TURNING HOPES INTO HAPPINESS
Treatment for male and female infertility
In vitro fertilization (IVF) is a process by which an egg is fertilized by sperm outside the body i.e in vitro. IVF is a major treatment for infertility when other methods of assisted reproductive technology have failed. The process involves monitoring and stimulating a woman’s ovulatory process, removing eggs from the woman’s ovaries and letting sperm fertilize them in a fluid medium in a laboratory. The fertilized egg which is now called a zygote is cultured for 2–6 days in a growth medium and is then transferred to the mother’s uterus with the intention of establishing a successful pregnancy.
The first successful birth of a “test tube baby”, Louise Brown, occurred in 1978. Louise Brown was born as a result of natural cycle IVF where no stimulation was made. Robert G. Edwards, the physiologist who developed the treatment, was awarded the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine in 2010.
IVF may be a solution to overcome female infertility where it is due to problems with the fallopian tubes, making fertilization ) difficult. It can also assist in male infertility, in those cases where there is a defect in sperm quality, in such cases intracytoplasmic sperm injection (ICSI) may be used, where a sperm cell is injected directly into the egg cell. This is used when sperm have difficulty penetrating the egg, and in these cases the partner’s or a donor’s sperm may be used. ICSI is also used when sperm count are very low. When indicated, the use of ICSI has been found to increase the success rates of IVF.
IVF is indicated in unexplained infertility for women that have not conceived after 2 years of regular unprotected sexual intercourse. A successful IVF it typically requires healthy ova, sperm that can fertilize, and a uterus that can maintain a pregnancy. Due to the costs of the procedure, IVF is generally attempted only after less expensive options have failed.
Brig (Retd) Dr. R.K. Sharma and his team of experts joined Primus Super Speciality Hospital on 24th 2012. This has brought hope to the infertile couple from all sections of the society.
Brig (Retd) Dr. R.K. Sharma, is a pioneer in the field of Reproductive Medicine, and was instrumental in starting IVF program for the first time in public sector in India almost 17years back and since then has been able to bring happiness to the lives of multitude of infertile couples. He has been teacher to many IVF specialists and embryologists in the country and has helped many doctors to setup their IVF centers.
His gifted hands, empathetic attitude and religious zeal in the field of infertility makes him IVF specialist His contribution in this field at Primus Super Speciality Hospital, which in itself is a name to reckon with, has open new benchmark in management of infertile couples.
Department of Reproductive Medicine & IVF centre at Primus Super Speciality Hospital has latest equipment and technologies like IMSI, CASA, Polscope technologies and PGD.Embryoscope, a latest advancement in the embryology was introduced for the first time in northern India. This will help in the selection of best embryo for implantation thus rasing the pregnancy rate to newer heights and also avoid early pregnancy loss.Budget IVF and soft protocols will make it possible for even couples of poor sections of the society to fulfill their desires of parenthood.
INSTITUTE OF REPRODUCTIVE MEDICINE AND IVF CENTER
PRIMUS SUPER SPECIALITY HOSPITAL
CHANAKYAPURI, NEW DELHI 110021, INDIA