The recent news about former beauty queen Diana Hayden’s baby being born out of her eggs frozen almost eight years ago has thrust egg-freezing technology into the limelight. Relatively lesser-known in India when compared to other reproductive technologies like surrogacy and sperm donation, egg-freezing is now being hailed as a type of ‘insurance’ for women who want to start their families later in life.
We spoke to Dr Nandita Palshetkar, an IVF specialist at Lilavati Hospital, to learn more about the egg freezing technology, the safety of it, and the future of the technology.
The Biotechnician-Do you see the egg freezing medical technology taking off across India since women are working longer than before?
Dr Nandita Palshetkar-Yes, the egg freezing technology is surely being chosen by the women across India to preserve their fertility and delay childbearing due to medical or social reasons. The crucial aspect would be to increase the awareness on this subject so that more and more women become aware of the advantages of this technology. With celebrities like Diana Hayden coming forward to represent this, it would definitely support the awareness swiftly.
Dr Nandita Palshetkar-Egg freezing technology is a safe technology.
The Biotechnician-What is the future of egg freezing technology? Do you see it improving in the next 5-8 years?
Dr Nandita Palshetkar-With the changes in our society and mindset of people, we can definitely expect egg freezing technology to move forward. Women who delay childbearing due to personal reasons, or women who are diagnosed with ovarian cancer now have a solution to store their eggs before the treatment of chemotherapy begins. Literacy rate is on the rise and when we’re talking about women empowerment, this becomes the technology of choice for career oriented women.
The Biotechnician-What are some other important things Bloom Fertility Centre is focusing on?
Dr Nandita Palshetkar-Our endeavour at Bloom Fertility Centre has always been to improve success rate for our patients. We have been the pioneers to introduce many advanced technologies for the first time in Asia as well as India. We can help the couples to conceive by using the latest technology of Embryoscope, IMSI (Intracytoplasmic Morphologically Selected Sperm Injection), Assisted Laser Hatching and Vitrification amongst others.