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Demand for IVF has increased in India – Dr Kaberi Banerjee

COVID-19 has brought about many changes in everyone’s life and forced people to stay in their homes to stay protected from the spread of the virus. At the onset of COVID-19, the number of couples seeking IVF (In Vitro Fertilization) treatment declined due to the home isolation phase and fear of becoming infected with the virus.

During the third phase of COVID-19, people realized that the virus was there longer than expected, and since most individuals are now fully vaccinated, they are now ready and more confident to leave their homes with less. for fear of the covid-19 virus. With this change in mentality, doctors are seeing an increase in the number of couples opting for IVF treatment.

What is IVF treatment?

IVF is a fertilization process in which a man’s sperm and a woman’s eggs are combined in the laboratory outside the body and after fertilization, the fertilized eggs are implanted in the uterine lining. IVF treatment is a process that takes a lot of time, patience, and dedication. As now, people work from home, so they have quality time to invest in treatment without experiencing burnout.

Why is the need for IVF increasing?

Nowadays, couples are focused on building their careers and settling in first in life, delaying planning for a baby. Sometimes due to this delay and increasing age, stress at work, unhealthy eating habits, the quality of eggs and sperm decreases, making it difficult for couples to plan a natural pregnancy. However, to experience the happiness of being parents, couples opt for IVF treatments.

Couples who spend more time together doing all of the homework have increased the urge to have a baby to add more happiness to their lives. Doctors also noticed that during the lockdown, the couples’ lifestyle changed a lot for the better. Thanks to this, couples who had problems conceiving are also able to conceive naturally.

More than half of India’s population is made up of young adults who are more keen to enjoy the parenting phase of their life. According to research, it has been analyzed that the rate of infertility in Indian couples is increasing due to many factors, and providing proper facility for various medical treatments such as IVF is becoming the priority. The rate of infertility is equal for men and women. IVF cycles have increased at a rate of 25% over the past five years and India has ranked third in the world for IVF treatments.

IVF is not just for couples

IVF treatment is not gaining in importance in the life of couples, but also women who prefer to be single mothers take advantage of IVF treatment to conceive and become a parent without waiting for a man to complete their family. Nowadays, women are more and more passionate about careers and enjoy the happiness of motherhood through legal process without getting married.

Conclusion

IVF treatment will increase dramatically in India over the next few years as the rate of infertility decreases along with changes in lifestyle, stress, outside environment and many other factors. This treatment will become a huge savings booster for the health industry. According to research, it has been found that the IVF market has the potential to perform IVF cycles of 5 to 6 lakhs in the coming years. With growing awareness related to IVF among young people and the efforts of medical service providers to provide more success rates with their services, the demand and need will increase in the near future.

That said, couples should focus on improving their lifestyle first and focus on parenting when they are young. This would save them the financial and emotional burden that fertility treatments are associated with.

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Disclaimer - Dr Kaberi is not associated with any Hosptial/Clinic other than "Advanced Fertility and Gyne Center (AFGC)". AFGC has only three centers at present 1. "Lajpat Nagar" 2. "CR Park Delhi" 3. "Noida".