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It is safe to go for IVF treatments and fulfill dream of parenthood

Kolkata, Jul 06 (UNI) Any assisted reproduction process is surrounded by varied myths and misconception, and the advent of COVID-19 has aggravated it, opines Dr. Aindri Sanyal, Clinical Director, Nova IVF Fertility, Kolkata.

" In an unprecedented time like this, where people are struggling between staying safe and maintaining life regularity, couples who have waited for a long period of time to be gifted with parenthood, and those who have recently undergone oocyte retrieval or embryo implantation are worried to step out to visit the IVF clinics considering the possibility of exposure to Coivd-19. The lockdown forced many such couples to postpone their plans as most fertility clinics were closed due to government norms and the future looked uncertain, " Dr Sanyal said.
" With the country slowly opening up and lockdown restrictions being eased, IVF centers have reopened and are maintaining stringent measure to ensure safety for the couples seeking fertility-related treatments. "
" While it is needless to say that the IVF procedure requires special care and attention during the process, the post-conception pregnancy is just as typical as a normal conception. It is important for couples to be mindful while trying to conceive either naturally or through any ART-related techniques during COVID-19. "
" They need to ensure to take all necessary precautions though studies have not proved that pregnant women are slightly at an increased risk of infection than the general population. "
" However, IVF is an extremely time sensitive procedure and delaying it only because of the fear of COVID-19 can have complicated outcomes with decreased success rates and increased criticality. While running the race called “life” we forgot time is ticking against our biological clock. "
" A delayed decision of IVF and other ART treatments can often lead to complicacies on the treatment outcome which can further lead to feelings of depression, anxiety, isolation, and loss of control. Therefore, if a couple wishes to opt for assisted reproductive treatment to fulfil your dream of parenthood, they can surely go ahead without delaying it further. "
" Assisted reproductive technology has aided many couples around the world to conceive and give meaning to their lives. There are countless success stories to inspire couples looking for undertaking the procedure and fulfil their long-time desire to have a child. "
" There is no wrong time for having a baby, but it will be wiser to not delay the process only in the fear of COVID-19. However, before visiting an IVF clinic, patients should always be cautious about the safety measures taken at the IVF center and how stringently they are adhering to the govt. directives. While visiting and IVF center, make sure to maintain at least one-meter distance from other people. Ensure you avoid unnecessary contact with other people over there. Carrying a hand sanitizer and mask is compulsory and make sure to wash your hands when you come back home, " Dr Sanyal added.
" Assisted reproductive technology has helped many couples around the world to conceive and fulfill their dreams of parenthood. Therefore, it will be wiser to not to neglect the time sensitiveness of these kind of procedures and consult a fertility specialist in the initial stage to evaluate criticality and ensure a successful and safe conception even during COVID-19. "
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