Finding out that you are unable to have children is one of the most stressful things that an individual has to face. The emotional turmoil is further magnified in a country like India where there is constant questioning from relatives and friends on when you will have a baby. In fact, the need for parenthood (the importance of having children) is greatest in India as it is linked to social status. What is important to realize today is that if you have fertility issues, it is not the end of the world.
If you are over 35 and not able to get pregnant after trying for a period of six months or under 35 and not able to conceive after trying for a period of one year, it is important that you make an appointment with a fertility specialist. There is no point delaying a consultation because the more you delay, the worse could be the prognosis.
It is important to give yourself time and space to cope with your situation. Spend more time with people who understand and care for you. Those who genuinely care about you will understand why and offer you the compassion needed.
Identify a counsellor, local support group or an online forum that allows you to share and exchange your story. This can be a great source of strength.
Find someone who can get you through this experience and ensure you come through it. Whether it is your partner, a trusted friend or a parent, make sure you have someone you can lean on.
Science is constantly advancing and herein lies the optimism. Until the birth of Louise Brown, the world’s first test tube baby, people suffering from infertility had limited treatment options. In fact, initially, obstetricians would suggest In Vitro Fertilization (IVF) only when there was a case of fallopian tube damage.
Today there is a whole host of treatment options available whether it is In Vitro Maturation, Karyomapping, Uterus transplants, Egg and Ovarian Tissue Freezing, Assisted hatching, Preimplantation Genetic Diagnosis (PGD), Intra-Cytoplasmic Sperm Injection (ICSI), Embryo Cryopreservation or Preimplantation Genetic Screening (PGS), amongst others. In addition, there are more recent approaches such as Single Embryo Transfer (SET) which helps ensure better treatment success and also bring down the risks associated with multiple pregnancies. Stem cell research is also fast advancing and ushering in a new area of medicine altogether.
Remember yesterday’s possibilities are becoming today’s realities. Stay positive. The chances of fertility treatment working for you are better than before. If you have any further queries, please reach us at email@example.com or to schedule an appointment with one of our doctors, click here. We would be happy to be of assistance.
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