(Wednesday, August 20, 2014)

High Success Rate

IVF is the most common treatment for infertility problems and it accounts for the majority of all assisted procedures for pregnancy. Every year, more than 48,000 IVF babies born in the United States alone. The treatment can be a great option for women who have problems related to ovulation, blockage of the Fallopian Tubes, a low sperm count in the man and other such problems.

What the Treatment Entails

IVF treatment involves the use of fertility drugs that are taken in the beginning stages of the menstrual cycle of the woman. This drug induces the ovaries to produce mature eggs that can be fertilized. You have to visit us for scans 2-3 times, to confirm you are responding well to the stimulation and that your follicles are growing well. Once the eggs mature, they are removed from the ovaries using a needle that is inserted into the vaginal wall. This is done under anesthesia and there is no pain or surgery. The eggs and the sperm of the partner are brought together in the lab.

The Embryo

When the eggs get fertilized, they form what is known as the embryo within a few days. A few of them, two to four, are placed in the uterus of the woman using a catheter. The other embryos are frozen and kept safely, to be used if there is no success with these embryos. One of the embryos that are inserted will attach itself to the uterine wall and will start growing as a baby. In a few cases of IVF treatment, more than one embryo implants itself on the wall and this gives rise to multiple babies.

Period of Treatment

For those facing infertility issues, the entire treatment of IVF takes about 2 weeks for completing one cycle at Malpani Infertility Clinic. Hospitalization is not needed. All the treatment is done under one roof at Malpani Infertility Clinic, so you never need to run around. The care is provided personally by Dr Anjali Malpani and Dr Aniruddha Malpani. We are very hands-on, and do not have any assistants.

Safe Alternative

IVF treatment for infertility problems is a very old method of ART or assisted reproductive technology and is being practiced since the 70s. The children thus conceived, are very healthy and there are no associated medical problems with this procedure. The drugs used in the procedure do not in any way increase the risk of ovarian cancer occurring in the woman, even in cases of prolonged uses of the drug.

Women who are not able to conceive, for various reasons, can opt for IVF treatment, which offers a safe alternative. Here, the eggs are fertilized outside the body and then implanted in the uterus.

Authored by : Dr Aniruddha Malpani, MD and reviewed by Dr Anjali Malpani.

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