Wednesday, 18 January 2017

Steps to be followed if you cannot conceive after trying for a year

The first and foremost thing to remember is ‘NOT TO PANIC’, keep in mind that anxiety and tension will stand in the way of your pregnancy. So relax and calm down, in many cases pregnancy is achieved over a period of time without any treatment.  Medical science has advanced so much that there is a solution for most of the problems. One small word to the friends and relatives as well, “please don’t taunt the couples with questions of the impending pregnancy. Do not trouble the already distraught souls”. Stress causes sub fertility, so try to reduce stress and spend quality time with your partner.

There are some simple tests and procedures which can detect the cause of infertility and more often than not, some simple procedures or medication can give you the result.  I frequently get patients who have undergone multifarious expensive tests and treatment in infertility centers, but some basic inexpensive tests which would have given the definite reason of the complication were omitted. Sadly as the years pass by, the chance for a successful pregnancy starts dwindling and the desperation and dismay along with the financial drain leads to depression and isolation.

The tests which are to be undergone varies from person to person,  I would like to suggest some basic tests which might reveal where the problems lie. In many cases, a simple laparoscopic drilling can give instant results. Detecting the problem at an early stage and following up with prompt and appropriate treatment will increase the chance of pregnancy.

Tests for Men
Basic test is Semen Analysis
Tests for Women
AMH, On Day2 - LH, FSH, prolactin
Baseline Scan to check reproductive organs
Follicular monitoring for ovulation
Tubal patency tests

Lab Tests required For  Husband  & wife
General tests
Urine R/E
For Infection screening
H I V 1 + 11
H B S Ag

For Systemic Disorder

Genetic screening - Karyotyping might be required in later stages if multiple miscarriages or unexplained infertility

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 the 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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