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Are you considering an infertility treatment in India?
Infertility Treatment Centers in India
If you are considering an affordable infertility treatment such for an In Vitro Fertilization (IVF), then India should be on top of your list. India has more than 500 infertility treatment centers, including some highly reputed fertility specialists.
India has been a top destination for infertility treatments for more than three decades now. The Indian government strictly regulates all infertility clinics in the country and makes sure that everything is done according to the rule book.
Infertility treatment centers in India are regulated by the Indian Society for Assisted Reproduction. They are ISO certified and accredited by JCI. Many of these clinics are a part of the European Society for Human Reproduction and Embryology (ESHRE) PGD Consortium.
Infertility Treatment in India: Procedure
#1: In India, donation of the sperm permitted only in IVF fertility treatments and not in non-IVF treatments.
#2: Egg donors must be in the age group of 18 to 35 and should be healthy.
#3: All egg donors are screened for genetic conditions and sexually transmitted diseases.
#4: The treatment begins with a diagnosis for fertility. This includes a thorough semen testing and blood and urine testing for men. For women, a diagnosis means tests for CBC, HIV, IgG levels, TSH, urine routine, VDRL, Prolac/ FSH/LH, blood grouping and Hepatitis B.
#5: The following tests are conducted: Serum FSH, Serum PRL, Serum LH and Serum TSH.
#6: A Hysterosalpingogram (HSG) is done where an X-ray of the uterus and the Fallopian tubes is taken.
#7: This is followed by procedures such as Trans-vaginal Ultra Sonogram, Laproscopic Hysteroscopy, and Laparoscopy.
Based on the results of these examinations the future course of the infertility treatment is decided.
Infertility Treatment Options in India
IVF (Invitro Fertilization)
IVF is the most common infertility treatment which involves the fertilization of the ovum outside the female’s body. The fertilized ovum (also called as embryo) is then transferred into the uterus.
Ovulation induction is recommended when the female suffers from irregular ovulation. This treatment involves improving egg quality and regulating the ovulation cycle.
IUI (Intra Uterine Insemination)
During an Intra Uterine Insemination, a catheter is used to place the processed semen directly in the uterus.
ICSI (Intra Cytoplasmic Sperm Injection)
ICSI is a method in which a single sperm is placed into the cytoplasm of an egg so that fertilization can take place.
TESA (Testicular Sperm Aspiration)
TESA is a sperm harvesting technique done through a surgical procedure.
Embryo Freezing Excess (Surplus)
In this method, a cryogenic technology is used to preserve the embryos at extremely low temperatures for many years. This is later injected into the female’s uterus.
This method involves the hatching of the embryos which are not able to escape the zona pellucid intact.
Semen or Sperm freezing
In this method, the Semen or Sperm are frozen at extremely low temperatures for an extended period of time.
Rules of Infertility Treatment in India
#1: In India, singles and lesbians are accepted for fertility treatment. Women up to the age of 60 can be treated with donated eggs. Surrogacy is legal and accepted.
#2: All donors are anonymous. The prospective parents are only provided with non-identifying information on the donors.
#3: Women cannot donate eggs more than 6 times.
#4: Not more than 3 embryos can be transferred to a woman seeking the treatment.
#5: The embryo storage regulations are the same as that of the Human Fertilization and Embryology Authority of the UK.
Cost of Infertility Treatments in India
How much does an IVF treatment cost in India?
That’s the one question everyone has before undergoing an infertility treatment in India. It’s hard to give a specific number as the rates depend on the hospital where you undergo the treatment.
But generally, the cost of an IVF treatment is Rs. 250,000 in India. This can go up to as much as Rs. 450,000 depending on the complexity of the procedure.
If you require advanced treatments such as ICSI treatment in addition to this, that will cost you up to Rs. 150,000 to 250,000 more. A Frozen Embryo Transfer (FET) procedure will cost an additional Rs. 120,000.
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[Note 1$ USD = Rs. 65.06]
Medical tourism to India is a big industry and India is one of the premier destinations for infertility treatments. The cost of the treatments in India is much lower than what it is in the United States, UK, Australia and other first world nations. Also, the rules and procedures governing these treatments are up to the standards that are expected in the West.
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