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Joy of Parenthood: Bourn Hall Fertility Clinic India Celebrates 40 years of IVF

New Delhi, 26 July, 2018 --- Bourn Hall India, recently celebrated the  40th Anniversary of IVF, which is marked by the birth of the world’s first IVF baby, Louise Brown on the 25th of July 1978, thanks to the pioneering work of Bourn Hall founders, Robert Edwards and Patrick Steptoe. Bourn Hall Fertility Centre in India would like to celebrate the joy of parenthood with all couples who have conceived through IVF.

Dr. David Robertson, Group Medical Director, affiliated with the inventors of IVF, Bourn Hall, UK, commented:” We are extremely happy to have helped so many couples to parenthood. Since 1978, ‘Bourn Hall’ has become synonymous with IVF and most of what is today the standard treatment protocol for IVF procedures, has been pioneered and established by Bourn Hall. Our greatest reward however is to see how couples evolve to happy families – and having been able to support and help them.”
“Our most important message today goes out to all those who struggle with fertility issues”, said Hoda Abou-Jamra, Group CEO, Bourn Hall International. “You have choices and options to overcome these issues and it is our mission to educate, inform and offer you the right fertility choice for your health, your family and your life.” 
When people picture an ideal family – and this is a world-wide stereotype - there is a typecast of a large, bustling household full of children and an even larger extended clan of cousins, aunts and uncles. This stereotype is becoming less realistic, partially due to a growing infertility epidemic which is making it harder for couples everywhere in the world and of course also in the India to conceive at all, yet alone grow large families. In India, it is estimated that 1 in every 4 couples is struggling with infertility issues and needs treatment.

Louise Brown, who is an ambassador of hope to millions of couples throughout the world struggling with infertility, had even sent a personal video message to Bourn Hall Fertility Centre thanking all who work hard to make parenthood an option for couples.

About Bourn Hall Fertility Centre India, a clinic of Bourn Hall International 
Bourn Hall International (BHI) operates world-class branded in vitro fertilization (IVF) reference centers

In Dubai and Gurgaon/Delhi. Bourn Hall founders invented IVF in 1978 with the first successful birth of a Child, Louise Brown, conceived through an IVF procedure or “test tube baby”. Since then, ‘Bourn Hall’ has become synonymous with IVF and most of what is today the standard treatment protocol for IVF procedures has been pioneered and established by Bourn Hall. As the ultimate testament of Bourn Hall’s world-leading expertise, its founder, Professor Robert Edwards, was awarded the Nobel Prize in medicine in 2010 for the invention of IVF.

Bourn Hall India provides several state-of-the-art operating theatres and a clean-room laboratory, and hosts a multinational team of Doctors, all assigned specialists in the field of Assisted Reproduction.
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Increasing trend of IVF in India

Increasing trend of IVF in India

In recent years the prevalence of couples unable to conceive has increased drastically and over 20% of the married couples account for it. Not only is there a decline in female fertility, but a reduction in male fertility has been on a rise. Of the total couples seeking fertility treatment, around half of the issue lies with the female partner and the increasing trend in loss of male fertility is attributable in the remaining half. The tendency to look for fertility treatment is high, as the need for parenthood and social status of parenthood is more significant in India. However, the awareness of IVF in rural areas is a major barrier.

Though the proportion of women in their reproductive age i.e. 20 to 44 years has increased in the last decade, women over 30 are under the burden of infertility in India.

With the changing lifestyle, increased use of contraceptives and exposure to toxins is linked to further rise in the burden of infertility in India by 2020.

What could be the possible reasons among female?

1. Changing and sedentary lifestyle – Women are born with their lifetime reserve of eggs, and these gradually decrease in both quality and quantity with age. Westernisation has only depleted and destroyed the egg quality prematurely in women.

2. Increase in the number of working women – With more number of women focussing on work and career, they want to conceive after getting settled. But with the biological clock ticking away, fertility reduces with increasing age decreasing the chances to get pregnant.

3. Urban lifestyle ad obesity – With westernisation, many women have been fancying for alcohol and tobacco consumption as a style and status symbol. Depending on junk food and a sedentary lifestyle, people now a day are becoming obese which is one of the contributing reasons for becoming infertile.

4. Other clinical factors – Prevalence of medical conditions among women have seen a rise in the last decade –
a)   Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS) – PCOS is very common among Indian women and is estimated to have 22% prevalence rate in India.
b)   Genital TB – is the greatest risk factor for tubal blockage and endometrial damage resulting in infertility. Over 18% of Indian women in reproductive age are affected by it.
c)    Sexually Transmitted Infections (STI) – Over 30% of women have been diagnosed with sexually transmitted infections. Infertility due to STIs such as gonorrhea, syphilis, chlamydia and trichomoniasis has been attributed to pelvic inflammatory disease and tubal infertility in women.
d)   Hormonal imbalances - Indian women have lower Anti-Mullerian Hormone levels (AMH), and higher Follicular Stimulating Hormone (FSH) levels, despite being significantly younger. These hormones are an indicator of ovarian reserve.

Reasons for increasing trend among male

The national capital region has seen a rise in the number of male patients in the past 3 years at IVF centres.1 in every 3 men is suffering from infertility problem in the metro cities.

Generally, this kind of problem occurs due to less count and degeneration of sperms which are then unable to reach inside the female tube. Hence the female partner is unable to conceive even after countless attempts.

In metro cities like Delhi, Mumbai, and Chennai, over 15% of the male population is infertile, a rate greater than that of the female. Stress, obesity, sedentary lifestyle, smoking and alcohol consumption increases the chances for the sperms to die. The changing lifestyle and the polluted environment is one of the main contributing factors to cause infertility in male and increases the chances of miscarriage.

There are a lot of heavy metals, which directly affects the hormones in the body. Reduction in androgens like testosterone in male and estrogen level in female results in loss of libido. A higher concentration of free radicals in the blood causes a lower sperm quality in men.

With increasing age, the sperm motility and the quality decrease causing fertility issues and loss of libido in men.

Thus, owing to the abovesaid reasons, there is increase in the cases of male and female infertility and thus an increasing trend of IVF. IVF is a great treatment method which helps these patients to fulfill their desire of parenthood. The need of the hour is to understand the importance of a healthy lifestyle to increase and maintain fertility.

​By ​Dr. Arvind Vaid, IVF expert, Indira IVF Hospital, New Delhi
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IVF and Other Assisted Reproductive Technique Babies Are As Intelligent As Naturally Conceived Ones

 Since the birth of first IVF child Louise Brown in England approximately 40 years ago, an estimated 5 million children have been born worldwide through IVF and other related assisted reproductive technology (ART) procedures. Although many previous studies suggested that IVF and ART can harm a child’s cognitive ability, now the myth has been busted as the recent study has revealed that kids born through artificial techniques have better scores on reading and verbal tests over the naturally-conceived children.

IVF and Other Assisted Reproductive Technique Babies Are As Intelligent As Naturally Conceived Ones

IVF and Other Assisted Reproductive Technique Babies Are As Intelligent As Naturally Conceived Ones

Every parent desires that their child conceived artificially be as brilliant, brainy and the best as a naturally conceived one because some prior researchers and studies had suggested that In Vitro Fertilization (IVF) and other assisted reproductive technologies (ART) can harm a child’s cognitive ability. Infact, until recently, results of the long-term effects on IVF children had been debatable. But contrary to some past studies demonstrating the risk posed by the artificial methods of conceiving, a new study by researchers from the University of Oxford suggests that kids who are born through artificial techniques such as IVF or Intracytoplasmic Sperm Injection (ICSI) have better scores on reading and verbal tests over the naturally-conceived children. They may infact do better than the naturally conceived ones.

ICSI is a variation of the IVF procedure in which a single sperm is injected directly into an egg and is generally performed when the man has a very low sperm count or previous IVF attempts have been failed. Besides, IVF and other ART procedures have often been linked with increased risk of prematurity and higher twin rates, which have been associated with risk of intellectual impairment and probably that’s why the intelligence of IVF children is often questioned. But over time, the technology has improved significantly and even multiple pregnancies have reduced drastically. Multiple pregnancies can at times carry associated risks like premature delivery and thus low birth weight leading further developmental problems. But, with advanced techniques, now chances of singletons are more thus, a child gets better nutrition and is born with healthier birth weight.

With the help of artificial reproductive techniques, a wider range of infertility problems have been resolved. For countless infertile couples who dreamt of having a family, techniques like IVF is definitely a dream come true. Though some previous studies suggested ART conceived children may not be as smart and brainy, now the myth has been busted as the recent study has revealed that ART doesn’t impair a child’s higher thinking ability. Through their study, the researchers found that in early years the IVF-conceived children actually scored higher on the tests.

Additionally, people who opt for IVF or other such artificial techniques are usually educated, mature, have basic understanding about pregnancy which means they adhere to their doctor’s advice and act responsibly rather than following religious or conventional ways. Also, such parents are relatively financially well to do and IVF mothers are more likely to be educated and employed than mothers of naturally conceived babies. All these factors, including the positive effect of proper care and good nutrition in the children conceived through artificial reproduction techniques indirectly contribute to their good health and reduces the risk of impaired cognitive ability. Also, the strong desire and considerable psychological and financial effort involved in having a child through artificial conception treatments undoubtedly contributes to more attentive parenting and therefore, such children are well taken care of and are treated in a special way over children who are naturally conceived. All these factors definitely add on to the overall development and well being of a child - physically, emotionally and psychologically.

It is also important to understand that as against the general preconceived notion that IVF is an option only for older women who couldn’t conceive naturally,the truth is completely different. Even if you are young and are facing fertility issues its better to opt for these artificial methods early in life as while you are young, the quality of eggs is better which ensures having a healthy child.
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Kent RO Chairman, Dr. Mahesh Gupta Takes over as President International Vaish Federation

January 2017 New Delhi: Popularly known as Per waterman of India, Dr Mahesh Gupta, Chairman of Kent RO Systems has taken over as the President of International Vaish Federation (IVF), Dr. Mahesh Gupta, a first generation entrepreneur, is known worldwide for revolutionizing the water purification industry in India. He is the Founder-Chairman of Kent RO Systems Ltd., India’s leading water Purifier Company. He is also former president of PHD Chamber of Commerce.

Kent RO Chairman, Dr. Mahesh Gupta Takes over as President International Vaish Federation

On the occasion, Dr. Mahesh Gupta, Chairman, Kent RO Systems Limited & Former President of PHD Chambers of Commerce said, "Within a short span of three years, the Federation has created history by bringing millions of members under one umbrella. I would like to compliment our founder, Ramdas Agarwal for creating such a powerful organization. As he was ailing for quite some time and on his insistence, I accepted the position of President of IVF with humility. I am happy that Agarwal has agreed to be our Chairman Emeritus and he will be guiding us. I also pray for his wellbeing."

Promising the members that he would leave no stone unturned to expand the Federation and bring glory, Dr. Gupta further said, "Together, we will take IVF to greater heights and would strive to bring all community members under this platform for mutual wellbeing and development of India. Today, let us remember that Mahatma Gandhi and Lala Lajpat Rai were from Vaish community and led us to independence. Similarly, Jamnalal Bajaj, GD Birla, Laxmi Niwas Mittal, Sunil Bharat Mittal, Ramnath Goenka, OP Jindal and others from the community, have contributed in India's economic and Industrial revolution."

Further the emphasis was on the role played by the community right from education to industry to employment to logistics in shaping modern and progressive India.  Stating that even in modern e-commerce and online market place, entrepreneurs from the community have been on the fore front. The members of Vaish community who have contributed in the modern business technology includes Sachin Bansal of Flipkart, Piyush Bansal and Rohit Bansal of Snapdeal; Manmohan Aggarwal of Yebhi, Mukesh Bansal of Myntra, Ashish Goel of Urban Ladder, Deepinder Goel of Zomato; Bhavish Aggarwal of Ola Cabs and Nitin Gupta of PayU. This only goes to show that the Vaish community has stood up and flourished in changing times of 21st century as well.

About IVF: The Federation represents 25 crore members, spread across 22 Indian states and eleven countries across the globe.  IVF is committed to develop ethical business practices, value-based education, and knowledge instructions’, economic and political empowerment. It also professes spiritual awakening to perpetuate the Vaish principles of non-violence, noble charities and peaceful living with compassion, having harmonious, happy and a healthy humanity.
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IVF- New seeds of hope

 February 8 2016,  17.28 PM IST || Pocket News Alert

Childlessness can be a very distressing period for couples yearning for a child of their own. The anxiety that comes with anticipation when trying for a baby can be very strenuous. In India, the importance attributed to fertility as the foundation of a fruitful marriage is irrefutable. However, the good news is that indefatigable amount of research is being done to make IVF a more fail-safe option for those who opt for it. Distraught couples need not fret after few failed IVF attempts, as researchers have found that prolonging IVF treatment can substantially increase chances of conception. This development might be very reassuring for many couples, but undergoing treatment repeatedly might be discomforting for some, when it comes to costs and time it takes to sustain treatment for a very long time.

When asked about how many IVF cycles should one go through as part of their treatment, Dr. Sonia Malik, Director, Southend Fertility & IVF, said, “The number of  IVF cycles that a couple should go through before giving up is not fixed . It is different for different patients and it is always an individualized approach depending on many factors like patients’ psychological strength, financial condition etc. It may vary from 3 to 4 cycles on an average but again it is very individualized.”

As far as health issues one should take into consideration before commencing IVF treatment is concerned, Dr. Sonia Malik said, “There are many health issues which should be addressed before one starts IVF treatment specially women issues like history of breast/gynecological cancers in the family or the patient herself or any other medical risk factors like diabetes, hypertension, h/o thromboembolism, h/o fibrodenosis, migraines to name a few which makes it a contradiction for any hormones sp estrogens to be given. It is very important that the patient is counseled correctly.”

A new IVF treatment that allows the egg to be fertilized inside the woman’s body rather than a lab is being offered to IVF hopefuls in the UK. The method requires inserting a capsule containing egg and sperms for 24 hours inside for embryo to develop. This procedure uses a 1cm long and 1mm wide device called AneVivo during the procedure. The doctors choose the healthiest embryos to be implanted into the lining of the womb for it to develop. Such a procedure leaves lesser chances of exposure to synthetic culture fluids in a lab, where it develops into a healthy fetus.  Moreover, this would substantially reduce psychological impact of the treatment. UK’s fertility watchdog has approved of this treatment, but according to Dr. Sonia Malik, such a procedure is still in experimental and trial stage in India.

Speaking on inhibitions couples come with before approaching IVF specialists are unfounded but aplenty according to Dr. Sonia Malik. She said, “The most common inhibition is the change of gametes by mistake. Others are:

·         Any long term health issues sp increase in incidence of cancers in the long run.

·         Any abnormality in the child born through this process

·         Whether their confidentiality would be maintained or not

·         To take injections on a daily basis is troublesome for few

·         Whether the entire process sp the ovum pick up and embryo transfer is going to be painful

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