A lot has been talked about assisted reproduction, considering its success in treating infertility. Providing couples with an alternative way to procreate, assisted reproductive techniques have been increasingly gaining acceptance as an effective alternative to natural reproduction.
New research is starting to show us where IVF may take us over the next decade. Dr Gautam Allahbadia, notable IVF expert, discusses how modern reproductive technologies are helping shape families, and also helping empower both men and women to plan their parenthood.
“With problems related to infertility on the rise, the stress on medical sciences has been permanent, to provide the best possible cure. Although assisted reproduction has proved to be a breakthrough, it is in its evolutionary stages and with each little contribution, we move closer to understanding and improving the shortcomings of human fertility,” says Dr Gautam Allahbadia.
In only 40 years, the IVF technology is perceived as equivalent to a miracle and a cure-all for various fertility problems. With advances in clinical research and treatment, awareness around infertility has increased, a problem that was most talked about behind closed doors.
Above all, these developments resulted in a new sense that at long last will help people to control their reproductive futures. Dr Gautam Allahbadia , Mumbai & Dubai based IVF expert, lays emphasis on the role of assisted reproduction in helping couples making better and informed decisions for their pregnancy as well as fighting their battles with infertility. He opines that with advances in assisted reproduction technologies, we have the potential to accelerate a trend that’s already underway, that is the way we think about reproduction and infertility. The change will reshape our society for better.

What modern sciences has done, it has further opened up is the way to many possibilities. Assisted reproduction has given way for all kinds of families to become a reality: a child could have a single biological parent; a couple with debilitating genetic disease could have a normal offspring; women can become mothers at later life stages.
At the same time, genetic screening would make it relatively easy to repair, or eliminate bad genes during the PGTA & PGTM process, making it possible for parents to not pass down their defective genes to off springs, who have a genetic predisposition to medical conditions.
The conferring advantages that would impact a child’s genome, with the combination of IVF & PGD appear highly likely, if not inevitable. Reproductive Sciences also highlights translational research in ART and medicine. IVF, created initially to fight infertility, has expanded to allow people to think beyond the traditional family and carve a new path to parenthood.

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I am an gynaecologist