Fertility-related problems affect a vast section of the world population and there has been an increasing demand for fertility treatments for a long time. These treatments include various procedures to treat fertility issues and assist with conception.
Many countries including India, Costa Rica, Turkey, Thailand, and others offer fertility treatments to foreigners who are looking for solutions for their infertility. The introduction of several recent innovations in infertility treatment such as the use of imaging to monitor the growth of embryos or their genetic screening before birth has improved the results to a considerable extent.
India is one of the leading destinations for foreigners for in vitro fertilization treatment (IVF) with its successful results and affordable prices. Moreover, unlike the law in many other countries, eggs, sperms, and embryo donations are not prohibited in India and are only guided under regulations.
Table of Contents
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- What is Infertility?
- Treatment Options
- How can you prepare for Infertility treatment in India?
- What to expect while considering infertility treatment in India?
- Recovery and Success Rate
- Cost of Infertility Treatment in India
- Why India is the best destination for Infertility Treatment?
1. What is Infertility?
Infertility is a condition when a couple is trying to conceive naturally for a year but fails to get pregnant. There could be a range of fertility issues including:
Female factors: Many women suffer from irregular ovulation due to hormonal imbalance, PCOS, endometriosis, blocked fallopian tubes causing problems in conception.
Male factors: The common male infertility problems are low sperm count of men or low sperm motility.
With the help of fertility tests, your doctor will identify the problem and suggest a customized treatment option for you.
2. Treatment Options
There are various treatment options available today and as per your situation, a suitable treatment option will be recommended. Some of the key fertility treatment involves:
Assisted reproductive technology (ART)
Artificial insemination or intrauterine insemination (IUI) is a simple procedure where a sperm sample from the male partner is collected and with the help of a catheter, a single sperm is directly inserted into the uterus.
For most couples, in vitro fertilization (IVF) gives the best chance of getting pregnant. IVF involves fertilizing male and female gametes in the laboratory and transferring the embryo into a woman’s uterus.
Your fertility specialist may recommend simple and less complex treatment options such as Ovulation tracking (to identify the most fertile days and increase your chances of conception) or Ovulation regulatory treatments (medications to regulate menstrual cycle).
In a few cases, your doctor may recommend a minimally invasive ovarian drilling surgery to treat your PCOS or other problems.
3. How can you prepare for Infertility treatment in India?
Before beginning with the treatment your fertility specialist will recommend a few lifestyle changes for you. This may include cutting down smoking or alcohol habits, improving dietary intake of nutrients, and managing a healthy BMI. These simple changes can increase your chance of conception and will support the fertility treatments.
During your travel carry your recent test reports, scans, a referral from the hospital or your physician. Also, carry your prescription for current medications (if any)
Discuss with your specialist in India about the duration of the procedure and plan your travel accordingly.
You may be required to send a copy of the passport, a photograph and letter of referral to the hospital in advance.
Also, some of the treatments start with the menstrual cycle and you must arrive a few days prior to that.
4. What to expect while considering infertility treatment in India?
If you are trying to get pregnant for more than 12 months but haven’t conceived yet, the fertility specialist will ask you to run a few tests. This will help identify the underlying cause and a suitable treatment option for you.
Your fertility specialist will ask about the following information:
- Your medical history
- Family history of fertility problems
- The regularity of the menstrual cycle and other general health
- Reproductive history such as previous pregnancies, history of miscarriages, etc.
You will be asked to run a few hormonal, thyroid tests, ultrasound tests, sperm sample tests,s and laparoscopic tests if required.
Before beginning the procedure, you will have a counselling session to help understand the treatment, cope up with the stress and anxiety, and prepare you mentally for the treatment.
The procedural steps differ for each treatment approach. Your fertility specialist along with the team of trained staff will assist you during this journey.
Depending upon the complexity of the procedure, you will be given certain post-care instructions to follow. This may include:
- Taking sufficient rest and relax your mind
- Follow a healthy diet and routine
- Other specific instructions as per the requirement of the treatment
5. Recovery and Success Rate
The recovery period depends upon the choice of the treatment. For the most complex IVF process, the recovery period is only two to four days. You can get back to normal activities in one week. For example in the egg retrieval procedure, you will be asked to rest for 3 days.
Very few treatments require you to stay in hospital and most of the procedures are daycare where you can leave on the same day.
Factors affecting recovery: Your age, general health, and type of treatment affect your recovery period. There are things you need to do for speedy recovery such as:
During your recovery period, you need to relax and calm your mind. The fertility treatment can be stressful and taking a week off your work after the procedure will improve your chances.
Also, for a healthy pregnancy, avoid smoking, alcohol, unhealthy diet, and stressful atmosphere.
The success rate of any fertility treatment depends upon the underlying cause. There are several other factors contributing to successful outcomes:
- The age and general health of the patient
- The lifestyle pattern
- The capability to respond to treatment,
- Type of treatment
In India, the high-end diagnostic facilities, latest technologies, and highly experienced doctors are committed to giving you the best treatment and the most successful outcome.
6. Cost of Infertility Treatment in India
The cost of the treatment varies from one city to another in India and the prices in metro cities like Mumbai, Delhi, is higher due to high rates of accommodation, transport, and other facilities.
The cost of treatment differs as per the procedure recommended in your case. It typically inclusive of:
- Preliminary tests: blood tests, etc.
- Counseling sessions
- Fees of your fertility specialist
- Cost of surgical procedure
- Fees of anaesthesia
The average cost of IVF treatment ranges between USD 1200 to USD 4000 per IVF cycle and most couples require more than one cycle to achieve conception.
Enquire about the mode of payment, an estimate of the price of your treatment, and what is included by calling Medinirvana, where the team is available 24/7.
7. Why India is the best destination for Infertility Treatment?
Every year, thousands of people travel to India to avail fertility treatment due to the following reasons:
Use of Latest Technologies: Most hospitals use cutting-edge technology related to fertility treatment and laboratories are well equipped to handle and store gametes (eggs, embryos, sperms). The choice of advanced technologies provides a high level of precision and customized solutions for each patient.
Highly qualified doctors: The doctors in India are highly qualified with a broad range of specialities, for example, the embryologist who handles the embryos are well trained and highly experienced in providing the highest quality of patient care. The Internationally Accredited Gynecologist are available to address your fertility problems.
Holistic approach for body and mind: India is well known for Yoga and Ayurveda treatment. Many hospitals offer a combination of modern treatment with the science of yoga and herbal medicine. Special Yoga programs are available to help you relieve stress and relax. Hospitals also offer various Spa and Wellness centres for patients.
Patient support system: Our team will assist you in booking flight tickets, accommodation, and meal facilities as per your choice.
Language no bar: the doctors and hospital staff are fluent in English and also have translators for non-English speaking patients.
Highest standards of patient care and safety: Hospital and the Government are taking special precautions during the pandemic situation and have their focus on the quality of care and safety of patients.
High success rates: Indian hospitals provide high success rates in fertility treatments, as compared to several other countries in the world. The high-end technologies provide embryo screening options to select the healthiest embryo for implantation, potentially increasing a woman’s chance of becoming pregnant and having a healthy baby.
Affordable cost: the treatments are available in a highly affordable range, especially compared with developed countries like the US, Canada, etc. The prices are also low compared to other medical destination countries.
Ease in Medical Visa: Applying for a medical visa is easy and the E-visa process is hassle-free.
Deciding which country to visit to achieve pregnancy can feel a bit overwhelming.
India has many multispecialty hospitals accredited by various national and international accreditation bodies. The hospitals focus on providing high-quality service to patients. The high-end technology complements the expertise of the fertility professionals and the result is a high success rate.
When looking for the best fertility centres in India, give a call to Medinirvana to get an answer to all your queries related to the treatment or your trip to India.