Dr. Shobha Gupta – Medical Director and IVF Specialist at Mother’s Lap IVF Centre, has over 20 years of experience. A talented, meticulous and one of the best IVF doctors has developed an ardent interest in childlessness or infertility and developed a caring feeling for the couples suffering from it and thus went forward to dedicate herself for infertility training under the honored Justus Liebig University in Germany. She is very well educated in Andrology and Embryology and is at all time complete to take up new challenges in infertility treatment. A thought leader in the industry, Dr Gupta, in an interaction with Ekta Srivastava, Health Technology elaborates more on the subjects of IVF, egg donation and surrogacy.
Infertility is on the rise. What exactly constitutes infertility and who is most affected?
Infertility indeed has become a challenge that requires personal change in order to meet the demands of the process. I would say sedentary lifestyle is the most common cause of infertility today. Infertility may be caused by an underlying medical condition that damages the fallopian tubes, interferes with ovulation, or causes hormonal complications. These medical conditions could be PCOS, Uterine fibroids, Pre mature ovarian failure, Pelvic inflammatory disease, Endometriosis. More over sedentary lifestyle is also the major cause of infertility. Being obese is one such problem; Weight problem cases are on increase everywhere, and so are infertility clinics. I see at least 10 to 25 patients in a day coming to me for infertility out of which 50 to 60% are obese. Another reason for infertility is also stress and is the most over used word in today’s world. We can say that both stress and infertility are co-related. Women with hectic jobs are those most at risk, and are often most in denial about the stress in their lives.
I would say both men and women equally affected by infertility but depends what is the cause behind it. Mostly ages between 27 to 35 are affected.
How does the cost of IVF in India compare with that of other countries? Can this be a factor in promotion of medical tourism?
Generally, the cost of fertility treatment is less in India as compared to other western and European countries owing to readily available surrogate mothers, egg and sperm donors. Further on, benefits associated with fertility tourism are numerous. India is great place for getting high quality medical treatments in affordable manner, as also for travelling. An average IVF cycle in the US cost $ 10000 whereas in India it is available for about $ 3000. We have progressed in the field of medical sciences at par with western countries and live well up to the expectations of our inland as well as overseas patients.
The option that IVF offers is very exciting for the patients and has led to increase in demand for designer babies and sperm bank. Tell us your views on the demand for the same in India?
“The IVF treatment in India has been on the growth since 90’s when people used the term like test tube baby but I personally feel that today internet and the Indian media has played the major role in bringing the awareness about IVF and surrogacy. Earlier infertility was a taboo and people looked down to the infertile women but today treatments available for infertility such as IVF have been treated as miracle and boon to the society.” “There is no iota of doubt that fertility or IVF clinics in India are mushrooming day by day and follows the guidelines set by ICMR “
Does a great advance in sperm and egg preservation techniques mean an increase in number of babies?
Yes, there is no iota of doubt that the field of medicine has gained much appreciation and came up with advance technologies to combat infertility through IVF (in vitreo fertilization) which is very common now. But egg freezing is such a concept which is not very popular in India. People here are still keeps their eyes big if they hears such things especially in joint and conservative families. On the other hand IVF has been accepted widely in India but egg freezing is yet to gain approval or social acceptability in India.” “egg freezing is a costly procedure and has been adopted in last 2 yrs only. We can say that egg freezing is only for Upper class rich people, it is surely not for general population, hence people living in nuclear families and metro cities have higher disposable incomes and are more open to this concept”
What is Mother Lap’s success rate in overcoming infertility?
Our Success rate is as high as 60% in IVF and a superb 70% in Surrogacy. This level of achievement is seen as a result of the dedicated efforts of the whole team of Mother’s Lap IVF Center to bring that happiness in the lives of couples.
We have enabled even highly complicated case history patients to become parents. In situations where the treatment cycle fails owing to complications, we have the provision of semen and embryo banks wherein the freezing of embryos rule out the need for repeated surgeries.
Delivering healthy babies through IVF, surrogacy, ICSI, etc. we have achieved a high overall rate of success owing to the specialized attention we give to our patients in at every stage while they undergo the treatment.
We strive to make those miracles happen and thereby establish our success in the best possible manner. We have built for ourselves a castle of trust which rises higher as we provide services to a growing number of couples every day. Our success travels far and wide through word of mouth by our previous patients. The center follows the motto ‘Your success in having a child is our achievement
Each country has its own IVF laws and protocol. How about India?
According to the Indian Society for Assisted Reproduction (ISAR) – 2014 conference the country is set to become the international hub for in-vitro fertilization (IVF) and surrogacy. The IVF market in India is estimated to be worth Rs 5,000 Crore in the next three to five years and cross the Rs. 10,000 Crore mark by 2018. So, I guess the opportunities lie here when we see the market growth and thereby increase in country’s GDP too. Threats that I can see is that the system in India needs to be much regularized. There is no iota of doubt that awareness about IVF and surrogacy has been increased in the recent years but the couples should know where and when to see an IVF specialist. Also there should be strict guidelines to be followed to be refrained from exploitation in the medical field
Tell us your views on the latest advancements/techniques in IVF technology, and how has the success rate changed with introduction of new treatment modules?
There has been immense change in the IVF technology itself. New methods have been introduced in recent years. “Intracytoplasmic sperm injection (ICSI), Blastocyst culture, treatment for male infertility, egg or embryo freezing, donor eggs to name a few are the latest techniques for treating infertility. Success rate is improving day by day with these techniques.