Assisted Reproduction Unit

Saint James Hospital Assisted Reproduction Unit IVF & ICSI average success rates:

2009        65%

2010        59.3%

2011        50%

2012        50%


A couple is infertile if they have been unable to conceive a child after 12 months of regular sexual intercourse without birth control.

Primary infertility refers to a couple who has never had a child.

Secondary infertility is when the infertile person has had one or more children in the past, but a medical problem is impairing fertility.

Saint James Hospital operates the only private Assisted Reproduction Unit in Malta with over 20 years of experience in the fertility and infertility field and a proven success record over the years.

The Assisted Reproduction Unit is backed up by a specialised Laboratory run by qualified professionals performing a comprehensive range of procedures to assist in fertility problems.

The procedures include: Semen Analysis, Sperm Washings for Intra Uterine Inseminations, In Vitro Fertilisation (IVF), Intra Cytoplasmic Sperm Injection (ICSI) and Testicular Sperm Aspiration (TESA). Treatments include in vitro fertilisation (IVF), intra cytoplasmic sperm injection (ICSI), Testicular Sperm Aspiration/Biopsy (TESA) and Percutaneous Epididymal Sperm Aspiration (PESA). Assisted hatching is also successfully carried out.

For an initial consultation with our infertility specialist located at Saint James Hospital Zabbar phone on 2329 1000.

PESA and TESA methods are used where an uncommon type of infertility is present which occurs in the male partner where no sperm is present in the semen (azoospermia).

PESA – a fine needle is inserted into the epdidymis, at the upper area of the testis and sperm is collected by gentle suction.

TESA – a fine needle is inserted into testis and samples of tissue are obtained by gentle suction in order to retrieve sperm. A biopsy may be taken in the eventuality of not enough sperm being retrieved.

ICSI – a highly advanced type of in vitro fertilisation (IVF) treatment where fertilisation is achieved after injecting a single sperm into each egg of the female partner.