Dr Michael Fakih, founder and consultant in Reproductive Endocrinology and IVF at Fakih IVF Fertility Centre Image Credit: Supplied

Dubai: A lucky couple living in the UAE is being given a free IVF cycle each year by Fakih IVF Fertility Centre.

In order to help alleviate the UAE’s rising infertility rate, the fertility centre randomly selects one couple from among its consultative patients to receive an IVF cycle, free of charge, each year, during National Infertility Awareness Week (NIAW).

Fakih IVF’s journey of making little miracles every day continued this year, when it awarded Tejada and Victoria Bamert the opportunity to conceive. The couple, who celebrated their 7th wedding anniversary, and have attempted conception for more than three years, recently completed their IVF cycle and are awaiting results. After being selected, the Bamerts immediately began their IVF treatment at Fakih IVF Clinic in Dubai. Their case was assessed and a treatment plan was designed specifically for them. Given the costs associated with IVF treatment, the Bamerts found it difficult to afford treatment without financial assistance, and expressed that they were thrilled to be offered the chance to become parents and their excitement to start this journey.

According a recent report issued by the Dubai Health Authority (DHA), approximately 50 per cent of women face infertility issues. Statistics also reveal that women in Dubai seeking treatment, per year, could nearly double, from 5,975 in 2015 to 9,139 by 2030.

Last year, the centre chose a British couple, who had been trying to conceive, without success, for more than three years, and for them, the free IVF cycle proved nothing short of a dream come true.

Shortly after the embryo transfer, the couple received good news that the procedure was successful and returned to the clinic to hear their babies’ heartbeats for the first time. The couple, who were treated by Dr Marta Ramos, Specialist Reproductive Medicine- IVF from Fakih IVF Dubai, welcomed twins, earlier this year.

Dr Michael Fakih, founder and consultant in Reproductive Endocrinology and IVF at Fakih IVF Fertility Centre, said: “Infertility is a disease that can feel isolating, and yet infertility affects millions of people worldwide, which is hardly an isolated community.”

“National Infertility Awareness Week is a movement to raise awareness about the disease of infertility and our support of NIAW helps to break down barriers of isolation and loneliness. Infertility does not only include those who have trouble getting pregnant, but it includes those who have trouble staying pregnant, as well.”

Fakih IVF Fertility Center treats over 5,000 patients each year, and depending on the nature of the infertility issue, couples may be required to complete several IVF cycles until conception is successful.