infertility Treatments Simplified – TOI
Infertility treatments simplified
TIMES OF INDIA
The Times of India, 26 March, 2012
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An extension to IVF, this can be a solution when the woman has a damaged uterus or no uterus at all. As a result, the chance of a successful implantation of the embryo in the uterus is poor. In such a scenario, a third woman is introduced, whose uterus will be borrowed to nurture the embryo produced by IVF.
The embryo prepared by IVF using the semen and egg of the intended couple is transferred into the uterus of the third woman, who nurtures the embryo for nine months. This is popularly known as ‘surrogating’ and the woman whose embryo is used is called the ‘surrogate mother.’
“Since the baby is formed inside another woman, the parents are usually apprehensive of ‘the baby being their own’. Here the doctor should make them understand that since the embryo was formed from their own egg and semen, they are the genetic parents of the baby. Also, there should be a legal consent from both the parties going into this medical treaty. The surrogate mother should keep the baby as her own in this case. Apart from these ethical and legal concerns, this option is absolutely OK for childless couples,” explains infertility expert Dr. Rita Bakshi.
In this method, washed and concentrated semen from the husband or donor (in case the husband has a low or nil sperm count), is introduced directly into the uterus (womb) of the wife around the time of ovulation. Since the vagina and cervix are completely bypassed, this method of conception comes in handy if the woman complains of any vaginal and cervical hindrances. IUI is also be a boon for couples who are incapable of having intercourse due to disability, injury, or problems like premature ejaculation.