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IVF centres lack counselling facilities: Survey

New Delhi: Even as the number of IVF (In-vitro fertilisation) clinics providing hope to childless couples are increasing in the capital, the basic requisite of providing psychological aid to them is not sufficient, a study released on Thursday said.

“In a study on IVF clinics in Delhi and Mumbai, it was found that only 44 per cent of the clinics provided psychological counselling to couples. This is important as psychological healing is an essential part of the treatment given to the patients who are already in stress and psychological pressure,” said Dr Manika Khanna, director of a private IVF clinic in the capital.

The survey was conducted in collaboration with the Health Essayists and Authors League (HEAL) Foundation.

Other than suffering from stigma associated with infertility, experts say the couples are also exposed to psycho-sexual problems relating to frustration, anxiety disorders, and depression.

“The number of centres that claim to provide solutions to infertility is rising with each day. At most of the units that are only meant to mint money, there is no counselling for the couples,” said Dr Sudha Prasad, director professor at IVF and reproductive biology centre at Maulana Azad Medical College (MAMC).

IVF, considered a form of Assisted Reproductive Technique (ART), is used to conceive the child outside the woman’s body.

The eggs and sperms are placed together under controlled conditions for fertilisation, after which, the resulting embryos are placed back in the woman’s uterus to initiate pregnancy.

An estimated 19 million couples are likely to be infertile of the 250 million attempting parenthood at any given time, experts said.

In the study conducted, over 60 per cent of couples undergoing IVF therapy said the psychological support offered was not sufficient. [Source: IANS]

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  1. Sarahs Daddy Sarahs Daddy Monday, September 23, 2013

    are you for real, anyone who has gone through an assisted reproduction program in a developed, accountable location knows that the psych aspect is crucial (in some cases, there are times where it starts to come to light that perhaps there needs to be a waiver: 1. a three time successful surrogate goes for a fourth. 2. a same sex male couple regarding egg donation (the issues addressed are irrelevant in these cases.) But to be more direct, one of the reasons why people travel out of USA for surrogacy etc is because of the ridiculous cost in its total, that is so clearly not within reach of the majority, some agencies have the balls to actually assess you income before even providing you with the info, to quote Will Halm of Growing Generations who I had RETURNED a call from, he had sought us…. He learned of what my family went through in India, and wanted (from what he left on his message) to offer his services and see to it that we have a family, “I feel terrible to be placed in the same category simply because we provide the same services- Surrogacy Center India and Delhi IVF have nobody watching, do what they want, when they want, and are comparable to mob type organizations- where- there are no rules.” Not relizing who I was he did his opener asking for my essential net worth and said goodbye. I called back and told him who I was and then (similarly, said goodbye, however, in a bit more of a Boston Born tone.)
    Cost at GG for ALL the psych 33,000 (worth it?)

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