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5 things to look for while selecting the best IVF treatment center

Ten little toes and ten little fingers, chubby cheeks and heart-melting gurgles and babbling … the journey to get this adorable bundle in your arms may sometimes look long and hard.  
You may have gone through years of disappointment and frustration and may now need a little extra assistance like an In-vitro Fertilization (IVF) treatment. But take heart, help is at hand and your baby will soon be here. A successful, viable pregnancy is just a few steps away.
There are many misconceptions about IVF. A common fertility treatment, an IVF doctor takes eggs from the ovaries and fertilizes them with the sperm in a laboratory. After fertilization, the embryo is implanted back into the uterus. IVF process can substantially increase your chances of getting pregnant and it is well worth having a conversation with a doctor.
Here are 5 things to look for when choosing an IVF fertility treatment center that’s just right for you.

Treatment Plan – The quality of care is of paramount importance. It should not be a ‘one-size-fits-all’ solution. The course of action should be tailor-made to your needs. One needs to do a comprehensive ultrasound and review to personalize a treatment plan. This also eliminates pumping up the prospective mother with unnecessary drugs and undesirable side-effects. It is also advisable to confirm that the clinic you pick has access to donor eggs and sperm in case you need to resort to that route.                
Understanding success rates – The success rates of the clinics are a huge driving force in zeroing in on the one that’s the best fit for you. But be savvy when you interpret the success rates that they proudly display. A lot of the data can be deliberately misleading and irrelevant to you. You have to ascertain the treatment protocol followed by the patients surveyed. Also watch out for the finer details like are they recording a clinical pregnancy or a live birth.
The doctor-patient connect – How well do you gel with your Doctor and the rest of the team? Do you feel confident and relaxed under their care? Communication lines with them should be open and easy. You should be able to trust them with this important task of starting your family. You are embarking on the journey of a lifetime and these are the people who will be cheering you on at each stage of the IVF treatment.       
Waiting time – When you have been waiting for countless years to announce from the rooftops that you are expecting, the last thing you want is a clinic that puts you on the backburner, on a waiting list. So steer clear of centers that act high and mighty and are struggling to fit you into their calendar. We understand your urgency and that time is of the essence. So you should be able to walk right in and set up your appointment. The IVF treatment center should work with your natural menstrual cycle and have an experienced team that will put you at ease right away.
Costs – Cost plays a huge role too in this vital decision. Some may be willing and able to shell out a fortune to welcome a little baby while others may be struggling to gather the resources for the treatment. Many clinics recommend unproven add-ons which can make the cost sky-rocket. They may dispense high amounts of stimulatory drugs which may not be necessary. Do your research and be aware what exactly you are paying for. A high IVF treatment cost does not guarantee a baby. Go with the clinic that is sincere in their approach and is transparent about the costs and payment.  
If you are looking for IVF treatment, consider the Femiint Hospital in Bangalore. Located in Whitefield, they have one of the best IVF treatment centers in Bangalore. Give them a call on 080-4931-1111 to fix an appointment with a fertility specialist. The costs are affordable and the treatment is personalized. You could soon be on the way to bringing home a bundle of joy

IS IVF AFFORDABLE FOR YOU?? 

Every childless couple who has a desperate yearning for a child will have explored many possible avenues to have a child. This also applies to couples with one child, desiring to have another one without success. There is a sense of desperation and loss especially for a woman, with each passing ovulation cycle yielding no results in spite of  repeated attempts to conceive over a couple of years. The resultant stress can harm the relationship between the partners.
This is often the point when couples look at medical intervention. If you are such a couple, you would most likely have come across the term IVF treatment through an internet search or through discussions with friends and family.

Decision Making – Cost versus Benefit

The cost of IVF treatment can appear to be very daunting. Yet compared to the financial implications involved in IVF treatment for infertility, is the joy of holding your baby in your arms. Nothing can beat this feeling of sheer bliss. A side benefit is no more unwanted advice or slurs from family and friends. Yes, the benefits of having a baby certainly outweigh the cost factor!
It is certainly better to make an early decision on IVF treatment rather than postpone the decision. With the passing of time, you may lose out on being a parent and run the risk of sliding into depression with the sadness of being childless. Just as the human body changes with age, so does the reproductive system. The number of ova in a woman keeps rapidly diminishing. The quality of semen in a man is equally affected. So if you are childless or unable to conceive again, it would be advisable to consult a fertility expert soon.
One of the best IVF treatment centres in Bangalore is Femiint Fertility at Femiint Health Hospital, Whitefield. They have a specialised and experienced team of fertility experts who can help you understand your situation and guide you into taking the right decision regarding treatment for infertility. Don’t postpone this important life changing decision.
Understanding the dynamics of IVF treatment specific to your case can help you make an informed decision. IVF treatment in India is definitely very cost effective and accessible to most working couples. When you think of the end result of having your priceless baby, you will realise that it certainly is well worth the expenditure.
The Femiint Fertility IVF Treatment Centre at Bangalore has state of art infrastructure as well as a very specialised and experienced team of doctors and staff. Their Centre can be compared with the best in the world and can provide you with good treatment plans to suit your budget. Even though the cost at Femiint Fertility is very low compared to elsewhere in the world, the infrastructure, expertise, and care is world-class.

Costs incurred for IVF Treatment
The general costs for IVF Treatment in India range between Rs 2.5 lakhs to Rs 5 lakhs. The reason for the cost variation is because a woman may have to undergo more than one IVF treatment cycles in order to conceive. The first cycle is the most expensive, with the consecutive ones being less in cost. 
Your fertility specialist should leave no stone unturned to facilitate early conception. Choose a fertility specialist who is known to be patient and caring and who provides all the guidance required to make an informed decision regarding the IVF treatment plan to choose based on your budget. Cost details should be transparent and no surprise hidden costs should spring up  later.

Loans to make IVF treatment more affordable

There are many options which you could explore to make IVF treatment affordable and a reality for you. In case you do not have the required funds on hand for your IVF treatment, you could always raise the funds through a loan from the bank or your office.  You could also discuss this with your close friends and family members. They might be willing to help contribute towards the cost of your treatment. Besides, there are some organisations that provide specific relief for IVF treatment as mentioned below:
. Bhartiya Mahila Bank and New India Assurance together provide insurance for the treatment of infertility. The sum assured is offered only to their bank account holders and is between Rupees One to Five Lakhs.
. Bajaj Finance has seen the huge potential in providing loans to the medical sector and cover finances for IVF, Stem cells, dental and eye care, cosmetics etc. They provide loans to cover part or all of the costs for the procedures.
To learn more about affordable IVF treatment, call 080-4931-1111 and fix an appointment with a fertility specialist at Femiint Fertility, today. 
When you plan to start a family and have a precious baby, especially after many disappointments, its best to opt for a well-known Centre with a high success rate and good credentials. Femiint Fertility certainly fits the bill as well as your pocket.

IVF success rates: How Air quality in the IVF Lab influences outcomes

One of the most significant factors which bring fruition to IVF is the Air Quality inside the IVF lab.  For this reason, at Femiint Health, after thorough research, a state-of-the-art IVF laboratory has been built with one of the best Modular Clean Rooms of globally recommended standards.
 
An embryo’s development is influenced by the quality of air in the lab.  Embryos breathe (absorb) air just like we do.  They do not yet have a liver, spleen, and kidneys to filter out pollutants in the air.  In an IVF lab, the embryos in the petri dish have no protection and are in direct contact with the air that we breathe.
 
Air has compounds such as chemical air contaminants (CACs), volatile organic compounds (VOCs), or polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs), which could easily end up in the petri dish or settle on surfaces or dissolve in aqueous solutions of the embryo culture medium and even more so in the lipophilic oil overlays via body perfumes, cleaning solutions, glues, paint fumes, off-gassing from certain flooring, exhaust in the parking lot, or general air pollution.  Just a short exposure to any of these compounds can irreversibly damage or kill embryos.
 
At Femiint Health, the IVF laboratory is equipped with a specialized 5-stage air filtration system with clear separation of clean and dirty flow channels, automated hermetically sealed doors with pass boxes (for material traffic between the operation theatre and IVF lab) and a separate air handling unit for each room in the IVF lab.
Clean Room Technology
 
A clean room is a contained space with provisions to maintain the rate of filtration of particles at a higher level than the rate of contamination per minute.  They are classified based on the number and sizes of particles permitted per volume of air.  For an IVF lab, Class-10000 variety is recommended.
 
Clean room environment is achieved by highly filtered air being flushed through High Efficiency Particle Air (HEPA) filters under positive pressure.  The filters are housed within ducts that use chemical/absorbent filtration and/or UV light irradiation, photocatalytic conversion or a combination of some or all these methods.
At Femiint Health, validation of air quality is done periodically.  Our embryologist calculates the key performance indicators such as in vitro fertilization rate, cleavage rates, embryo quality and pregnancy rates on a quarterly basis to ensure that the laboratory is running as expected.
 
It is mandatory that all furniture, cleaning methods, and clothing are clean room approved.  The laboratory should have smooth, non-porous walls, impervious unbroken surfaces with corners and ledges that are easy to clean, no sliding doors, sinks or drains.  Cladding with non-porous materials such as panels made of aluminium tri-hydrate provide an inert (low VOC), hypoallergenic, and easy to clean wall.  Lighting should be within sealed lighting units to reduce airborne particles.
 
Ducts generally tend to get clogged with dust and debris and also have high humidity and a high propensity for mould (Fungi).  To prevent this, the ducts and pipes can be insulated internally by hiding them between wall panels or externally by covering them within an alcove.  At Femiint, we have given paramount importance to air ducts & pipes by coating them internally with antifungal & antibacterial materials to prevent mould.
 
A non-compromising attitude towards maintaining air quality at Femiint Health is a reason why we are ranked as One of the Top fertility clinic in Bangalore with a high success rate for IVF procedure.

Everything that you should know about In Vitro Fertilization or IVF

In Vitro Fertilization (IVF) is a form of Assisted Reproductive Technology or ART. It is a process of fertilization where matured eggs extracted from the ovary are combined with a sperm sample. It is a manual process carried out in test tubes within laboratories. The IVF process involves fertilizing the egg outside of the body and later implanting the embryo into the uterus for conception.
 
Steps In IVF Procedure:
 
Ovulation Induction:
Ovulation induction is a fertility treatment that is administered by way of medication to induce ovulation to encourage the development and release of eggs from the ovary. In case the subject is using her own eggs during IVF, she would then require commencing treatment with synthetic hormones to stimulate her ovaries to produce multiple eggs rather than a single egg that is produced every month. The need for multiple eggs arises as not all eggs fertilize or develop normally for fertilization.
A subject might need the following medications for inducing ovulation;
 
Medication for Ovarian Stimulation:
An injectable medication containing follicle stimulating hormone (FSH) or luteinizing hormone (LH) or combination of both is administered to the subject to stimulate ovaries to produce more than one egg at a time.
 
Oocyte Maturation:
A medication named human chorionic gonadotropin (HCG) is administered to the subject after 8 to 12 days, when the follicles are ready for egg or oocyte retrieval. This is done to help the eggs mature.
 
Prevent Premature Ovulation:
These medications are administered to prevent the body from releasing premature eggs.
 
Prepare the Lining of Uterus:
The lining of the uterus is an important factor for IVF. The thickness of the lining of uterus also termed endometrium is essential for retrieving eggs or successfully implanting the embryo. In instances where the lining is not receptive and thick enough for implantation, doctors may suggest the use of a medication called progesterone to make the lining of the uterus thicker and more receptive.
 
Egg Retrieval:
The process of egg or oocyte retrieval is carried out 34 to 36 hours after the subject has been administered human chorionic gonadotropin (HCG) and before ovulation.
Doctors before carrying out the process of egg retrieval sedate the subject to minimize pain.
The eggs are retrieved from the subject through transvaginal aspiration meaning the process or retrieving eggs from the ovary. An ultrasound supervised probe is inserted into the vagina to identify the follicles. A thin needle is then inserted through an ultrasound guide that penetrates the vagina and into the follicles to retrieve the eggs.
 
In instances where the ovary is not accessible through transvaginal aspiration, an abdominal surgery or laparoscopy may be advised. Abdominal surgery or laparoscopy also known as key hole surgery is carried by making a small incision around the navel. A viewing instrument is then inserted through the incision to help guide the needles to the follicles to retrieve eggs.
Eggs are retrieved from the follicles using suction.
Immediately after retrieving the eggs from the ovary they are placed in a special solution also called insemination media or culture medium. Insemination media or culture medium is a nutritive solution that provides the retrieved eggs with the required nutrition to maximize the likelihood of successful fertilization of eggs by the sperm.
 
Sperm Retrieval:
The partner of the subject provides for a semen sample for the sperm to be extracted. The semen sample is required in the morning when the egg is retrieved. For men who do not ejaculate the sperm can be directly retrieved from the testis using a surgical procedure. Donor sperms can also be utilized for the purpose.
 
Fertilization:
There are two common methods used for fertilization
 
Insemination:
In this method the healthy sperm and matured eggs are mixed and incubated overnight.
 
Intracytoplasmic sperm injection (ICSI):
This method of fertilization is used when the semen quality or the number is a problem or in case of failed fertilization attempts in previous IVF cycles. ICSI requires the healthy sperm to be directly injected into each mature egg.
 
Embryo Development:
Embryo development or embryogenesis is the process by which the assimilation of sperm and mature egg develops into an embryo.
 
Assisted Hatching:
In many instances of IVF treatment, the process fails because the embryo is unable to implant in the uterus. The embryo detaches from the outside membrane called the zona pellucida after 5 to 6 days of fertilization. Immediately after hatching the embryo implants itself in the uterus. For women who have experienced unsuccessful IVF attempts, doctors recommend assisted hatching. Assisted hatching is a technique by which a hole is made in the zona pellucida just before transfer for the embryo to successfully hatch and implant in the uterus.
 
Preimplantation Genetic Testing or PGD:
PGD is a procedure carried out before implantation of an embryo to check if the embryo has any defects. This is done to ensure that no genetic disorders or abnormalities are passed on to the child. While PGD is carried out as a preventive measure, it cannot be considered a safeguard.
 
Embryo Transfer:
Embryo transfer pertains to the transferring of embryos into a woman’s uterus to encourage pregnancy. The process takes place after 2 to 5 days from egg retrieval.
The subject is administered mild sedatives and may experience mild cramping
A long flexible tube called a catheter is inserted into the woman’s vagina, running through the cervix into her uterus.
A syringe containing one or more embryos is attached to the catheter and is transferred to the woman’s uterus by the doctor.
 
Embryo Cryopreservation:
Embryo Cryopreservation or embryo freezing is a process carried out by most IVF programs. It is a process by which healthy embryos are stored at sub zero temperatures for use later. Women who fail to conceive in earlier attempts can use these embryos for pregnancy instead of going through the complete IVF cycle. It can also be utilized for embryo donation for women wishing to conceive.
 
After the Procedure
While women can carry on with their day to day routine it is advised that after the implantation of embryos women do not over exert themselves physically.
 
Side Effects
Discharge of small amounts of clear or bloody fluid can occur owing to the swabbing of the cervix before the transfer of embryo.
High estrogen levels may cause breast tenderness.
Mild bloating or cramping may exist.
Constipation
In cases of severe pain after the embryo transfer subject is advised to visit the doctor to negate complications such as infection, twisting of an ovary and severe hyper stimulation syndrome.
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