Latest IVF techniques and their impact
Latest IVF techniques and their impact
JUN 21, 2021 04:39 PM IST

When In Vitro Fertilization (IVF) was introduced back in the 1980s, the medical procedure used to be a hush-hush affair with success rates hovering at just about 12 per cent. Four decades and more than 8 million IVF babies later, this ‘miracle of science’ has come a long way from there.

Circa 2021. IVF has become a common procedure to treat infertility in both men and women and we look at a 40 per cent success rate today. As the science of fertility continues to advance, each new intervention adds a fresh ray of hope for those who may be suffering from fertility problems that were earlier considered to be without cure.

In a nutshell, the process of IVF involves taking the process of reproduction to a petri dish, where eggs extracted from the woman and sperms from the male partner are fused outside the body to form a healthy embryo. This is planted back into the woman’s uterus where the pregnancy continues.

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[PARTNERED] What are key factors that impact fertility health? Join us as we speak to Dr Ashwini S (Senior Consultant and Head of the Department of Reproductive Medicine, NU Fertility, NU Hospitals Bangalore). Share your questions in the comments section below.
[Partnered] Tune in on June 26, 6 pm onwards as we bust some of the commonest myths about IVF, in conversation with Dr Sundar Narayanan, on EP 2 of #StepTowardsParenthood.
[PARTNERED] Tune in on June 28, 5 pm onwards as we explore the basics of IVF, in conversation with Dr. Divya Sivaraman, on EP 3 of #StepTowardsParenthood.
[PARTNERED] Tune in on June 30, 4:30 pm onwards as we understand how to plan for an IVF procedure, in conversation with Dr Kasi Sellappan, on EP 4 of #StepTowardsParenthood.
[PARTNERED] From age to lifestyle, there are multiple factors that impact fertility. Some of them are often true, some are myths. Join us as we bust these & understand the role of treating infertility with IVF. Tune in to our exclusive interview with Dr. Pooja Mehta (MBBS, MD), on July 7, 2 pm onwards on EP 5 of #StepTowardsParenthood.
[PARTNERED] What precautions need to be taken while undergoing IVF during the pandemic? Tune in to know more on July 9th, 5pm onwards as we speak to Dr Asha Rao, on EP 6 of #StepTowardsParenthood.
[PARTNERED] What kind of impact can vaccination have on your fertility health? Find out more on our upcoming session with Dr Manulakshmi. Tune in to EP 7 of #StepTowardsParenthood on July 10th, 5pm onwards.
[PARTNERED] What kind of health & lifestyle factors can cause infertility? Tune in to know more on July 14, 4 pm onwards as we speak to Dr. Ketki Mhaske, on EP 8 of #StepTowardsParenthood.
[PARTNERED] A healthy IVF pregnancy is possible as long as all precautions are taken. To know more, tune in on July 16, 6 pm onwards as we speak to Dr Narmada Katakam, on EP 9 of #StepTowardsParenthood.
[PARTNERED] What kind of precautions should pregnant women take while going for a vaccination? Tune in to know more on July 20, 6:30 pm onwards as we speak to Dr. Simi Sood, on EP 10 of #StepTowardsParenthood.
[PARTNERED] Know more about the pros and cons of IVF on July 23, 4 pm onwards as we speak to Dr. Aindri Sanyal on EP 11 of #StepTowardsParenthood.
[PARTNERED] India has come a long way in its IVF journey. What key developments have shaped the country's IVF history? Tune in to know more on July 25, 12:30 pm onwards as we speak to Dr Sudha Prasad, on EP 12 of #StepTowardsParenthood.
[PARTNERED] Certain lifestyle changes can ensure a healthy IVF pregnancy. To know more, tune in on July 28, 4pm onwards, as we speak to Dr. Sunita Chandra on EP 13 of #StepTowardsParenthood.
[PARTNERED] PCOS is one of the most common causes of infertility in women but PCOS doesn’t necessarily obstruct pregnancy. To know more, tune in on July 30, 4 pm onwards, as we speak to Dr. Rita Bakshi on EP 14 of #StepTowardsParenthood.
Time is an important criterion in dealing with infertility. Age affects the ability to conceive and have a healthy baby for both men and women. To know more, tune in on August 05, 6 pm onwards, as we speak to Dr. Kavitha Gautham on EP 15 of #StepTowardsParenthood.
[PARTNERED] On average, a couple going for fertility treatments takes about three attempts at IVF to get pregnant, if your first IVF cycle has failed, don’t feel disheartened. To know more, tune in on August 06, 5 pm onwards, as we speak to Dr. Jay Mehta on EP 16 of #StepTowardsParenthood.
[PARTNERED] What are some significant safety protocols for IVF couples during the Covid- 19 pandemic. To know, tune in on August 09, 5pm onwards, as we speak to Dr. Srilatha Gorthi on EP 17 of #StepTowardsParenthood.
[PARTNERED] IVF has helped many patients who would otherwise be unable to conceive, & is one of the safest assisted reproductive technology. To know more about it's pros and cons, tune in on August 18, 1 pm onwards, as we speak to Dr. Ankush Nandkishor Raut, on EP 18 of #StepTowardsParenthood.

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PUBLISHED ON AUG 31, 2021 02:58 PM IST

Over the years, IVF procedures have evolved and there has been a dramatic increase in success rates, attributable to advancements in the past decade.

In Vitro Fertilization, commonly known as IVF, is the most efficient treatment for couples suffering from infertility today.

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Failed IVF Cycle? What to do now?
PUBLISHED ON AUG 31, 2021 08:18 PM IST

Even as success rates are high, there are some cases where IVF cycles fail. There is no reason to be disheartened.

This could happen due to a variety of factors and what is important is to understand what went wrong.

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IVF pregnancy requires some extra precautions, medications and care.

Pregnancy is a very special event in the life of every couple and you need to take special care of the health of the mother and her unborn baby during the nine months that the baby is developing in the womb.

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PUBLISHED ON JUL 30, 2021 06:59 PM IST

If you are among those considering IVF but don’t know what it entails, here is what you can expect from your IVF journey.

The process of In Vitro Fertilization (IVF) involves fertilizing the sperm and the egg outside the human body to create a pregnancy.

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Finance planning for your IVF journey
PUBLISHED ON AUG 13, 2021 06:36 PM IST

There are ways through which couples can ensure that the cost of the treatment is minimised and the burden of the payment is reduced as much as possible.

nfertility is a growing problem in India today with couples in both urban and rural areas seeing a rise in the number of cases being reported.

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How to discuss infertility with your partner?
PUBLISHED ON AUG 14, 2021 12:54 PM IST

It is very important for the couples to discuss the problem with each other and consult a doctor if they are not able to conceive after one year of unprotected intercourse.

Infertility is defined as the inability to conceive after one year of trying for a baby with unprotected intercourse for couples where the age of the female partner is less than 35 years. According to the World Health Organisation (WHO), the overall prevalence of primary infertility in India is around 3.9 percent to 16.8 percent.

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Tips for a successful embryo transfer
PUBLISHED ON AUG 02, 2021 03:22 PM IST

Some simple changes in your lifestyle can increase the chances of successful implantation.

The process of embryo transfer involves releasing the embryo created in a laboratory into the cavity of the womb using a special tube.

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All you need to know about ovulation
PUBLISHED ON AUG 17, 2021 07:26 PM IST

A pregnancy can only happen if there is a healthy egg. For some reason, if the egg is not produced or there is any problem with the egg, it will lead to infertility and reduce the chances of conception and pregnancy.

Ovulation is the process by which the egg is released from the ovaries of a woman’s reproductive system. It usually occurs around the 14th day of the period, but is dependent on the length of the menstrual cycle.

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Fertility health self-assessment. When to see a specialist?
JUL 19, 2021 09:34 PM IST

From maintaining a healthy lifestyle to monitoring the ovulation cycle regularly, there are several factors that need to be considered.

From maintaining a healthy lifestyle to monitoring the ovulation cycle regularly, there are several factors that need to be considered.

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How you can improve the success rates of your IVF cycle
JUL 22, 2021 09:22 PM IST

From maintaining a healthy diet to involving oneself in stress-relieving activities, there are various ways, as Dr. Mane suggests to improve the success rates of your IVF cycle.

In Vitro Fertilization (IVF) has become a boon for couples with infertility, which unfortunately has been rising day by day.

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Failed first IVF cycle? What’s next?
JUL 23, 2021 06:52 PM IST

There are three prerequisites for a successful pregnancy – a healthy body, a normal uterus, and an embryo that is viable and each of these aspects

If your first In Vitro Fertilization (IVF) cycle has failed, don’t feel disheartened. On average, a couple going for fertility treatments takes about three attempts at IVF to get pregnant

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JUL 25, 2021 11:23 AM IST

Dr. Shivani Sachdev throws light upon some of the mistaken beliefs about fertility, and the relationship between age and fertility.

When people see celebrities like Farah Khan, Naomi Campbell, Kareena Kapoor Khan, Neha Dhupia, Gauri Khan deliver babies in their peri-40s,

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JUL 26, 2021 04:18 PM IST

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IVF Basics: All you need to know
JUL 27, 2021 07:25 PM IST

IVF has grown leaps and bounds and its scope today has expanded to provide genetically healthy children even to couples troubled by genetic diseases running in their families.

World IVF Day is celebrated on July 25 each year to commemorate the birth of the first In Vitro Fertilization (IVF) baby, Louise Joy Brown, in the United Kingdom.

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Tips to ensure a healthy IVF pregnancy
JUL 15, 2021 05:12 PM IST

By following some simple tips, couples going for IVF can improve the success rates of every cycle and have a healthy baby.

Advancements in science and evolution of the In Vitro Fertilization (IVF) process over the last four decades have increased the success rate of the procedure which presently stands at an average of around 60 per cent in India.

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Can Covid vaccines cause infertility?
JUL 16, 2021 03:53 PM IST

Vaccines help create antibodies in the body which decrease the chances of getting infected.

Covid-19 pandemic has affected a large part of our population and couples in the reproductive age are no exception to this.

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JUL 14, 2021 09:11 PM IST

The centres follow strict masking and sanitization protocols for all staff and equipment. The staff is vaccinated too, further reducing the risk of Covid-19 related complications.

The Covid-19 pandemic has left a deep psychological impact on patients, some of whom are raising questions about starting a family by bringing a baby into an uncertain world.

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Understanding PCOS and how it impacts you
JUL 09, 2021 04:53 PM IST

PCOS affects a woman’s ovaries which are responsible for creating eggs during each menstrual cycle.

About one in every five women of reproductive age in India suffer from a hormonal disorder called Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS). If this condition is not treated in time, it can lead to serious issues, including infertility.

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Are IVF babies healthy?
JUL 09, 2021 04:49 PM IST

It is unreal to say that IVF babies are at a higher risk of developing congenital anomalies.

The simple answer is yes. Millions of babies have been born using In Vitro Fertilization (IVF) and they are perfectly healthy. The procedure does not pose any short term or long term risk to the health of the child.

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Causes of infertility
JUL 08, 2021 06:15 PM IST

In India, one of the most common causes for infertility is decreased ovarian reserve, mostly due to malnutrition.

About 15 per cent Indian couples are suffering from infertility today. The problem is getting worse with every passing year owing to factors such as late marriages, an increased orientation towards careers, stressful lifestyles, obesity, high intake of junk food, smoking, alcoholism, drug addiction, among many other reasons.

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Debunking IVF Myths
JUN 30, 2021 05:18 PM IST

There are a lot of myths surrounding the process of In Vitro Fertilization (IVF), an assisted reproductive technique, that are prevailing in the society which are misleading.

In a conservative society like India, a lot of meaning is attached to having a ‘child of your own’ and young couples are often pressurised by families to produce off-springs within the first few years of being married.

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Planning to get pregnant? Here’s what you need to know about vaccinations
JUN 30, 2021 05:20 PM IST

Vaccinations play a major role in this journey that starts even before the baby enters the mother’s womb.

Having a baby is a big decision for every couple and as parents we don’t want to leave any stone un-turned when it comes to the health and well-being of our little ones.

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Is IVF right for you?
JUN 30, 2021 07:40 PM IST

For four decades, In Vitro Fertilization (IVF) has helped thousands of couples have biological children. But, it is not the only cure to infertility.

There are several factors to consider before deciding who is the right candidate for IVF.

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Factors impacting fertility health: What experts suggest
JUN 30, 2021 07:49 PM IST

Worldwide declining fertility rates have become a worrying trend resulting in an increase in the number of couples seeking medical help to start a family. Contrary to popular perception, this increase in infertility is not just limited to women.

Male infertility has also seen a steep rise in the last few years. Every couple has unique challenges and the success of assisted reproduction techniques like In Vitro Fertilization (IVF) depends on a combination of several factors.

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Milestones in IVF: Recombinant drugs and Self-administration devices
JUN 22, 2021 04:48 PM IST

This becomes even more important in the present times of the pandemic, when patients want to limit face to face contact and can still undergo the IVF procedure without the need of coming to the doctor every day.

Science has come a long way since the first “test-tube baby”, Louise Joy Brown, was born in the United Kingdom in 1978. Technological advancements in the field of In Vitro Fertilisation, commonly known as IVF, have offered hope to millions

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Infertility: Myths Vs Reality
JUN 25, 2021 01:13 PM IST

There are several myths surrounding infertility, none of which are supported by medical research and could actually prove to be detrimental in treatment. We bust a few of those here.

For years, infertility has been a hush-hush affair in our society. Couples who are not able to conceive naturally seek advice from older family members or learn from the experiences of others and the information that they receive may not always be correct.

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