Rising Infertility and Organized medical players
By Dr Kamini Rao
Medical Director of Milann, The Fertility Center
In this race to win life and tick off our goals early, we make many compromises with our bodies. Most of these compromises directly impact our health. One such area where changing lifestyles have made a dent on is infertility. Of course there are other hereditary reasons to this as well. What is eye-opening here is that nearly 7 million couples are struggling to conceive. With many medical players entering the infertility market, it becomes imperative to take a look at the factors that build a reliable healthcare facility, catering to the growing demands of infertility today.
Infertility is defined as the inability of a couple to conceive within a year or more of unprotected sex. While the most common symptom that hints at infertility is irregular menstruation, there are many more reasons. Infertility is caused due to the lack of certain hormones both in women as well as men. In an age where technological advancements have entered all sectors of healthcare and are making positive changes, it is surprising that infertility has only been on the rise. One major factor limiting healthy pregnancy is age. While women are on the road to make their own identity through education and career, they take more time to nurture their dreams of building a family. Studies reveal that women after 35 could have trouble conceiving.
Another research finding is the inter-connection between obesity and infertility. A recent study revealed bout 43 % women who were obese were less likely to conceive than the others. Excessive fat can affect your ovulation which indirectly affects your ability to conceive. Apart from weight, another lifestyle related factor that has an impact on your fertility is your diet. Excessive junk food eating, alcohol intake, smoking, vitamin deficiency etc. are all factors that are barriers to pregnancy. Additionally, something as simple as not indulging in sex at the right time zone of your menstrual cycle could also affect your fertility rates. It is not just women, but men also who experiences infertility which can be best explained with low sperm count. The reasons for this include poor diet, overweight, stress, other medical conditions etc.
While treatments are prescribed to boost your fertility, the process begins from communication. Studies have found that women tend to discuss their fertility very late and hence increase their risk factors. It is vital to seek the guidance of a doctor who is able to connect with the patient, to make him/ her fully comfortable. Recognizing the need to address infertility with utmost precision and care, many clinics and hospitals has set foot in this sector. However, only an organized medical player can help you achieve the best outcomes.
Many people often question why brands are important when it comes to healthcare. Simply put, any clinic or hospital could offer you treatments. But the right treatment can be offered only through careful examination. When we talk about infertility, before we look into the treatment aspect of it, there has to be a certain amount of understanding that goes into it. Unlike any given clinic, only an organized healthcare would treat infertility in a patient-centered manner. It is important to know patient history, health of both the partners, treatment preferences, risks to certain medications etc. In contrast to what many people believe, no two people can rely on the same treatment as effectively as the other.
This is where we see the importance of organized and branded healthcare facilities to treat infertility. A good doctor or clinic should be able to help you plan ahead in case of delayed pregnancies. Apart from that, he should also be able to advise one of a planned stage-by stage fertility treatment. This fertility cycle starts from ovulation stimulation which then moves on to egg retrieval and sperm retrieval in the female and male partners respectively. Post this, the fertilization of the eggs takes place and the embryo is placed in the uterus. Two weeks after the retrieval, a blood test will be able to confirm pregnancy. Embryo Cryopreservation is an important stage which only the best clinics can provide. In this procedure, remaining embryos are preserved or frozen, in case the patients want to have another child in the future. This reduces the need to undergo another IVF cycle.
The risks involved in treating infertility can be reduced effectively with the right intervention at the right time from your doctor. Infertility that has become a rising concern today is not the end of the road. With the best care and facility, for aspiring parents, the ‘good news’ is just a clinic away.