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In India, one in ten married couples is childless. The incidence of women suffering from infertility (inability to become pregnant) is continuously increasing due to several factors such as diet, life style, pollution and genetic reasons. Though many of these couples can be successfully treated by test tube baby (IVF = In Vitro Fertilization) technologies, women whose uterus is malformed or damaged and is incapable of carrying a pregnancy to term, can be treated only by surrogacy.
The term surrogacy is used when a woman carries a pregnancy and gives birth to a baby for another woman. Surrogacy is legally accepted in India as a treatment option for selected groups of patients. Surrogacy is the best way for infertile couples to have a baby genetically linked to them. It is an arrangement whereby a woman agrees to become pregnant for the purpose of gestating and delivering a child for others to raise. Recently MARC has succeeded in establishing surrogacy program where eggs and sperm of infertile couple were fertilized by IVF. The resulting embryos were transferred to a surrogate mother who delivered a healthy baby for the couple. MARC also offers Donor egg programme for those women who have low quality eggs due to age factor or for any other reasons and the success now is 60 at MARC.
The team includes Dr Pratap Kumar, Dr Satish Adiga and others. MARC (Manipal Assisted Reproduction Centre) is proud to achieve the same with its success becoming better than the earlier years due to the centre being equipped with state-of-art technology and trained professionals.