Gifting motherhood through IVF during the COVID-19 pandemic
Novel corona virus (n-COVID-19) has equal potentials to penetrate and spread irrespective of gender and age.
Many have a notion that women trying to conceive (naturally or through ART) are slightly at an increased risk of getting infected pertaining to their lower immunity.
It is imperative to say that IVF procedure requires special care and attention during the process and once after conception.
IVF pregnancy is just as precautious as normal conception. Hence there is no need to panic.
Mothers who conceived through IVF, must always know that motherhood is the most precious gift for such women.
IVF during Covid-19
A majority of the couples who were planning to undergo IVF treatment have postponed their consultations.
Others have delayed their dates of embryo transfer until the pandemic situation comes back to normalcy.
“There have not been any guidelines issued regarding the restrictions on any type of ongoing fertility treatments.
Currently this is a voluntary choice.
However, in order to prevent exposure of the mother and foetus to infections, couples are avoiding to have the IVF as multiple visits and special care is required.
The current ongoing COVID-19 pandemic has changed the way for everyone.
Gynaecologists are managing the antenatal care during pregnancy through online video consultations in order to limit the exposure to outside world, at the same time it is essential to follow the safety and preventive measures until delivery”, explained Dr Rekha Brar, Gynaecologist and IVF Expert, Indira IVF Hospital, New Delhi.
Emotional wellbeing and mental health of women during IVF
Attributing to hormonal changes, pregnancy itself takes a toll on the woman’s mental health.
It causes stress, anxiety, depression, anger, mood swings.
During this phase it is quite important to take care of health.
Women undergoing IVF treatment, or who are pregnant need to stay positive. There needs to be a balance maintained for emotional well-being.
So, pregnant women should take care of their health at home.
Taking care of the necessary precautions will definitely benefit the complete course of pregnancy even after the pandemic is over.
What is IVF (In vitro fertilization) in a nutshell?
IVF or in vitro fertilization is an ART (assisted reproductive technique). The term ‘in vitro’ means a process performed elsewhere, outside of a living organism.
It comprises of controlled ovarian hyper-stimulation, followed by egg retrieval from the ovaries, and then fertilization with the sperms in laboratory.
Post the fertilization which was done in vitro, the embryo transfer is done, to place the so-formed embryo inside the uterus.
The embryos are cultured in laboratory from 3-5 days.
The treatment is now highly refined with the application of ICSI (Intra Cytoplasmic Sperm Injection), blastocyst culture, laser assisted hatching, TESE (testicular sperm extraction) to name a few.
Dr. Rekha added, “IVF is useful not just in the cases of women with blocked fallopian tubes.
It also helps women with poor or diminished ovarian reserves.
IVF pregnancy is also a key reproductive technique used for women with PCOS (polycystic ovary syndrome), POF (premature ovarian failure), endometriosis, uterine fibroids, adenomyosis.
Even for men with abnormal semen parameters, married couples with primary or secondary infertility, unexplained infertility, and in couples with failure of non-ART cycles, IVF has been useful.
Counselling plays a major role in such cases to prevent the blame game among the couples.
Counselling support is provided to the partners. It helps them understand that the cause for not able to conceive naturally could many.
The problem could be in the male partner, or the female partner, or both, or even none.
It is to make them realise that understanding and supporting one another could bring about a great deal of strength in progressing with the treatment.”
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