Success Stories - AS from USA

AS from USA write...

It gives us great pleasure to share our experiences atthe Malpani Infertility Clinic in India. We also takethis opportunity to convey our sincere regards and thanks to the entire Dr. Malpani\'s team.

My husband and I got married when we were in the middle of our career. We were both career oriented and our educated families never gave us any \"real pressure\" to have children in our early years of marriage. We took all the possible opportunities to travel to different parts of the world to get better placement in our career. But we knew time is running out to plan for a family. When we decided to get pregnant, it was not too difficult and I conceived in summer of 2001 after six years of our married life. We were quite excited as it all happened at the right ageand were hopeful for risk-free pregnancy.Unfortunately I had a spontaneous miscarriage at 6wk of pregnancy. My doctor consoled me that such spontaneous abortion is a nature\'s way to eliminate damaged or abnormal embryos.

Our worries began after a year or so of the miscarriage, when we were unable to get pregnant again. Age of 32 years was still not an issue according to the US doctors and they wanted to give us more time to conceive natural ways. We tried one more year using ovulation kit and predicting most fertileperiod and failed. The frustration was building up and then came series of tests: Hysterosalpingogram (tocheck Fallopian tube\'s patency), Laparoscopy (to checkthe endometrial fibroids and ovarian cysts), completehormonal account (LH, FSH, estradiol, TSH etc) and ofcourse my husbands complete sperm analysis. All the tests were normal and we were put in the category of \"Unexplained Infertility\". Although we felt veryfortunate that everything was normal to have a baby but at the same time it was unclear to us that how much the assisted reproductive technology (ART) can really help us in achieving fertility without a specific problem in the system. Anyway, we didn\'t have much choice so it started with simple IUI(intrauterine sperm insemination) to taking fertilitydrugs (clomid tablets to FSH injections) to improve my ovulation status and every cycle, every month ended in a big disappointment. Then the doctors suggested that IVF may be my last chance which I was never convinced as generally IVF is suggested when tubes are blocked and one needs to rescue the fertilization event in apetri-plate. I finally decided to go for it. Againthere was an unwanted surprise. My day 3rd FSH levelwas high and according to a recent study that isindicative of poor ovarian response. However, doctors asked us to wait till a cycle when FSH is normal andmay be then I will have better chance in IVF. So wedid wait for another cycle when my FSH was normal andunderwent IVF. Unfortunately my poor ovarian responseproduced few immature eggs and those were alsounevenly fertilized.

At that point I had given up of having a baby. Mystrong religious and ethical believes were playing amajor role in my decision as I am a strong believerthat one can always assist reproduction with newtechnology but can not play GOD or ALMIGHTY NATURE. Inour final follow up meeting with the doctor suggestedme for another IVF with ICSI (and deep inside me, Iknew these are all false hopes-if egg quality is notgood, performing ICSI-intra-cytoplasmic sperminjection is not the choice!) or go for a donor eggs and IVF with my husband\'s sperm. Then there came arescuer in our family who willing accepted to be myegg-donor.

When most of the difficult choices were already made,choosing a doctor in India was not at all a difficulttask for us, because if you type infertility andIndia, first 10 most important sites come up in\"Google\" is Dr. Malpani\'s site or his discussion inthe news. It was also easy to get in touch with himvia email. He gave us a very prompt reply when wefilled the free-second opinion form on the net. Sincethen I am amazed by Dr. Aniruddha Maplani\'snetworking. All the treatment plan, synchronization ofmine and donor\'s cycle, getting convenient dates tovisit India, everything was kind of a click away. Dr.Aniruddha is so particular in replying the mails that any medical emergency one might have during thepre-treatment plan, one can reassure that it will be taken care of by his timely advice given fromthousands of miles away. At times we were skeptical as we have never met the Doctor and his team and even never visited the clinic before. For such dilemma,again Dr. Malpani\'s web site has solutions and has aseries of email buddies whom if you contact you are sure to get an elaborate answer.

Finally we met Dr. Aniruddha Malpani in 2004 and I must say I was impressed by his professionalism. He discussed all our doubts and gave his verystraightforward opinion. Dr. Aniruddha is lesstalkative but he takes his job very seriously. Ivalued his opinion as at all steps he clearlydiscussed the limitations of the treatment and nevergave us false hopes. Dr. Anjali on the other hand veryfriendly and always making the tough moments lightenough to smile. The clinic is impressively clean and very homely. The staff is very cooperative andfriendly. We started our treatment plan, everythingwas working out as per the plan, the donor had amplenumber of eggs, sperm quality of my husband was goodenough and then came another unwanted surprise-none ofthe eggs were fertilized. I could not explain howdisappointed we were when we got this news. Dr.Aniruddha explained in detail that \"emergency ICSI \" can be still performed on a day old eggs where thechances of having successful pregnancy will drop frominitial 50% to 5-15%. I had my reservations with ICSI that there are more chances of getting geneticabnormalities with such a procedure and I was notready to go for it. We discussed again with Dr.Malpani and he cleared all my fears and doubts andstrongly suggested that ICSI is perfectly ethical andrisk-free treatment. He also emphasized that withemergency ICSI performed chances are only 15% butdefinitely better than 0%. We believed in him and said yes and then the miracle happen. Today we have hope, I am 8 weeks pregnant and it takes your breath away to listen to your baby\'s first heartbeat.

Today, I am very grateful to Dr. Malpani and his entire clinic and wish them all the very best in theirnoble work. My special thanks and gratitude to all the nurses and staff, especially Miss Muttu, Sonia, Bindu and others.

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