Infertility Experts Recommend Infertility Treatment at Right Time

Given an alarming rise in infertility rate in India, experts have said proper education and counseling on reproductive health is very essential for couples.

Experts say right treatment at the right time is key to overcome the problem of infertility.

The World Health Organization states that infertility is a disease of the reproductive system, defined by the failure to achieve a clinical pregnancy after 12 months or more of regular unprotected sexual intercourse.

According to WHO estimates, around 60-80 million couples worldwide currently suffer from infertility. According to Indian Council of Medical Research estimates, the incidence of infertility in India is at approximately 4 per cent. In the different age groups, the overall prevalence of primary infertility is estimated to be between 3.9 and 16.8 per cent.

Delay in pregnancy, age, and sedentary lifestyle (tobacco, smoking, diet, stress) are the main reasons for the rising infertility in the country. The latest data showed the prevalence of stress among young adults around the world is estimated to range from 5-70 per cent, said Dr Shivani Sachdev Gour, founder-Director of SCI IVF Hospital.

This stress further gives rise to various other problems of which infertility of both men and women is on the rise. Both sexes contribute to different risk factors.

Infertility in men can be due to alcohol and drug use, toxins, smoking, age, health problems like obesity, medicines like testosterone, radiation, excessive testicular heat, and chemotherapy.

While in women, infertility includes ovulation problems like polycystic ovary syndrome, blocked fallopian tubes, uterine problems, uterine fibroids, age, stress, poor diet, excessive exercise and physical activities are believed to be responsible.

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Indian Council and Medical Research (ICMR) Guidelines for Sperm Donation

sperm donation

Sperm donation is a method in which a man donates sperm via semen, the fluid released during ejaculation to help infertile couples and individuals to become parents of healthy baby. Donor sperm can be used either for intrauterine insemination or in vitro fertilization.

Donor sperm is often used by:

  • A couple experiencing male infertility (little or no sperm, produces unhealthy sperm, male suffering from some genetic disease and vasectomy)
  • A single woman who want to be mother.

Donor sperm may be obtained at a sperm bank or fertility clinic. Sperm banks or clinics may be subjected to state or professional regulations, including restrictions on donor anonymity and the number of offspring that may be produced, and there may be other legal protections of the rights and responsibilities of both recipient and donor. Some sperm banks, either by choice or regulation, limit the amount of information available to potential recipients.A desire to obtain more information on donors, is one reason why recipients may choose to use a known donor or private donation. However, conception is achieved, the nature and course of the pregnancy will be the same as one achieved by sexual intercourse, and the male donor will be the biological father of any child born from his donations.

Before starting the infertility treatment, infertility experts evaluate ethical, legal, mental and emotional aspects of utilizing donor sperm.They also help to make couples mentally and emotionally strong enough to hassles free fertility treatment.

Indian Council and Medical Research directs the following requirements to become sperm donor:

  • Donor age must not be below 21 or above 45 years.
  • Donor blood group and Rh status must be determined and placed on record.
  • Donor must be free from HIV, Hepatitis B/C, Infections, Hypertension, Diabetes, STD and common genetic disorders such as Thalassemia.
  • Donor semen analysis of the individual must be carried out using a semen analyzer according to WHO method.
  • Other relevant information of the donor, such as height, weight, age, educational qualifications, profession, color of the skin and the eyes, record to major diseases including any psychiatric disorder and the family background in respect of history of any familial disorder, must be recorded in an appropriate Performa.

Apart from sperm donor guidelines, ICMR also recommends other screening guidelines for sperm donation (PDF):

  • To keep all information about sperm donors, recipients and couples confidential and secure.
  • Use of sperm donated by relative or a known friend of either the wife or the husband shall not be permitted.
  • It will be the responsibility of the clinic to obtain sperm from appropriate bank.

Sperm should be donated only in government authorized sperm bank. After sperm donation and screening process sperm either frozen in liquid nitrogen for future use in bank till 180 days or used by infertility clinics for treatment.

Higher success rate getting pregnant by donor sperm reported in women, who have no infertility problems, are under 35 years old. Lower success rates are reported where there is a female factor (ovulation problem, endometriosis, DES, etc.) or the women is over 35.

Things to Consider For the Infertility Treatment

Age is a very big factor when it comes to conceiving. If you are of the age 35 or above, the chances of miscarriage increase to a large extent and it becomes difficult conceiving too. In such cases the doctors advise to go for the IVF treatment which can easily help you to conceive and enjoy parenthood. Getting pregnant by natural ways cannot guarantee whether the results will be positive or but in case of the IVF treatment, things are quite different. It can be used to curb the infertility issues as well bring down other health problems. That is why IVF is considered to be the best infertility treatment.

But when you are planning to go with this treatment, there are a lot of things you might want to think about. So here are of the crucial aspects that you would like to consider.

  • Results of the IVF treatment – The end motive of the IVF treatment is to become pregnant and give birth to a healthy baby. As this is the prime concern, the couples would definitely would like to know the results in their case and whether it would be safe to go for this treatment or not. Thus it becomes really necessary to assure yourself regarding the treatment and then move ahead with it.
  • Risk factors – There is no such treatment which does not have any risk factor. Same is the case with the Test Tube Baby, so the best thing is to get in touch with your specialist and they will guide you about the risk factors which are involved and how you can minimize the same. So consulting the specialist is the only way out to deal with the problem.
  • Cost of IVF – Cost is a big factor when it comes to IVF so it is good to get an idea about the budget of your treatment. This helps you to plan ahead whether you will be able to avail the treatment or not. Dr Shivani Sachdev Gour is one of the right specialists for such treatments as the team is experienced and can provide the best assistance you are looking for. The treatment is excellent and suitable for your budget as well so you can move ahead with the infertility treatment.
  • Following the instructions – The most important thing in the treatment is following the guidelines of your doctor. Make sure you go step by step as said by the doctor and follow all the instructions carefully. This will keep you away from all sorts of health issues and the treatment will be carried out properly. Also the results will be as expected. Therefore you need to adhere to what your expert says and go ahead with the treatment.

IVF has been very successful in treating infertility problems and that is why couples are after this process. It is safe in every sense and guarantees good results too. No matter what the issue may be but IVF is able to treat everything and that is why it is one of the best treatments you can go for.