Infertility is a reproductive problem that defined as the inability to carry a pregnancy after a certain period of time. There are many causes for infertility, including vaginal factors, cervical factors, uterus factors, fallopian tube factors and others. For female patients, the symptoms of infertility may present as dysmenorrheal, abnormal leucorrhea, abdominal pain, irregular menstruation, amenorrhea, galactorrhea and endocrine dyscrasia symptoms, etc. For male patients, the symptoms of infertility may present as less seminal fluid than normal people, sexual impotence and premature ejaculation, retained testicle (or Cryptorchidism), hemospermia syndrome, varicocele, abnormality of genital organ and azoospermia.
Treatment for Infertility in ReLife
Treatment for infertility differs from the causes. Fertility medication, medical device, surgery are commonly applied for treating infertility. In vitro fertilization (IVF) and other techniques like ICSI, GIFT and ZIFT may be suggested if the conservative treatments failed, which are called assisted reproductive technology. In ReLife, we offer comprehensive and effective treatment options for our patients, including cell-based gene therapy and Traditional Chinese Medicine.
Cell-based Gene Therapy
Utilizing the molecular biology method, cell-based gene therapy is an innovative treatment method that implants the hepatocyte growth factor – HGF via autologous cells into patient’s body. With targeting lesion organs, it can continuously and stably repair the lesion tissue, so as to eliminate the inner factors that caused the disease and treat the infertility.
Adipose tissue is an active endocrine and paracrine organ, which secretes various cytokines and biological factors. The regular secretion of adipose tissue regulates and controls the balance of energy in body, and also plays a role in the inflammation procedure. Adipose tissue is full of adipose stem cells, which have the ability to be easily cultivated in vitro and multiple differentiation capacity. It can effectively participate in the regenerative and repair procedures of both tissue and organs.
By taking advantage of adipose stem cell tropism, HGF will be carried to the lesion reproductive region by adipose stem cells, enabling HGF continuously and stably effect and improve the blood circulation, as well as improve the survival rate and efficiency of adipose stem cells, which makes the treatment effect much better than single application of stem cell therapy. It plays a key role in treating reproductive disorder, repairing the reproductive function, and promoting the balance of endocrinology system.
▲ For some patients with low immune function, cytokine-induced killer [CIK] cell therapy will be applied with the cell-based gene therapy which aims to improve patient’s immune function and enhance the treatment of cell-based gene therapy. Usually the patient will be recommended to receive 3-4 IV injections of high dose of CIK cells according to the exact condition.
▲ For patients who are not suitable for liposuction procedure, allogeneic mesenchymal stem cells will be recommended instead of autologous adipose-derived stem cells.
Traditional Chinese Medicine
Traditional Chinese Medicine is a green, safe and effective treatment method for infertility. According to the theory “adjust menstruation prior to pregnancy” in the Yellow Emperor or Huangdi Neijing, perform acupuncture, traditional Chinese medicine, moxibustion and natural therapy to regulate the Chong and Ren channels, adjust five main organs, improve the Qi and Blood, promote ovulation and improve the fallopian tube condition, which has evident treatment effects on infertility caused by endocrinology reason with less side effect. The babies born after the therapy are also proved to be healthy.
INFERTILITY TREATMENT FAQ
How much does the Infertility treatment cost?
There are two sessions for infertility treatment. For some patients, one session of treatment is effective; however, for some patients, two sessions of treatment is recommended.
The estimate cost:
The first session: ￥148,000RMB
The second session: ￥150,000RMB
For some patients with low immune function, cytokine-induced killer [CIK] cell therapy will be applied with the cell-based gene therapy which aims to improve patient’s immune function and enhance the treatment. Usually the patient will be recommended to receive 3-4 IV injections of high dose of CIK cells according to the exact condition. For CIK cell injection, it costs ¥15,000RMB for each IV injection extra.
For patients who are not suitable for liposuction procedure, allogeneic mesenchymal stem cells will be recommended instead of autologous adipose-derived stem cells. The estimated cost of treatment ranges from ¥178,000RMB to 278,000RMB in total.
The payment includes:
- Liposuction procedure
- Cell-based gene therapy: injections of HGF modified stem cells and/CIK cells
- Daily Medications (prepare a good general condition to support and protect the coming cells, and promote the blood circulation, etc.)
- Supporting treatment. (for example, the Traditional Chinese Medicine treatments)
- Room fee for the patient AND for 1-2 accompanying family member(s).
- General medical services; Doctor’s visits, laboratory tests and image examinations etc
The payment does not include:
- Emergency medical treatment, stabilizing treatment, or treatment for unrelated illness
- Discharge medications
- Unexpected expenses such as prolonged time of hospitalization
How long should I stay in China for my treatment?
Treatment for infertility at ReLife takes about 2 weeks for one session. For some patients, they need to stay in China just for 2 weeks with one session of treatment. For some patients, they are recommended to have a second session of the treatment three months after the first session, which also takes about 2 weeks’ stay in China.
If could, it is recommended to arrive China on Monday or Tuesday so that we can start the first injection of cell-based gene therapy early.
What cells do you use for Infertility treatment?
Here at ReLife, we apply autologous adipose-derived stem cells, allogeneic mesenchymal stem cells and CIK cells if needed for Infertility patients.
What’s the source of the stem cells?
ReLife uses adipose-derived stem cells from patient’s own adipose tissue via liposuction and allogeneic mesenchymal stem cells derived from umbilical cord tissue. For patients receiving CIK cell therapy, the cells are derived and cultivated from umbilical cord blood.
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