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Egg freezing, also known as mature oocyte cryopreservation, is a method used to save women’s ability to get pregnant in the future.
In vitro fertilisation (IVF) is a procedure used to help with fertility, prevent genetic problems and assist with the conception of a child
Spread out the cost of treatment over 12, 24, and 36 months to avoid large upfront payments and reduce financial burden.
India is a top destination for egg freezing and in vitro fertilisation (IVF) due to its world-class experts and facilities. It's known for low treatment and medicine costs with high IVF success rates of 45 to 55% when one uses their eggs and 55 to 65% when using donor eggs.
The country has recently passed the Assisted Reproductive Technology (ART) Act of 2021, which requires all ART clinics and banks to be registered under the National Registry of Banks and Clinics of India and this requires that they meet certain standards in manpower, facilities, infrastructure, and conditions for infertility treatments and gamete donation and supply. As a travel destination, India has a lot to offer, from the temples, mosques, and monuments of New Delhi to Goa’s idyllic beaches.
India is currently enjoying a surge in private hospitals specially geared towards serving the needs of medical tourists. More and more healthcare establishments are getting accreditations from international organizations. Historically, ancient Indian practices in healing and medicine such as Ayurveda, Yoga, and Siddha have greatly influenced Western perspectives on health.
In modern times, the country has put careful emphasis on medical research and surgery such as robotic surgery ever since the ancient Indian physician Susruta gained fame as the national "Father of Surgery." The majority of reputable hospitals have received accreditation from the National Accreditation Board for Hospitals & Healthcare Providers (NABH). Several hospitals are also accredited by the Joint Commission International (JCI).
Medical tourists are often led to Delhi, Mumbai, Bangalore, and Chennai because these are in proximity to major hospitals and fertility centres. Delhi is the main place to go for reproductive medicine treatments because this is where the cost is most economical, where amenities and technologies are ultra-modern, and where the most competent fertility specialists are.
For relaxing during the recuperation stage, medical travellers head to the tranquil region of the Himalayas and the beaches of Goa. Portuguese architecture, cuisine, and culture make Goa an exciting place rich in historical significance. The beaches of North Goa enjoy the most popularity and this is a prime choice for extroverts who love partying and water sports. South Goa is quieter and ideal for families and nature lovers. Meanwhile, the Himalayas are a haven for mountaineers. Aside from trekking the woodlands, valleys, and wilderness, the area also has calm-inducing lakes and mountain streams that especially appeal to water lovers.
During their stay for IVF treatment with or without ovarian stimulation in India and other fertility treatments, medical travellers must carefully review the guidelines posted in the Code and Conduct for Safe and Honourable Tourism. Public displays of affection are well-tolerated in urban cities but are frowned upon in rural areas. Avoid making loud noises, getting drunk in public, and anything that may be considered vandalism. Buying and carrying in and out beef and its byproducts is prohibited in this land where cows are respected.
Women travellers must take extra precautions because sexual harassment is commonly reported in India. Do not accept food and drinks from strangers because there are criminals who spike them for robbery and assault. Motorbike snatchers also target those who wear expensive jewellery and handbags. Arrange your tours only with registered travel agencies and avoid being misled by fake tour guides. Be on alert for major weather disruptions like heatwaves and dust storms. Use insect repellent because malaria, chikungunya, Japanese encephalitis, and other mosquito-borne diseases are very common. Choose your dining venues meticulously because foodborne, waterborne, and other infectious diseases are also prevalent. E-cigarettes or vapes are not allowed to be imported to the country. Observe strict behaviour and dress codes when visiting religious sites.
To explore the vast country of India, domestic flights and train travel are the general options. Avoid renting a car because driving in India can be very chaotic. The buses are not very comfortable because they can get too packed with passengers and they generally lack comfort rooms. For those on a budget, auto-rickshaws with three wheels are the most accessible and affordable. Taxi drivers waiting outside hotels typically charge exorbitant fees for tourists.
Egg freezing and frozen embryo transfer is a new technology in India and is usually done for medical reasons. However, more women are choosing to freeze their eggs for personal reasons. The Indian Society for Assisted Reproduction (ISAR) estimates that the number of women who go to a fertility specialist opting for egg freezing has increased by 50% in the last three years. The average age of women who go for egg freezing is within the range of 30 to 35 years old who are at the peak of their careers.
Marriage is sacred in Indian tradition and is considered a union of obligations, property and assets, physical desire, and joint spiritual journey. The patriarchal society frequently influences the older generations to have large expectations to have grandchildren. Those who have infertility problems face blame, shame, and superstitious beliefs. The subject of infertility is a taboo topic and infertile people suffer from social stigma. Depression coupled with romantic and sexual frustrations arise from female and male infertility.
As high as 74% of female respondents in a study by the All India Institute of Medical Sciences exhibited a lack of awareness concerning infertility treatment. They wrongly believed that they could still get pregnant when they turn 50 years old via the natural way or with ART using their oocytes. The study calls for the increase of women's health, family planning, and infertility treatment awareness education especially among the masses. The British Fertility Society, together with the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists, have started the Fertility Education Initiative (FEI) to aid the Indian people in making enlightened fertility planning decisions.
There are 22 official languages recognised by the Constitution, however, Hindi and English are considered the two official national languages. Some of the other official languages in the list of 22 are Bengali, Assamese, Punjabi, and Kashmiri.
Fertility treatments in India have grown since 1991 when the government started giving incentives for fertility technological management to private facilities. A medical article published in 2016 reported that medical tourism in India that focuses on assisted reproductive technology had a $450 million value per year. To this day, the private sector dominates the country's in vitro fertilisation treatments and facilities.
Even for Indian citizens, public medical care for assisted reproductive technology remains inadequate in several aspects including information, basic services, training, protocols, and regulation. Among the problems faced in public infertility treatment hospitals are long waiting times, lack of sanitation, insensitive health workers, and lack of drug availability. The good news is that India is about to launch its first-ever public IVF treatment centre in Tamil Nadu in October 2023. The poor would get the privilege of free consultation and an IVF treatment procedure to counter the overcharging of IVF services that are growing rampant in private IVF clinics.
In the private sector, among the best IVF clinics are Indira IVF, ART Fertility Clinics, and Nova IVF Fertility. These IVF specialist centres offer fertility treatments such as specialised blood tests, artificial insemination, pre-implantation genetic diagnosis, intracytoplasmic sperm injection, testicular sperm aspiration, egg retrieval, laser-assisted hatching, and embryo transfer.
Indira IVF is the largest fertility chain in India with clinics across more than 20 states and an average IVF success rate of 75%. With over 40 years of experience, the clinic houses the top IVF doctors in India and world-class laboratories. The accolades the chain has received include the Healthcare Leadership Award, National Fertility Award, UCCI Excellence Award, and Genesis Redefining ART Award.
Also among the best IVF centres is ART Fertility Clinics, an international chain with clinics in Ahmedabad, Chennai, Delhi, Gurgaon, Hyderabad, Mumbai, and Vashi, Navi Mumbai. Its state-of-the-art equipment includes AI-enabled incubators, microscopes, and 3D Ultrasound machines. With world-renowned IVF doctors & embryologists, the clinics offer PGT, infertility diagnoses, and personalised fertility treatment. The pregnancy rate in ART Fertility Clinics is over 71% (without egg/sperm donation) and a live birth rate of 51%.
Nova IVF Fertility has a trusted team of fertility specialists and state-of-the-art technology. It is particularly noted for having received the National IVF Chain of the Year in 2021 and Best IVF Chain in India 2019 awards.
The IVF cost in India ranges from INR 1,00,000 – 3,00,000 (USD 1,205 – 4,220) per cycle. For citizens, health insurance in India does not typically cover the IVF cost and also that of elective egg freezing. Companies are starting to cover the costs of tissue storage for their employees. Among these are Cisco, Accenture India, TIAA Global Business Services, WeWork India, and Flipkart. Foreigners have to shoulder the IVF cost themselves.
Egg freezing costs INR 199,055 – 505,930 (USD 2,400 – 6,100) plus INR 16,790 – 82,940 (USD 200 – 1,000) per year for storage.
Heterosexual married couples (must have been married for 5 plus years), single women (widowed or divorced), and foreigners are eligible for IVF.
All parties must give written informed consent.
IVF is not available to single men, unmarried heterosexual partners, or same-sex couples.
Sex selection is prohibited.
India has no age limit for egg and embryo freezing.
Eggs can be stored for up to 10 years.
Some clinics ship frozen eggs to other locations while some don't so always check beforehand.
The number of Indian women who choose to freeze their eggs has increased by 50% in the last three years. In response to this, the private sector dominates the country's IVF treatments and facilities. The high success rate per IVF cycle, affordable IVF cost, state-of-the-art fertility services, and abundance of IVF specialists in private clinics are huge draws for medical tourists who are motivated to achieve parenthood and bear healthy babies. Advances in reproductive medicine and fertility care continue to surge with the help of AI and 3D technology.
There is also no age limit for women who want to have their eggs frozen in the country. Recuperation after treatment is also time well spent when the patients explore the beaches of Goa and the majestic mountains of the Himalayas.
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