Singapore is the right choice if you are looking for an overseas medical destination with the latest assisted productive technologies. Since 1982, Singapore fertility specialists have been successful in their IVF programs, resulting in Asia’s first IVF baby born in the country in 1983. In the recent decade, Singapore is a trusted destination for couples with infertility issues, especially those with complicated medical conditions.
In Singapore, IVF services are available at both public and private hospitals. Currently, there are 3 public fertility centres (operated by the three major public hospitals) and around 8 private fertility centres (situated at major private hospitals and medical centres).
A public fertility centre is often the priority of Singaporean couples who are struggling with infertility. It is simply because Singaporeans can get up to 75% of the costs co-funded by the government when being treated at a public hospital. This subsidy scheme doesn’t apply to non-citizens, so you have to pay the full price no matter what kind of hospital you choose. For that reason, patients from surrounding countries tend to seek treatment at Singapore’s private hospitals to enjoy better customer services and a shorter waiting time to see a specialist.
In this article, there are 4 private and 3 public fertility centres recommended. Please note that not all of them are located on the premises of a hospital. Thomson Fertility Centre and Virtus Fertility Centre are the two private institutes sitting at medical centres outside a hospital.
When a fertility centre is hospital-based, you can expect that all the IVF procedures that need sedation will be done in the hospital it sits in. But when it is situated outside a hospital, egg retrieval and embryo transfer procedures will be performed at one of the hospitals in the city.
Despite this, all the private centres are large-scale, equipped with the latest technologies and the most experienced fertility specialist. Mount Elizabeth Fertility Centre has long been famous as a reliable destination for overseas couples with complicated medical conditions. 3 out of 4 private centres in this list are located in the Orchard area, making it convenient to arrange accommodation, get around, and enjoy other services Singapore has to offer.
Mount Elizabeth Fertility Centre is the IVF centre sitting within the premises of Mount Elizabeth Hospital. Since 1988, this hospital-based fertility centre has been a trusted destination for both local and international infertility patients, especially those with complicated medical conditions.
From 2016 to 2019, Mount Elizabeth Fertility Centre’s total success rates range from 50% to 59%. The rate once reached 100% in women of the age under 30 in 2019. Those numbers were a significant achievement when the centre accepted all the patients, inclusive of complicated cases.
Mount Elizabeth Fertility Centre is the right choice for couples who have eggs, sperm or embryos in storage overseas. The centre is able to help your treatment smoothly continue in Singapore by assisting in the process of importation and transfer.
Dr. Cheng Li Chang: A consultant with more than 25 years of experience in the field
Dr. Michele Lee Sook Ling: A consultant with more than 15 years of experience in the field
Dr. Charles M P Lim: A senior consultant with more than 32 years of experience in the field
Dr. Kelly Loi: A consultant with more than 15 years of experience in the field
Dr. Suresh Nair: A senior consultant with more than 15 years of experience in the field
Dr. Ann Tan: A senior consultant with more than 20 years of experience in the field
Dr. Yap Lip Kee: A senior consultant with more than 20 years of experience in the field
ASSISTED REPRODUCTIVE TECHNOLOGY (ART) SERVICES:
Ovulation induction and monitoring
Intra-uterine insemination (IUI)
Intracytoplasmic sperm injection (ICSI)
In vitro fertilisation (IVF)
Elective single blastocyst transfer
Surgical sperm retrieval for IVF programme
FREEZE BANKING AVAILABLE:
SUCCESS RATES: Mount Elizabeth Fertility Centre’s success rates in IVF based on the age of the patients are shown below
COST GUIDE: For a breakdown of IVF costs at Mount Elizabeth Fertility Centre, see below
Test + consultation
Ultrasound, semen analysis, consultation
Egg retrieval (<6)
Including fees for the doctor, anaesthetist, the use of operating theatre and recovery room, laboratory services, embryo freezing and storage
Egg retrieval (>6)
Including fees for the doctor, anaesthetist, the use of operating theatre and recovery room, laboratory services, and embryo freezing & storage
$9,400 – $10,500
Including fees for the doctor, operating theatre, and laboratory services
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 an OT room and recovery room.
Furthermore, an interest-free instalment payment plan is also available to help with finance management.
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
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 of 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 the Asia Pacific.
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
Raffles Fertility Centre is a hospital-based specialist centre situated right on the premises of Raffles Hospital. This Australia’s-Reproductive-Technology-Accreditation accredited centre offers the full spectrum of fertility treatment options.
In Singapore, people often come to Raffles Hospital for its health screening services. Its fertility centre is also a popular choice when it comes to fertility assessment. Their fertility test package ($396.10) covers various needed tests to evaluate a couple’s fertility health (pelvic ultrasound scan, egg reserve blood test, pap smear, thyroid-stimulating hormone, prolactin hormone test, semen analysis).
Dr. Sheila Loh Kia Ee: Clinical Director of Raffles Fertility Centre
Dr. Joan Thong Pao Wen: A consultant
Dr. Koh Gim Hwee: A consultant
Dr. Seng Shay Way: A consultant with over 15 years of experience
ASSISTED REPRODUCTIVE SERVICES:
Super-ovulation and Intrauterine Insemination (SO IUI)
In-Vitro Fertilisation (IVF)
Intra Cytoplasmic Sperm Injection (ICSI)
Storage of semen before chemotherapy/radiotherapy
FREEZE BANKING AVAILABLE:
SUCCESS RATES: Below is the success rates per blastocyst transfer at Raffles Fertility Centre from 2018 to 2020.
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 fresh cycles and hundreds of frozen cycles each year.
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%
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
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 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.
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 the Director of the 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
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 the 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 at CHR is led by Prof P C Wong who is the Director of the programme and Head Division of Reproductive Endocrinology & Infertility of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology.