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Woman receives bliss of motherhood from 9-year-old frozen embryo

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Unable to bear child, Anita (name changed) approached a Delhi based IVF clinic in hopes of fulfilling her deep desires to become a mother. Upon retrieving 22 eggs from her, 8 embryos were frozen at Bloom Fertility Centre.

In spite of being nervous and anxious, she had a nice first experience of getting the embryos transferred for a baby at Bloom IVF. Five of eight embryos were used for making blastocyst and were placed in Anita’s uterus; fortunately one stuck to her uterus and she conceived, giving birth to her first child.

But that was in 2009 when Anita aged 29. Come 2018, a 38-year-old Anita had again approached Bloom Fertility Centre for a second child; this time having already tried IVF clinics in the United States, which led to unsuccessful results.

“Anita had come with high hopes for her second child. She had approached us earlier in 2015-2016 when her uterus lining was not found good and hence procedure was deferred. As she was based out of the United States, we suggested her to undergo an hysterescopy”, said Dr Hrishikesh Pai, Gynaecologist and Infertility Specialist, Fortis Bloom IVF Centre, Fortis LaFemme, New Delhi.

Hysterescopy is a procedure used at fertility clinics to learn about reproductive health of a woman wherein the doctor has a closer look at cervix and uterus to identify pregnancy related medical issues.

“In the second time, the case was very different. Anita had passed her prime stage of supporting pregnancy. She already had unsuccessful attempts in the US. Also, we had only three fertilized embryos which were frozen for the past 9 years. We made her aware about the low chances and the challenges involved. After her assent, our team went forward with the embryo transfer procedure,” said Dr Nandita Palshetkar, Gynaecologist and Infertility Specialist, Fortis Bloom IVF Centre, Fortis LaFemme, New Delhi.

In February 2018, the three embryos were transferred in Anita with utmost caution. At six weeks, to her joy she had twin live pregnancy. But this joy was short lived, as one of the embryo ceased to grow by the 11th week, facing foetal demise.

However, it was the second foetus that lived and grew, giving Anita her second baby in November this year.

“This was tremendous news. Despite having fertility issues from her youth, Anita was able to conceive from the 9-year-old embryo and bear a child at the age of 38 years. It was a timely and wise decision to get her embryos frozen when she was only 29.” said Dr Sunita Arora, Gynaecologist and Infertility Specialist, Fortis Bloom IVF Centre, Fortis LaFemme, New Delhi.

The trend of going for IVF and for freezing eggs is catching in India, empowering women against the ticking biological clock, enabling them to choose the time of their first and second child as well as helping many to become mothers. However, the realization of a 9-year-old frozen embryo into a baby is something still very rarely seen in India.

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