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The coverage for Dr. Suruchi Desai in DNA


Date: 2019-08-28

 

The coverage for Dr. Suruchi Desai in DNA

Unaware of IVF, infertility is still a taboo for most Mumbaikars

As per a recent survey conducted by Mumbai based IVF centre, around 84 per cent women and 81 per cent men are not aware of fertility preservation options such as egg and embryo freezing.

Recently, a 36-year-old Mumbai-based unmarried woman froze her eggs so that later she won't have any problem delivering a baby. While she is yet to find a partner in the midst of her attempts to balance her personal and professional life, she wanted to opt for in vitro fertilisation and freeze her egg now rather than having a complication in future.

According to the doctors and IVF specialists, they are getting patients between the age group of 30 to 35 years of age and above. In most of the cases, they are not well educated due to lack of awareness about fertility preservation.

As per a recent survey conducted by Mumbai based IVF centre, around 84 per cent women and 81 per cent men are not aware of fertility preservation options such as egg and embryo freezing.

The survey further states that out of the total 1,289 samples (684 females 605 males) 26 per cent of women and 27 per cent of men feel that going to a fertility expert should be the last option; after other options have failed.

According to the Dr Rajalaxmi Walavalkar, Senior Gynaecologist and IVF specialist at Cocoon Fertility, in more than 50 per cent of the cases, women do not know the difference between infertility and impotence.

Dr Rajalaxmi Walavalkar, said, "The survey reflects different degrees of awareness, understanding, and access. Firstly, most of them don't think infertility is a disease. It is still considered as taboo. The government should create more awareness regarding this disease. Even in the urban setting only handful of couple visits per month to take treatment. There is a need for public education related to embryo banking, egg freezing. Egg freezing is an effective option for a single woman."

The study showcases gaps in the understanding of infertility among Indians. It highlights the need for public and patient education. It highlights the need for public and patient education.

Dr Suruchi Desai, Consultant gynecologist & Obstetrics, Nanavati Super Speciality Hospital, said, "In Mumbai, girls are still aware of it, but more awareness needs to be created in 3 tier cities. When we say IVF, there is a male and a female factor. There is a fine line between impotence and infertility. Impotence is the inability in a man to achieve an erection or orgasm. Infertility is the inability to conceive by natural means. Male factor infertility needs to be better understood."

https://www.dnaindia.com/mumbai/report-unaware-of-ivf-infertility-is-still-a-taboo-for-most-mumbaikars-2716663