Prof Khong Chit Chong: A senior consultant with 25 years of experience in obstetrics and gynaecology.
    • Adj Asst Prof Viardot-Foucault Veronique, Celine: A senior consultant with more than 10 years of experience in the area
    • Dr Chua Ka-Hee: A consultant with 7 years of experience in the field
    • Dr Liu Shuling: A consultant with 9 years of experience in the field
    • Asst Prof Sangrithi Mahesh Nataraj: A consultant
    • Dr Tan Tse Yeun: A consultant with more than 10 years of experience in the field
    • Dr Ee Tat Xin: An associate consultant with 5 years of experience in the field

    ADVANCED SCIENCE SERVICES AVAILABLE:

    • Blastocyst Culture
    • In-Vitro Maturation of Oocytes (IVM)
    • Laser-Assisted Hatching
    • Pre-implantation Genetic Diagnosis (PGD)

    FREEZE BANKING AVAILABLE:

    • Sperm
    • Embryo
    • Egg

    DONOR PROGRAMMES:

    • Sperm donation
    • Egg donation
    • Embryo donation

    2. Centre for Assisted Reproduction (CARE)

    Centre for Assisted Reproduction (CARE)
  • Sector
    Public
  • Located at
    Singapore General Hospital
  • Operation
    30 years
  • Cost guide
    S$10,000 - S$15,000 per cycle
  • Address
    Block 5 Level 1Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology
    Singapore General HospitalOutram Road, Singapore 169608
  • Phone
    (65) 6321 4377
  • Opening hours
    Mon-Fri: 08:00 to 17:00
    Sat: 08:00 to 12:00
  • Website
  • Centre for Assisted Reproduction, aka CARE, is a well-known fertility clinic which sits under the roof of Singapore General Hospital. Through its 30 years of operating, the centre has been helped thousands of couples to achieve their dreams of having their own babies.

    More than 2500 healthy babies were born through assisted reproduction techniques performed by the centre’s team of experienced doctors, nurses and embryologists.

    SPECIALIST TEAM:

    • Doctor Yong Tze Tein: With over 25 years of experience in her career, Associate Professor Yong has worked in IVF units in Singapore, London, and Ho Chi Minh.
    • Doctor Yu Su Ling: Associate Professor Yu, who is Director of Centre for Assisted Reproduction, is an accredited IVF specialist with more than 35 years of experience in obstetrics and gynaecology area.
    • Doctor Dr Rajesh Hemashree: A senior consultant
    • Doctor Dr Serene Lim Liqing: An associate consultant

    ADVANCED SCIENCE SERVICE AVAILABLE:

    • Oocyte and sperm activation
    • Extended culture and blastocyst transfer
    • Assisted hatching
    • Pre-implantation genetic diagnosis test
    • Pre-implantation genetic screening test

    FREEZE BANKING AVAILABLE:

    • Sperm
    • Embryo
    • Egg
    • Ovarian Tissue

    DONOR PROGRAMMES:

    • Sperm donation
    • Embryo donation
    • Gamete donation

    3. Clinic for Human Reproduction (CHR)

    Clinic for Human Reproduction (CHR)
  • Sector
    Public
  • Located at
    National University Hospital
  • Consultant fees
    S$107.00 (Associate consultant)
    S$123.05 (Consultant)
    S$144.45 (Senior consultant)
  • Cost guide
    $8,000 - $12,000 per IVF cycle
  • Address
    Kent Ridge Wing, Zone D
    Level 4, D04-02
  • Phone
    (65) 6774 5336
  • Opening hours
    Mon - Fri: 08:00 to 17:00
    Sat: 08:30 to 12:30
  • Website
    CHR
  • Born by the famous National University Singapore, The Clinic for Human Reproduction (CHR) inherits all the fame and rich history of the hospital’s Obstetrics & Gynaecology department.

    When it comes to a best possible solution for infertility, CHR is trusted by both local and international couples. Each year, the centre performs an average of 400 fresh IVF cycles.

    ACHIEVEMENTS OF NUH’S DEPARTMENT OF OBSTETRICS & GYNAECOLOGY:

    • Established the IVF Clinic in 1982
    • Successfully delivered IVF baby in 1983
    • Delivered frozen embryo baby in 1987
    • Blastocyst transfer baby in 1992
    • Extended embryo culture in 2001

    SPECIALIST TEAM: The IVF specialist team atCHR is led by Prof P C Wong who is Director of the programme and Head, Division of Reproductive Endocrinology & Infertility of Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology.

    ADVANCED SCIENCE SERVICES AVAILABLE:

    • Blastocyst culture
    • Embryo replacement
    • Embryo cryopreservation
    • Assisted hatching

    4. Thomson Fertility Centre

    Thomson Fertility Centre
  • Sector
    Private
  • Located at
    Paragon Medical Centre
  • Operation
    > 35 years
  • Consultant fee
    S$160.50
  • Package
    S$7999
  • Address
    290 Orchard Road#19-01 (Access via Lift Lobby F)
    Singapore 238859
  • Phone
    (65) 6252 7766
  • Opening hours
    Mon-Fri: 08:30 – 17:00
    Sat: 08:00 – 12:30
  • Website
  • Thomson Fertility Centre is a private fertility centre established in 1987 by Thomson Medical Centre. Since then, it has become a reliable destination for both local and international patients who got trouble with fertility.

    This centre is known as one of the centres with the highest IVF success rates in Singapore, which is 80% in women under the age of 30. Their stated overall pregnancy rate in 2016 is 60%.

    When it comes to finding a private fertility institute with reasonable prices, many Singaporeans and PRs turn to Thomson Fertility Centre as the first choice. It is simply because of their S$7999 package which includes fees for ultrasound scans, egg collection, embryo transfer, laboratory tests, nursing care, and the use of OT room and recovery room.

    Furthermore, interest-free instalment payment plan is also available to help with finance management.

    SPECIALIST TEAM:

    • Dr Loh Seong Feei: A senior consultant with more than 15 years of experience in the area
    • Dr Marianne Hendricks: An IVF clinician​ with more than 10 years of experience in the area
    • Dr Janice Tung: A consultant with over 10 years of experience
    • Dr Ethiraj Balaji Prasath: A chief embryologist with more than 17 years of experience in the area

    ADVANCED SCIENCE SERVICES AVAILABLE:

    • Blastocyst Culture
    • In-Vitro Maturation of Oocytes (IVM)
    • Laser-Assisted Hatching

    FREEZE BANKING AVAILABLE:

    • Sperm
    • Embryo
    • Egg

    DONOR PROGRAMMES:

    • Sperm donation
    • Egg donation
    • Embryo donation

    5. Virtus Fertility Centre

    Virtus Fertility Centre
  • Sector
    Private
  • Located at
    Scotts Medical Center
  • Established
    2015
  • Cost guide
    S$13,000 – S$20,000 per cycle
  • Address
    9 Scotts Rd, #09-01, Singapore 228210
  • Phone
    65 6460 4555
  • Opening hours
    Mon-Fri: 08:00 – 17:00
    Sat: 08:00 – 12:00
  • Website
  • Virtus Fertility Centre Singapore is a member of Virtus Health, the largest in vitro fertilization provider in Australia which has helped more than 50,000 couples to fulfil their dream of having a baby. This enables Virtus Fertility Centre Singapore to have access to world-class reproductive science techniques and proven treatment programmes.

    After five years of operating in Singapore, the centre has become home to many Singapore’s top fertility specialists such as Dr Ann Tan, Dr Roland Chieng, and Dr Yeong Cheng Toh.

    In 2020, the centre has won Fertility Medical Centre of the Year in Asia Pacific.

    SPECIALIST TEAM:

    • Dr Ann Tan: A senior consultant, Medical Director of Virtus Fertility, with more than 20 years of experience in the field
    • Dr Roland Chieng:A senior consultant with 20 years of experience in the field
    • Dr Yeong Cheng Toh: A consultant with more than 20 years of experience in the field
    • Dr Paul Tseng: A consultant with more than 30 years of experience in the field
    • Dr Andrew Kan: A consultant who has experience in many Asia countries and Australia
    • Dr Motoko Yeo: A consultant with more than 30 years of experience in the field

    SUCCESS RATES: Their clinical pregnancy rate per frozen embryo transfer in 2018 is

    • Overall: 58%
    • Under 30 years: 65%
    • 31-34 years: 65%
    • 35-39 years: 61%
    • 40-45 years: 41%

    ADVANCED SCIENCE SERVICES AVAILABLE:

    • Blastocyst Culture
    • In-Vitro Maturation of Oocytes (IVM)
    • Laser-Assisted Hatching
    • Pre-Implantation Genetic Diagnosis (PGD)

    FREEZE BANKING AVAILABLE:

    • Sperm
    • Embryo
    • Egg

    DONOR PROGRAMMES:

    • Sperm donation
    • Egg donation

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