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You will see that the press has a heyday when it comes to writing about surrogacy in India- unfortunately; it’s rarely ever portrayed in a positive light. There are articles about how people from western countries come to India for surrogacy and exploit poor women by hiring her uterus to have the baby they want.
Though this talk isn’t entirely baseless and there quite of lot of exploitation that takes place, it’s not only the poor women who get caught in this trap. I have seen a lot of exploitation happening at IVF clinics; and it’s not poor women we are talking about here; rich infertile couples who come to these clinics for treatment are getting exploited too.
There are a number of infertile couples who are very desperate to have a child and they are more than willing to go to lengths for it. They read about how the country is now the world’s surrogacy capital and how it’s far cheaper to do surrogacy here rather than anywhere else in the world. Since many of these couples have failed IVF cycles, they feel that it’s best to opt for surrogacy as well.
Infertile women who fail one cycle after the next feel that if they opt for surrogacy and a healthy woman bears their child, it can’t possibly fail. With this one thought before them, they start looking for clinics that offer surrogacy treatment and there are plenty of them that are willing to oblige. The treatment can be a very lucrative proposition for clinics; the unfortunate part is that most doctors don’t take the trouble to educate the patient and many of them end up spending too much time and money on it, in a fruitless manner.
For example, surrogacy isn’t really a good option for older women as there may not be anything wrong with their uterus. The problem may be that they have poor quality eggs and using a surrogate doesn’t improve the situation in any way. Unfortunately, the patient’s judgment is clouded by their desperation to have a baby and many doctors are more than happy to provide them treatment, even as they fill their coffers.
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Things that go awry
- Doctors don’t take the time or care to explain what the success rates of surrogacy are and what the limitations are when it’s done using the eggs of an older woman
- Since the women are desperate, they simply sign up for another cycle
- Many doctors cheat their patients. They tell the latter that the surrogate is pregnant and that her HCG test was positive
- Patients who live abroad don’t have the means to verify this and they are ecstatic. It’s only after 8 weeks that they get a phone call from the doctor who tells them that the surrogate miscarried. No doubt, many of them are more than willing to try again
If a patient is caught in this web of deceit, they have no way to double check on this and they get taken for a ride, over and over again. The only way patients can protect themselves from unscrupulous doctors is to do their homework; information is the best protection against exploitation.
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There are a number of infertile couples who are very desperate to have a child and they are more than willing to go to lengths for it. The treatment can be a very lucrative proposition for clinics; the unfortunate part is that most doctors don’t take the trouble to educate the patient and many of them end up spending too much time and money on it, in a fruitless manner.
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