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Infertility is quite a scary term for couples who are eager to become parents. The fear increases with each passing day because 86% of couples successfully conceive within the first few months. Less than 10% conceive within a year.

However, there is a lot of uncertainty and misunderstanding around the word “infertility” and this creates more panic than necessary. In this blog article, we will speak in depth about it along with treatment options so that you walk the path of parenthood without any qualms.

What is infertility?

Infertility is the inability to conceive a child. A couple may be deemed as infertile after over a year of unprotected sex and no success. The usual thumb rule is that failure to conceive even after 15 months or so is an infertility case.
Infertility can be due to various reasons, sometimes unknown. Most of these reasons can be identified and treated to successfully foster pregnancy.

Infertility problems in couples

Infertility can be caused due to health problems in the female partner, male partner, or both. Even though consultations start with women heading to the fertility clinic, complications may be in the male partner as well. This is why it is recommended that both partners get the necessary tests done. Common reasons behind infertility problems are:

  1. Endometriosis
  2. Ovulation disorders
  3. Problems in the fallopian tube (Damage)
  4. Advanced age
  5. Uterine fibroids
  6. Unexplained infertility (14% of total infertility cases are unexplained)
  7. Hypothalamic disorders, gonad disorders, and sperm issues in men

The need for infertility treatment

Gone are the days when infertility was the end of the world. Today, your dream of being a parent can come true despite complications and hindrances because there are multiple treatments that you can try.

Based on the situation, your fertility clinic will provide the best solution. We have enlisted the most popular solutions here:

In-vitro fertilization or IVF

IVF is an intricate procedure in which the clinic will fertilize the egg in the laboratory. The sperm and egg will be taken and fused under stipulated conditions to aid fertilization.

IVF is currently the most successful method of fertilization and is used worldwide for this exact reason. No matter what the cause of infertility maybe, IVF is often the solution.

Stimulating ovulation

If infertility is caused due to ovulation disorders, stimulating ovulation through medication and injections maybe tried. The idea is to assist the female partner in ovulating and releasing mature eggs.

Intracytoplasmic Sperm Injection (ICSI)

ICSI is a common treatment for male reproductive dysfunction in which the sperm is injected directly into the mature egg.

Intrauterine Insemination (IUI)

IUI, also known as Artificial Insemination, is a widely popular method used in cases where there is concern regarding fertility or damaged fallopian tubes.

There are multiple other treatments as well such as the use of donors and surrogacy, which are considered based on the severity of the situation and the comfort level of the couple.

Is it the right time to change your fertility clinic?

While infertility treatments may take time, there may come an instance when you might question whether you chose the right fertility clinic. If you see any of the following red flags, it could be time to change your fertility clinic:

The physician does not have a clear conversation

Good physicians do not demand that you listen quietly to them and do as told. They are always open to discussions and answering questions about the procedure.

They often tell you why the procedure is right for you and discuss alternatives as well. If your physician does not encourage this, you should look for a better clinic.

Unprofessional behavior

The most common unprofessional trait we see is making patients wait despite appointments. Appointments are commitments that the physician must honor as well.

If he/she makes you wait all the time and every appointment takes much longer than anticipated, it is a sure red flag.

Not discussing budget or expenses

Infertility treatment is a psychologically and financially heavy process. Couples look for clinics that can empathize with them and speak to them about all the options keeping budget in mind.

Couples may need to take multiple steps including loans before starting the process. Shutting them out and not listening to them shows that the clinic is less than supportive.

Not respecting privacy

Clinics that do not understand the need for privacy and physicians who would meet with multiple patients at once are best avoided.

Always trust your gut instinct and exit at the first negative sign. Infertility treatment is a challenging process that needs timely attention.

Sticking to the wrong clinic may knock precious time off, which is very crucial.

Choosing the best IVF Clinic in Chandigarh

The best IVF clinic in Chandigarh will not just provide the right options for treatment, but also discuss closely with you, empathize and come up with the right solution.

At Reviva IVF, we understand the challenges and difficulties you are going through, and do our best to ease your pain – physically and emotionally. All our physicians and team members work closely keeping budget constraints in mind so that the journey to parenting is fruitful and not taxing.

At Reviva IVF, we understand the challenges and difficulties you are going through, and do our best to ease your pain – physically and emotionally. All our physicians and team members work closely keeping budget constraints in mind so that the journey to parenting is fruitful and not taxing.

Fertility Treatment During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Fertility Treatment During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Over the past few weeks, our TV channels, newsfeeds,
social media platforms have been filled with terms such as ‘social distancing’,
‘flatten the curve’ due to the global pandemic i.e. COVID-19. There is no
denying in saying that this pandemic has pressed a pause button to the world.
Whether its planned vacations, weddings, big conferences, sports events or
world championships – everything is on hold.

Now that the world is facing a global health crisis, the cloud of ambiguity and uncertainty is looming larger than ever as many people are questioning how the current restrictions will impact their ability to start or grow their families. Infertility itself is a situation that endures anxiety, feeling of helplessness and fear about the future – and now, there’s COVID-19 pandemic on top of it all.

Current Situation

Given the unknown effects of COVID-19 on fertility
treatment, reproductive medicine societies have recommended the suspension of
new infertility treatment cycles during this time. Couples and especially women
who have invested their time and a lot of money in their treatment may be
frustrated and anxious about the impact of this enforced, yet indefinite delay
on their chances of conceiving. This whole situation has put the health care
providers in the difficult position of trying to balance the patient’s needs
with the current government mandates and expert recommendations.

Infertility Care during COVID-19

There are some guidelines issued by the reproductive
medical associations and authorities to ensure that all patients and staff to
be kept as safe as possible by reducing exposure and therefore complications
that may arise.

With concerning to infertility treatments during the
COVID-19 pandemic, it has been advised to:

  • Suspend commencement of new treatment cycles,
    including intrauterine  insemination,
    ovulation induction; and in vitro fertilisation, including frozen embryo
    transfers, retrievals, and also suspend non-urgent gamete cryopreservation.
  • Cancel all embryo transfers, whether fresh or frozen.
  • Continue to provide care and support to patients who
    are currently ‘in cycle’ or who require urgent cryopreservation and
  • Suspend all the elective surgeries and non – urgent
    diagnostic procedures.

How REVIVA is combating the Infertility Treatments
amidst COVID-19?

Its understandable that it can be devastating for those couples who have been trying so hard to build and grow their families to now have to delay treatment due to COVID-19. The goal of this communication is to help patients to have a clearer understanding of the recommendations issued by the government and to help answer questions they may have. Thus, we are providing after-care and support via phone calls whilst keeping your safety on the forefront.

Q: Are elective medical procedures are supposed to stop;
are IVF and other fertility treatments are included in this?

A: Infertility is nothing but a disease, and getting treatment of infertility is medically necessary. IVF treatment is extremely time-sensitive and important but not a medical emergency like treatment of ruptured appendix. We know that many other non-emergency treatments are also being postponed during this crisis scattered globally.

Q: I want to pursue IVF or other fertility treatments.
Should I delay care during the COVID-19 pandemic?

A: To deal with the infertility treatment is in itself is quite daunting, especially when you’re pursuing the dream of starting or growing your family. This COVID-19 crisis has come like an unexpected challenge in the way and the government here and around the world has restricted IVF fertility centre in performing treatments.

As fertility care requires a lot of interaction and
communication with many people and person-to-person meet which might increase
the likelihood of getting infected in one way or the other. so, this is why we
have postponed infertility care until the crisis passes.

Q: Are my frozen embryos, eggs, or sperm safe?

A: Yes. As there is no immediate threat to the safety
of cryopreserved eggs, embryos, or sperm. We have some policies and advanced
procedures which maintain the life of embryos, eggs and sperm.

Q: How safe is the clinic and what cleaning protocols
it is following?

A: Our clinic is following all the cleaning and safety
protocols mandatory as per the government regulations. We have been keeping a
close check on every nook and corner and our cleaning staff is taking care
diligently. And, we would be following these measures even after this crisis
gets over for the safety of our patients and staff members.

Q: Can I still have a medical, counselling or nurse
consent consultation?

Right now, we are encouraged to minimize in-person
interactions and instead utilising Telehealth conversations via phone or video
chat. Patients who are undergoing through a fertility cycle and need
after-care, we are here for you providing support and all the possible options.

Therefore, COVID-19 has cast the future of IVF and the
fertility sector into uncertainty.

To be noted, if you have been exposed to COVID-19 or
may be at risk, we recommend you to postpone the treatment until cleared by
your primary health care provider. This is all in the interest of your safety
and the safety of our staff members and other patients. For more information,
you can email us or call us. We all are in this together.

As we are facing this unprecedented health crisis due
to the wide-spread of the coronavirus, we recognise and appreciate the efforts
and response of the entire army of doctors, staffs, and nurses who are
tirelessly doing their jobs and helping the patients from this dreadful

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