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August 24, 2015

Myths and facts about Pregnancy

Myth 1: I should tilt my lower body upward or keep a pillow below my buttock  to help the sperm get to my egg Fact: False! There’s absolutely no evidence that shows shifting gravity in your favor will increase your chances of getting pregnant. So after sex, just relax! Myth 2: You should eat for two when you are pregnant Fact:  Yes, you’re eating for two — but that doesn’t mean two adult-sized servings are necessary. The average woman with a normal weight pre-pregnancy needs only about 300 extra calories per day to promote her baby’s growth, according to the […]
May 26, 2015

How is Pre IVF Evaluation Done?

This is the most important part of IVF/ICSI. If this is done correctly the chances of success increase markedly. Pre IVF evaluation is done for both male & female partners. For Female Partners. A transvaginal sonography is done to assess the ovarian reserve (how many follicles of 2-3 mm size on day 2/3 of cycle), endometrial thickness, subendometrial blood flow, to look for any other abnormalities that may be present like fibroid in the uterus, uterine septum uterine polyp adhesions. Hormonal tests like serum FSH, LH, TSH, Prolactin and AMH. Infectious disease tests like HBsAg, HCV, HIV A hysteroscopy if […]
May 26, 2015

Pre IVF Preparation

In the month prior to the IVF stimulation cycle, medications/injections are given to suppress the body’s natural hormones so that the subsequent stimulation of ovaries is better controlled. Option 1: You may be put on birth control pills in this cycle. This may seem strange – you are trying to get pregnant and we are putting you on birth control pills. Actually, though, using birth control pills before a treatment cycle has been shown to decrease your risk of ovarian hyperstimulation syndrome (OHSS) and ovarian cysts and hence may improve the chances of success. It also causes suppression of LH […]
May 26, 2015

What is the Purpose of IVF?

The purpose of IVF is to: By pass the fallopian tube where fertilization normally occurs, so that we can overcome tubal factor if it is one of the factors causing infertility. IVF / ICSI can also bypass mechanical factors, sperm defects like acrosome defect or oocyte defects like zona pellucida being too thick. With IVF/ICSI, subtle hormonal defectsget corrected and endometrial receptivity improves. Unexplained infertility may be due to one of the above factors and may get corrected by IVF/ICSI. In the natural course, the follicle ruptures when the egg is mature thus releasing the egg, this egg is picked […]
May 26, 2015

Who Requires ICSI?

ICSI has proved to be very useful in couples who have failed to achieve fertilization or had very poor fertilization following standard IVF treatment & in couples where the male partner has abnormal sperm parameters like severe oligospermia (very low count), severe asthenozoospermia (very less motility), severe teratozoospermia (high percentage of abnormal sperms) or a combination of abnormalities like oligoasthenoteratozoospermia (very low count, poor motility, abnormal sperms). ICSI also can be performed in azoospermic men (where semen sample contains no sperms). In such cases the testis are producing sperms but due to block in the tubules or in the path […]