New fertility clinic unveiled at Mediclinic Windhoek
Posted on 24 August 2017
Before the Windhoek IVF clinic was unveiled earlier this year, local patients often had to travel to South Africa for fertility treatment which escalated their costs. After the first successful IVF cycle in June, local doctors are now encouraged to refer patients who are struggling to conceive for a full assessment at the clinic. With two local gynaecologists and world-renowned endometriosis specialist Prof Igno Siebert at the helm, the clinic’s fertility-related services extend to specialised laparoscopic surgery.
‘The first thing I would tell general practitioners and gynaecologists is to refer patients to a fertility centre as soon as necessary (after about six or 12 unsuccessful cycles). After the age of 35, we have to fight not only against pathologies such as endometriosis and anovulation, we also have to fight against nature. And sometimes we find that patients seek help too late,’ says Windhoek IVF clinic co-founder and obstetrician and gynaecologist, Dr Adriaan Van Der Colf.
Endoscopic surgeon Prof Igno Siebert has worked alongside Dr Van Der Colf for many years, travelling between Windhoek and his Cape-Town based fertility centre, Aevitas, to widen patient access in Southern Africa to fertility-related surgeries. But only after recent consultations with Mediclinic have they extended their fertility services to meet the escalating local demand for in vitro fertilisation (IVF) treatments. They also plan to offer ICSI (intracytoplasmic sperm injection) in the near future.
Dr Melanie Smith, a full-time practising obstetrician and gynaecologist at Mediclinic Windhoek, is the third partner at the clinic. Together with a scientist specialising in reproductive biology, the specialised team at Windhoek IVF clinic is able to offer a broad range of fertility services including:
- investigations for recurrent pregnancy losses,
- semen analysis,
- freezing eggs and sperm before cancer treatment,
- frozen embryo transfers,
- in uterine inseminations
- preparing the patients for fertility treatments if they still prefer to travel to one of the larger centre in South Africa.
‘We are proud to say the costs of our IVF treatment are comparable to some of the most cost-effective private centres in South Africa,’ says Prof Siebert.
Dr Van Der Colf adds they also serve patients from Angola, Botswana, Zambia and Zimbabwe who may not have access to IVF clinics in their own countries.
‘We have very good facilities at Mediclinic Windhoek and follow a system where patients are pre-screened by doctors in Namibia before I fly up to perform endoscopic surgeries such as laparoscopic and hysteroscopic myomectomies or resection of uterine septums. If we are worried about a patient from a complication point of view, we’ll fly patients down to our referral centre in Cape Town where we work with colorectal surgeons, urologists and radiologists specialising in fertility-related concerns. Most often, however, we can resolve the problem at Mediclinic Windhoek,’ says Prof Siebert.
From the IVF side of things, Dr Van Der Colf adds that they follow the international method of choice which includes an embryo selection and de-selection process.
Watch the video below to learn more from two patients who fell pregnant after the first round of IVF treatment performed at Mediclinic Windhoek in June 2017.
Referring doctors can contact the partners by email or telephone. See details here: