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IVF & Infertility

Overview

If you and your partner are struggling to have a baby, you're not alone. Infertility is defined as not being able to get pregnant despite having frequent, unprotected sex for at least a year for most couples. Infertility may result from an issue with either you or your partner or a combination of factors that prevent pregnancy. Fortunately, there are many safe and effective therapies that significantly improve your chances of getting pregnant.

IVF (In-Vitro Fertilization) is a type of assisted reproductive technology that involves a series of procedures to treat fertility and assist with the conception of a child. During IVF, mature eggs are collected (retrieved) from your ovaries and fertilized by sperm in a lab. It is true that both men and women have an equal likelihood of suffering from infertility. Due to increased work stress, hectic and fast-paced urban lifestyle, environmental toxins, and delaying marriageable age - the chances of infertility are rising significantly.

Sometimes, a reason inexplicable to infertility may cause more frustration and depression in a couple’s life. Therefore, it is important to opt for a fertility treatment process that assures you. We at Gleneagles Global Health City are committed to offering the best and ethical treatment for fertility and assisted reproduction.

What is IVF?

IVF or In-Vitro Fertilization is a process where the egg is retrieved and combined with the sperm outside the body i.e., in-glass fertilization, and the fertilized embryo is then transferred to the uterus. Infertility treatment at Gleneagles Global Health City is precise and success-oriented. Our state-of-the-art facility and highly experienced doctors provide exceptional treatment options for various infertility conditions.

Conditions and Treatments

  • Assisted Reproduction Techniques
  • Natural Cycle IVF
  • Assisted Hatching
  • Male Fertility treatment- ICSI
  • Recurrent IVF Failure
  • Blastocyst Transfer
  • Surgical Sperm Retrieval
  • Fertility Preservation
  • Third-Party Reproduction

We are one of the best hospitals for infertility treatment in Chennai with some of the best IVF doctors on board

We are one of the best hospitals for infertility treatment in Chennai with years of experience in this field, treating thousands of patients each year. The Best IVF and IUI doctor in Chennai are well furnished with the latest technology machines to provide the best of service and care to patients.

Why Gleneagles Global Health City, Chennai?

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Our doctors are highly knowledgeable, skilled, compassionate, and will be there for you when you need them the most. Our goal is measured by the number of people in whom we restore the hope of a healthy tomorrow.

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Before infertility testing, your doctor or clinic works to understand your sexual habits and may make recommendations to improve your chances of getting pregnant.

Fertility for women

It relies on the ovaries releasing healthy eggs. The reproductive tract must allow an egg to pass into the fallopian tubes and join with sperm for fertilization. The fertilized egg must travel to the uterus and implant in the lining. Tests for female infertility try to find out if any of these processes are impaired. You may have a general physical exam, including a regular gynecological exam. Specific fertility tests may include:

  • Ovulation testing: A blood test measures hormone levels to determine whether you’re ovulating.
  • Hysterosalpingography: Hysterosalpingography (his-tur-o-sal-ping-GOG-ruh-fee) evaluates the condition of your uterus and fallopian tubes and looks for blockages or other problems. X-ray contrast is injected into your uterus, and an X-ray is taken to determine if the cavity is normal and to see if the fluid spills out of your fallopian tubes.
  • Ovarian reserve testing: This testing helps determine the quantity of the eggs available for ovulation. This approach often begins with hormone testing early in the menstrual cycle.
  • Other hormone testing: Other hormone tests check levels of ovulatory hormones, as well as pituitary hormones that control reproductive processes.
  • Imaging tests: A pelvic ultrasound looks for the uterine or ovarian disease. Sometimes a sonohysterogram also called a saline infusion sonogram, is used to see details inside the uterus that are not seen on a regular ultrasound.

Tests for men

Male fertility requires that the testicles produce enough healthy sperm and that the sperm is ejaculated effectively into the vagina and travels to the egg. Tests for male infertility attempt to determine whether any of these processes are impaired. You may have a general physical exam, including an examination of your genitals. Specific fertility tests may include:

  • Semen analysis. Your doctor may ask for one or more semen specimens. Semen is generally obtained by masturbating or by interrupting intercourse and ejaculating your semen into a clean container. A lab analyzes your semen specimen. In some cases, urine may be tested for the presence of sperm.
  • Hormone testing. You may have a blood test to determine your level of testosterone and other male hormones.
  • Genetic testing. Genetic testing may be done to determine whether there’s a genetic defect causing infertility.
  • Testicular biopsy. In select cases, a testicular biopsy may be performed to identify abnormalities contributing to infertility or to retrieve sperm for assisted reproductive techniques, such as IVF.
  • Imagining. In certain situations, imaging studies such as a brain MRI, transrectal or scrotal ultrasound, or a test of the vas deferens (vasography) may be performed.
  • Other specialty testing. In rare cases, other tests to evaluate the quality of the sperm may be performed, such as evaluating a semen specimen for DNA abnormalities.

Depending on your situation, rarely your testing may include:

  • Hysteroscopy: Depending on your symptoms, your doctor may request a hysteroscopy to look for uterine disease. During the procedure, your doctor inserts a thin, lighted device through your cervix into your uterus to view any potential abnormalities.
  • Laparoscopy: This minimally invasive surgery involves making a small incision beneath your navel and inserting a thin viewing device to examine your fallopian tubes, ovaries, and uterus. A laparoscopy may identify endometriosis, scarring, blockages or irregularities of the fallopian tubes, and problems with the ovaries and uterus.

What are the common causes of infertility in men?

Causes of male infertility may include:

  1. Abnormal sperm production: or function due to undescended testicles, genetic defects, health problems such as diabetes, or infections such as chlamydia, gonorrhea, mumps or HIV. Enlarged veins in the testes (varicocele) also can affect the quality of sperm.
  1. Problems with the delivery of sperm: due to sexual problems, such as premature ejaculation; certain genetic diseases, such as cystic fibrosis; structural problems, such as a blockage in the testicle; or damage or injury to the reproductive organs.
  1. Overexposure to certain environmental factors: such as pesticides and other chemicals, and radiation. Cigarette smoking, alcohol, marijuana, anabolic steroids, and taking medications to treat bacterial infections, high blood pressure and depression also can affect fertility. Frequent exposure to heat, such as in saunas or hot tubs, can raise body temperature and may affect sperm production.
  1. Damage related to cancer and its treatment: including radiation or chemotherapy. Treatment for cancer can impair sperm production, sometimes severely.

What are the common causes of infertility in women?

  • Causes of female infertility may include:
  1. Ovulation disorders: which affect the release of eggs from the ovaries. These include hormonal disorders such as polycystic ovary syndrome. Hyperprolactinemia, a condition in which you have too much prolactin — the hormone that stimulates breast milk production — also may interfere with ovulation. Either too much thyroid hormone (hyperthyroidism) or too little (hypothyroidism) can affect the menstrual cycle or cause infertility. Other underlying causes may include too much exercise, eating disorders or tumors.
  1. Uterine or cervical abnormalities: including abnormalities with the cervix, polyps in the uterus or the shape of the uterus. Noncancerous (benign) tumors in the uterine wall (uterine fibroids) may cause infertility by blocking the fallopian tubes or stopping a fertilized egg from implanting in the uterus.
  1. Fallopian tube damage or blockage: often caused by inflammation of the fallopian tube (salpingitis). This can result from pelvic inflammatory disease, which is usually caused by a sexually transmitted infection, endometriosis or adhesions.
  1. Endometriosis: which occurs when endometrial tissue grows outside of the uterus, may affect the function of the ovaries, uterus and fallopian tubes.
  1. Primary ovarian insufficiency (early menopause): when the ovaries stop working and menstruation ends before age 40. Although the cause is often unknown, certain factors are associated with early menopause, including immune system diseases, certain genetic conditions such as Turner syndrome or carriers of Fragile X syndrome, and radiation or chemotherapy treatment.
  1. Pelvic adhesions: bands of scar tissue that bind organs that can form after pelvic infection, appendicitis, endometriosis or abdominal or pelvic surgery.
  1. Cancer and its treatment: Certain cancers — particularly reproductive cancers — often impair female fertility. Both radiation and chemotherapy may affect fertility.

What are the various treatment options for infertility?

Treatment for men

Men’s treatment for general sexual problems or lack of healthy sperm may include:

  • Changing lifestyle factors: Improving lifestyle and certain behaviors can improve chances for pregnancy, including discontinuing select medications, reducing or eliminating harmful substances, improving frequency and timing of intercourse, exercising regularly, and optimizing other factors that may otherwise impair fertility.
  • Medications: Certain medications may improve sperm count and likelihood for achieving a successful pregnancy. These medicines may increase testicular function, including sperm production and quality.
  • Surgery: For some conditions, surgery may be able to reverse a sperm blockage and restore fertility. In other cases, surgically repairing a varicocele may improve overall chances for pregnancy.
  • Sperm retrieval: These techniques obtain sperm when ejaculation is a problem or when no sperm are present in the ejaculated fluid. They may also be used in cases in which assisted reproductive techniques are planned and sperm counts are low or otherwise abnormal.

What is IUI?

IUI stands for intrauterine insemination. It’s also sometimes called donor insemination, alternative insemination, or artificial insemination. IUI works by putting sperm cells directly into your uterus around the time you’re ovulating, helping the sperm get closer to your egg. This cuts down on the time and distance sperm has to travel, making it easier to fertilize your egg.

Treatment for women:

Some women need only one or two therapies to improve fertility. Other women may need several different types of treatment to achieve pregnancy.

  • Stimulating ovulation with fertility drugs: Fertility drugs are the main treatment for women who are infertile due to ovulation disorders. These medications regulate or induce ovulation. Talk with your doctor about fertility drug options — including the benefits and risks of each type.
  • Intrauterine insemination (IUI): During IUI, healthy sperm are placed directly in the uterus around the time the ovary releases one or more eggs to be fertilized. Depending on the reasons for infertility, the timing of IUI can be coordinated with your normal cycle or with fertility medications.
  • In vitro fertilization (IVF): Eggs are taken from your ovaries and fertilized by sperm in a lab, where they develop into embryos. Then a doctor puts the embryos into your uterus.
  • Surgery to restore fertility: Uterine problems such as endometrial polyps, a uterine septum, intrauterine scar tissue, and some fibroids can be treated with hysteroscopic surgery. Endometriosis, pelvic adhesions, and larger fibroids may require laparoscopic surgery or surgery with a larger incision of the abdomen.

What is IVF?

IVF stands for in vitro fertilization. It’s one of the more widely known types of assisted reproductive technology (ART).  IVF works by using a combination of medicines and surgical procedures to help sperm fertilize an egg, and help the fertilized egg implant in your uterus.

IVF & Infertility Treatment at Gleneagles Global Health City, Chennai brings together some of the best IVF and IUI  specialists in Chennai. They have the expertise and specialized skills, dealing with end-stage all the general problems. A thorough investigation is the first step in effective mental health procedures. Following the tests and analysis, the heart team will help the patient and caregivers understand the treatment given to them

We are with you in your journey to better health

A consultation with our panel of doctors, specialists and surgeons will help you determine what kind of services you may need to help diagnose and treat your condition. If you or someone in your family or friend’s circle are facing any health issues, please get in touch with us, we are here for you.

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