When Shraddha* came to Jannee 3 years back, she was at the crossroad of hope and disappointment. After a couple of failed IVF cycles at various centres in the tricity, Shraddha was at the brink of giving up all hope to ever become a mother. However, her strength and Dr. Nirmal’s counselling helped her choose optimism. At Jannee, she conceived in the first IVF cycle but unfortunately the pregnancy resulted in preterm labour at 24 weeks and she lost the baby. Shraddha had an incompetent uterus and even after cervical encerclage the baby could not be saved. She was then counseled for surrogacy but that did not work in her favor as the embryos were not healthy. The treatment for surrogacy involved Shraddha’s ovarian hyper stimulation, oocyte retrieval and ICSI with her husband’s sperms. Simultaneously, a healthy surrogate was recruited through an ART Bank and was prepared to carry the baby through hormonal therapy. The resultant embryos were transferred into the surrogate’s uterus.
When the first surrogacy attempt failed, everyone was disheartened but Shraddha had become even more determined to have a baby. She wanted to try surrogacy again and in November, 2019, she become mother to a beautiful, healthy baby. Surrogacy is the choice of treatment in couples where the female has a damaged or absent uterus, recurrent miscarriages, and is not in a physical condition to carry a baby. We, at Jannee, hope that surrogacy is regulated and not completely banned as it is the only chance to biological parenthood for some couples, including single parents and LGBT community * NAME CHANGED TO MAINTAIN PATIENT CONFIDENTIALITY
One out of every six couples faces infertility and this can be devastating to accept. The physical and emotional loss of not being able to carry your own baby can be hard to overcome. Though there are many known causes of infertility, here we will address the problem of absent/damaged uterus, recurrent miscarriages and implantation failures (failed IVF). All the aforementioned cases are treatable only through surrogacy as the female partner’s uterus cannot carry a baby. Surrogacy in India has become a prevalent treatment option and is being offered by many fertility clinics. Surrogacy has given countless couples the opportunity to build their family. So, let us understand what surrogacy is.
What is Surrogacy?
Surrogacy is a process that helps couples to start a family when they otherwise could not due to various factors such as medical conditions, age or hormonal imbalance. Surrogacy is an agreement signed between a woman and a couple who wants to have a child of their own. It means to rent the womb to carry and deliver the baby for someone else.
Traditional and Gestational.
There are two types of surrogacy
In this process, the woman is artificially inseminated with the father’s sperm. Then she carries and delivers the baby for the parents. A traditional surrogate is genetically related to the child because her egg was used in the process.
In this process, the woman carries and delivers the baby for the parents and is not genetically related to the child. The egg and sperm are taken from the intended parents. Donor sperms and eggs may also be used if needed. The eggs are artificially fertilized by sperm through IVF and then implanted in the uterus of the surrogate.
Why Opt for Surrogacy?
Couples can opt for surrogacy due to several reasons, such as malformation or infection in the woman’s womb, absence or removal of the womb by hysterectomy, recurring miscarriages, conditions that make pregnancy risky and repeated failure of assisted reproductive techniques.
How to Find a Surrogate?
There are a number of ways to find a surrogate mother: Family/Friends – You can request a relative or a friend to be a surrogate for you. This has its benefits and challenges
Licensed Surrogacy Agency
The agency not only helps to find a good surrogate mother but will also take care of the legal and medical arrangements throughout the process. It will also collect fee that is processed through you to the surrogate, such as paying for her medical expenses.
How to Choose a Surrogate?
According to the experts, it is important to make sure that surrogate mother: Is healthy and ideally between 21 to 40 years old.Has given birth to a healthy baby before. Should pass a psychological screening by a mental health professional. Signs a contract about her role and responsibilities in the pregnancy. The legal process allows surrogacy only for childless couples who have been married for at least 5 years. Surrogacy process and IVF in India makes it possible for parents to have a child that possesses genes from one or both parents, but it can also lead to many emotional and psychological ups and downs for the future parents. Readers! If you like this post, please share this valuable information with others as well. There is still some debate about using a surrogate mother to have a baby. The legal process is also tricky because it varies. Even so, whether it’s because of fertility problems or other reasons, surrogacy is an option for you and your partner.
Having trouble getting pregnant can be very distressing and it can be disappointing to get a negative pregnancy test every month. It is important to understand that you are not the only one experiencing it. There are many couples who face fertility issues and there are a number of fertility treatments that can come to your rescue , such as Artificial Insemination, In-vitro Fertilisation (IVF), Intra Cytoplasmic Sperm Injection (ICSI), Donor Eggs, Surrogacy, etc. Depending on medical history of a couple one of these treatments may be employed to help get pregnant. IVF is one of the most common treatment given to infertile patients. Thanks to the advancement of science and modern innovations which has made considerably low-cost IVF treatment available. But, before going in for IVF procedures, it is important to rule out some of the common and often treatable causes. Here are some factors that may contribute to infertility:
Irregular Periods/Medical Conditions
Hormones regulate the menstrual cycles and any imbalance in these can make your periods irregular. This has nothing to do with the length of your cycle. Having irregular periods or abnormal bleeding indicates that ovulation may not be taking place every month. This accounts for 30 to 40% cases of female infertility. On the other hand, certain medical conditions such as Polycystic Ovary Syndrome, Thyroid Disorder, Endometriosis, Pelvic Inflammatory Disease, and Blocked Fallopian Tubes may also be the reason for irregular periods.
Stress & Anxiety
Stress affects a woman’s body by disrupting the ovulation and menstruation cycles that could cause a lot of problem in conceiving. Also, stress in men may affect the sperm count. Moreover, it often reduces sperm count to such an extent that a couple will have difficulty in achieving parenthood. You need to identify the cause of stress and act efficiently to eradicate it through exercise, diet, yoga and meditation.
Too Much of Work Out
Experts say that strenuous exercise such as running, swimming, cycling and gymnastics for more than 5 hours a week can cause disturbances to a woman’s monthly cycle, which may further lead to lack of ovulation along with other fertility problems. Being overweight and underweight, are both a hurdle in achieving conception. Consult your doctor to find out the optimum level of exercise to be done to stay healthy and get pregnant without any issues.
Excessive Intake of Alcohol
Sometimes excessive smoking and drinking can reduce the chances of getting pregnant. Smoking and drinking not only harms the general health but also damages the quality of the sperm in males and causes ovulation problems in the females. To improve your chances of getting pregnant, make sure you reduce or quit drinking as well as smoking. It is important to know that all the above factors may be reducing your chances of getting pregnant. If you and your partner are not succeeding despite regularly trying for conception for more than a year then consulting the experts at Chandigarh IVF can cater the issues being faced.