Why should you not trust IVF success rates?

IVF success rates are misleading. There. I said it. Any fertility expert or independent statistician will tell you that IVF success rates are mere numbers mostly desired for public image, without providing anything of value for the undiscerning patient. However, most people do not understand this and while choosing an IVF clinic the only question they ask is: “what is your success rate?” There is no fixed answer to this, but… Read More

How much does IVF cost?

IVF is expensive, and infertility is common. Once they have gone through the tests and investigations and the doctor has determined that medical intervention is absolutely required, the first question that most couples ask is: how much does IVF cost? Unfortunately, there is no fixed answer to that and even the couples that are prepared to meet the expenses might end up burning a lot of dough by the time the… Read More

What is Surgical Sperm Retrieval?

If the cause of infertility in the man is low sperm count or azoospermia (zero sperm count), or he has undergone vasectomy for contraception, surgical sperm retrieval can be done. This is followed by ICSI (intra-cytoplasmic sperm injection) to bring about fertilization of the egg. ICSI has been a breakthrough procedure for male fertility problems as even a single viable sperm is enough to bring about fertilization as compared to… Read More

What causes infertility?

According to the WHO, Infertility is the inability to conceive a child. A couple may be considered infertile if, after two years of regular sexual intercourse, without contraception, the woman has not become pregnant (and there is no other reason, such as breastfeeding or postpartum amenorrhea). The two kinds of infertility: Primary Infertility: When the couple in question has never has never been able to conceive. Secondary Infertility: The failure to conceive… Read More

What not to say to the Infertile?

Know someone who is trying to cope with infertility? Reportedly, 1 in 7 couples face problems having a baby and with those numbers most of us likely have someone in our spheres who is sailing the infertile boat. While some do not discuss such problems with even their most intimate people, others seek succor in friends and family. If someone decides to share such sensitive information with you, please do… Read More