How Fertility Tourism has expanded the horizons of India’s healthcare industry

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Table of Content:

  1. What is Fertility Tourism
  2. Scope of Fertility Tourism
  3. Medical Tourism Market Report
  4. Indian Medical Tourism Benefits
  5. IVF success stories in India

What is Fertility Tourism?

Fertility tourism refer to as ‘reproductive tourism’ in the west is an effective option for thousands of hopeful parents. The process of child conceiving is unhindered by factors such as patient’s age, sexual orientation or financial budget. According to Dr Gautam Allahbadia (Rotunda-The Center for Human Reproduction, Mumbai), “The increasing proclivity of parents to resort to India for infertility-treatments is mainly due to the highly-effective treatments, and introduction of new fertility-enhancing protocols to help deliver the patients their ultimate pursuit of happiness, in the form of a child.”

The fertility tourism is a spur of medical tourism, referring to a process where patients undergo infertility-related procedures in foreign countries which offer a less regressive regulatory framework or relatively more-cost effective treatments. India, conveniently passing the above-mentioned criteria, has emerged as an ideal destination for infertility-related treatments among childless parents.

The fertility tourism in the country has circumvented any obtrusions that might affect pregnancies, with the patients going beyond need-based treatments, to ‘lifestyle-based’ treatment, an example being a patient who wishes to conceive at later life stages can get suitable treatments accordingly.

The yearning to have a complete family has made people seek the assistance of the Indian medical experts in the matters relating to reproduction, who in turn are extending their help to give the childless parents, the boon of having a child of their own.

Scope of Fertility Tourism:

In the hope of having a family, couples have been running errands and venturing out to different countries in the hope of finding a cure to end their struggle with infertility. Childlessness can affect people from all walks of life. It can be physically, mentally and emotionally draining as well.

With the hope of conceiving a child, couples, both national and foreign, have been drifting to Indian off shores expecting effectual fertility treatments. The considerably lower treatment expenditures and the service quality has led to the surge in a number of childless couples coming to India from around the world.

Medical Tourism Market Report:

The Indian Medical Tourism Industry is burgeoning with a growth percentage of 18% CAGR every year. Currently constituting of nearly 18% of the global medical tourism market, India is expected to reach 20% of the share with a worth of about USD 9 billion by 2020. According to the Medical Tourism Market Report 2015, India was found as “one of the lowest cost and highest quality of all medical tourism destinations”.

Indian Medical Tourism Benefits:

Besides the recognized perks of cost and quality service, India offers other wide-ranging benefits for medical tourists such as:

  1. Good practice score, enhancing the credibility of Indian clinics in providing cross-border reproductive healthcare
  2. Access to immediate service is another factor which is preferred by foreign medical tourists.
  3. Customized medical procedures, including additional services such as medical visa, arranging appointments, transportation, and lodging, and comfortable stay during the treatment, etc.

IVF success stories in India:

Carole’s Success Story

 I’m 58… and having twins: Single ex-barrister spent years trying to have a baby and now she’s pregnant, thanks to donor sperm and eggs.

In her determination to have children, Carole traveled from the Home Counties to the Ukraine, back to London, to Cyprus, and finally to India where her fifth attempt at IVF proved successful.

The donor eggs came from a 24-year-old Indian woman, while the donor sperm came from a ­Scandinavian engineering graduate.

This is, by any reckoning, a truly astonishing story of modern motherhood — and one that raises profoundly troubling ethical questions about the extremes to which some women are willing to go in their bid to have children.

Rondah Khazma Al Shab

Another medical marvel that’s helping older women have healthy children, is IVF Lite technology. Women who have not frozen their eggs can avail of this treatment in their late 30’s.

Dr Gautam Allahbadia said: “With conventional IVF, women would have to take 20-30 hormonal injections and it can be an aggressive treatment. But with IVF Lite, we give the patient fertility tablets instead of injections. All babies have pre-implantation genetic screening done, and parents are even able to choose the gender of the child. It’s a breakthrough for older mothers, who may just want one or two healthy children.”

Having children later in life is a rising trend, and one that is reflective of changing priorities for women, especially for those who work full-time.

Rondah Khazma Al Shab, an Australian national working in human resources in Dubai, had her first child at the age of 36.

Last modified: May 22, 2019

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