Monday, 20 July 2020

Early pregnancy - concerns and complications

Early pregnancy’ is a very misleading phrase, as it can refer either to missed signs of pregnancy in women or to pregnancy among females who have not yet reached adulthood, called teenage pregnancy. We will be referring to the first one.

Most pregnancies progress without any problems, but it has been seen that about 8% involve complications that if ignored/untreated may harm the mother and the child.

For most women, a missed menstrual period is often the first sign of pregnancy. But, in today’s hectic world, women have been known to miss this sign, leading to miscalculation in tracking the pregnancy later on. 

Early pregnancy can be a worrying time for women and following are some of the concerns and complications that may arise. 


Blood spots are normal, but heavy bleeding could be a sign of miscarriage. If there is bleeding and cramps similar to that of normal menstrual periods, then it could be leading to a miscarriage. However, most women do not have any problems, and go on to have a healthy baby. But, it would be best to consult your doctor without fail.


A miscariage occurs when a pregnancy stops proceeding and the pregnancy tissue is ejected out of the body and it is common in the first few weeks. As said earlier, periods-like pain, cramps and bleeding often precede a miscarrige. Usually no treatable cause can be found, though it does occur in more older women than the young.


Normally a fertilized egg goes through the fallopian tube and reaches the uterus, where it settles and starts growing. The uterus has the ability to stretch and grow, but the fallopian tube does not. When an egg stays and grows inside the fallopian tube it is called an ectopic pregnancy and it is a very dangerous condition as it can cause the tube to stretch and burst leading to internal bleeding and urgent remedial surgery. One to two of every hundred pregnancies are ectopic.


This is extremely rare, found in only around one in thousand pregnancies. Here there is an unusual and rapid  growth of the placenta which prevents the fetus from growing and leads to a miscarriage. It is often discovered in the first three months.

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Saturday, 16 May 2020

Lifestyle modifications in treating infertility

Infertility is the inability to reproduce by natural means. This is not a natural state of affairs. 
In humans, if even after a year of intercourse without contraception, no pregnancy is seen, then, it is considered to be a problem of infertility.


Of all the causes of infertility in modern times, lifestyle is an important one, and making drastic changes to it can bring dramatic results.

Improving male fertility:
  1. Lose body weight. It has been found that obesity can cause hormonal changes that can affect fertility. Low sperm count and sluggish sperms have also been attributed to obesity.
  2. Say NO TO DRUGS. Especially the so-called ‘recreational ones’. They can reduce the number and quality of the sperm and some steroids can shrink the size of the human testicle. If you have to take prescription drugs or supplements, do check with your doctors on their effects.
  3. Practice safe sex. This is especially true for those with multiple partners. Sexually transmitted diseases can have serious implications on fertility like fragmentation of sperm DNA.
  4. Stop smoking and reduce alcohol consumption. One does not have to explain why.
  5. Try not to get overheated, especially around the scrotum. Loose clothing is advised.
Improving female fertility:
  1. Maintain a healthy body weight, neither over nor under. Healthy body mass helps in maintaining healthy ovulation.
  2. Reduce caffeine consumption. 
  3. Stop smoking.
  4. Practice safe sex. As in males, sexually transmitted diseases cause problems, like damage to the fallopian tube and uterus.

For improving both male and female:
  1. Exercise regularly but in moderation.
  2. Stress cannot be avoided, so, acknowledge and manage it.
  3. Mange or tweak your diet. Consume good, nutritious, freshly cooked food. Avoid packaged food as far as possible.

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Monday, 16 March 2020

Radiofrequency for perfection

The advancement of technology has helped all the industries equally with outstanding facilities. Radio Frequency Identification  (RFID) is the first of its kind that provides greater assurance and peace of mind to parents of the newborns.

Why RFID for couples? 

Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) is considered to be a non-contact based wireless communication technology that helps to identify specific targets, read, and write critical data through wireless signals. These will not cause any adverse effects on the human body or cellular components. RFID helps to pass through liquids; hence is used in the field of medicine, human body implants, and biological research due to its stability and security. 

Some hospitals use 'match intelligent verification system,' which is an integrated intelligent system based on RFID technology. This can be used in the IVF laboratories for operation verification and process management scenarios. These provide excellent security, ease of use, and broad compatibility. 

The major reason for hospitals using RFID would be for the following:
  • Helps to eliminate mismatch and reassuring 
  • Provides customized SOP and full traceability 
  • Ensures high efficiency 
  • Easy and stable to use 
  • Safeguards every step of the IVF operation 
  • Chip is non-toxic and non-volatile hence no harm on anyone

Functioning of RFID 

RFID is the first of its kind and is a sided sensing mechanism to monitor operation area. At times, when different couples' samples are detected, the match system will send warning signs. The hospital will provide an RFID ID card to the patients who enter the cycle, which will have unique identification information. 

There will be a blank chip that is pre-pasted on the prepared vessels and test tubes for further identification. Generally, in each workspace of the labs, the match system will transfer the information of the patients from the last chip to the next blank chip to be used. The match system will help in actively scanning and confirming that there is no mismatch in the particular area or the workspace and automatically prompts further operational steps or procedures. 

However, if the same workspace detects samples of varied couples, the system will automatically interrupt the operation and leave the signal for the operator. Before embryo transfer, the doctor will ensure the system to scan the patient's ID card, matching the embryo to be transferred. This matching system can also help to track and check the sample information on the frozen and recovery process. 

At Srishti Assisted Fertility & Advanced Laparoscopy Centre, the doctor and team provide the best service with the help of RFID to prevent mismatch in pregnancy.

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Thursday, 27 February 2020

Social Egg Freezing for Fertility Preservation

There are several aspects connected to fertility and conceiving. Age, financial stability, lifestyle, and psychological aspects could be considered to play a major role. Egg freezing resolves infertility issues and helps to begin a new family. 

Egg freezing is a method by which the eggs are stored to preserve fertility and allows them to conceive later. This is considered by women who have issues with conceiving due to various reasons. It is recommended to consult the doctor on time so as to avoid further complications regarding fertility. The doctor will suggest the required tests before proceeding with the egg freezing procedure. 

Egg freezing process

Each cycle develops eggs in the ovaries and 1 egg would get matured and released through ovulation. Whereas, during the IVF period, the egg-freezing process allows all the eggs to mature.

Stimulation of your ovaries - hormone medications would be provided for 10-12 days to help stimulate ovaries. The doctor would monitor the progress through blood tests and ultrasound. 

Egg collection - sedation or pain medication would be given before the process. The eggs would be collected with the help of a thin needle that is inserted through the vagina. This procedure would take 10-15 minutes. The mature eggs will be frozen either using vitrification or snap freezing methods. 

Using the frozen eggs - the doctor will inform the patient about the right time to use the frozen eggs. The frozen eggs are thawed or unfrozen by removing from the freezing solution and warming them up to 37-degree celsius. The doctor would then inject sperm into the egg (ICSI) for fertilization and the embryo would be transferred to the uterus. 

Know the success of egg freezing

Mainly, there are two factors that define the success of the egg freezing process. The number of frozen eggs and the age of the woman would be mainly taken into consideration. As age increases, one might require more eggs to get the expected result.

For additional assistance on high-risk pregnancy, schedule an appointment at Srishti Hospital. They provide the required resources and support for egg freezing and related services.

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Friday, 6 December 2019

The connection between thyroid and infertility

The human body and its glands are interconnected to various functions. At times the thyroid gland can affect women's health,  especially when it is an underactive thyroid gland. This could lead to fertility issues as certain hormones cannot be produced with hypothyroidism. 

When the thyroid levels are low, it will affect the release of an egg, which impairs fertility. Certain autoimmune or pituitary disorders, which are caused due to hypothyroidism, can also impair fertility. 

Thyroid hormone levels

Thyroid-stimulating hormone (TSH) blood test helps to identify the thyroid hormone level. TSH needs to remain at an optimal level or would have an effect on ovulation. The thyroid hormone levels have a link with the development of the fetus. It is essential to keep the iodine level also optimal as thyroid hormones are synthesized from iodine. With the help of medications, doctors can help treat the variations in TSH or iodine levels. The TSH should not be higher than 2.5 and 3.0 at the time of pregnancy. 

Hyperthyroidism - when the thyroid is overactive and excessive production of thyroid hormones can be considered to be hyperthyroidism. Graves’ disease and autoimmune diseases are common manifestations of this. By performing the TSH blood test, doctors can identify the presence of hyperthyroidism. Women tend to get irregular or infrequent periods, and men would have a low sperm count. Medications, radioactive iodine, or surgery are various ways to treat hyperthyroidism. 

Hypothyroidism - when the thyroid is underactive and produces insufficient or fewer thyroid hormones, it can be termed as hypothyroidism. Lack of iodine in the diet or autoimmune disease can lead to hypothyroidism. Reduced fertility, higher chances for miscarriage, lower infant intelligence, pre-eclampsia, premature birth, and infant death are certain issues related to hypothyroidism. A simple blood test will help identify the problem, and the supplementation with iodine or thyroxine can help treat the problem. 

Thyroid antibodies

Thyroid antibodies also have an impact on fertility. Thyroid antibodies are produced when the immune system attacks the thyroid gland by mistake. Infertile women would have the presence of thyroid antibodies in them. These antibodies lead to the risk of getting pregnant. Doctors recommend blood tests so that treatment could be initiated on time. 

Changes in lifestyle and reducing stress can always have an impact on thyroid levels. Better diet and regular exercise can also help prevent and allow thyroid levels to be normal. At Srishti Assisted Facility & Advanced Laparoscopic Center, doctors can help treat problems with thyroid before IVF.

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Tuesday, 22 October 2019

Do’s And Don’ts After An Embryo Transfer

Embryo transfer is the crucial last hurdle in the IVF cycle on which the entire success of the procedure stands. During the process, the best and viable embryos are transferred into the women's uterus and monitored for successful implantation and positive pregnancy. Usually, all the doctors follow a two weeks wait and watch approach to know if the pregnancy has occurred. This is the ultimate time that tests the patience of an individual. Although they are no restrictions imposed on the patient during this period, there are certain dos and don'ts they have to follow for a successful pregnancy during the waiting period.


FOLLOW NORMAL ROUTINE – Patients are encouraged to perform normal routine activities after leaving the hospital. Too much of bed rest is not at all recommended. 
NUTRITIOUS DIET – Eat a diet rich in proteins, iron, and fiber.avoid unhealthy junk food. Try to include more leafy vegetables and fruits that help in proper digestion. Also, try to avoid caffeine as it is associated with miscarriage.
FLUID INTAKE – It is recommended to keep the body hydrated and drink plenty of water and fruit juices. Proper hydration is required to prevent constipation that can be caused due to the intake of medicines.
MEDICATION – All the prescribed medications should be taken on time, and no dosage should be missed. It is suggested to continue the intake of folic acid and essential multivitamins.
CONSULT DOCTOR – In case of a medical emergency or any other health issues, it is best to consult the treating doctor rather than trying own remedies or over the counter medications.


STRENUOUS EXERCISE – Even tough women can perform their daily chores. It is advised not to perform any vigours exercise that disturbs the embryo position. A slow walk is always the best option to be considered.
EXTREME TEMPERATURE – It is best to avoid hot water baths or steam baths as any rise in body temperature will affect the growth of the embryo.
STRESS YOURSELF – Stress is directly proportional to the success rate of pregnancy. It is best to practice meditation and relaxation exercises to control stress levels. Also, keeping oneself engaged in daily routine will reduce the anxiety caused due to the waiting period.
SEARCH FOR SYMPTOMS – Don't engage yourself in internet gazing and search for pregnancy symptoms. Each individual's response to pregnancy will be different. Also, it is not advised to take a home pregnancy test during the waiting period.
KEEP HIGH EXPECTATIONS – Even though your just one step away from your dream to transform into reality, it is best to have neutral thoughts and stay calm and composed to the extent possible.

To transform your dream of parenthood into reality, visit Srishti Hospital, Puducherry. One of the leading fertility clinic that provides quality treatment at an affordable cost.
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Wednesday, 25 September 2019

Benefits Of Frozen Embryo Transplantation

Frozen Embryo Transplantation 

Frozen Embryo Transplantation is an assisted reproductive technology (ART) where a cryopreserved(which is preserved from previous IVF cycle)embryo is thawed and transplanted to the women's uterus. Having a frozen embryo removes the need to transfer an embryo during the same stimulated ovulation IVF cycle when a woman's eggs are retrieved. This added time, or delayed implantation, increases the chance of a successful pregnancy and birth. Studies from around the world have shown us that In Vitro Fertilization pregnancies following a frozen embryo transfer are more similar to natural conception pregnancies than the fresh embryo transfer cycles.

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Below listed are few benefits of Frozen Embryo Transplantation. 


  • Having a frozen embryo can stand as a substitute if your fresh embryo transfer fails. There is no need to repeat the stimulation cycle for the second time.
  • Reduces pregnancy risk of premature birth, low birth weight, and pre-eclampsia.
  • It is an easy procedure that does not require surgery or anesthesia.
  • Less medication.
  • Less stress.
  • Decreased miscarriage rates.
  • We can perform genetic screening that can increase the chances of a successful and healthy pregnancy.
  • Freezing all embryos can reduce the bleak effect of progesterone during pregnancy.
  • Reduces the risk of ovarian hyper stimulation syndrome(OHSS).
  • Patients can decide the day of their transfer months in advance, which will then be used to determine their cycle initiation date.
  • Less expensive method than a fresh IVF cycle.

Success Rates of Frozen Embryo Transfer


Frozen Embryo Transfer has a higher success rate comparing to fresh IVF as it is possible to optimize the lining of the uterus before implantation.

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If you're pondering whether FET could be the right option for you, bring it up with your fertility specialist. Whether you are bearing in mind a "freeze all" cycle or want to know about conserving leftover embryos from a fresh cycle, your specialist can guide you make a plan with the best chance of success for your particular situation.

Our expert specialist at Srishti Hospital Pondicherry strives to provide you with quality treatment for all your infertility problems.

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