IVF - Surrogacy Blog

29Sep/17
Sohail Khan surrogacy child

Indian Celebrities who had children with IVF – Surrogacy

Many couples in Bollywood are becoming parents in their late 30s and 40s and it is only possible because of the wonders of modern science. Let’s look at some famous Indian celebrities who had children with IVF – surrogacy:

1.     Farah Khan – Shirish Kunder

Bollywood’s ace choreographer and director Farah Khan was in her early 40s when she got married to Shirish Kunder. For two years they tried to have a baby naturally, and eventually turned to IVF.

“IVF is a blessing and I am really thankful as it has changed my life. A lot of factors today make it difficult for some couples to conceive, but we have solutions in the form of treatments,” Farah said in a statement. “And I strongly believe in IVF, it helped me conceive my angels.”

Farah was 43 years old, when she had her triplets on February 11, 2008. It is possible that she used IVF with donor eggs, because at that age eggs are likely to be the causative factor for infertility.

However, the use of donor for eggs has not been confirmed by the lady herself.

We love Farah Khan for her candid humor, and also for how she openly talks about IVF and advises it to other couples who are struggling to conceive.

“When the choice is to either go childless or IVF, there is no room for doubts. I was 43 when I had my kids and my biological clock had stopped ticking long time ago.”

She understands the path of IVF is not easy and suggests that it must be treaded patiently.

“Being persistent, positive and patient towards the procedure paid off,” she said of the procedure. “And if IVF can change my life, it could change yours too.”

 

2.     Gauri and Shahrukh Khan

When Gauri and Shahrukh Khan decided to have a third child, they were also in their 40s. It could not happen naturally so they turned to IVF and hired a surrogate to carry the baby.

It is reported that Shahrukh and Gauri had tried to conceive naturally for two years and then considered adoption, when their friends Seema and Sohail Khan recommended surrogacy.

Their baby, AbRam, was born prematurely at 34 weeks in May 2013, amidst a lot of conjecture about surrogacy and a redundant gender determination test.

Shahrukh, in his ever charming style, cleared the air saying, “Amidst all the noise that has been going around, the sweetest is the one made by our newborn baby, AbRam. He was born prematurely by several months, but has finally come home.”

The gossip eventually died and Shahrukh open talked about his baby saying, “He is very sweet, beautiful and pretty looking. He is a pleasant child. He brings lot of cheer and happiness. It is great fun to be with him. Everyone wants to be with him. The kids like him. I like him.”

He also expressed his joy in buying all that baby stuff again. “My office people make excuses to come home to see him. We have lot of good time. Now I have to do the kids shopping thing again…whatever I did ten years ago,” he reportedly said.

 

3.     Kiran Rao – Aamir Khan

When Aamir Khan and his wife Kiran Rao decided to become parents, they had to go the IVF-surrogacy way. Aamir already had two children from his previous marriage, and possibly advanced age was also the reason for them to not be able to conceive naturally.

The road to parenthood might not have been easy but eventually on December 5, 2011 the couple was blessed with son, whom they named Azad.

They have also been open and encouraging about IVF surrogacy, as Aamir said, “This baby is especially dear to us because he was born to us after a long wait and some difficulty. We were advised to have a baby through IVF surrogacy, and we feel very grateful to the Almighty that all has gone well.”

 

4.     Karan Johar

Filmaker Karan Johar, who has been faintly open about his sexual orientation, decided to complete his world by having two children. Naturally, the only way he could have a baby was with IVF surrogacy.

In his popular book ‘An Unsuitable Boy,’ Karan had stated his desire to have a child—through adoption or surrogacy.

When the time came, he said opting for surrogacy “was an emotional yet well thought out decision which I have taken after considering all the responsibilities and duties that come with being a parent.”

Karan clearly stated that he is prepared for his work and other commitments to be put on the backburner as his top priority is his twins—Yash and Roohi.

Expressing thankfulness to the surrogate who delivered for him, Karan said that the lady “fulfilled my lifelong dream and provided a warm, loving and nurturing environment to my children before bringing them into this world.

“She will always remain in my prayers.”

 

5.     Seema and Sohail Khan

Ten years after the birth of their first child, Nirvaan, Seema and Sohail Khan decided to have another baby. When it could not happen naturally, they too had to seek medical help and opted for IVF surrogacy. Their second baby, Yohan, was born June, 2011, about 13 years after their marriage.

Recently, there have been reports of Salman Khan considering IVF surrogacy because he wants to embrace parenthood.

It is encouraging when celebrities talk openly about infertility and how they handled it, as other people are able to relate with their situation and find hope.

A part of our endeavor at Infertility Aide is to spread awareness and lift the stigma associated with infertility. You can also assist other people by sharing your infertility story, which will be published anonymously.

02Sep/17

Egg Freezing – Cost, Benefits & Risks

Three years after businesswoman Sarah Evans and her husband got married, they found their lives to be extremely busy in their respective careers. They were not ready to start a family yet, so Sarah decided to opt for egg freezing.

The quality of a woman’s eggs deteriorates as she ages and it is one of the major reasons for failure of infertility treatments later. Today, thousands of women like Sarah are opting to store their good quality eggs earlier in life, so they do not have to worry about becoming a mother, later.

Egg freezing, also known as oocyte cryopreservation, is the process of extracting, freezing and preserving a woman’s eggs (oocytes) as a method of maintaining their reproductive potential in later age.

The proverbial biological clock is driving women to fertility clinics in hopes of preserving their fertility, and perhaps buying some peace of mind.

More and more women are exploring this option of egg freezing and the American Society for Reproductive Medicine no longer considers it an experimental procedure. 

 

Why should I consider egg freezing?

The benefits of egg freezing are notable if you can identify with any of the following:

  1. You want or need to delay childbearing to pursue educational, professional or personal goals

If you are overly busy with your career or have some personal goals to achieve before you decide to start a family, you may consider egg freezing at an early reproductive stage.

That way you could go about fulfilling your professional or personal desires without having to constantly worry about your reproductive ability. 

 

  1. You were diagnosed with cancer

Cancer therapy is known to render many people infertile. Doctors suggest semen freezing for men and egg freezing for women before chemo or radiotherapy.

  1. You have a family history of fertility problems

If you have a family history of early menopause, premature ovarian failure, fibroids, or some other fertility problems, egg freezing at a younger age may be very helpful

 

  1. You are averse to freezing of embryos

Some cultures raise moral and ethical objections to freezing of the extra embryos in an IVF cycle, so they just have to be discarded.

If that is your case, maybe you can ask the doctor to use only 3-4 eggs for the IVF procedure and freeze the rest of them. If your IVF fails, you do not have to undergo injections or the egg retrieval procedure again.

 

  1. You haven’t found ‘the one’

In case you feel age is passing you by, as you continue to search for that perfect life partner, freezing of your eggs could help ease your anxiety.

 

When should I freeze my eggs?

The best time to freeze your eggs is in your 20s or early 30s—when you are in the prime of your reproductive capacity.

At this age the best quality and quantity of eggs can be retrieved.

 

How does egg freezing work?

The steps for egg freezing are as follows:

STEP 1 – Ovarian reserve estimation

The doctor will first assess your ovarian reserve to estimate the potential yield of eggs. For this, some blood tests and a pelvic ultrasound will be performed.

STEP 2 – Stimulation

Ovarian stimulation in then performed with about 15 days of hormone injections, as in IVF

STEP 3 – Egg retrieval

Under sedation, eggs will be carefully aspirated vaginally.

STEP 4 – Assessment

The eggs are checked for how mature they are, under a microscope and the good ones are selected for freezing

STEP 5 – Vitrification

Eggs are very quickly cooled with liquid nitrogen, which fixes them in the same state for use any time later.

 

How long the eggs can remain frozen?

Right now, there is no higher limit to the number of years that your eggs can be kept frozen.

Earlier this year, this Dubai woman had a baby at the age of 24, after freezing her ovaries at the age of 9, when she had to undergo cancer therapy.

Many doctors I have spoken to, have confirmed that long-term freezing does not cause any damage or compromise the quality of eggs to conceive.

Most clinics charge annually for egg storage, so if you store them for a longer duration, you will have to pay higher.

 

What is the cost of egg freezing?

Egg freezing costs starts from $1250 at some clinics in India. In Thailand it would cost you about $3500.

The costs essentially depend upon the number of injections required and the cost of egg retrieval at the said clinic.

To know the specific cost of egg freezing in your case, you can write to us using the form on the right

 

Is egg freezing safe?

The risks of egg freezing are mostly associated with ovarian stimulation, which include:

  • Infection
  • Ovarian hyperstimulation syndrome (OHSS)
  • Bleeding

The risks are small and rare but you have to be prepared in case.

A study of over 900 babies from frozen eggs found there was no increase in rate of birth defects because of egg freezing. 

No increase in chromosomal defects or pregnancy complications was found in embryos with frozen eggs, according to two different studies.

 

Where can I get my eggs frozen?

Clinics all over the world are offering egg freezing facilities now. If you need to get affordable egg freezing in India or Thailand, at a reliable clinic, write to us with your preferred destination and we’ll connect you with our trusted clinic there.

 

Success rates of IVF with frozen eggs

Several fertility specialists have told us that they get better results in IVF cycles with frozen eggs and frozen embryos because they can have full control over the lining.

The success rates at some of the clinics are reported to be upto 70% with FET.

To know your specific chances of conceiving with frozen eggs till a certain age, ask the doctor before you plan to freeze your eggs.

 

How will the frozen eggs be used in the Future?

When you are ready to use your frozen eggs for pregnancy, the frozen eggs are thawed—they are placed in a warming solution and assessed for quality.

The best ones are then fertilized using intracytoplasmic sperm injection (ICSI), where a single sperm is injected directly into the egg to form an embryo.

These embryos will be cultured for 3-5 days until they are ready to be transferred into the uterus to achieve pregnancy.

 

Benefits of egg freezing

  • It allows you to pursue personal and professional goals without having to risk motherhood
  • It allows you to marry when you find the right person, instead of rushing into it because of age related infertility
  • It provides you peace of mind. Many women have said that after freezing their eggs they felt as if a weight was lifted off even though they were aware they may never use their frozen eggs.
  • You can hope to have a baby even if you have a family history of fertility problems
  • You can go into cancer treatment without worrying about infertility

 

The procedure has become so popular that since 2015 tech-giants like Apple and Facebook have started offering egg freezing benefits for their female employees.

Egg freezing in the US can cost upto $12,000 per cycle and additional $5,000 per year to keep them in frozen storage.

So these big companies offer up to $20,000 for female employees, who want to delay their family plans in favor of advancing their careers.

Women who do not have these Silicon Valley benefits can consider traveling for egg freezing in Thailand or India, where it costs much less and can be done in complete privacy, during a beach vacation.

 

For more information on egg freezing and your customized quote for your preferred location, write to us.
25Aug/17
Karen - Jeff - funny infertility stories

The woman who found humor in infertility

Infertility is difficult. But one New York woman has found humor in infertility and is sharing her funny memes for others find a breather in through the painful journey.

Karen (name changed to protect her personal identity as she says “My students Google me!”), is a 35-year-old teacher, who shares funny pictures on her instagram account Hilariously Infertile to lighten the mood.

By finding humor in the situation, she also helps make it a little easier to open up and talk about infertility, which is still a taboo topic.

 

A big thanks to IVF 🎉

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Karen suffered from infertility due to PCOS. She and her husband, Jeff, found out about their conception problem in December 2011 and underwent months of IVF treatment—a process she describes as mentally taxing.

It was difficult as she recalls the time she almost felt hopeless: “I kept thinking maybe I won’t get pregnant, maybe I have to change everything I thought my life would be.”

But Jeff kept her going—poking fun and teasing her through the journey.

“He got me through it with laughter and humor. We made fun of IVF, because you have to joke about it or else you cry,” she said.

Fortunately they conceived the next year with clomid and insemination, and Karen gave birth to her first baby girl on November 8, 2012. Three years later, another IVF cycle was successful and they had another daughter in 2015.

The mother of two admits that it was uplifting to post those funny memes and video confessionals on her account as she was also supporting other women, letting them know they aren’t alone.

 

I wish, I wish upon my… hormones

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“I’m trying to give women hope and to get them to see the ridiculousness of infertility and infertility treatments,” the fourth grade told People magazine. “It can be funny, for instance, when you’re in the clinic and no one talks to each other and, like, aren’t we all infertile? Can’t we all talk to each other?

“I’ve had women tell me all they did was cry until they found my page and now they see that there’s humor in IVF treatments and infertility.”

But it was never easy. Just like every other infertile woman, she broke down, and kept trying to make sense of the situation.

“I had a complete breakdown,” she said. “I kept Googling my diagnosis and seeing the word ‘infertile’ and each time it hit me like a ton of bricks.”

However, once she started this humorous Instagram account, thousands of women connected quickly and the response she received was very encouraging. The account was started in April 2016, AFTER she became a mother to two girls, and has since garnered over 10,000 followers.

“It really took off right away,” she says. “I didn’t have social media when I was going through treatments, and I think it’s a great platform for women to connect over an awkward issue.”

“My main message is that women going through this aren’t alone,” says Karen. “Ultrasound wands are funny, let’s be honest.

“If you can’t laugh about this stuff, you’ll lose your mind.”