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Cape Town IVF

We are the only laboratory in South Africa which has a separate fully equipped facility for HIV patients as is recommended. Our lab has all the equipment to do modern fertility treatments, like IVF/ICSI,PGD etc and we have an Egg Donor program available.

Languages: German, French, English, Flemish.
South Africa, Cape Town



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New advances
in modern fertility treatment using sophisticated technology allow most couples access to help with their fertility problem.

Our state of the art laboratory has all the modern facilities allowing for procedures such as IVF, ICSI, assisted hatching, cryopreservation (freezing of embryos) and PGD (preimplantation genetic diagnosis). Our clinic provides a friendly and caring environment because we understand that fertility treatment can be an emotionally difficult process to go through. We would like to make the path to having a healthy baby as easy as possible for you.

Cape Town fertility clinic

has a modern sophisticated laboratory which allows all the latest assisted conception techniques to be used with great success. It is one of the largest IVF centers in South Africa.

The Clinic has been at the forefront of fertility treatment since opening its doors 15 years ago by Dr Klaus Wiswedel, one the pioneers in fertility treatment in South Africa.

Since then the clinic has aided in almost 2,000 pregnancies and is currently assisting between 800 and 900 couples with IVF per year.

Half of our patients are now from overseas, including central Africa.

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Ovulation Induction and Timed Intercourse
Artificial insemination
In Vitro Fertilization
Egg donation
Assisted Hatching
Egg Freezing

The assessment and treatment of couples with fertility problems is best done by fertility specialists – people who are used to performing advanced endoscopic surgery and IVF (in vitro fertilization).
The correct treatment options can be discussed outlining which procedure would be best for you. Sometimes the investigations may be done in conjunction with your referring gynaecologist. A fertility specialist must be registered with the Health Professional Council of South Africa (HPCSA) as a sub-specialist in Reproductive Medicine.

What happens at your first appointment with the fertility specialist?
The cause may be related to one or both partners. The cause of the problem is male factor in 40% and female factor in 40% of couples. Twenty percent of couples have mixed factors.

In women the main problems can be:
- failure to ovulate (not releasing eggs)
- damage to the fallopian tubes after pelvic infection
- endometriosis which can interfere with reproductive function
- uterine problems (for example fibroids growing on the womb)
- poor ovarian function due to advanced age or premature ovarian failure
- problems with the cervix

Infertility Investigations

The investigations will be done according to the likely causes and may include:

1. Semen analysis for the male partner
2. Blood tests for HIV, hepatitis B and C, syphilis, thyroid function, prolactin, rubella, day 21 progesterone (to check for ovulation)
3. A pelvic transvaginal ultrasound to visualise the uterus and ovaries 4. Additional tests will be requested depending on the history and findings and the type of treatment needed.
5. Assessment of the pelvis will include a hysteroscopy and laparoscopy (to check the uterine cavity, fallopian tubes and the pelvis for endometriosis or scar tissue). A hysterosalpingogram X-ray may also be requested.

Starting the fertility treatment

Once a diagnosis has been made, treatment can be started immediately.

Cost of fertility treatment?

This depends on the type of treatment done, and the amount of medication required and whether additional advanced procedures are necessary such as ICSI, embryo freezing etc.

Success rates
The success rates depend on many factors. The most important is the age of the woman having treatment.

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Dr Klaus Wiswedel

MD FCOG Mmed DMCOG, is respected both locally and abroad as an expert and pioneer of fertility treatment in South Africa.

After his specialisation he headed the infertility unit at Groote Schuur Hospital/University of Cape Town, Medical School for approximately 10 years. He was part of the team who achieved the first IVF pregnancy at Groote Schuur Hospital/ University of Cape Town in 1984. In 1993 he founded the private Cape Fertility Clinic, which soon after its inception became the leading clinic in South Africa. The newly designed and equipped Cape Town Clinic now is one of the most modern and successful clinics in the Southern hemisphere.

His achievements and firsts for South Africa include:
1. first frozen embryo pregnancy
2. first to use ultrasound guided ovum pick up
3. first pregnancy from egg donation
4. first pregnancy from microinjection
5. first to use GnRH agonist in ovulation induction

He published approximately 30 articles in local and international peer reviewed journals mainly pertaining to his special interest of freezing of reproductive tissue. He received several rewards for his research contributions.

Dr.Wiswedel is a registered specialist in Obstetrics and Gynaecology as well as a registered specialist in Reproductive Medicine.

He is a member of the folowing societies and associations:
1. South African Medical Association (SAMA)
2. South African Society of Obstetrics and Gyanecology (SASOG)
3. South African Society of Reproductive Surgery and Science (SASRSS)
4. American Society of Reproductive Medicine (ASRM)

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We have several apartments in Kliniknaehe and even a little outside in a small fishing suburb, which we rent to our patients from abroad. The apartments are all fully equipped (TV, microwave, cooker etc). There is also a Holiday Inn and the Vineyard Hotel  nearby. Other hotels on request (eg Serenite healthspa).

Cape Town. Source- Lonely Planet:

Good-looking, fun-loving, sporty and sociable. If Cape Town was in the dating game that's how her profile would read. And - for once - it's all true. The Mother City of South Africa occupies one of the world's most stunning locations, with an iconic mountain slap-bang in her centre.

As beautiful as the surrounding beaches and vineyards can be, it's the rugged wilderness of Table Mountain, coated in a unique flora, that grabs everyone's attention.

Long before the Dutch took a fancy to the Cape Peninsula in the 17th century, the land was home to the Khoisan people who valued the spiritual power of the mountains and their life-providing water. While the European immigrants, and the slaves they brought here, have all shaped the physical environment of South Africa's third-largest city, Table Mountain - now protected within a national park that covers some 75% of the peninsula - remains at Cape Town's heart. This ever present backdrop is the city's adventure playground, as well as a source of legend and continuing spiritual nourishment. Under the Khoisan name of Hoerikwaggo - meaning 'Mountain in the Sea' - the national park is promoting a new series of trails that will allow visitors, for the first time, to sleep on the mountain top while hiking a world-class trail from Cape Point to the City Bowl.


Cape Town's economy has been on a roll over the last few years, and is rapidly catching up with similar cities abroad.  In some respects, Cape Town's prices are just catching up with those of equivalent cities in the world - what still makes the city decent value is the high quality of products and services you get for your cash.

Most visitors will find eating and drinking very good value in Cape Town compared to elsewhere in the world.


The unit of currency is the rand (R), which is divided into 100 cents (¢). The coins are 1¢, 2¢, 5¢, 10¢, 20¢and 50¢, and R1, R2 and R5. The notes are R10, R20, R50, R100 and R200. The R200 note looks a lot like the R20 note, so check them carefully before handing them over. There have been forgeries of the R200 note; some businesses are reluctant to accept them. Rand is sometimes referred to as bucks.


If your card belongs to the worldwide Cirrus network you should have no problem using ATMs in Cape Town. However, it pays to follow some basic procedures to ensure safety.

Credit cards

Credit cards, especially MasterCard and Visa, are widely accepted. Nedbank is an official Visa agency and Standard Bank is a MasterCard agency - both have branches across the country.
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