It is better to have questions than to assume or sulk in solitude. Please remember that even though it seems like conception and having children are the most basic and natural thing that can happen to human beings (how else do you explain the population explosion..) but just because it happens naturally does not mean that the entire process is very simple and plain. Human body is a masterpiece where all our organs operate in symphony. There are many pieces that have to fall in place for our body to operate, so is conception and fertility, believe us, it is no less than a rocket science.
Lifestyle and environmental factors influence chances of conception and deserve serious consideration while discussing fertility. Some of the important variables are:
1. Obesity: About 30 % subfertile couples are overweight (BMI>30) and it is proven that these couples have a higher incidence of subfertility when compared to couples with normal BMI. So weight loss is probably one of the most important things that a couple can do while planning pregnancy.
2. Substance Abuse, especially Tobacco/Smoking has an adverse effect on fertility and therefore smoking cessation is strongly recommended. It is also advisable to limit alcohol consumption to four or fewer drinks per week. Excessive caffeine also is harmful therefore one should limit consumption to not more than two standard beverages per day (25 mg/day).
3. Other harmful occupational exposures may be identified like dry cleaning industry (perchlorethylene), printing industry (Toluene), radiant heat, heavy metals, pesticide exposure, laptop heat, etc. which are known to affect chances of conception and therefore should be avoided. If you have any concerns regarding your working environment it would be best to contact your Health and Safety Officer or visit your fertility specialist sooner rather than later because at times, these effects can be irreversible.
Yes. At the same time I think to tell someone who’s undergoing Trans Vaginal Scans, Daily Injections, IUI or IVF with Embryo Transfer, not to worry, not to think about results and not to stress out is plain stupid. Inability to conceive is a stressful situation so there’s no running away from that. What is advisable is to understand the problem, the treatment options, success rates and then discuss it in depth with your partner and fertility specialist. This makes things a lot easier to handle therefore resulting in less stress. Most clinics also have qualified counselors and couples can just come in and discuss their issues with these counselors and take necessary steps to optimize chances of conception. At times, plain counseling is all that is required for a couple without any medical intervention whatsoever.
At times couples are wary of going to fertility specialists because of the risk of “over treatment”. I think that is quite understandable and something that a couple should discuss openly when they visit the fertility clinic.
If I had the right answer, I would have all the infertile couples of the world coming to my center! The things to look out for would be: 1.Facilities available: Comprehensive, One Stop Solutions- All investigations and treatment options under one roof , Availability of latest technology like 3D 4D Scans, ICSI, Laser Assisted Hatching, Blastocyst culture etc.
2.Clinical Competence with Sensitivity: Qualified and Certified Doctors and Nursing Staff who understand that they are dealing with couples having difficulty in conception and not patients with some form of disease.
3. Value for time: Choose a place which values your time by following a strict consultation/procedure appointment system. Not only quality of care but the efficiency at which it is delivered is equally important.
4. Transparency: Transparency in cost, treatment options, and success rates is a must. Confidentiality is of extreme importance and must be strictly followed.
5. Men’s Health: A lot of clinics focus purely on female factors and therefore a clinic which offers a robust Andrology section is desirable. After all, 30 % of infertility is because of male factors.
A thorough clinical evaluation of both partners including review of previous investigations. Discussion regarding probable cause of infertility and then discussing various options available.
Infertility treatment ranges from counseling to IVF-ICSI. You may need any of these depending on what the diagnosis is.
If conventional treatment protocols are used, the chance of having multiple pregnancy is increased to about 1 in 10 as compared to 1 in 100 in the natural conception group. If you strongly want a single baby, you can let your specialist know so as to minimize the chances (like cancelling an IUI cycle if more than 2 follicles grow, transferring only one blastocyst in an IVF Cycle)
Weight gain associated with Infertility treatment is more because of self-imposed restriction in physical activity during and after treatment more than anything else.
Non identifying variables like color of hair, color of skin, color of eyes, height, weight, Education, Blood Group are provided with the sample.
The profile of surrogates is sent to you by mail from which you can shortlist 2-3. We then organize an appointment with all these surrogates after which you can finalize whom to go ahead with. All the surrogates are screened for medical and familial disorders before being included as a potential surrogate.
Yes. We have an experienced team of lawyers who can help you draw up the contract with the surrogate and get it registered with the local notary.