Why a new edition for the new millennium?
Reproductive technology has made dramatic advances in recent years and pregnancy rates achieved with these techniques have improved considerably. This new edition , timed for the new millennium, has information on many exciting new areas, including: intracytoplasmic sperm injection, preimplantation genetic diagnosis, blastocyst transfer, cytoplasmic transfer, assisted hatching, egg freezing, and newer drugs such as the recombinant gonadotropins and GnRH antagonist.
Many changes have occurred in other areas as well, and these have been included in this edition. The internet can help immensely in empowering the infertile couple with information, and we have included a chapter on how infertile couples can use the Net in order to help themselves.
Many women are getting married at an older age, and quite a few are postponing childbearing in order to establish their careers. Infertility specialists are seeing an increasingly large number of older woman who would like to start a family , and we have included a new chapter on the special problems the older woman faces.
We have also included a chapter on alternative medicine, and how couples can make use of this sensibly.
Thanks to the media, many couples have become aware of advances in reproductive technology, which often make headline news. However, unfortunately, in the limited space newspapers and magazines have, they often provide a very distorted version. By focussing only on the success stories, patients often end up having unrealistic expectations of what the technology can offer them. This is why we have included a new chapter on how to critically assess newspaper stories, so that readers dont get carried away.
Unfortunately, infertility treatment has now become a lucrative small-scale industry in many cities and patients are being exploited . Offering infertility treatment has become very remunerative and infertility clinics are mushrooming in every town. There is a major danger of overtreatment, which is why it has become even more important for infertile couples to protect themselves with information and knowledge ! We hope this book will help them to protect themselves, so that they can find the best treatment for their problem !
Dr Aniruddha Malpani, MD
Dr Anjali Malpani, MD Dr Anjali Malpani, MD
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