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Times of India
29 September 2010
By Avanindra Mishra
Jaipur, India

The in vitro fertilisation (IVF) centre at SMS Medical College here will soon add a new facility to treat male infertility and sperm defects. The centre, which have been approached by more than 600 childless couples in the past one year, will soon have intracytoplasmic sperm injection (ICSI), a technique that will provide more options for those who approach for treatment.

A file photograph of Mamta, one of the first patients of the SMS Medical College’s IVF centre, with her twins at Mahila Hospital A file photograph of Mamta, one of the first patients of the SMS Medical College’s IVF centre, with her twins at Mahila Hospital
"The technique will help provide more options of alternative reproductive therapy (ART) to patients facing difficulty in conceiving naturally," said Dr Rakesh Khuteta, nodal officer of the IVF centre.

The IVF centre was started at SMS hospital in September 2009. The first batch of nine patients underwent IVF procedure (test tube pregnancy) on January 13, 2010 following which three women gave birth to five children on September 18, 2010. The success rate was 33%, equivalent to most advanced artificial fertility centre anywhere in the country.

However, only 10% of those registered could be provided the facility even though more than 600 childless couples had approached the centre so far.

According to doctors, any couple in reproductive age group and unable to conceive in a contraceptive–less environment can seek medical help at IVF centre. 50 selected for new treatment Jaipur: SMS Medical College will soon add intracytoplasmic sperm injection (ICSI) to treat male infertility. "The registered patients are diagnosed for their problems.

Accordingly, ART (alternative reproductive therapy) will be recommended to those who really need it. At present, the IVF therapy has been provided to nearly 40 patients," said Dr Rakesh Khuteta, nodal officer of the IVF centre. For the proposed ICSI technique, nearly 50 people have already been selected. Some patients at the centre might have to wait for more than five years despite the introduction of the new facility.

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