Normalising Assisted Reproductive Technology

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Did you know that 1 in 8 women will have trouble conceiving naturally? What are the options available to women who are not able to conceive naturally?  In Vitro Fertilization (IVF) and Intrauterine Insemination (IUI) are two Assisted Reproductive Technologies that we commonly hear about. IUI is a fertility treatment that involves placing sperm inside a woman’s uterus to facilitate fertilization. IVF is when fertilization is done outside of the body. 

Do labour procedures differ between natural conception and assisted reproductive conception births? Douala Fadilla explains that there is no difference between the labour, however, there are higher risks, although low and rare,  involved for assisted reproductive conception. For example, preterm birth, still birth or death after birth.

In this episode, Sumi shares her journey to getting their bundle of joy, Arjun. Sumi had always wanted her own little family, but one year into her marriage and trying to conceive, she decided to take matters into her own hands and got an appointment with a gyne. It was only then that she found out she had Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS). It is a condition that affects a woman’s hormone levels where they produce higher than normal amounts of male hormones. This prevents their ovaries from producing hormones and making eggs normally. Upon doing more research of her own, she linked all the symptoms she faced throughout her adult life. 

Sumi’s husband, Vijay did not hesitate to get checked as well. They found out that he had  abnormal sperm shape which may have been caused by smoking. Shocked by the news, he stopped that habit during their journey to conceive. 

Sumi realised that assisted reproductive technology was not openly spoken about in the Indian community, it was still very much a taboo. The lack of information or knowledge about both IUI and IVF was puzzling. What stuck was when an aunt asked her “ You did IVF, will your child be normal?”

This only motivated Sumi to be vocal about her journey. She proudly talked about her procedures and what it took to have Arjun and would encourage discussions with women who may be going through something similar. Normalising the topic was the only way to break the misconception with assisted reproductive technology. Click here to find out what Sumi went through to have Arjun!

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This podcast is facilitated by Nurjanna Ng, Director of Soul Singapore and Fadillah Yusope, Doula at Birth Mayya.

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