Sunday, 6 December 2015

Myths and Facts About Infertility

Infertility is a women's problem
This is untrue. It is shocking that even some of the educated people are quite surprised to know that infertility is a female problem in 35% of the cases, a male problem in 35% of the cases, a combined problem of the couple in 20% of cases It is commonplace that most of the cases of failure to conceive are blamed on women

I don't have to worry about my eggs until I'm 40.
As a woman ages, the ovarian reserve declines. A woman's egg supply starts to decline in the late 20s, again in the 30s and then most notably after age 35.
Under the best of circumstances, even in the case of a healthy young fertile couple whose timing is perfect, on the average, there are just about 25% chances of conceiving per month.So as the age factor goes up, chances of conceiving comes down drastically.

Maybe you two are doing something wrong!
Infertility is a medical condition, not a sexual disorder in most of the cases.

Men with Azoospermia ( zero sperm ) Cannot have kids 
Obstructive azoospermia is a medical condition when the person produces sperm, but it does not come out in semen due to blockage in the male reproductive tract, Testicular aspiration can be done to aspirate sperms and  ICSI can be done to achieve pregnancy.

Women without womb ( uterus ) cannot have babies
A surrogate mother can carry the biological baby of the couple and thus even women who are born without a uterus can have their own baby through surrogacy.

Infertility does not affect marriage 
Researchers found that, over a span of 12 years, 27 percent ( one-third ) of women who did not have children after their fertility treatments were no longer living with their partner. The study  comprised of 47,515 Danish women.

IVF is only the last option 
IVF can be the first treatment option for women with bilateral blockage of tubes, severe male infertility, and advanced age. Unnecessary delay and risks of prolonged treatment can be avoided by timely IVF.

IVF is only for affluent people
The cost of IVF has not increased over the years. it is less than buying a vehicle / furniture these days and results in a lifetime of happiness.

Women cannot conceive after menopause 
Through egg donor IVF, women can easily have children at any age.

Adoption is difficult
Earlier, many couples found that adoption was costly and time-consuming. 
New guidelines for adoption of children has become operational and under the new system, parents in India need not approach adoption agencies for registration. Parents can register online and upload relevant documents to determine their eligibility.

Infertility is nature's way of controlling population.
Zero population growth is a goal pursued now in this time of world overpopulation, but logically speaking couple can still have two children.

It is not an easy situation when you are struggling with infertility. You know what loving parents you would be, and it is painful to have to explain to others that you have a medical problem.

Dr. Anita Mani
Infertility& Surrogacy Specialist at Gift IVF Centre


Dr. Anita Mani is a renowned infertility specialist in south India with 15 years experience in ART (Assisted Reproductive Technology). Dr. Anita has successfully set up ART hospitals in Cochin and Bangalore,  along with her spouse  Dr. S Mani, who specialises in surrogacy. She completed MRCOG, from Royal College of Obstetrician and Gynaecologist  London, DFFP from  ART Warwick university and  worked in UK for 5 years. Dr. Anitha believes in scientific and ethical practice and is currently the director of Gift Gyno IVF centre Cochin and  Bangalore.  Apart from advanced laparoscopic surgeries, she is also an expert in various ART techniques including IVF, IUI, ICSI , donor egg / sperm  and surrogacy. Her proficiency is in genetic abnormalities and high risk pregnancies.


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  2. Infertility is a female problem in 40% of cases, a male problem in 40% of cases, and a combined problem of the couple or unexplained in 20% of cases. That is why we stress that it is important for both members of the couple to undergo medical evaluation and, as necessary, treatment.


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