IVF stands for in-vitro fertilization. It is a process that assists reproduction in infertility treatments. The method involving removing the ova(eggs) from the Ovum and letting the eggs and the sperm fertilize externally in the laboratory. This procedure is usually used as a last resort infertility treatment. Couples usually undergo different non-invasive procedures before opting or choosing IVF. These alternative treatments sometimes help couples to conceive naturally and without any surgery options. Ayurveda, Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), Homeopathy are some holistic healing systems that people opt for. Most practitioners recommend IVF as the last option to all their couples.
IVF treatment in Mumbai is an option that is being considered by a number of young couples. Due to modern lifestyles, there has been a rise in the number of infertile patients. This may be because of nutrition-deficient eating habits and low levels of physical activity. This is true for all metro cities. However, an increase in IVF patients isn’t a good thing because as mentioned earlier, IVF is usually kept as the last option. Increase in IVF patients indicates a lack of knowledge about the earlier mentioned holistic healing treatments. Unfortunately, lack of knowledge can lead to unforeseen complications. Therefore, it is imperative to take caution before going for IVF.
There are a lot of factors that are considered when suggesting IVF to couples. One major factor is age. Age affects the body’s ability to undergo treatments. The health of the eggs is also affected by age. The success of IVF treatments is much higher in younger individuals. The success rate of IVF decreases as women age. Also, IVF is usually undertaken by older adults, thereby reducing the total success rate of IVF treatments. Another important factor to consider is whether an individual has been pregnant before. If an individual has had a successful pregnancy before, the success rate of another pregnancy will usually be higher.
IVF treatment in Mumbai isn’t usually a cost-friendly affair. IVF treatments can range from 1.25 Lakhs and right up to 4-4.5 lakhs. For young couples, infertility is a long battle. They try a lot of methods, spending money here and there and eventually, in desperation, they opt for IVF without considering the financial hole it might put in their pocket. Add to the fact that the success rate of IVF isn’t so rosy, IVF tends to be identified as a very expensive technique and it can get a bad name as well.
In spite of these points, India remains a popular destination for IVF treatments. Success rates have been increasing in the last year, which has helped to increase international clients. Although the cost is high for Indians, it is half the price of treatments in International clinics. Therefore, it comes off as an extremely cost-effective option for international clients. Choosing a good hospital/clinic is also necessary to have better success rates of conceiving. There are clinics that emphasize counselling and consultation sessions before opting for IVF sessions. Choosing such clinics would be beneficial for couples.
IVF treatment in Mumbai, Delhi and other metro-cities are usually expensive but have better client information services. Clinics in lower-tier cities rarely offer client-information services and patients are usually directly prescribed IVF sessions right away. As a result, IVF success rates are lower in lower-tier cities. However, people in lower-tier cities usually have a better knowledge of alternative treatments that treat infertility. Using these alternative treatments also has mixed results and the success rate depends on the couple and the expertise of the practitioner.
Also to be taken into account is the constantly updating technology of UVF treatments. Tier-2 city clinics don’t get their technology updated that often and can take a lot of time to catch up with the latest techniques. The price is usually paid by the patients in the form of low success rates, low morale and may lead to a lack of trying in the future.
Every day, there are a number of couples that close the door forever on their dreams of having a child. Hopefully, this article has helped open the eyes of the couples who are thinking of going for IVF with no clue about the various factors involved in it.
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Author of the Blog: Dr. Archana Singh
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