Many people from the developed world come to India for frozen embryo transfer (FET). However, a nice blend of top-class medical expertise at attractive prices is helping a growing number of Indian corporate hospitals lure foreign patients, including from developed nations such as the UK and the US. More and more patients from Europe, the US and other affluent nations with high medicare costs are looking for effective options. India with their advanced medical facilities and built-in medical tourism options have been drawing foreign patients of the order of a couple of lakhs per annum, the rapidly expanding medical tourism sector has been able to get thousands of couples for frozen embryo transfer (FET) in India.
What is frozen embryo transfer?
FET is a relatively new type of fertility treatment. This procedure takes embryos that have been frozen for a period of time and replaces them in patient’s uterus after they have been thawed. FET is a relatively non-invasive procedure, which is why many couples choose to have it performed. It can be successfully performed on women who are experiencing either natural or controlled menstrual cycles.
The preparation for frozen embryo transfer:
If all is well; patient will start her oestrogen tablets (usually Oestradiol). Patient will be advised of the dosage required by the nursing staff at that time. Patient will return for a scan 8-10 days after the commencement of the tablet treatment. The scan will indicate whether the womb lining is growing sufficiently thick. Depending on these results, doctor may have to adjust the amount of tablets or even start patient on skin patches to ensure the correct development of the womb lining.
It may therefore be necessary to arrange further scans and blood tests as necessary until the womb lining is ready to receive the embryos.
Once the womb lining is at least 8-10 mm thick, patient will be asked to start inserting either 2 progesterone (Cyclogest 400mgm) pessaries every night or a daily intra muscular injection of Gestone. Patient should continue with the oestrogen tablets and after 3 days of pessaries/injections patient will be ready for embryo transfer.
Patient will have discussed and decided on the appropriate amount of embryos to thaw at patient’s first visit with the nursing staff. The embryologists will then select out the best embryos that have survived the freezing and thawing process and transfer the best 2 embryos.
One of the pitfalls of modern lifestyle has been an increase in stress, and constant exposure to pollution. Sedentary habits and unhealthy eating practices have contributed to the many health problems seen in people today. Infertility in men and women is a rising cause for concern. Treatments like IVF (In Vitro Fertilization) and embryo freezing are expensive in the West, so couples opt to come to India to undergo treatment for infertility. Here, many super specialty hospitals offer the latest treatments for infertility. The Department of Urology and Nephrology at Indian Hospital offers the latest treatments for male infertility. Erectile dysfunction, varicocele and other causes of male infertility are treated using the latest techniques. Frozen embryo transfer (FET) offered in India give hope to couples that wish to have children, but are unable to do so due to physiological or psychological problems.
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