Infertility and men: Diagnosis
So your partner and you have decided to have a baby, you have been trying very hard for more than six months without any success? This is the first red flag that should alert you that it is time you seek medical help to determine why it’s taking so long. Inability to conceive for more than six months of having unprotected sex can indicate infertility, either due to a male factor or a female factor. There are several tests available to diagnose the underlying causes of infertility. Your doctor will be able to guide you best after evaluating your medical history and other factors. Here are the steps involved in diagnosing infertility due to a male factor: Physical examination This is generally the first step where the doctor asks you about your medical history, injuries, surgeries, family medical history to check for hereditary conditions, and sexual development and habits. Semen analysis This step involves the analysis of the semen which is then sent to a laboratory to check sperm count, abnormalities in shape (morphology), movement of sperm (motility), and infections. Since sperm count can vary in different samples, more than one semen analysis will be conducted to get an accurate […]
Is the female always responsible for infertility?
We live in a society where women are deemed culprits for everything that goes wrong or what we may rightly put it as does not fit the societal mores. If a couple is facing infertility issues is it irrefutably the women who is at fault? And of course divorce is very normal in such male ridden society. ..
Things to pack in your hospital bag for childbirth
You have completed 35 weeks and the baby can come any time soon. You should be ready with your maternity bag packed for the hospital visit. It should be ready with all the items to avoid the last minute rush to hospital. Here are the lists of things that you should never forget to keep in your maternity bag that you are carrying to the hospital for the child birth. Things to pack in your hospital bag for childbirth Most important is your doctors/hospital papers all set neatly in a file Clothes – preferably old loose fitting night gowns for labor, disposable knickers, slippers, and going home dress, which should be loose fitting and comfortable Nursing tank tops, nursing bras, and breast pads Maternity pads Towel and bathrobe for yourself At least two loose fitting gowns with movable sleeves as you might have to get checked your blood pressure A nursing pillow Toiletries – toothpaste, toothbrush, comb, shower gel, and antibacterial hand wash. Though hospitals provide all these but you may prefer to use your own stuff Comb and hair clutch to tie your hair Lip balm, moisturizing lotion, and a make-up kit in case you want that perfect look in […]
Medical Tourism in India
Healthcare is one of the most basic necessities of every human being. However, owing to a variety of socio-economic & political factors, healthcare has become an expensive affair today. This is more prominent in western countries where, unless you have a medical insurance coverage, you would end up spending your lifetime savings in even not-so-big medical procedures. Owing to private sector investment and stringent medical regulations, the cost of treatment and medication is extremely high in many western countries like the USA, UK & host of other European countries. In the Gulf Countries, significant investment in healthcare segment has started very recently. Added to that, there is acute shortage of expert doctors and professionals. The African countries perennially had low medical infrastructure and know-how. Thus, for super-specialty treatments, African nationals often had to opt for treatment abroad. How India became a hub of Medical Tourism The phenomena of foreign patients coming to India for treatment (medical tourism) has been quite old. As the land of the most ancient treatment, Ayurveda, foreigners have flocked to India since times immemorial. In recent past, most patients would come from the Gulf & African countries. Apollo Hospitals were one of the pioneers of healthcare […]
Simple ways your body is telling you it’s ready for conception
Many women use expensive methods to determine their ovulation cycles, but here’s something they overlook – something that is free and easily accessible: their own bodies. Your body offers several natural cues to show it’s undergoing ovulation. By paying close attention to these physical signs, a woman can easily track the hormonal changes occurring in her body. Here are the top 6 physical signs you need to pay attention to: Cervical mucous The cervical fluid is made by the body to aid in fertilization by helping the sperm travel faster from the vagina to the egg. When the mucous looks like egg-white or is thin and stretchy, it is a very strong indication of high fertility. If you are planning a pregnancy and you notice this change in your discharge, better get busy between the sheets. Increased sex drive Another indication a woman is ovulating is a high sex drive. A research conducted to study women’s sex drive and ovulation tracked the levels of a hormone called LH and when they have intercourse. The study found women were more likely to have sex around the time they were ovulating. They also noticed a surge in the LH levels during ovulation. […]
Ovarian Stimulation – what exactly it is
Ovarian stimulation or ovarian induction commonly referred as “Egg stimulation” is a method used by infertile couples for infertility treatment. Ovarian stimulation or ovulation induction method can been separated in two different categories. Firstly, It plays a role when women are facing irregular menstruation cycle. Under such circumstances the endeavor is to make ovulation spontaneous, that is, to stimulate the discharge of one egg per month. This process is easy and convenient as it only requires fertility pills. Incase this method proves to be ineffective in such cases small dose of gonadotropins is recommended. Secondly, Egg stimulation is done in combination with assisted reproductive technologies. As today, assisted reproductive technologies have become very popular in both developed and developing countries with figures only escalating over the past three decades. In fact one to three percent of annual births are attributed to assisted reproductive technologies. Commonly used as infertility treatment for infertile couples, often this is performed in combination with intrauterine insemination to add to the success rate. This treatment does not correct a particular cause of infertility and is a used as an approach to enhance the monthly chances of pregnancy in comparison to the timed intercourse in case of […]
Egg Retrieval in IVF
Egg retrieval also referred as oocyte retrieval (OCR) or transvaginal oocyte retrieval (TVOR) is one of the several steps involved in Invitro fertilization (IVF) in order to remove oocytes from the ovary of the female, thereby permitting fertilization externally, that is, outside the body. TVOR is appropriately referred to as transvaginal ovum retrieval once the oocytes have fully grown into ova, as usually happens in IVF. This phase of IVF can take up to two weeks, and more than one cycle may be necessary. What to expect in egg retrieval procedure? Egg retrieval is generally performed at the clinic once the egg follicles attain a particular size (the average being 16mm) as established by the ultrasound specialist. The doctor will administer an injection of human chorionic gonadotropin (HCG), once it is affirmed that the patient has fulfilled the criteria to proceed for egg retrieval. HCG is a hormone which determines the final growth and maturity of the eggs. This injection is vigilantly timed so that the egg retrieval will be conducted at the best possible time before ovulation. Procedure for Egg retrieval. At the time of egg retrieval, the patient is sedated hence does not feel anything and the doctor […]
Interview : Dr. Samundi Sankari
Dr. Samundi Sankari is a name synonymous to infertility treatments in India. Her extensive experience of 42 years in gynaecology includes 23 years of practice in infertility treatment. Over the years, she has received several recognitions and accolades, both national and international, for her contribution to the field of medicine. She is the founder and medical director of one of India’s most successful IVF centres, Srushti Fertility Centre. In her interview with IVFGurus, Dr. Sankari discusses her long career and current IVF scene in India. IVF Gurus: You started off as a gynaecologist. When did you move into infertility treatments, and what made you select this particular field? Dr. Sankari: In the year 1983, I was deputed by the Government of India to do research and study on infertility. For further trainings, I went to Singapore in 1984. Then I started training under Dr. Ratnam and later on started with a small clinic in Chennai with Dr.Lalita, in the same year. 1993 was the year when I got into infertility treatment completely.This is the time we introduced GIFT procedure in India, which was previously done in few countries like Singapore, USA, etc. In 1999, we opened a small center in […]
Is your husband reluctant to take fertility test?
Often it is found that men refrain from taking male fertility tests for reasons not so clearly stated by them, which makes you worried and even lead to tension in the relationship. Is your husband one of them? And your efforts trying to convince him have failed? You are also upset that if you can go through all those painful procedures to start the family then why he cannot. Mostly men around the world get uncomfortable with the idea of going through fertility test. Pregnancy and child birth is considered to be a woman’s responsibility in most of societies. So, how to convince him for the male fertility tests? Talking and sharing Talking and sharing is the most effective way to solve any problem. Begin with your support and convince him you are together in this journey. Know the reason Try to know the exact reason. Encourage him to share his feelings and fears. Generally, husband tries to avoid the tests due to the fear of results which may diagnose him infertile and raise a question on his manhood! Explain to him, how low sperm count or hormone treatments do not make him less of a man. A real man […]
Interview: Dr. Sonia Malik
Dr. Sonia Malik is among the few who have been an integral part of the evolution and growth of specialized infertility treatment in India and abroad. Being at the helm of infertility clinics in Iraq and Dubai, she shifted base to India, and started the Southend IVF Center.
13 amazing facts about breast-feeding
Breastfeeding your baby: Know the amazing facts When you are about to become a mother or already in one’s shoes, cannot ignore the importance of breastfeeding in this journey of motherhood. You may have to or might have already struggled through the feeding process, had your own fears, felt pains or faced challenges but with your share of joyful moments of closeness and bonding with the baby. Here let’s share with you some amazing facts about breastfeeding and the breast milk, motivating enough to breastfeed your baby. 1. A complete food Breast milk is a complete food in itself. No other food or fluid is required by the baby in his/her early days of life. It is the most nutritious form of natural food for infants. 2. Colostrum, the liquid gold! Colostrum, i:e., the breast milk produced just after the baby’s birth, till few days, is a natural immunizer containing antibodies and WBCs which protect the baby from bacterial, viral, and other microorganisms infections. Only a few teaspoons of colostrum are enough for the infant to be full stomach till first five-six days of his/her birth. Colostrum is also highly rich in calcium, potassium, proteins, and minerals necessary for the […]
Having problems conceiving? Symptoms that could indicate infertility
If a couple has been having unprotected sex for more than a year without it resulting in a pregnancy, it could be due to infertility. The inability to conceive can be clubbed under two categories: primary infertility, where a couple is unable to conceive even after a year of unprotected intercourse, and secondary infertility, where the couple has been pregnant previously, but are unable to get pregnant again. Infertility can be a result of both emotional and physical factors. Around 40% of infertility can be attributed to ‘male’ factors, around 50% can be attributed to the ‘female’ factor, and around 10% can be attributed to factors present in both partners or reasons that cannot be determined. In this article we will explore the symptoms that point to infertility in women. There can be several reasons which could lead to infertility in women- problems in ovulation or hormones, effects of sexually transmitted disease, improper nutrition, cysts present in the ovaries, presence of a tumor, infection in the pelvic region, problem in transportation of the egg from the cervix through the fallopian tubes. There are some early signs that can point to an underlying cause for inability to conceive, even before six […]
Trying to Get Pregnant? Here’s a To-Do List!
Entering parenthood is the most amazing thing in a couple’s life and you would definitely want a complication free and healthy ride through this journey. If you and your partner have finally decided to extend your family, it is time to be well-prepared even before conceiving! Here are the few things which you must consider and follow, actually a “to-do list” for you and your baby’s healthy future, before embarking on this journey: Ask yourself this question: Are you prepared? It is extremely essential to be mentally, physically, and financially prepared for parenthood. Just ask yourself and your partner these three questions: Are you both mentally prepared to start a family? Are you both physically prepared as both pregnancy and parenthood is physically demanding process? Are you both financially competent enough to take over the responsibility of the baby? Pregnancy is a beautiful but mixed journey in itself where you will be experiencing both joy and stress. A healthy and happy family needs to be stable in all the above three spheres. Prepare your body for healthy eggs Couples especially would-be mothers, start taking care of themselves after they get pregnant but actually the regime should begin even before getting […]
Working When Pregnant? Few Quick tips!
Pregnancy itself is a challenging and physically demanding process, especially for women who continue to work full-time or part-time during their pregnancy period. If you are one of them, there is much possibility that you have to deal with stress, job pressure and is also worried about your unborn baby’s health. To begin with, once you get the good news, it t is necessary for you to evaluate your working conditions and ensure safe working environment that does not harm you and your fetus health. What type of work environment is harmful for me when pregnant? Jobs that put you to excessive stress both mentally and physically; expose you to potentially harmful surroundings, such as those containing lead, arsenic, pesticides, some cleaning solvents, paints, carbon monoxide gases, mercury, radioactive radiations, X-rays should be certainly avoided. Can I work When pregnant? The answer is ‘yes’ you can work, but the decision largely depends upon your pregnancy condition, work type, and working environment. If you are undergoing normal low-risk pregnancy, there is no harm in continuing working. In fact, inform your employer about pregnancy and review your working conditions, which can be adjusted to reduce the stress or influence of the toxic […]
Things stopping you from getting pregnant
You want to start a family and are not getting pregnant in spite of trying for over a year. You feel you and your partner are healthy and have no reason not to conceive. The waiting time with every passing month can be daunting and stressful. Here you should know that there may be number of factors probably not known to you that could be minimizing your chances of pregnancy and you may need help. Let’s know the conditions that can impact your ability to conceive a child: Age Lesser the age, more are the chances to get pregnant. This is because with age both the number and quality of eggs decrease significantly with every passing year. Fertility is at its peak in your 20s while after 30 years of age, it gradually starts decreasing. In your 40s your pregnancy chances get reduced considerably and you may have to look at assisted reproductive techniques to become a parent. Uterine Fibroids Although uterine fibroids are common in women but not all fibroids are responsible for infertility. Their size and location determine if they are causing problem in getting pregnant. Generally, there are no visible symptoms but heavy periods do signal presence […]
Understanding IVF stimulation protocols
The natural cycle of IVF carries advantages as it is simple, puts lesser stress on the patient, can be easily conducted at the clinic and repeated every month. Furthermore, as the method does not use any stimulation drugs the risk of ovarian hyperstimulation syndrome (OHSS) is thwarted. But there is a constraint as the patients are usually in the age bracket below 34, as with older patients the success rate decrease…
Infertility in men: subtle signs that should not be ignored
While some couples find it easy to conceive, several others find it extremely difficult or impossible. This could be because one or both partners have fertility issues that need to be diagnosed and treated. Male infertility is common; in one out of five infertile couples,the problem will be due to a male factor. The most common sign of infertility in men is of course the inability to conceive for six months or longer. Sexual activity Some symptoms like reduced libido, difficulty in ejaculation, difficulty in maintaining an erection can also point to a bigger issue of infertility in men. Sexual organs Swelling, lumps, or pain in the testicle area should also not be taken lightly. Also an undescended testicle needs to be medically checked out. Hormones Signs that indicate hormonal problems include decreased facial and bodily hair. Infections: Infections targeting the respiratory system can also affect fertility. A few other signs that could point out to infertility in male are – dilated veins around the testicle, a history of testicle, prostate or sexual problems, a sexually transmitted disease that was treated in the past, and groin, testicle, penis or scrotum surgery. If you are trying to conceive for a long […]
Three parent IVF babies: all you want to know!
What is three parent IVF babies? More accurately known as mitochondrial manipulation, is a fertility treatment where the embryo is created by the means of genetic (DNA) material from three people, that is, both parents and an egg donor.
Childless this mother’s day? Take a positive step forward and don’t lose hope!
With nonstop Mother’s Day endorsements; and mothers of all age, shapes and sizes being featured in news stories, it can be a ruthless reminder that your dream of becoming a mother is incomplete. It is a rather difficult period to cope up with the fact that you are childless and infertile…
Can Acupuncture advance pregnancy success rates?
All failed attempts to pregnancy are emotionally devastating for all infertile couples. At times help is besieged in unexpected form. Medical specialists propose acupuncture, an ancient and popular therapy from China, which entails inserting several thin needles at definite spot in the body, can help boost fertility in both men and women…
Why in vitro fertilization (IVF) fails?
At present IVF no doubt has proven to be successful, as due to this fertility treatment hundreds of thousands of children are born yearly world over. It reinstates hope, optimism and patience in an infertile couple who are facing challenges conceiving..But at times the dream of becoming a parent through this treatment might not always work. IVF might not be successful in the first try and demand several cycles..
Is PGD legal in India?
Gender selection or sex selection, is usually used by couples who choose to indicate the sex of their unborn baby. At times to avert chromosomal or genetic disorders, that is, gender specific or when they want to balance their family, they opt for sex selection. Today, PGD is the most effective option available for gender selection. But…
Do’s and don’ts when trying to get pregnant – Men take note !
While the women prepare for the major task of getting pregnant and carrying a tiny human inside their bodies for nine months, the men can do their bit by preparing themselves mentally and physically before conception. Here are a few thing men should pay particular attention to when trying to become a father…
Preexisting Diabetes and Pregnancy
When you have diabetes (either type 1 or type 2), the body ends up producing too much glucose (sugar) in blood, which is known to cause serious health issues. While diabetic if you are thinking to get pregnant, it is necessary to prepare your body for pregnancy before conceiving. This is because high sugar level in blood can lead to many complications for you and baby’s health. Though pregnancy with preexisting diabetes is possible but with lot of care and caution. It is better to take an informed decision to avoid any complications later. Before conceiving, make sure to visit your doctor to know when to plan and how to prepare yourself for pregnancy. How can my preexisting diabetes affect my pregnancy? It is possible to have a normal pregnancy with type 1 or type 2 diabetes. But only, if you have controlled your blood glucose levels both before and during the pregnancy period. Otherwise there can be serious health complications to you and your baby. It can lead to premature birth, birth deformities (such as heart, brain and spine defects etc.), obese baby, still birth, and miscarriage etc. You can prevent these complications through proper planning, care and taking […]
Are you suffering from PCOS?
Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS) is the most common hormonal disorder in women. The syndrome is known to cause health havoc in the lives of women suffering from it. Studies show undiagnosed PCOS is not only the major cause of infertility in women of reproductive age but creates other health problems too. PCOS occurs when the female body produces higher amount of male sex hormones – testosterone and androgen, leading to the formation cyst follicles in the ovaries. Signs and symptoms of PCOS The symptoms and signs of PCOS vary greatly from women to women, due to which it is often left undiagnosed. If you are facing any of the below problem, there is a possibility that you are suffering from PCOS and need to see a doctor immediately. Weight gain or obesity or a very lean body Excessive hair growth Male pattern baldness Acne Dark skin patches Irregular, prolonged, or painful menstrual cycle Unable to conceive or miscarriage If left undiagnosed, the ovarian cyst syndrome leads to infertility in women, in which the ovaries stop releasing eggs. The condition worsens if accompanied with obesity. PCOS is also linked to causing diabetes, high cholesterol, high blood pressure, glucose intolerance, heart disease, […]
Augment IVF, a breakthrough technique to improve egg health
Augment IVF, a breakthrough technique to improve egg health For all those women facing the problem of poor egg quality, a possible barrier in their IVF success, there is a good news for you! A new technique, Augment IVF, has been developed by doctors that use woman’s own cells to improve the quality of her eggs. Recently, a baby boy was born using Augment IVF technique, in Toronto. It is a procedure deemed by experts as a milestone in enhancing the success rate of traditional IVF procedures in which many women have to bear the pain of failed IVF cycles due to poor egg quality. What is Augment IVF? A healthy egg is essential for fertilization and embryo development. Among many factors responsible for eggs health, one is the high energy levels of the egg. If the egg is low on energy the fertilization may not occur. Augment IVF revitalizes your eggs with added energy. Now, how is this done? All cells have energy producing units called mitochondria, also known as powerhouse of cell. The Augment IVF technique uses these mitochondria present in your EggPC (immature egg) cells, found in the lining of ovaries to supplement the existing mitochondria of […]
Interview: Dr. Manika Khanna
Dr. Manika Khanna is the Founder & Managing Director of New Delhi’s Gaudium IVF, one of the leading IVF clinic chains. After completing her education in medicine, and training with the best minds in the fertility field in Australia and Germany, she returned to India to start her own fertility center Gaudium IVF. With more than 6,000 successful IVF treatments to her credit, this award-winning Infertility Specialist and Laparoscopic Surgeon is hailed as the youngest in the field in India. Needless to say, she is one of the premiers on the IVF scene.
Interview: Dr. Aniruddha Malpani
Dr. Aniruddha Malpani is one of the most well-known specialists in India in the field of IVF treatment. He is the Managing Director of Malpani Infertility Clinic, Mumbai – a highly sought after clinic by both Indian and International patients. Here’s a brief excerpt of an interview by Pragya Mishra of ivfgurus.com with Dr. Malpani
Common pregnancy problems and their remedies
Pregnancy brings with it some common physical problems causing discomfort and often annoyance too. Here are some pregnancy problems and their simple remedies that would help you tackle them. Morning sickness During the first trimester of your pregnancy, you may experience nausea and vomiting, especially in the early hours of the day. This is called morning sickness, which occurs due to the changes in your blood pressure, hormonal levels, and metabolism. Though it poses no harm to you or the fetus health but definitely gives awful feeling. For some it may even continue to bother till second or third trimester. Remedy: At home you can try having some crackers or sweet biscuits before getting out of bed. Having small sips of ginger tea, fruit juices, or even sucking ice cubes would help in relief. Wear loose clothes from tummy and try moving around taking small steps in mornings. But if severe morning sickness persists, see your gynecologist who would prescribe a medicine for it. Swollen feet and ankles Swollen feet and ankles are normal during pregnancy as your body weight increases putting more pressure on your feet. This occurs generally in the third trimester of your pregnancy and disappears after […]
How to Treat Fallopian Tube Blockage?
Fallopian tube blockage is a common problem among women but is mostly discovered when they are not able to conceive a child. About 40% of women infertility issues are due to their tubal blockage as it prevents the movement of the fertilized egg to the uterus, thus preventing them to get pregnant. The treatment of fallopian tube blockage basically depends upon the nature of the blockage. Broadly, fallopian tube blockage treatment include – fertility drugs, surgeries, tubal cannulation, and IVF. Your obstetrician & gynaecologist would recommend any of them based on the nature of the blockage and your other medical condition. Fertility drugs This mode of treatment is prescribed only when you are suffering from one fallopian tube blockage. Your Obstetrician & Gynaecologist may prescribe fertility drugs to increase your chances of conceiving using the one open fallopian tube. Surgery The surgical treatment for tubal blockage depends upon the intensity of tubal damage and your otherwise health. Based on the affected part of fallopian tube, extent of the blockage, fertility problems and other medical conditions, your doctor may recommend either laparoscopy or laparotomy to treat the fallopian tube. Laparoscopy Laparoscopy is a minimally invasive painless surgical procedure done under general […]
ICSI – Key to most of the Male Infertility Issues
One of the widely used and successful fertilization techniques to treat male infertility issues is Intracytoplasmic Sperm Injection (ICSI). ICSI is more precise and advanced technique to fertilize egg aspirated from the female in the IVF lab. It is a part of standard IVF procedure that involves injecting a single selected sperm to fertilize the egg. The fertilized egg is then transferred to the uterus. More on ICSI procedure Infertility Conditions in which you need ICSI Based on your medical reports, your infertility specialist may recommend ICSI instead of regular IVF procedure. It is known to treat several infertility conditions and increase the chances of successful pregnancy through IVF. Below are the infertility conditions when you may need ICSI: Low or zero sperm count (azoospermia) Poor sperm motility due to abnormally shaped sperms In case of chromosomal abnormalities in sperms or genetic conditions In cases, when sperms cannot be ejaculated due to an irreversible vasectomy, any injury, disability, or diabetes etc. When a couple do not want donor sperms Failed previous IVF cycles Number of eggs for egg retrieval is very low Low ovarian reserve in female Low quality eggs Success rate of ICSI The fertilization rate of the egg […]
Umbilical Cord Stem Cell Banking Saving Lives
Umbilical stem cell banking is becoming popular and gained much significance as more and more expecting parents choosing the technique for the future health of their children, siblings or relative. There are many success stories such as preserved stem cells used to treat leukemia, sickle cell anemia, or even an IVF pregnancy conceived with the help of cord stem cells. No wonder the medical technique has much to look forward to. This is more because of the seriousness of the diseases it is known to treat and with time and research the number of treatable diseases would only go up. Till now the cord stem cells are known to treat about 80 life threatening diseases like cancer and thalassaemia. What is umbilical cord stem cell banking? Blood collected from the umbilical cord immediately after child’s birth has valuable stem cells in it same as in your bone marrow. Once the doctor clamps and cuts the umbilical cord during delivery, the blood in the cord is taken into a bag. These blood cells are preserved by freezing in a special amniotic stem cell bank for use someday for the treatment of your child, sibling or relative if ever they are gripped […]
Age and fertility: Is pregnancy possible over 40?
Considering the fast paced life it has become an ordinary practice for a woman to mull over having a baby post 40. But of course this age bracket attracts a lot of difficulties as the by this time your eggs in the ovaries age too and you are further prone to genetic abnormalities…
Interview: Dr. Nalini Gupta
Dr. Nalini Gupta, a gynaecologist practicing in Miracles Mediclinic in Gurgaon, has over 23 years of experience in the field. Her move to specialized infertility treatment was prompted in part due to the misconceptions surrounding infertility. IVFGurus contacted Dr. Gupta to find out more about the doctor and her chosen field of medicine. IVFGurus: You have 23 years of experience in Gynaecology and Obstetrics . When did you make the switch to IVF and infertility treatment, and what prompted the decision? Dr. Gupta: I got into Assisted Reproductive Techniques(ART) in the year 2002 so it’s my running 13th year in infertility treatment. In India, infertility always has been a “her problem”, especially when I started. The social status of women was not that open and they have faced a lot because of it. So I felt responsible for them and decided to help the society to cope with this critical problem and here I am. IVFGurus: What kind of training did you have to undergo to make the switch to infertility medicine? Dr. Gupta: I have done my graduation and post graduation in Obstetrics and Gynecology from MDU, Rohtak. Completed senior residency from Safdarjung Hospital, Delhi. After doing a private […]
Ovulation – all you wanted to know
So, you and your partner have decided to start a family, add a little person to your life; embrace sleepless nights, smelly nappies, and tons and tons of memorable moments? smiley. If you are trying to get pregnant, you should start with a knowledge of the reproductive cycle. This will help you understand the most optimum time for conception. Understanding ovulation will help you know when you are most fertile thereby increasing the chances of conception. What is Ovulation? Every month, toward the end of the fertile time between a woman’s periods, the ovaries release one or more eggs from the 15-20 that have matured. The ripest eggs are pushed out of the ovaries and then travel down the fallopian tube that are connected to the uterus. Any one of the ovaries will release an egg at any given time. Ovulation can be divided into two parts – Follicular phase and Luteal phase. The Follicular phase begins on the first day of the last menstrual cycle and can last anywhere between 7 to 40 days. The second phase or the Luteal phase begins on the day of ovulations and lasts until the next menstrual cycle begins, i.e. around 12-16 days […]
Trying to get pregnant? Make sure you are not doing these
If you have decided to get pregnant, then there are a few things you should be particularly careful about. Most people have no trouble conceiving, but for those who may face initial setbacks, we have put together a list of things you need to avoid when trying to get pregnant. Scheduling sex No, we are not asking you to stop having sex – that would be counter-reproductive (pun intended). What we are saying is that you should not be restricting the activity. Don’t just schedule it for days when you are ovulating; make sure you are having sex all month.Doing so will reduce the stress on your partner who will otherwise be pressured to perform during ovulation. This is known to cause increased cases of erectile dysfunction. Also, your partner might start viewing the activity just as a baby making process and may feel out of touch emotionally. Research has also shown that frequent sex promotes healthier sperm. It will increase the chances of healthier sperm with higher motility being available for fertilization. So make sure you are having a lot of sex, whenever you can. Using lubricants Most couples opt for some form of lubricant, natural or store-bought, while […]
Interview: Dr. Pramod Kumar Sharma
A well-known name in the field of infertility treatment is Dr. P.K Sharma, Director of Pratiksha Hospital, Guwahati. Dr. Sharma did his MD in Obstetrics and Gynecology from Guwahati Medical College in 1991. He was motivated to pursue infertility medicine because advanced treatments in IVF were not available in the North East region.
Understanding Pelvic TB & Infertility in Women
Tuberculosis is an infectious bacterial disease that brings with it lot of stigma and fears related to it being communicable, treatment, and other side effects. Here we will understand female genital tract TB infection and its relation with fertility. As a layman, you may call a pelvic area bacterial infection as – genital TB, pelvic TB, uterine TB or uterus TB. But the name is simply based on the part affected by TB such as uterine TB (in Uterus), Fallopian TB (in Fallopian tubes) or cervical TB (in cervix) etc. Tuberculosis in the female pelvic region, which may affect any of the female reproductive parts or spread throughout – uterus, Fallopian tubes, ovaries, vagina or cervix, is commonly called pelvic or genital TB. There may be two modes of infection to the female genital tract – secondary infection – when you have lung TB that is not treated and becomes chronic spreading to other organs including your reproductive organs. The other is rare primary bacterial infection directly in any part of your genital or pelvic region like uterus or Fallopian tubes. Symptoms of female genital TB Studies show mostly, tuberculosis is latent i:e., without symptoms. So you may have a […]
The “Right” Age and Fertility Dilemma
Biologically, younger the better; physically and mentally little older, more mature is the better; while financially later the better! Confused! So what is the right time to conceive? How can your age define right time to start a family for you? Let’s try to sort this out. When you are in 20s Biologically, you are most fertile during these years, so ideally this is the best period to have babies. Pregnancy in 20s is easy, mostly normal, has typically no complications (BP, thyroid, diabetes etc.), least chance of miscarriage, and you deliver healthy baby. You are physically strong and healthy to take up the physical demands post-pregnancy and take care of baby too. But wait. Being a couple in your 20s it’s more likely you are frivolous, on verge of completing your studies or still chalking out your career path and most possible you are financially unstable. Pregnancy is beautiful as it will bring immense joy in your life with the baby. Along with this it is also demanding and challenging – physically, mentally, and financially. Try to analyse your situation with respect to all of these factors – you are physically in an age that produces most healthy eggs […]
Simple ways to track your ovulation
Whether you are planning a pregnancy or are just trying to avoid it, an ovulation calendar can be a great help to have around. For those wanting to start a family, it will give you an idea of the days when you are most fertile. Your partner and you can then use this knowledge and maximize the chances of conception. For women who do not want to get pregnant, but prefer not to use any medication for birth control, this calendar will again highlight the days when the risk of conception is highest. The calendar can also alert you to any irregularities in your cycle and you can then seek a medical opinion. There are several tools available online which will plot out a personalized ovulation calendar for the user. A number of apps can also be downloaded for the same purpose; some apps go a step further and send you notifications to alert you on your most fertile days. You can use IVFGurus’ Ovulation Calendar at: Ovulation Calculator The Woman Calendar app for Apple gadgets will set you back by $10, but it is a great tool to keep track of your periods and ovulation. For that money, it […]
Interview: Dr. Kaberi Banerjee
Dr. Kaberi Banerjee is one of the most recognized names in the sphere of IVF in India. After working for 7 years in UK as an IVF specialist, she came back to India and opened up Advance Fertility and Gynaecology Centre. She had her training in Embryo Transfer with Dr. Mohammed Taranissi, who is the considered the father of Embryo Transfer. Pragya Mishra of IVFGurus.com had a long interactive session with her. Here is an excerpt from the same. IVFGurus: Dr Barnejee, what brought you to ivf? Dr. Banerjee: I have been interested in fertility treatment since childhood, after seeing Dr. Hinduja, holding a baby in a journal. Oh, thats news ! Would you tell us a little bit about the various training you went through with Infertility treatment? Dr. Banerjee: I have done my graduation and post graduation from premium institutes from AIIMS and had fertility training from the prestigious Guys & St. Thomas Hospital, London where I went as a Commonwealth Scholar. This training went on for two months, including stimulation, embryology, egg retrieval. I worked as a consultant in U.K, and worked in hospitals all over the world. IVFGurus: In your long stint with ivf, how many infertility cases […]
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