Fertility declines, in some cases more rapidly than others & fertility clinics sell hopes in packages while cherry picking the successful results.
Fertility declines, in some cases more rapidly than others & fertility clinics sell hopes in packages while cherry picking the successful results.(Photo: iStock)
  • 1. IVF Clinics Oversell Fertility Fantasies
  • 2. Is 35 a Fertility Cliff?
  • 3. When Is IVF Most Successful?
  • 4. Not All Embryos Will Survive the Ice Age
  • 5. Fertility Tests Are a Thriving Business But Are (Mostly)...
  • 6. In the End, It’s Worth It (Or Maybe Not)
#LetsTalkFertility: False Promises of IVF & Booming Baby Business

At 36, the last thing Shweta expected was to spread her legs in stirrups for some technician to prick and poke her privates with needles and tubes in ways considered unimaginable.

After several miscarriages, more than 50 hormone injections, two invasive procedures, and over 15 months of emotional and physical slog, this Mumbai girl, now a Hong Konger, worries if she waited too long. She spent the early years of her marriage doing her darndest not to get pregnant and then when at 34, she started trying for a family, nature refused to cooperate.

Fertility declines, in some cases more rapidly than others. But there’s been a rise in the number of fertility clinics that sell hope in packages while cherry picking the successful results.

Like nature, technology is unforeseeable. So it’s important to understand what you are getting into and make an informed choice.

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  • 1. IVF Clinics Oversell Fertility Fantasies

    Fertility declines, in some cases more rapidly than others & fertility clinics sell hopes in packages while cherry picking the successful results.
    There isn’t much pan-India data available on IVF because of the stigma which comes with infertility.
    (Photo: iStock)

    Since 1978, more than 5 million babies across the world were born via IVF. Remarkable, right? But technology has failed more than 20 million women worldwide in the same four decades!

    There isn’t much pan-India data available on IVF because of the stigma which comes with infertility but data from Europe finds that for every 15 lakh IVF cycles, only 3.5 lakh result in a live birth. That’s a global fail rate of 77 percent. (Source: Journal European Society of Human Reproduction)

    Contrast this with the success results plastered in many popular IVF clinics in your city – exaggerated and highly misleading. Clearly, vulnerable, weary, desperate couples are being misled by the industry which weeds out failures and combs and constructs data to paint a meaningless, false picture. 

    A complete lack of IVF laws in India mean that clinics are free to do so.

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