Interview with Dr. Wiwat Quangkananurug about IVF

Updated: Apr 18

Here at Enliven one of the most common inquiries we receive is related to Women’s Health. Along with that comes the wish of many women to conceive and start a family. It is not always possible or easy for women to conceive naturally, thus we have done our research with regards to conception via in vitro fertilization (IVF) and gone into partnership with Safe Fertility Center, founded by Dr. Wiwat Quangkananurug – one of the most renowned doctors in this field in Thailand.


To learn more about IVF, Dr. Wiwat and his facility, have a read of our interview with him below:

How long have you been an IVF doctor?

I started to do IVF since 1999 and at that time worked in a hospital but after 9 years set up my own IVF center in 2007.


What exactly is IVF?

IVF is essentially a test tube baby. We retrieve the egg out from the body, fertilize with the sperm, cultivate and culture before putting it back into the women’s body. In the past, they were put back into the women during the same cycle, but since 2011 we moved to frozen embryo transfer (FET). The US, Japan and Australia adopted FET since 2010, we started only 1 year later.


Do you prefer fresh or frozen embryo transfers (FET), and why?

Definitely, FET because the success rate is higher, especially in women older than 35. It’s safer and there’s less chance to get ectopic pregnancy (which is a complication of pregnancy in which the embryo attaches outside the uterus. Signs and symptoms classically include abdominal pain and vaginal bleeding) and abnormal placentation. The baby’s weight is generally better and bigger.


Do you recommend performing embryo transfers on the 3rd or 5th day?

Since 2008 we moved from 3rd day to 5th day and found the success rate is much higher.


What makes someone a candidate for IVF? When is IVF recommended?

If someone is married 1 year without contraception and unable to conceive. Women older than 35 years old. Men with low sperm count and/or poor sperm quality. Essentially anyone experiencing infertility.


How does someone prepare for IVF?

You have to make the body strong by exercising and having a good work-life balance. Also, you must check your body’s micronutrient levels and supplement what’s missing.


Why choose SAFE as your destination for IVF?

We’ve been in the IVF industry for 20 years. We have a robust process in all parts of the clinic starting from registration, personnel, laboratory, doctors, equipment, safety and success rate.


How does SAFE differentiate from other IVF centers in Thailand?

The key is that we are a dedicated and luxury center focusing on the client’s privacy along with high success rates. All our clients will have a personal assistant to accompany them pre and post-treatment and be available to them at all times.


What accreditation and awards has SAFE received?

We are the first IVF Clinic in Thailand:

  • to receive accreditation by the Reproductive Technology Accreditation Certification (RTAC) of the Fertility Society of Australia (FSA) and New Zealand since 2015

  • to use the Embryo Scope in our own laboratory since 2012

  • for chromosome testing technology (illumina-NGS) since 2014

  • for Kyromapping since 2016

  • to be certified by the European Society of Human Reproduction and Embryology (ESHRE) since 2014

What are the success rates at Safe?

If the patient comes under 40 years old, the success rate is 90% (3 times), 80% (2 times), 70% (1 time). 9 out of 10 will get success with us.


Now if anyone is interested in conception via IVF, Dr. Wiwat and his team are the way to go!

Contact us for more information.


Interview led by Devi Bajaj

Executive Director of Enliven Concierge


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