IVF and assisted reproduction: Improving accessibility to infertility treatment in India

IVF has been helping couples overcome the issue of infertility for long, almost four decades now. Technological developments in the field of reproductive science have been instrumental in making a number of couples realize their dreams of having a child. However, some experts believe that its growth in developing countries is a little slow-paced as compared to that in nations with high economic growth. More specialists and researchers in the field are the need of the hour if the generation wishes to bridge the gap. With every passing day, fertility experts come with a new invention, highly significant for making In-vitro fertilization accessible to the masses of third-world countries such as India, Brazil, Mexico, etc.

Goral Gandhi IVF consultant from India, believes that there exists a dire need for more specialists in the assisted reproduction sphere. In the South Asian nation, infertility is not a much talked about topic and often translated into an unbearable social stigma. This has contributed to a large number of infertile couples seeking treatment. The demand for IVF services has increased mainly due to a large number of couples visiting clinic for infertility-related queries.

The significance of prevention has always been a matter of great importance in the medical world. Thus, the need to provide necessary training when it comes to IVF and infertility, remains critical. For infertile couples, the issues related to quality assurance have been mostly debated in the high-GDP nations; while holding a great deal of relevancy in developing countries as well.

“Even if the prevention of infertility remains our first priority, the need for accessible diagnostic procedures and reproductive technologies (ART) is very high,” opines Dr Goral Gandhi, who has not only been instrumental in establishing a strong foot in Indian embryology and IVF but has also schooled a large number of specialists from the field. The prominent Indian embryologist is committed to promoting IVF in the country by training candidates who are interested in promoting IVF. Through her International School for Reproductive Medicine and Embryology (ISRME), Dr Goral Gandhi has trained over 500 aspirants in the field of assisted reproduction.

Goral Gandhi is not only an avid advocator of flourishing IVF in India but also maintains the highest standards of medical practices at her clinic in Mumbai. Over the years, she has successfully instituted multiple assisted conception laboratories in India and Ghana, talking about which she said, “IVF is a highly successful medical intervention— but it's still relatively underutilized.”

Working as the Laboratory Director at Indo-Nippon IVF, Dr Goral Gandhi believes that training protocols in different IVF Labs varies from one clinic to another. “We are committed to providing the highest standards of practice while dealing with patients. As the process demands round-the-clock attention, team coordination is a must. It helps perform the entire process with more precision and certainty,” she says.

The utility of IVF has tremendously improved over time in India, due to the quality protocol changes in the lab. “A lot has changed in the lab. For instance, pre-implantation genetic testing is becoming more common with more couples opting for it," says Goral Gandhi. This might add some more procedures but addresses the issue of potential errors.

Talking about the need for a deeper level of training and education, the doctor said, “I received extensive training and education and I want to extend it to other professionals. Through my peer reviewed work, and training workshops, I propagate the use of most advanced technologies to increase implantation rates, reduce miscarriage rates, and increase live birth rates.”

During her extensive career of over 25 years, Dr Goral Gandhi has conducted a number of Assisted Reproduction Training workshops, including training in IUI, IVF, ICSI, Vitrification, Trouble Shooting, and Laboratory Management in countries like India, the UAE, and Jordon. The major focus of her workshops lies in availability, affordability, and effectiveness of IVF in India, where she continues to contribute to solving childless couples’ concerns.

“There have been lots of advances in lab equipment, embryo culture, cryopreservation, and IVF as whole since I began my career. This means that as an embryologist I have to adapt, and transfer my knowledge accordingly,” says Dr Gandhi.

Source : NewsOnFloor

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