If you are looking for a credible, reliable clinic for IVF in Delhi, it could be a tad overwhelming to pick the one that is right for you. There is too much information out there, and a lot of it is just promotion.
Besides being a big financial strain, IVF is also an emotional investment and with global success rates of only around 40-50%, it is imperative that you ask questions, select the right IVF clinic, and find a doctor that makes you feel confident.
According to the WHO, one in every four couples in the developing world is affected by infertility, and like millions of others your parenthood dreams could be realized at an IVF clinic, provided you select the right one.
Finding the right IVF clinic in Delhi
Stress, late marriage, poor nutrition, and an erratic lifestyle have all contributed to significant growth in the number of infertility patients over the past 10 years and people are becoming more accepting of infertility treatments.
This has also led to mushrooming of IVF centers in Delhi and the NCR region and unfortunately, there is no check on quality. There are reportedly over 300 IVF clinics in Delhi, of which hardly 10 percent are registered with the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR).
Many of these facilities are ill- equipped and do not have the required manpower or expertise to handle such sophisticated ART procedures.
IVF is the gold-standard treatment for many infertile couples but it is not for everyone.
At Infertility Aide, it has been our endeavor to provide as much information as possible to allow all patients to make informed decisions. We urge you to read about your situation and ask questions to avoid falling into the low-cost IVF trap of some Delhi IVF center.
The Government of India, has recently introduced the Assisted Reproductive Technology Regulation Bill 2020 to put a check on fertility clinics and make provisions for safe and ethical practice of assisted reproductive technology services. This was long overdue and will hopefully bring about a standardization in IVF protocols and encourage the collection of accurate data, which is crucial for the patients.
- IVF – The process of carrying out fertilization of human egg and sperm in a petri dish under controlled laboratory settings. The resultant embryos are then transferred to the woman’s uterus.
- ICSI – If the male report shows that the sperm count is low, intra-cytoplasmic injection is advised for better chances of fertilizing the egg.
- Sperm donation – If the sperm count is nil or there is some problem with the semen sample, you can opt for donor sperm.
- Egg donation – If the woman is over 40 years of age, or has low ovarian reserve, IVF with donor eggs will be advised. If you need a donor that matches your profile (Asian, Caucasian, African, etc.), please get in touch to know the options.
- Blastocyst culture – Embryo transfer after five days of laboratory growth (at the blastocyst stage) is known as blastocyst culture. This is done to maximize chances of pregnancy.
- Oocyte freezing – Oocyte cryopreservation or egg freezing is the process of extracting a woman’s eggs and storing them under frozen conditions for later use in IVF.
- Surgical sperm retrieval – This is useful in cases where the male partner has ejaculation problems. The sperm are directly extracted from the epididymis or testicles via a small surgical procedure.
- Embryo adoption – It is a form of third-party reproduction in which the extra embryos left after a couple’s IVF cycle, are given to another couple for implantation.
- Laser hatching – Laser assisted hatching is used for the cracking the outer shell (zona pellucida) just before transfer of embryo to the uterus for better chances of success in embryo implantation to the uterine wall.
- Embryo freezing – If the quality and quantity of embryos produced in an IVF cycle are good, they can be frozen and stored for future use.
- PGT – Preimplantation genetic testing is used to check for chromosomal abnormalities in embryos before implantation. The costs vary with the number of embryos tested and kind of test done.
- Surrogacy – Surrogacy is an arrangement in which another woman carries a child for a couple, because the intending mother cannot carry a pregnancy to term because of medical reasons.
Cost of IVF in Delhi
IVF cost in Delhi starts from around ₹150,000. Medications will depend upon your age and fertility status.
Patients traveling from Canada, Australia, U.K., Europe, Africa, UAE, Afghanistan, Nepal, Bhutan, Bangladesh or anywhere else for IVF in Delhi, should get a consultation and treatment timeline with complete cost details before making travel plans.
IVF with PGD in Delhi
PGD testing with IVF is suggested when either of the parents have some inherited or genetic conditions that they fear might be passed on to the baby.
PGS is suggested in women of advanced age as the chances of DNA changes are grater in older eggs, and genetic testing allows the doctor to select the best quality embryos to be implanted for the highest chances of success.
Read more about how PGS improves IVF success rates and if it is advisable in your specific situation.
Donor egg IVF in Delhi
Also known as oocyte donation, egg donation is the process of using another woman’s eggs for having your child.
Donor egg IVF is suggested if you:
- Have poor ovarian reserve or poor egg quality
- Have premature ovarian failure
- Have undergone early menopause
- Have failed one or more IVF cycles with own eggs
- Have had multiple miscarriages
Embryo arrest due to poor quality of eggs is one of the main reasons for IVF failure, and if the doctor feels that is the case with you, donor eggs will be suggested.
Who will be my egg donor?
The egg donor can be any friend or relative of yours, if she agrees to provide her eggs. She must:
- Be between 25-32 years of age
- Have a healthy fertility profile
It is also sometimes advised that the woman has children of her own, so there’s no risk and also her fertility potential is already established.
Otherwise, you can hire an egg donor for extra cost from one of the donor agencies. The costs vary with the profile of the donor selected. Although you cannot meet the donor, you can ask the doctor to match one that closely resembles your own features.
Patients of different nationalities and races—Caucasian, Black, Oriental, etc.—seeking IVF with donor eggs in Delhi, must contact us earlier so their preferred donor can be arranged in time.
What is the procedure of IVF?
The standard procedure of IVF can be explained in four steps:
- Stimulation – You will be given hormonal injections for 12-15 days to maximize egg yield from your ovaries at the time of collection. Some women experience no side effects while others have nausea and discomfort in this phase
- Egg retrieval – A number of eggs will be retrieved from your ovaries under anesthesia. This procedure is usually not very painful but for some, it can be.
- Fertilization – The collected eggs are fixed with sperm for fertilization and the resultant embryos are left to grow for 3-5 days, under controlled lab conditions.
- Embryo transfer – The embryos are transferred to the uterus and we wait for the next 15 days for news of pregnancy.
You can read here the steps of IVF procedure, for more clarification on the process.
How many days are required for IVF?
Typically, one cycle of IVF requires 18-20 days, starting on the day 1 or 2 of your period.
If you are traveling from abroad, you should plan around three weeks for IVF in India. Less or more days may be required depending upon your special requirements such as PGD testing or donor eggs.
To receive a treatment timeline to start planning for your IVF in Delhi, get in touch via the form on this page.
What are my chances of success in IVF?
The success of an IVF cycle depends upon many individual factors and it cannot be accurately predicted. However, a qualified doctor, upon closely examining you and studying your reports, can advise you on the possible chances of success with different treatments.
Beware of clinics that advertise unusually high success rates in IVF because they can be manipulated. Read more about: Why shouldn’t you trust IVF success rates
Globally, the average success rates of IVF are under 40% and they with the age of the woman. Women over 40 only have 12% chance of getting pregnant with IVF.
You must discuss with the doctor about the chances of IVF success in your specific case, and plan the treatment accordingly.
For more information and current specials for IVF in Delhi, get in touch via the form on this page.