With rapid advancements in technology used for ­treating infertility problems (which were not curable earlier), there has been an upsurge of opportunities for infertility specialists over the last two decades. And those who can use this technology effectively are in demand.
“Development in infertility treatment is the result of continuous research in every sphere. This is the most difficult stream of medicine but being an in vitro fertilisation (IVF) specialist is one of the most rewarding careers possible, because you are changing the life of a family by helping them give birth to a child. In this field, success does not depend on a single clinician but on the entire team of specialists from different streams,” says Abha Majumdar, director and head, centre of IVF and human reproduction, Sir Ganga Ram Hospital.
Infertility specialists treat people who are unable to reproduce. Treatment ranges from simple medication to operative laparoscopy and hysteroscopy (to find the cause of infertility) and surgical interventions, if necessary. If these treatments don’t work, assisted ­reproductive techniques are opted for. They include IUI (intra uterine insemination), IVF (in vitro fertilisation), IVF-ICSI (intracytoplasmic sperm injection), wherein a sperm is injected into the egg using a micro manipulator, PGD (pre-implantation genetic diagnosis which tests chromosomal abnormalities in the embryo).
With growing demand for such services, infertility centres are opening up all over the globe. The best way to make a start is by working in a well established tertiary care set-up where all services are available to get practical knowledge and exposure.
“Stay updated on reading related to fertility treatment as the subject is advancing rapidly. The joy you bring to ­people who can’t have children can never be compared to ­anything else. But unsuccessful treatment can lead to frustration. Practitioners need to understand that ­science has its own limitations and be able to take it in their stride,” says Majumdar.
Counselling skills are essential as breaking the news to a woman that she can’t have children can be tough
Rs. I take home
Rs. 50,000 per month
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It helps me stay abreast with the latest ­developments in this field
There are no short cuts in this profession and it is always team work that will help you become a successful infertility specialist. Every smile you give makes life beautiful and worth it