IVF and childbirth is an emotional journey. Before you go through the process, there may be a multitude of questions in your mind. Below we’ve identified some common questions or doubts that we often hear from patients.

Why do I come to Sparsha Infertility Center when there are other places doing similar thing?

Sparsha Infertility Centre is a state-of-the-art fertility center with a reputation for excellence. We are the first IVF Centre in North 24 parganas set up by Dr. Debalina Brahma, renowned doctor with specialization in Gynaecology and Obstetrics, who is associated with various prestigious hospitals in Kolkata. She believes that two things are lacking in most centers today, one personalized care and treatment and second, offering quality service at a very low cost for those who do not have enough money to go for the treatment.

Can Sparsha Infertility Center help me have a baby?

At Sparsha Infertility Center, we offer In vitro fertilization (IVF) services to assist couples having difficulty to conceive. We are there to guide you with the proper procedures and treatment and help you through the path of parenthood. At Sparsha, our aim is to bring smiles on the faces of helpless couples, to make their biggest dream come true, to make them realize miracles can happen through affordable healthcare, just when they were giving up hopes.

What exactly is IVF?

In vitro fertilization (IVF) is the most common type of assisted reproductive technology (ART). In simple terms, it is a curative techniques used to create an embryo by averting certain causes of infertility, like fallopian tube or ovulation irregularity in women and mild sperm abnormalities in men. During IVF, a woman’s eggs are surgically retrieved and then fertilized in a laboratory by mixing with a partner (or donor’s) sperm. The fertilized egg, or embryo, is left to grow for two to five days, and is then surgically transferred back into the woman’s womb.

How do I know if I have to undergo IVF?

There are a number of factors involved in determining if a patient is suitable for IVF treatment. For example, those who experience low sperm counts (among males) or no sperm to penetrate or survive in the cervical mucus (among males); Problems with the uterus or fallopian tubes (among females), ovulation disorders (among females); or other health or unexplained reproductive issues. The only way to know if in vitro fertilization is right for you is to undergo a complete exam and consultation with Dr. Brahma and the medical staff at Sparsha.

How long should I wait before consulting a fertility doctor?

After a year of regular sexual relations without achieving pregnancy, you might begin to suspect that there is some kind of problem. Generally, patients will seek advice from an IVF clinic after one year of trying unsuccessfully to get pregnant. We recommend that women over 30 to undergo a fertility treatment evaluation, after six months of attempting to conceive. For women over 40, it is very important to meet with a fertility doctor shortly after deciding to have a child.

How successful is IVF at Sparsha?

At Sparsha Infertility Centre, our success rates are consistently high and our efforts are sincere and dedicated. However, success rates with IVF vary with respect to one’s age, weight, sperm count, and reproductive history, such as the previous number of pregnancies, miscarriages and births.

What documents should I bring on my first visit?

When you come to our assisted reproduction clinics for the first time you should bring any previous test results or reports that you have, as well as your identity card.

How long does IVF take?

The in vitro fertilization process can last anywhere from 4-6 weeks prior to egg retrieval. The embryo(s) will then be implanted within a week. Not all patients are successful on their first IVF attempt; in fact, at times patients may have to go through multiple IVF cycles before finally becoming pregnant. Depending on the treatment, we will tell you how to administer the medication and what time of the day it has to be taken.

How do we select the egg donors?

We work with a group of healthy donors and select the donors according to their physical resemblance to the requirement of the recipients. We match you with a donor in accordance with every medical and legal guideline. The donation is anonymous. We do not determine the donor based on education, intellectual level, religion, beliefs or physical or psychological abilities are not determining factors; we believe this is all a question of the personal education of the parents along with the social environment.

What are the restrictions while undergoing IVF?

Every process needs discipline, and so does IVF. Our expert doctor will recommend that you stay away from smoking, drinking, vigorous exercise and weight lifting during the IVF process and into your pregnancy. It’s important to inform your doctor if you’re taking any prescription or medications. Also herbal supplements are completely prohibited during the IVF process.

What happens if you become pregnant?

Once a pregnancy is confirmed, you’ll see our specialist doctor for continued blood testing, followed by an ultrasound to confirm that the pregnancy is progressing smoothly. Once the foetus’ heartbeat has been verified, an obstetrician – either at our clinic – or at other places can help you for the rest of your pregnancy.

If I do not get pregnant after the process, when can we try again?

Normally, you should wait for one or two full menstrual cycles before resuming another IVF cycle. Certain additional tests may be needed that could delay subsequent IVF cycles.

Are there any side effects associated with IVF?

Some patients do experience discomfort and suffer from symptoms such as a bloating, sensitive breasts, water retention, light headaches and slight mood swings. If this occurs, inform our medical team immediately and we will tell you what to do for relief. And at the end of the day, these small symptoms are nothing compared to the joy you will hold in your hands.

Are there risks to having a baby through IVF?

No, we do not see any significant risks of having a baby through IVF and the associate techniques,  even though the process needs intense care and immense understanding from the couple’s side. Research indicates that IVF-conceived children are on par with the general population in academic achievement as well as with regards to behavioural and psychological health.

How different is the process from natural pregnancy?

There are no differences in the process of development of the embryo once the transfer has been carried out. Even there are no differences in the development of the baby. The IVF pregnancy develops in the same way as a natural pregnancy.

Can I travel after receiving the IVF treatment?

We recommend that you spend the 3-4 days at home and under rest after receiving treatment not only for the safety and security reason, but because it is an emotion filled day for patients. Thereafter, you can travel by plane, train or car.