Cre­at­ing life

THE LOW­DOWN

Hindustan Times (Delhi) - HT Education - - Front Page -

In­fer­til­ity spe­cial­ists treat peo­ple who are un­able to re­pro­duce (men might have low sperm counts or motil­ity or sex­ual dys­func­tion, while women might have blocked or dam­aged fal­lop­ian tubes, ab­sence of ovu­la­tion, prob­lems with the uterus etc). Treat­ment ranges from sim­ple med­i­ca­tion to op­er­a­tive la­paroscopy and hys­teroscopy (to find the cause of in­fer­til­ity) and sur­gi­cal in­ter­ven­tions if nec­es­sary, to al­low nat­u­ral con­cep­tion for a cou­ple. If th­ese treat­ments don’t work, as­sisted re­pro­duc­tive tech­niques are opted for. They in­clude IUI (in­tra uter­ine in­sem­i­na­tion), IVF (in vitro fer­til­i­sa­tion), IVF-ICSI (in­tra­cy­to­plas­mic sperm in­jec­tion), wherein a sin­gle sperm is in­jected into the egg us­ing a mi­cro ma­nip­u­la­tor, PGD (preim­plan­ta­tion ge­netic di­ag­no­sis which tests chro­mo­so­mal ab­nor­mal­i­ties in the em­bryo). With grow­ing de­mand for such ser­vices, more and more in­fer­til­ity cen­tres are open­ing up all over the globe. The best way to make a start is by work­ing in a well-es­tab­lished ter­tiary care set-up where all ser­vices are avail­able to get prac­ti­cal knowl­edge

CLOCK­WORK An av­er­age work­day of a in­fer­til­ity spe­cial­ist: 8am: Walk into of­fice, check ap­point­ment di­ary for IVF and OT list 8.30am - 1.30pm: Start off with egg re­trievals fol­lowed by op­er­a­tive pro­ce­dures like la­paroscopy, hys­teroscopy etc and end op­er­a­tive work with em­bryo trans­fers 1.30pm: Break for lunch 2.00pm - 6.00pm: Re­cep­tion­ist buzzes in first pa­tient. Most of the work is clin­i­cal and in­volves con­sul­ta­tions re­gard­ing blood re­ports and ul­tra­sound scans to mon­i­tor the

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