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Fertility - 10 Ways To Boost It!

Aarush Ivf & Endoscopy Centre 87% (133 ratings)
IVF Specialist, Mumbai
Fertility - 10 Ways To Boost It!

Pregnancy can be easy and smooth, while on the other hand, it might be time consuming, marred with conception difficulties all along the way. Pregnancy may seem exciting to some, whereas it can be stressful for others. Regardless of whether it is the first child you are planning or have had a successful pregnancy previously; there are some tips you need to keep in mind in order to improve fertility and give birth to a healthy child.

Some fertility boosting factors are:

  1. These fantastic swimmers are at the very root of male fertility. Some important components which need to be taken into consideration are sperm count, sperm motility (the ability of the sperm to swim around the female reproductive tract) and morphology (shape and size of a sperm). In order to have all these parameters in check and working fine, one needs to abstain from smoking and limit alcohol consumption among many other lifestyle modifications.

  2. Having unprotected vaginal intercourse during the woman’s fertile days in a month helps improve chances of conception.

  3. Fertility becomes a challenge when you are either overweight or underweight. The weight of a woman affects ovulation (The release of eggs from the ovaries) and causes hormonal imbalance; factors which make it very difficult to conceive. Keep your weight levels in check and that could prove primarily essential in bettering your fertility.

  4. Staying well nourished boosts your odds of conceiving! Make sure to include enough protein, iron, zinc, vitamin C, and vitamin D in your diet, because deficiencies in these nutrients have been linked to lengthened menstrual cycles (and therefore less frequent ovulation) and a higher risk of early miscarriage. Ask your gynaecologist if you should take a daily multivitamin supplement. And be sure to eat protein-rich foods, such as meat, fish, low-fat dairy products, eggs, and beans.

  5. Beware of STDs or Sexually Transmitted Diseases. One is the most prone to STDs of any kind if he/she happens to engage in unprotected sexual intercourse; having a number of sexual partners just ups the chances of getting afflicted by STD. Protected vaginal intercourse helps prevent STDs, thus enhancing fertility and subsequently, chances of conception.

  6. According to several studies, the lubricant one chooses surprisingly plays a significant role in determining fertility. Not all lubricants boost fertility and sperm motility (sperm count). Baby oil or egg whites are a few good examples of such lubricants.

  7. While a limited amount of caffeine consumption is good, overdoing it might spoil and hamper fertility. Limit caffeine intake and keep it within a level of 200-250mg a day.

  8. Smoking, besides playing havoc with every organ in the body, affects the reproductive organs and thus fertility. In men, it leads to reduced sperm count and in women, it causes DNA damage. Stub the bud right now and never get back to it.

  9. Certain toxic chemicals can lead to female and male infertility. So it is advisable that you stay away from chemicals such as pesticides, organic solvents and lead, the primary toxins which pose a severe threat to fertility.

  10. Exercising regularly can never go wrong. It gives you the strength and stamina, boosting your overall health. However, vigorous exercises, especially when you are trying to conceive, will do you no good. It might adversely lead to the suppression of certain hormones such as progesterone (pregnancy stimulating hormone) and might affect ovulation, hence affecting fertility. Aim at a regular 20 minutes session of light exercises; mild cardiovascular exercises such as walking can work wonders, especially in such circumstances.
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Complete Infertility- How To Investigate It?

Dr. Pooja Choudhary 88% (356 ratings)
MD - Obstetrtics & Gynaecology, MBBS
Gynaecologist, Delhi
Complete Infertility- How To Investigate It?

While some couples conceive with ease, conceiving a child can be extremely difficult for others. In cases where a woman is not able to get pregnant despite having regular intercourse in tune with her biological cycle, infertility tests may be suggested to investigate the reason behind this. In most cases, these tests are suggested if a year has gone by without intercourse resulting in a pregnancy. Women may also be said to be infertile, if they cannot carry a foetus to full term.

Infertility can affect both men and women and can be triggered by a number of different reasons. In some cases, it is treatable while in others, alternative ways of having a family may need to be discussed. Hence, it is very important to understand the different types and triggers for infertility and to undergo complete infertility investigations. Some of the common types of infertility investigations are as given below.

  1. Blood tests: A blood test of both partners is used to assess the general health of the couple and to identify any health factors that may be impeding fertility.
  2. Tests for women: 
    1. Hysterosalpingogram: This is an X ray that can identify if a blockage or any other issue in the fallopian tubes are the cause for infertility.
    2. Pelvic ultrasound: This is used to have a look at the anatomy of the female reproductive system and to check for fibroids.
    3. Laparoscopy / hysteroscopyThis is used to get a clearer picture of the ovaries, uterus and other parts of the reproductive system.
    4. Tracking cycle: Ovulation and the thickness of the uterus lining may also affect infertility, This can be diagnosed by tracking and assessing the menstrual cycle.
  3. Tests for men
    1. Semen analysis:This test is used to get an idea of sperm concentration, motility and the appearance of sperm in a man’s semen. In some cases, the semen may not include any sperm cells. In such cases, a follow up investigation may be required to assess if sperm cells are being created in the testicles. This is known as testicular sperm aspiration or a testicular biopsy.
    2. Sperm DNA: The DNA in sperm also plays an important role in fertility. This test is used to assess the sperm DNA integrity and to see how it may affect embryo development and chances of an on-going pregnancy.

Infertility treatment depends on the cause identified by the above tests and hence it is important for both partners to undergo complete testing.

Treatment of Erectile Dysfunction!

Dr. Radhika A (Md) 85% (10 ratings)
MD - Acupuncture, Diploma In Accupuncture, Advanced Diploma In Accupuncture
Acupuncturist, Delhi
Treatment of Erectile Dysfunction!

Treatment of Erectile Dysfunction

Homeopathic Treatment of Erectile Dysfunction
Acupuncture & Acupressure Treatment of Erectile Dysfunction
Psychotherapy Treatment of Erectile Dysfunction
Conventional / Allopathic Treatment of Erectile Dysfunction
Surgical Treatment of Erectile Dysfunction
Dietary & Herbal Treatment of Erectile Dysfunction
Other Treatment of Erectile Dysfunction
What is Erectile Dysfunction
Symptoms of Erectile Dysfunction
Causes of Erectile Dysfunction
Risk factors of Erectile Dysfunction
Complications of Erectile Dysfunction
Lab Investigations and Diagnosis of Erectile Dysfunction
Precautions & Prevention of Erectile Dysfunction
Treatment of Erectile Dysfunction

Homeopathic Treatment of Erectile Dysfunction

Homeopathy can provide significant relief to patients suffering from male sexual dysfunction. It can help to improve the nerve functions over a period of time. Homeopathic treatment can also help in tackling systemic causes of sexual dysfunction such as obesity, diabetes, high blood pressure, hormonal problems, etc. Some of the homeopathic medicines for erectile dysfunction ED are:

Agnus
Calad
Lyco
Nux V
Phos
Selen
Sepia
Sulph

Acupuncture & Acupressure Treatment of Erectile Dysfunction

Acupuncture can provide a safe natural alternative to helping men with erectile dysfunction. Acupuncture points on the extremities, abdomen and back are used to successfully relieve this problem. Results are quick and highly successful.

Psychotherapy and Hypnotherapy Treatment of Erectile Dysfunction

Psychotherapy and Hypnotherapy can help men let go of their worry about the erection and learn to relax and enjoy the sexual and sensual experience. It reduces anxiety around sex, relationships or intimacy. Psychotherapy can be beneficial for an individual, but couples therapy sessions are also helpful. Couples therapy can also include learning to talk about sex in ways that help them let down their defenses and openly discuss their needs, wants, and desires. Hypnotherapy can resolve deep subconscious psychological issues and help in regaining strong erection. Sex therapy is very helpful in managing a healthy and successful sex life.

Conventional / Allopathic Treatment of Erectile Dysfunction

In the allopathic treatment of erectile dysfunction, oral medications such as Sildenafil (Viagra), Tadalafil (Cialis) and Vardenafil (Levitra, Staxyn) may be prescribed by the doctor. These drugs enhance the effects of nitric oxide which increases blood flow and allows you to get an erection in response to sexual stimulation.

Surgical Treatment of Erectile Dysfunction

Surgery to treat erectile dysfunction may be recommended to achieve the following goals:

Implanting a prosthetic device within the penis, which causes an erection
Reconstructing the arteries within the penis to increase blood flow, which helps to facilitate an erection
Blocking off veins within the penis that allow blood to leave the penis, which helps to maintain an erection
 

Dietary & Herbal Treatment of Erectile Dysfunction

Eat diet that is rich in antioxidants such as fruits and vegetables, whole grains, legumes, and nuts
Eat foods that contain folic acid, vitamin C, and vitamin E

What is Erectile Dysfunction?

Erectile dysfunction (impotence) occurs when a man can no longer get or keep an erection firm enough for sexual intercourse. Some people have trouble speaking with their doctors about sex. But if you have ED, you should tell your doctor. ED can be a sign of health problems.

Symptoms of Erectile Dysfunction

Reduced sexual desire
Failure to achieve an erection
Trouble keeping an erection

Causes of Erectile Dysfunction

Heart disease
Clogged blood vessels (atherosclerosis)
High blood pressure and High cholesterol
Diabetes
Obesity
Depression and anxiety
Parkinson’s disease
Multiple sclerosis
Low testosterone
Stress
Peyronie’s disease, development of scar tissue inside the penis
Certain prescription medications
Alcohol and Tobacco use
Treatments for prostate cancer or enlarged prostate
Surgeries or injuries that affect the pelvic area or spinal cord

Risk factors of Erectile Dysfunction

Diabetes or heart problems
Stress, anxiety or depression
Prolonged bicycling
Being overweight
Tobacco use

Complications of Erectile Dysfunction

An unsatisfactory sex life
Stress or anxiety
Marital discord
Low self-esteem
Relationship problems
No sexual relationships
The inability to get your partner pregnant 

Diagnosis of Erectile Dysfunction

Diagnosis of erectile dysfunction involves the following tests and procedures:

Physical exam
Blood tests
Urine tests
Ultrasound
Overnight erection test
Psychological exam

Precautions & Prevention of Erectile Dysfunction

Do not smoke
Reduce stress
Avoid alcohol
Get help for anxiety or depression
Manage diabetes and heart disease
 

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Best Ayurvedic Doctor in Bangalore!

Dr. Sanjeev Kumar Singh 89% (192 ratings)
Bachelor of Ayurveda, Medicine and Surgery (BAMS)
Ayurveda, Lakhimpur Kheri
Best Ayurvedic Doctor in Bangalore!

Ayurveda can treat the most chronic problem that you have been facing or even the smallest problem like treating acne or pain. Best ayurvedic doctors in Bangalore are there to help you. Ayurvedic treatment is considered to be safe and holistic in nature. The treatments are based on your bodies basic composition. Some of the best ayurvedic doctors in Bangalore are:

1. Dr. Phanindra V V

MD - Ayurveda Medicine, BAMS, Yoga Teachers Training Course

Consultation fees: ₹200

Dr. Phanindra is a reputed doctor with post graduation in General Medicine In Ayurveda. He is also a certified yoga instructor and has done a Fellowship in Cardiac Rehabilitation from Apollo Hospital Hyderabad. He treats all conditions as per traditional Ayurvedic System and has been trained by some of the famous ayurvedic doctors. His areas of expertise are treating Anorectal Conditions, Panchakarma and Orthopedics. He currently practices at Narayana Ayurveda Kuteeram - Ayurvedic Treatment Centre and best oral paper presentation award.

2. Dr. Sandhya Krishnamurthy

BAMS

Consultation fees: ₹200

Dr. Sandhya Krishnamurthy is a reputed Ayurveda Practitioner in Bangalore who is associated with Shubha Clinic. She has an experience of 29 years and specializes in treating conditions like Acidity, Piles, Jaundice, Acne, Pimples, Skin Infections. Her home remedies are very effective, safe and convenient to use. She is also known for care and warmth in treating for her patients.

3. Dr. Rohini BV

BAMS, YIC, DEC

Consultation fees: ₹350

Dr. Rohini is a reputed doctor with 7 years of experience and a member of Ayush Unani and Ayurvedic Board. She has been associated with some very reputed medical clinics like Ayushadyala and Shathayau Ayurveda. She currently practices at Ayurcenter. Some of the key treatments provided by her are Anti Aging, Acne, for various skin allergies, cold and cough

4. Dr. Payal Khandelwal

BAMS, MD - Ayurveda

Consultation fees: ₹350

Dr. Payal Khandelwal is one of the most renowned ayurvedic doctor in Whitefield Bangalore and currently practices at Carewell Clinic, Basil Ayurveda & Panchakarma Centre and Ayurveda First. She has done her post graduation in Ayurveda. In 15 years of work experience she has taken multiple roles like research associate and lecturer other than being a ayurveda consultant. Her area of expertise are treating lifestyle and chronic diseases like gastrointestinal tract diseases, hormonal disorders and allergic conditions in both children and adults.

5. Dr. Akarshini AM

BAMS, MD-General Medicine, Phd - Kayachikitsa

Consultation fees: ₹350

Dr. Akarshini AM practices at Lakshy Ayurcare Ayurveda Clinic & Panchakarma Ksharasootra Centre. She has 15 years of experience. Areas of keen interest to her are treating type- 1 and type 2 diabetes. She is also known for her treatment of renal and neural disorders. SOme of the other conditions she treats are spine or back related problems, arthritis, skin and hair problems as well as fertility issues related to women. 

6. Dr. Sharad Kulkarni

M.S - Ayurveda, BAMS

Consultation fees: ₹250

Dr. Sharad Kulkarni is amongst the most renowned ayurvedic doctor of Bangalore. Just in 5 years of his practice he has been nominated for several awards and was the youngest ayurvedic doctor who was invited to speak on Ayurveda in LONDON. He has many articles published in journals, blogs and other media. His areas of specialisation are treating chronic and acute conditions related to gastro, skin problems and conditions like diabetes and hypertension. He currently practices at Jeevottama Health.

7. Dr. Aparna Kulkarni

MD - Ayurveda, Bachelor of Ayurveda, Medicine and Surgery (BAMS)

Consultation fees: ₹200

Dr. Aparna Kulkarni s a popular ayurvedic doctor. She has an experience of 3 years and specialises in heart related diseases, diabetes, PCOS, liver functioning disorders, constipations, high cholesterol and hypertension. She is currently practising at Dr Kulkarni's Ayur Clinic, Bangalore.

8. Dr. Shambulingaiah S. Hiremath

Bachelor of Ayurveda, Medicine and Surgery (BAMS), MS - Ayurveda

Consultation fees: ₹250

Dr. Shambulingaiah S. Hiremath is a famous ayurveda specialist with 30 years of experience. He is well known for treating various conditions using Panchkarma, Ksharsutra, and Agnikarma. His areas of specialization are treating conditions like piles, fistula, allergies, asthma, arthritis, migraine, backache, skin and sexual problems. He is a managing director of Shree Dhanvantari Groups of Hospital and also visiting professor various Ayurveda Medical Colleges across India.

9. Dr. Neetha Ganesh

BAMS

Consultation fees: ₹200

Dr Neetha Ganesh is practicing from last 17 years and is a reputed name in her field. She believes in a holistic approach and combines Ayurveda, Yoga and meditation as a part of her treatment. She is currently associated with Ayurdhan Ayurvedic Hospital as a senior consultant. Her areas of specialization are acute and chronic pain related to Back, Spine and Joint Pain. She also treats cases of skin and hair problems and has a special interest in women care and infertility.

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How Homeopathy Is Effective In Treating Infertility?

Dr. Rizwan Khan 85% (48 ratings)
BHMS
Homeopath, Gwalior
How Homeopathy Is Effective In Treating Infertility?

If you are looking for an effective treatment procedure for infertility, you should consider homeopathy. Infertility refers to the inability to conceive after having sex. The biological inability of a man or a woman to conceive and have a full term pregnancy can also be referred to as infertility. Homeopathy is the most natural cure for infertility and there are several types of homeopathic medicines which treat infertility in both men and women.

Homeopathic Medicines for Infertility in Men

The top homeopathic medicines used for treating infertility in men are as follows:

Homeopathic medicines for infertility in men with erectile dysfunction

Agnus Castus is used when a man’s sexual desire and physical ability are reduced. The genitals stay relaxed, cold and flaccid. Caladium is used when infertility or impotency results because of mental depression. The genitals stay relaxed and weak erections are likely. Selenium is used for erectile dysfunction featured by slow and weak erections. Involuntary semen discharge may also be indicated as a symptom.

Homeopathic medicines for infertility in men with low sperm count

The homeopathic medicine X-Ray is very effective in treating low sperm count in men. Sperm count gets increased, enhancing both the quantity and quality of sperm.

Homeopathic medicines for infertility in men with orchitis

Conium is used for treating infertility in men, which occurs due to orchitis. The testicles get swollen, enlarged and hardened. Conium also helps patients with a history of suppressed sexual desire.

Homeopathic Medicines For Infertility In Women

The top homeopathic medicines for treating infertility in women are as follows:

Homeopathic medicines for infertility because of acid vaginal charges

Borax and Natrum Phos are effective homeopathic medicines used for treating infertility in women, which occurs because of acid vaginal charges. These medicines are prescribed when the vaginal discharges are destructive, acrid and sperm killing in nature. Borax is used when the discharge is like egg white, copious and warm. Natrum Phos is used in the case of acrid, creamy and honey coloured discharge.

Homeopathic medicines for infertility because of prolonged and profuse periods

Calcarea Carb and Aletris Farionosa are ideal homeopathic medicines which are used in case of prolonged and profuse menstrual periods, and in the case of periods appearing before the usual time. Experiencing early menses is likely. The patient may experience anemia, leucorrhea, fatigue, tiredness and weakness along with menorrhagia.

Homeopathic treatment does not utilize the use of any kind of chemicals, and hence there are no side effects on the body. You should consult a homeopathic practitioner before starting to take homeopathic medicines for infertility.

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Intracytoplasmic Sperm Injection (ICSI) - Know More About It!

Dr. Sandeep Talwar 88% (23 ratings)
MBBS, DNB - Obstetrics and Gynecology, Fellowship In Reproductive Medicine
IVF Specialist, Delhi
Intracytoplasmic Sperm Injection (ICSI) - Know More About It!

Intracytoplasmic Sperm Injection i.e. ICSI is different from conventional IVF i.e. In Vitro Fertilization because a single sperm is selected by the embryologist to be injected by a needle into the egg rather than a dish with many sperms placed near the egg so that the fastest swimming sperm enters it. Once the sperm is injected directly into the egg, it fertilizes, after which the embryo is transferred into the womb or uterus. 

Your doctor might recommend ICSI treatment for you if you have an extremely low sperm count resulting in infertility or other medical sperm conditions such as poor motility or poor morphology. It may also be suggested if prior attempts at IVF procedures have failed in fertilizing the egg or the fertilization rate is extremely low. You must also consider ICSI treatment if you resort to embryo testing or if the sperm needs to be collected from the epididymis or testicles surgically. 

However, you must keep in mind that if your partner has a genetic problem resulting in low sperm count, it could be passed on to your child, if you decide to use your husband's sperm for this process.

Success Rates of ICSI:

The success rate of ICSI treatment depends on your age and your fertility problem. Your eggs are healthier when you are young and as you age, chances are that they will become less healthy.

1. 35 per cent if you are under 35 years of age
2. 29 per cent if you are between 35 to 37 years of age
3. 21 per cent if you are between 38 to 39 years of age
4. 14 per cent if you are between 40 to 42 years of age
5. 6 per cent if you are between 43 to 44 years of age
6. 5 per cent if you are above 44 years of age

Advantages of ICSI Treatment:

Intracytoplasmic Sperm Injection gives you a chance to conceive a child genetically when most other options are exhausted. Males may be unable to ejaculate on the day the eggs are collected due to anxiety. ICSI proves to be advantageous because sperm may also be surgically extracted for this process. It is extremely helpful for those couples who suffer from unexplained infertility. However, one of the most important factors is that ICSI treatment does not affect your child's physical or mental health.

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Is Homeopathy Equipped To Treat Infertility?

Dr. Ruchita Chandra 91% (1794 ratings)
Doctor of Homeopathic Medicine (H.M.D.), Nutrition/ Diet planning, Diploma In Naturopathy & Yogic Science (DNYS), Cosmetology, BHMS, DND, Pranic Healing
Homeopath, Navi Mumbai
Is Homeopathy Equipped To Treat Infertility?

Infertility refers to the inability to conceive after having sex without protection. The biological inability of a man or a woman to contribute to conception and carry a full-term pregnancy may also be referred to as infertility. Among the various treatments for infertility, homeopathy accounts for being an effective one in both men and women.

Homeopathic medicines for infertility in women

  1. Homeopathic medicines for infertility because of acid vaginal charges: Borax and Natrum Phos are considered to be the best homeopathic medicines for infertility in women because of acid vaginal charges. These medicines are used when the vaginal discharges are destructive, acrid and kills sperms. Borax is used when the discharge is like egg white, copious and warm and it helps in easy conception. Natrum Phos is used when the discharge is acrid, creamy or honey colored.
  2. Homeopathic medicines for infertility because of prolonged and profuse periods: Calcarea Carb and Aletris Farionosa are used in case of too much prolonged, too profuse menstrual periods and periods which occur before time. Early mensus are experienced by patients. Anemia, leucorrhea, fatigues, tiredness and weakness may be experienced with menorragia.

Homeopathic medicines for infertility in men:

  1. Homeopathic medicines for infertility in men with erectile dysfunctionThere are several effective homeopathic medicines for this purpose. Agnus Castus is used when a man’s sexual desire and physical ability is low and the genitals stay relaxed, cold and flaccid. Caladium is best when infertility or impotency occurs due to mental depression. In this case, the genitals stay relaxed and weak erection is observed. Selenium is another efficient homeopathic medicine for erectile dysfunction in cases of slow and weak erections. Involuntary semen discharge may also be experienced.
  2. Homeopathic medicines for infertility in men with low sperm countX-ray is the most effective homeopathic medicine for treating low sperm count in men. Sperm count gets increased and both the quantity and quality of sperm are enhanced.
  3. Homeopathic medicines for infertility in men with orchitis: Conium is an ideal homeopathic medicine for treating infertility in men with orchitis. The testicles are swollen, enlarged and become hard. Conium also helps when a patient has a history of suppressed sexual desire.

Homeopathy is the most natural treatment for fertility in men and women, with no side effects on the body. Homeopathic medicine works with following rule of the nature's law of cure and these medicines work naturally without producing any harm to the body. You should consult a homeopathic practitioner before taking any homeopathic remedy for infertility.

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How ICSI Can Help You Get Pregnant?

Dr. Sameer Pahlajani 90% (11 ratings)
MBBS
IVF Specialist, Raipur
How ICSI Can Help You Get Pregnant?

There are many reasons leading to infertility, but one of the main causes is the inability of the sperm to travel all the way up to the uterus to fertilize an egg. This is caused by defective sperms and could be due to poor sperm quality, poor motility, etc. There are multiple reasons for this, and even smoking, obesity, diabetes, hypertension, etc. could be reasons.

Many technical advancements in fertility treatments are being done, and they try to keep the natural process of fertilization intact, at the same time improving the chances of success. Intracytoplasmic sperm injection (ICSI, often used as a standalone term iksee) improves the rate of fertilization in that the sperm is directly injected into the egg. The environment of this artificial fertilization is completely controlled, and the fertilized egg is then placed into the womb for further growth. It is one of the recent methods of improving fertility, a part of ART (assisted reproductive technology).

Indications:

  1. Poor sperm perms motility
  2. Semen where sperm concentration is low
  3. Male infertility with unidentifiable cause
  4. Poor sperm quality, with sluggish sperms
  5. Ejaculation issues, such as retrograde ejaculation (semen is ejected into the bladder)
  6. Useful in couples who have failed IVF.

What to expect? 

The following outlines some of the steps for both male and female before and during the procedure.

Before the procedure - males:

  1. First step is the sperm collection; a screening is first done
  2. Sperms collection happens through either masturbation or directly from the testicles via a small incision
  3. Sperms could be collected fresh or collected and frozen for later use

Before the procedure – women:

  1. In the normal menstrual cycle, only a single egg is released. However, prior to ICSI, the woman is given ovulation drugs, which are high-dose hormone injections prior to ovulation. This ensures multiple eggs are released, which are then retrieved for fertilization in the external environment.
  2. Blood and ultrasound are monitored regularly to identify the ovulation time, and eggs are collected within 24 to 36 hours of release

During the procedure - How ICSI happens:

  1. A healthy egg is chosen and placed in a glass tube, and a sperm is introduced to ensure fertilization
  2. This could be repeated in multiple tubes, and the most healthy one could be chosen to be implanted into the uterus
  3. Some of the fertilized ones could be frozen for later use, in case the implanted embryo fails to grow as expected
  4. The success rate for this procedure is quite high as the fertilization rate is almost 80 - 85 %
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Oncofertility - Giving Hope for the Cancer Patients!

Dr. Richika Sahay Shukla 91% (669 ratings)
DNB (Obstetrics and Gynecology), MBBS
IVF Specialist, Delhi

Oncofertility is the combination of Oncology i.e., study of cancer and Fertility i.e., capacity to produce offspring.

It is a subfield that research to explore and expand options for the reproductive future of cancer survivors. Oncofertility bridges oncology and reproductive medicine that works to expand the fertility potential of young people with cancer. It was developed to provide cancer patients with the option to take fertility preservation steps prior to and after cancer curing treatments have taken place.

Oncofertility involves the fertility preservation i.e., preservation of the egg/embryo or sperm. Since the use of chemotherapy/radiation on the body during the cancer treatments leads to the infertility in individuals, Oncofertility comes with the option for them. This helps them to cryo-preserve their eggs or sperms or embryos, and that can be used in future whenever they are ready for the parenthood.

It is not only limited to particular gender, male, female or even teenagers can get benefit from it. In couples if one of the partners is seeking for the chemotherapy/radiation then they can even freeze their embryos, which used in future for their parenthood.

IVF - Questions That Most People Seek Answers For!

Dr. Chandrashekhar Sakolikar 89% (43 ratings)
MBBS Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery, MD - Obstetrics & Gynaecology
IVF Specialist, Navi Mumbai
IVF - Questions That Most People Seek Answers For!

One of the major milestones in a woman’s life is the entry into motherhood. For most women, when this does not happen in the natural logical sequence of things, there is anxiety and lot of pressure from family and friends.

However, with advancements now, there are options like intrauterine insemination and in vitro fertilisation (IUI and IVF) available, which can help increase the chances of conception and pregnancy. IVF is where the egg is retrieved from the woman’s womb, fertilised externally and then transplanted back into the uterus where it grows to full term. However, there are always unanswered questions like how long to wait before going for IVF, is it the right procedure for me, etc.

Read on to know to find answers to some of these.

  1. Maternal age: As a woman reaches 35 and a man reaches 40, the fertility rates drop significantly. The chances that a woman at 35 will conceive is about 20%, which goes down to 5% if the woman is 40. However, this rate can be significantly increased by using IVF. The quality of the egg would gradually deteriorate, and so if a woman is nearing 40, it is better to consider IVF as the ovarian reserve would be optimal with IVF.
  2. Failed intrauterine insemination: In couples who have problems with the sperm reaching the uterus, intrauterine insemination (IUI) is first attempted. However, if 3 or more attempts of fail, it is time to consider IVF.
  3. Duration of inability to conceive: While some couples conceive quite promptly in a month or two, most take about 6 to 8 months of unprotected sex to conceive. Therefore, IVF can be an option if you are failing to conceive even after a year. Less than a year, don’t fret. Take it easy and it might just do the trick.
  4. Medical health: Both the partner’s medical health should be taken into account. Lifestyle changes like smoking, alcohol abuse, drug abuse should be considered, which can account for poor sexual performance and therefore lead to an inability to conceive. Health conditions like diabetes and heart disease can also lead to infertility. Hypothyroidism in women is another thing that must be ruled out, as it often leads to an inability to conceive.
  5. Sexual problems with the partner: One of the first things to do before going for IVF is to check that the male does not have any issues. Be it erection issues or ejaculation issues or sperm issues, they need to be ruled out. Sperm quality, quantity, and motility have to be analysed, and if they are optimal, IVF can be considered.
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