PD Hinduja Hospital in Mumbai’s Mahim conducted a free, interactive and knowledge sharing session for couples aspiring to become parents, where renowned experts in the field of In-Vitro Fertilisation (IVF) provided couples with a broader perspective on the various psychological and nutritional factors associated with undergoing IVF treatment.
“Today IVF has become a routine, textbook procedure that is being practised by majority of the hospitals. The acceptance towards this procedure has increased and is no longer a novelty. However, there is still a social stigma associated with In-Vitro Fertilisation in India, with most people not being aware of the treatment,” said Dr Indira Hinduja, Consultant Gynaecologist (IVF and infertility specialist).
According to the Indian Society of Assisted Reproduction, nearly 30 million married couples are infertile in India.
Stressful work environments, changing lifestyles, increased alcohol consumption, tobacco consumption, rising levels of obesity, childhood infections, hormonal disorders, and physical abnormalities are some of the factors leading to a rise in the number of infertile couples.
Research conducted by healthcare private equity firm Quadria Capital states that only 1 per cent of all the couples affected with infertility seek treatment.
“The most important aspect is providing support and preparing each couple for the various procedures involved with IVF. In addition to the physical changes, there are several psychological and emotional implications that come along with undergoing IVF treatment. We want every couple to receive the best of both worlds — quality, reliable treatment and the emotional support that they need,” said Dr Kusum Zaveri, Consultant Gynaecologist (IVF and infertility specialist).
During the session, Pediatric Nutrition Therapist Dr Purnima Prabhu and Dr Vasant Mundra, Consultant Psychiatrist at PD Hinduja Hospital also talked about the relation between nutrition and infertility and stress and infertility.
Several factors play an instrumental role in the success of IVF treatment and having a healthy baby. Age plays a crucial role as the older a person gets, the lesser the chances of conception through IVF.
Couples aged above 35 years, only have a 40 per cent success rate, while women aged between 42-50 years, only have a 5 per cent to 10 per cent chance of conception. Additionally, a history of previous pregnancies/miscarriages, also play a key role in the success of IVF treatment.