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CitylineToday: Dr. Rita Bakshi talking about how Surrogacy is a ray of hope for childless couples

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Dr. Rita Bakshi explained how surrogacy is helpful for the childless couples through an article published in CitylineToday Magazine. Dr. Bakshi says "Though IVF has helped many couples in achieving parenthood but still there were cases where couples find it difficult because of problems like implantation failures or repeated miscarriages." Dr. Rita further explains "Some women have inability to carry their pregnancy because of one reason or the other. They are medically unfit to bear a child so how would they become a mother then. Surrogacy helps such women in realizing their dream of parenthood with the help of a surrogate mother." Read more...

Diwali sweets every Pregnant women must eat with caution

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Dr. Rita Bakshi, Chairperson of International Fertility Centre shared few common foods which could be adulterated in Diwali and its impact on health with a leading magazine Health site. Dr. Rita Bakshi said that during Diwali, sweets, chocolates, packaged juices, dried fruits, packaged snacks and cookies should be checked before consumption as it contains adulterants. She further added that the milk used in sweets may contain chalk, urea, chemical whiteners etc. Chocolates made of cocoa contain lead and copper, so she advises to eat branded chocolates. Packaged juices contain artificial colors and harmful chemicals. Dry fruits are artificially coloured and soaked in acetic acid or citric acid to increase the size which can be hazardous for pregnant ladies.Read more...

Dainik Bhaskar: “Possibility of achieving parenthood even after Menopause” by Dr. Rita Bakshi

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Dr. Rita Bakshi talking about the possibilities of conceiving after menopause in Madhurima section on the leading daily “Dainik Bhaskar”. Menopause is a condition when the women’s body stops to secrete the hormones responsible for achieving the pregnancy. Dr. Bakshi explains “After menopause when the body is not producing hormones required for conceiving then it is not possible to conceive by the natural ways. However, IVF still allows such women to get pregnant by using some assisted reproduction techniques.” She further tells “There are two common ways of achieving parenthood after menopause. One way is to plan for the pregnancy at a later stage by preserving the fertility using egg freezing. The other way to achieve pregnancy after menopause is by using Donor Eggs.”

MedgateToday: "Dr. Rita Bakshi talking about ICSI procedure and its benefits"

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Dr. Rita Bakshi shared information on ICSI-IVF treatment procedure with the leading magazine “MedgateToday”. Dr. Bakshi told that ICSI is a very helpful IVF procedure which can be carried out in cases of Male Factor Infertility. She further elaborated ICSI process saying that “It is a process where a single best quality sperm is selected and directly injected into the egg so that fertilization process can take place.” Dr. Rita also stated “ICSI process is helpful where the male partner has a very low sperm count, poor sperm quality or poor sperm morphology. In case there are no sperms in the ejaculate, they can be retrieved from the testis or epididymis using techniques like PESA,TESA or TESE”.

Mail Today: "Talking about Andropause, the male menopause", 10 September 2017

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Dr. Rita Bakshi, Co-Founder & MD, International Fertility Centre, talked about Male Menopause during an interview with Mail Today, a leading e-paper. During the chat with Mail Today the focus of the discussion was on Andropause, a certain type of menopause. Dr. Bakshi said that “The testes produce a hormone known as Testosterone which regulates the sex drive, changes during the puberty and mental & physical energy. It is also involved in the development of muscle mass. It is responsible for the regulation of man’s fight or flight response including other key evolutionary features.” Dr. Rita further explained the difference between Male and Female menopause and said that “The main difference between the two is that in women the ovaries run out of ova just before or during the time of menopause whereas men never run out of sperm. A healthy man can produce sperm even during the 80s.”

ET Healthworld - PCPNDT bill has put every doctor in the ambit of sex selection: Dr. Rita Bakshi, 31 January 2017

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In an interview with ETHealthworld, Dr. Rita Bakshi talks about the impact of frequent changes in the IVF laws. The challenge is the trust factor especially among the people who come from abroad. Dr Rita Bakshi said, "The challenge is the trust factor especially among the people who come from abroad. They want to know if we are transparent and ethical enough. Another challenge are the laws that keep changing very frequently and I think that is making the market a little less trustworthy than many other places. You suddenly cannot declare that from today this starts or stops." She added, "As far as PCPNDT bill is concerned I think we should have opposed the bill at the right time. We are trying that the same does not happen with the surrogacy bill. The PCPNDT bill has put every practicing doctor in the ambit of sex selection which doesn't happen. It is very difficult to explain to the government authorities that in IVF we are not able to detect sex parse. It is assumed by the PCPNDT bill that anybody who is doing ultrasound is detecting the sex of the baby." She also said "Our future plan is to open nearly 100 branches in the next five years and we hope to do that rapidly and improve on whatever is left behind. We want to update all our facilities to the highest possible level that is available today. This is a very much needed branch for reasons well known to everybody like late marriages, changed lifestyles, smoking and alcoholism that has become so rampant both in girls and boys. So the next five years are going to be very crucial for us." Read more...

Digital Journal - Rotary District 3012, Delhi & NCR organizes two-day annual conference 2017 on the theme 'Lead to Serve', 19 January 2017

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Rotary District 3012 organised their two-day annual District Conference 2017 on the theme ‘Lead to Serve’ on 7th and 8th January 2017 at Hotel Taj Palace, New Delhi. The two conferences saw participation of delegates and distinguished speakers including Mr. Sharat Jain, District Governor, Rotary District 3012, Sh. Manish Tewari of the Indian National Congress, and Dr. Sambhit Patra, spokesperson, Bhartiya Janta Party. Both conferences highlighted some of the core problems and challenges within the society and dealt with finding solutions to these problems. While opening session was addressed by chief guest RI Director Elect. C Basker, the follow up sessions saw participation by Dr. Vinnie Jauhari, Director Education Advocacy, Microsoft India, Sunil Dutt, President LYF, Reliance Jio Infocomm Ltd, Anshu Gupta, Founder of Goonj, Didi Maa Sadhvi Rithambara ji, IVF specialist, Dr Rita Bakshi, RTI activist, Subhash Chandra, Advocate Ramakant Gaur, Prashant Bhushan of Swaraj Abhiyan, Manish Tiwari of Indian National Congress, Dr. Sambit Patra, spokesperson, Bhartiya Janta Party, Ranjana Kumari, Director of Centre for Social Research, Ritu Marya, Editor-in-chief (India region) of Entrepreneur Media and Reynu Taandon, Fashion Designer. The concluding remarks were given by DGN Subhash Jain and DG Sharat Jain. Read more.. .

The Financial Express - IFC to add 26 fertility centres by 2020, 27 December 2016

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Assisted reproductive technology provider International Fertility Centre is aiming to add 26 new centres across India and abroad by the end of 2020. The company currently has 14 clinics in India and Nepal providing various services, including IVF, natural IVF, IVF with egg donor, surrogacy, embryo donation, hysteroscopy and laparoscopy among others. Saarthak Bakshi, CEO of International Fertility Centre says, "The model the company will follow is asset light model." International Fertility Centre currently is present in more than 14 clinics located across India and Nepal. He further added, "We are planning to add 26 new centres across the country and outside by end of 2020, this would take the total number of our centres to 40. UAE, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh are the locations that the company is looking outside India, while in the domestic market it is exploring sites at Indore, Bhopal, Jammu, Ranchi and Raipur among others. Read more...

Verve Magazine - Double Duty Dads : Decoding what it means to be a single parent, 26 December 2016

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Verve magazine interviewed Dr Rita Bakshi to speak on the idea of single parenthood among men. "A lot of times in a vulnerable state people may say they want to have kids, but afterwards realize the challenges associated with it and change their minds. We are in no hurry; we make them come a few times so that we know that they are really willing to go through with it. We also see their whole support system. For example if a man comes to us, we try to find out how they would manage if they have a female baby. Most of them bring their sisters or mothers along with them, who will help take care of the child, and we also make them go through psychological tests." She also recounts the story of a single father, a chain-smoker who gave up smoking as soon as his daughter came into his life. "She's eight months now and he has not had a single cigarette. "If somebody is willing to change that much, then his need must be strong." She added, "I've seen that they take fantastic care because the urge to parent is so strong in them that it does not make a difference." Read more...

Business Standard - IFC to add 26 fertility centres by 2020, 18 December 2016

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Assisted reproductive technology provider International Fertility Centre is aiming to add 26 new centres across India and abroad by the end of 2020. The company currently has 14 clinics in India and Nepal providing various services, including IVF, natural IVF, IVF with egg donor, surrogacy, embryo donation, hysteroscopy and laparoscopy among others. Saarthak Bakshi, CEO of International Fertility Centre says, "The model the company will follow is asset light model." International Fertility Centre currently is present in more than 14 clinics located across India and Nepal. He further added, "We are planning to add 26 new centres across the country and outside by end of 2020, this would take the total number of our centres to 40. UAE, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh are the locations that the company is looking outside India, while in the domestic market it is exploring sites at Indore, Bhopal, Jammu, Ranchi and Raipur among others. Read more...

BioSpectrum - Expectations rising high over the pending promises of the last budget , 14 December 2016

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Dr Rita Bakshi says "Finally, the healthcare sector took the centre stage in the budget. The government's plan to add 3,000 pharmacies under the Jan Aushadhi Yojana to avail generic drugs at affordable prices is a commendable move. The Health Protection Scheme of Rs one lakh to cover unforeseen illness in poor families with an additional Rs 30,000 for senior citizens was a long-awaited step. The healthcare proposal focusing on the weaker section of society was a path-breaking step. Healthcare necessities of the rural and senior people were the critical pillars of the Union Budget 2016." She adds, "Three important initiatives were introduced that have majorly contributed to making an educated, healthier and stronger India. First is the government's purpose to double income of farmers in the coming five years; second, new initiatives to improve irrigation access; third, to produce one crore skilled youth in the future three years. It has effectively worked in making a healthier India." 'Health for All' plan is still neglected in the form of policies and allocations from the Union Budget 2016. The provision of infrastructure status to healthcare and increasing the public expenditure from the current 1.1 per cent of GDP to over 2.5 per cent remains unaccomplished. The healthcare industry still remains far from satisfied as the Union Budget 2016 could not offer its due attention. The government should strictly consider healthcare sector as a factor of GDP growth rather than a social sector that demands change." Read more...

BioSpectrum - International Fertility Centre lining up for an aggressive expansion, 23 November 2016

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BioSpectrum interviewed Mr. Saarthak Bakshi on how International Fertility Centre is planning for up for huge expansion in future. International Fertility Centre (IFC) is planning to invest Rs 6 crore as seed capital initially from its internal accruals to expand its business and create a network of around 10 IVF clinics across the country. The centre, which currently has presence across 14 cities, plans to expand in Amritsar, Chandigarh, Indore, Bhopal, Jammu, Jodhpur, Ludhiana, Raipur, Surat, Agra. Apart from India, the centre is looking to mark its presence in the international market as well by spreading its wings to Sri Lanka, Phnom Pehn in Cambodia, Ethiopia and Uganda. International Fertility Centre aims for an unflinching expansion targeting 100 centres by 2025. The firm is estimating a set up cost and operational cost of 60 lakh per centre/year. “The investment sources will be through internal accruals, we plan to take external funding in 2018 for further expansion of centres and diversification into other verticals,” says Saarthak Bakshi. Read more...

Computer assisted sperm analysis (CASA) increases success rate of IVF by 51% over manual screening, 23 November 2016

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ETHealthworld.com interviewed Mr. Saarthak Bakshi on how Computer Assisted Sperm Analysis (CASA) helps improve IVF success rates by 51% over manual screening. The IVF industry in India is in boom. International fertility centre, an IVF giant under supervision of Dr. Rita Bakshi has divulged into CASA (Computer Assisted Sperm Analysis) in its centers. Computer assisted sperm analysis (CASA) provides a simple and rapid quantitative assessment of the quality of the sperm and predict its ability to fertilize eggs. This technology has helped International Fertility Centre achieve greater success rate for its patients. “We are the only clinic in North India to use this technique. Implementation of the CASA technology has increased the success rate of IVF by 51% than the manual screenings.” says Mr. Saarthak Bakshi. Read more...

IVF giant International Fertility Centre plans aggressive expansion - targets 100 centres in 100 months, 7 November 2016

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The IVF industry in India stands to be over INR 45 billion in 2015. The volumes in the sector increased from 19,000 cycles to 1,00,000 cycles in the past decade. The compounded annual growth of fertility market has witnessed a robust growth of over 18% from the year 2005 to 2015.The overall market expects to hit the INR 80 billion mark by 2018 with a CAGR of around 14%. However, International Fertility Centre observed a higher growth rate than industry owing to its robust presence being one of the market leaders in Northern India.
With the dying taboos and myths in the society IVF or ART has also started to be accepted in the tier 2 cities and smaller towns. However, the major challenge for the IVF clinics in India today are the recent government regulations on ART. “The ban is not quite practical, as banning can never be a solution. The Government should look at regulating this industry.”- Says Mr Saarthak Bakshi, the Chief Executive Officer of International Fertility Centre (IFC). According to him there should be a Central Repository for Donors, where donors must register themselves, since at the clinic’s level such level of a due diligence is not practically possible. Read more...

Deccan Chronicle - Egg freezing gains popularity in India, 3 November 2016

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"Hundreds of clinics have come up in India with an option of Egg Freezing. These clinics offer counseling to people before opting for this process, give them plenty of clinical information, and help the couple to deal with mental health wobbles. She added, "Another reason for popularity is the packages that are being offered to people for egg retrieval, storing of eggs and drugs which is a lot cheaper than the normal cost. The cost of package is around 4 Lakh where as the whole process without package costs around 10 Lakh." Read more...

Economic Times - Double Whammy: What the surrogacy bill brings for India - 3rd September, 2016

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Dr Rita Bakshi spoke for Economic Times on the current issue "Surrogacy Bill 2016" and its effects on the society. The Surrogacy Bill 2015 poses an immediate ban on commercial surrogacy for infertile couples across the world. She says "This is a black day in the history of science and scientific development. We have put our country back by many years". Read more...

Scroll.in - Indian couples who want surrogate babies may now have to turn to Cambodia and Ukraine, 27 August 2016

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Scroll.in interviewed Dr Rita Bakshi to share her views on the recent draft of Surrogacy Bill issued by the Government of India. Dr. Rita Bakhsi insists that the commercial surrogacy empowers a lot of women. She said, "It's a financial decision that a lot of them take. The money that they earn from these procedures helps them build a better future for their family. Who are we to judge that?" Read more...

Scoop Whoop - Furious Doctors Hit Back At Ban, Say Surrogacy Is A Need And Not A Fashion, 25 August 2016

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Dr. Rita Bakshi spoke for Scoop Whoop on the ongoing burning issue of Surrogacy Bill 2016 to ban commercial surrogacy in India. According to her, not only patients but even doctors from India may look at tying up with clinics in countries that allow surrogacy to offer their skills to infertile patients. She says, "Legal experts as well as doctors feel that the Indian government has taken a moral stand on the issue of surrogacy. How can the government decide how many children a couple can have?" Read more...

Your Story - How this mother-son duo is transforming the IVF industry in India, 19 AUGUST 2016

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YourStory.com interviewed Dr Rita Bakshi, chairperson of International Fertility Centre and Mr. Saarthak Bakshi, CEO on the reason behind establishing International Fertility Centre to aid infertile couples and help them achieve a happy parenthood through assisted reproductive technology options like IVF. Read more...

The Times of India - Rising Sperm Costs in India, April 2016

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At Dr Rita Bakshi's fertility clinic in south Delhi, each vial will soon cost Rs 10,000."We are going to start extensive fertility and genetic testing of the sample inhouse, over and above the testing done at the sperm bank. This will lead to a price increase," says Dr Rita Bakshi.

Navbharat Times - Egg Freezing : A new hope for Working Women

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A model came to us at the age of 33 years and decided to get pregnant through egg freezing process. She told that many women of different countries opt for egg freezing at the age of 40 or above but they are denied since it is less effective at that time, says Dr. Rita Bakshi, IVF Expert, International Fertility Centre. She also added, "Women suffering with cancer are treated radiations that are harmful for the woman’s ovarian reserve. For this purpose, egg freezing process is a suitable option. So that they can use their frozen eggs once their cancer treatment gets finished and whenever they wish to become pregnant in future.”

The Hindu - ART Bills shuts its doors for unmarried foreigners seeking surrogacy treatment in India, October 2015

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“Surrogacy is a method of assisted reproduction. The Assisted Reproductive Technology (ART) industry has evolved into a multi-billion rupee industry. India is internationally known as a booming centre of a fertility market. The industry is growing fast because of cutting-edge technology, trained medical staff, availability of rented wombs, and the fact that it offers very competitive pricing,” said Dr. Rita Bakshi, a member of the Indian Society of Third Party Assisted Reproduction (INSTAR) and an IVF Expert at international Fertility Centre. She added, “If the Bill comes into force, fertility tourism in India will slip to the back seat.” She also said that “At present, close to 20 per cent of the intended parents seeking surrogates in India are foreigners. The Indian surrogacy market is pegged to be around Rs. 900 crore. According to a 2012 study by the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII), around 10,000 foreign couples visit India to commission surrogacy.

The Times of India - Develop Test-Tube Babies Naturally, September 2015

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"Even if it takes four attempts to get pregnant with natural IVF, the overall cost is less than if the woman underwent two rounds of the drug-intensive treatment," says Dr Rita Bakshi, IVF specialist at the International Fertility Centre. She further added, "Of my patients, 25% who take natural route conceive compared to 50% cent of those treated with typical IVF."

Express Healthcare - Dr Kaberi Banerjee granted with "Excellence Award 2015" by Bharat Nirman, July 2015

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The India Excellence Awards are bestowed to individuals who have provided their services and contributed significantly in different fields of expertise. Some of the past awardees are Dr Kiran Bedi, Sonal Mansingh, Shovana Narayan, Dr DS Rana and Dr Rita Bakshi.

Wall Street Journal - India Restricts Foreigners Access to Surrogate Mothers, October 2015

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Rita Bakshi, founder of the International Fertility Center in New Delhi, said that around 20 couples had contacted her "very worried" about the government’s stance. "I am assuring them, only [based on] history, with cases already going on, you can’t put a stop to it like that," Dr. Bakshi said.

The Hindu - Debate on Commercial Surrogacy, October 2015

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Surrogacy is a method of assisted reproduction. The Assisted Reproductive Technology (ART) industry has evolved into a multi-billion rupee industry. India is internationally known as a booming centre of a fertility market. The industry is growing fast because of cutting-edge technology, trained medical staff, availability of rented wombs, and the fact that it offers very competitive pricing," says Dr. Rita Bakshi, renowned IVF specialist who is also a member of the Indian Society of Third Party Assisted Reproduction (INSTAR).

India Today - Risks associated with dengue are high during pregnancy, September 2015

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Pregnant women are more likely to develop a severe form of the disease because their immune system is suppressed during pregnancy. If someone has contracted dengue during pregnancy, they should be rushed to hospital as soon as possible. There is a greater risk of complications such as pre-eclampsia, pre-term labour and having a low birth weight baby, said Dr Rita Bakshi, head of International Fertility Centre.

Times of India - Test tube babies, naturally, September 2015

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"Even if it takes four attempts to get pregnant with natural IVF, the overall cost is less than if the woman underwent two rounds of the drug-intensive treatment," says Dr Rita Bakshi, IVF specialist at the International Fertility Centre. Of my patients 25% who take natural route conceive compared to 50% cent of those treated with typical IVF," says Dr Bakshi. Research published in the 2007 issue of Lancet found Mild IVF equally successful as standard IVF, with four out of ten women getting pregnant.

Times of India - When ma is grandma's age, June 2015

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Often inheritance issues push older couples to conceive, says Dr Rita Bakshi, a Delhi-based IVF expert. "They would rather their assets passed on to their biological child than to brothers and sisters," says Bakshi.

HEALTHY DUNIA – Surrogate mothers felicitated in Delhi, October 2014

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Dr Bakshi felicitated these special mothers with gift hampers and also announced the launch of new vocational training programs for them, an initiative by Upkaar foundation in association with International Fertility Centre, New Delhi. Upkaar, an NGO for surrogate mothers will now teach them various vocational training exercises such as tailoring, embroidery, housekeeping, cookery and beauty courses which can benefit them in earning them apart from the surrogacy.

THE TIMES OF INDIA – Infertility in men: Smoking and sperm viability, September 2014

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Smoking is bad for health. Period! It also affects male fertility. In fact, most experts say that male health and fertility is never considered as important as female health and fertility during conception. This even though pregnancy requires both egg and sperm to be in optimal condition.*Inputs: HMU expert Dr.Rita Bakshi, Chairperson, International Fertility Centre, (Senior IVF Specialist & Senior Gynecologist)

HT CITY – Are women more prone ?, September 2014

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Women are most likely to suffer from migraine that men, says doctors. "It’s because hormonal changes a women’s body goes through tend to trigger a migrain headache. This principally involves the sharp decline in esteogen, the release of prostanglandins, and a deficiency in magnesium during menstrual cycle," says gynecologist Dr. Rita Bakshi.

PLAN YOUR WEDDING – It’s Better Late Than Never, August 2014

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Dr. Rita Bakshi says, " This treatment starts with the first day of menstrual cycle & lasts for 15 days while the woman is monitored to get right eggs. At the correct time, the sperms are washed & placed into the woman’s uterus." She further adds, "The success rate for this treatment is "15% to 20%" worldwide & the cost incurred is Rs. 9,000 to 10,000 appreax."

THE HUMMING NOTES – Deal with depression during and after pregnancy, August 2014

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"The myth that pregnant woman must be happy is still really prevalent, Because of that, treatment providers may be less likely to inquire into a woman’s mental state, and a woman might feel ashamed to bring it up." But you don’t have to suffer — there are safe ways to treat depression and anxiety during pregnancy." Dr. Rita Bakshi, Gynaecologist & Fertility Expert, International Fertility Centre

HEALTH ME UP – 10 things to know about Infertility, July 2014

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1) Manage Your Stress: 2) Age matters for infertility 3) Female infertility is still easier to understand and cure because in majority of the cases the problem is known. 4) Address Your Nutritional Deficiencies 5) Tubal Disease:Approx 15%-18% of infertility cases is due to tubal disease which means your fallopian tubes are blocked, where you need to undergo some tests. 6) Sleep Well: There have been studies that clearly show the correlation of lack of sound sleep and infertility. 7) Unexplained infertility (where the cause of infertility is not known or cannot be diagnosed), such a situation can often be quite frustrating for everyone involved. Unfortunately, it is quite common and can sometimes hinder the fertility treatment process. 8) Strain in the relationship: Both partners must keep the relations absolutely tuned and no internal conflicts or friction should arise. 9) Diagnosis and treatment of infertility: Diagnosing the root cause and deciding the treatment is the turning point in the whole process and experience of handling a wide variety of cases by the experts plays a major role in it. 10) Male fertility is extremely complex to diagnose and cure.Semen samples are tested in the laboratory to know the sperm count, sperm strength and other factors. Hormonal levels are checked to determine the testosterone levels.Inputs: Dr.Rita Bakshi, Chairperson, International Fertility Centre, (Senior IVF Specialist & Senior Gynecologist)

TIMES OF INDIA – Work now, conceive later, June 2014

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Sunaina Oza is a 33-yearold corporate lawyer at a multinational bank in Mumbai. She is single, works almost 10 hours a day and is pushing for a big career leap — her aim is to head the legal department in a couple of years. Her only worry is that she may have to push motherhood into her late 30s. Oza has decided, however, to take charge of her reproductive life by freezing her eggs while she is in her prime."At this age you don’t have the best eggs but it is better to salvage whatever is available than to deal with infertility later," adds Dr Rita Bakshi of International Infertility Centre in Delhi.

NEWS SUPERFAST – International Conference On Reproduction, Fertility & Surrogacy, May 2014

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Addressing the audience, Dr. Rita Bakshi, Gynaecologist & Fertility Expert, International Fertility Centre (IFC), New Delhi said, "We are having over 500 delegates from all over India and abroad to share their knowledge and experiences on the serious & delicate issues like reproduction, fertility and surrogacy. We not only have doctors from all over the globe, but we also have lawyers, surrogate parents, counsellors, Diagnostic experts and even surrogate children to participate in this mega event."

NEWS SUPERFAST – An International Conference & Conclave On Reproduction, Fertility & Surrogacy, May 2014

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International Fertility Centre (IFC) along with A.I.I.M.S. is organizing an International Conference on Reproduction, Fertility and Surrogacy (ICRFS) in AIIMS, New Delhi on 24th May & 25th May 2014 from 9.00 am onwards. The conference will be inaugurated by Dr. C.N. PURANDARE (FIGO President Elect), Mr. SANJAY SRIVASTAVA (Chief Secretary, Delhi) and moderated by Dr. Rita Bakshi, Chairperson, International Fertility Centre (IFC) along with Dr.AlkaKriplani, organizing chairperson ICRFS.

OUTLOOK MONEY – Fear Of The Unknown, May 2014

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Says Dr. Rita Bakshi, Chairperson, International Fertility Centre, New Delhi, "We advise couples to take classes from the second trimester. There are generally six to eight sessions of one-and-a-half-hour each." "It also tells expecting women how to deal with normal ailment, such as vomiting, nausea during pregnancy."

Business Standard – High Decibel causes poor growth of babies: Experts, May 2014

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Exposure to excessive noise during pregnancy may result in high frequency hearing loss in the newborn and may lead to intrauterine growth retardation. If not taken care of, it can also lead to birth of underweight babies," Dr. Rita Bakshi, gynecologist and fertility expert, international Fertility Centre, said in a statement.

HEALTH ME UP – Can Excessive Exercise cause Infertility ?, April 2014

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Male Fertility In case of males, exercise may reduce sperm counts. Long-term exhaustive exercises decreases sperm count and your potential for reproduction. On the other hand, heavy resistance training works antagonistically. Heavy resistance training actually increase the production of testosterone, which can exhibit a secondary effect on other hormones that contribute to fertility in men. Inputs: Dr.Rita Bakshi, Chairperson, International Fertility Centre, (Senior IVF Specialist & Senior Gynecologist)

TIMES OF INDIA – Fibroids and infertility: is there a relationship ?, March 2014

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Fibroids are very common in women as around 35% women suffer from them. For the uninitiated, Fibroids are overgrowths of tissue in the uterus or womb. They are a non-cancerous tumor that develops in the womb and you can see their growth from the muscle of the uterine wall. As many as 5 out of 8 women suffer with uterine fibroids but without showing any symptoms. The number of fibroids and its sizes decide whether the woman will suffer from any pain of discomfort. The submucosal fibroids are the ones most likely to cause heavy bleeding.Inputs: Dr.Rita Bakshi, Chairperson, International Fertility Centre (Senior IVF Specialist & Senior Gynecologist)

THE HINDU – Get rid of leg cramps, March 2014

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The cramps partially depend on what and when you eat. Deficiency of important nutrients may aggravate the cramps. So make sure that the food eaten contains magnesium, calcium and vitamin C. Include green leafy vegetables, dates and figs, dairy products, oranges, potatoes and tomatoes to your diet. The writer is a fertility expert, Dr. Rita Bakshi gynaecologist and chairperson, International Fertility Centre.

THE TIMES OF INDIA – Hi Men!, February 2014

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While its old wives’ tale to hear of new brides smearing red dye on the bedsheets on the first night, surgery can now help them go all the way to fake it. Senior Gynaecologist Dr. Rita Bakshi of International Fertility Centre also gets such visits, with women sometimes accompanied by their boyfriends.

TELEGRAPH.CO.UK – India Bans Surrogacy, January 2014

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Parenting is everybody’s right and now we’re withdrawing that right," said Dr Rita Bakshi, who heads the International Fertility Centre in New Delhi. "These rules are definitely not welcome, definitely restrictive and very discriminatory," she told AFP.

HEALTHY DUNIA – Lifestyle changes cure Infertility, December 2013

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Infertility is the rising problem in today’s society. The saddest part for the couple is to be deprived from the feeling of joy of having a child. Dr. Rita Bakshi of International Fertility Centre suggests that simple dietary and lifestyle changes can make a tremendous difference in fertility, and often also help with other issues like excess weight, lack of energy, blood sugar problems, skin issues, and insomnia in the process.

THE STATESMAN – Mixed response to new surrogacy rule, November 2013

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While some doctors feel the new rules will affect medical tourism, others have welcomed them as surrogacy will be regulated. "This will affect around 40 per cent medical tourism of our country and people will prefer countries like Panama, Thailand and Bangkok over India," said IVF specialist Dr Rita Bakshi.

THE TIMES OF INDIA – Suitable sperm for daughter dearest, November 2013

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Dr Rita Bakshi, who runs the Delhi-based International Fertility Centre, says with the blossoming of women’s careers, she is seeing a sea change in attitudes towards ART (assisted reproduction technology). "Till a few years ago, women themselves shied from IVF. Now we get parents who bring their daughters to us for the procedure," she says, citing the example of a 39-year-old unmarried woman who came to her clinic with her parents, who were footing the bill. She wanted a baby through surrogacy. "These women would love to carry their own child but they are not confident of openly showing their pregnancy."

HEALTH ME UP – Weight Gain and Infertility in Men and Women, November 2013

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A man should also not take it easy either because his contribution towards having a healthy baby plays a vital role. It has been observed that overweight and obese men have poor sperm quality than those who have a healthy body.Inputs: Dr.Rita Bakshi, Chairperson, International Fertility Centre, (Senior IVF Specialist & Senior Gynecologist)

GOOD HOUSEKEEPING – Say Yes To Baby!, November 2013

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Dr. Rita Bakshi, Chairperson, International Fertility Centre, Delhi – Today there is no age limit for a woman wanting to be a mother. Apart from IUI & IVF, Surrogacy is also an option. If she is healthy she can use her own eggs and even donor sperm – in case her partner’s sperm is not fit. In some cases we even use a donor embryo. With celebraties such as Amir Khan & Kiran Rao, Sohail Khan & his wife Seema & now Shahrukh Khan & Gauri having babies through surrogacy, this practice has come through age.

IANS – Simple ways to lose belly fat after pregnancy, November 2013

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Capital-based Dr Rita Bakshi, gynaecologist at the International Fertility Centre, suggests how to get back in shape post delivery:- Fresh fruits: When you eat fruits, remember not to refrigerate them for a long- Freshly cooked food: Try having food that doesn’t include artificial preservatives and cut down on processed foods- Seasonal vegetables: Seasonal vegetables and fruits are not only good for your body, but also bring about variation in your diet. Do not eat the same food every day as it is unhealthy. But don’t overeat.

AMAR UJALA – महज 15 हजाररुपएऔरघरमें ‌गूंजेगीकिलकारी, September 2013

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इस बारे में नई दिल्ली स्थित इंटरनेशनल फर्टिलिटी सेंटर की सीनियर आईवीएफ स्पेशलिस्ट डॉ. रीता बख्शी बताती हैं, ‘यह तकनीक अभी अपने शुरुआती दौर में है और इसकी पूरी सफलता के बारे में समय ही बता सकता है। अगर आगे भी यह सफल है तो यह वाकई क्रांतिकारी कदम है। हालांकि हमारे देश में भी कम कीमत पर आईवीएफ तकनीक से उपचार संभव है।’ वहआगेबतातीहैं, ‘हमारे देश में सामान्यतः आईवीएफ तकनीक से प्रजनन की कुल लागत 65,000 से 95,000 रुपए तक है जबकि अफोर्डेबल आईवीएफ तकनीक से प्रजनन की कीमत 40,000 रुपए तक होती है। आमतौर पर सामान्य आईवीएफ में 10 से 12 अंडों का निर्माण किया जाता है जब‌कि अफोर्डेबल आईवीएफ में तीन से चार अंडों का निर्माण करते हैं। सामान्य आईवीएफ की सफलता की दर 45 प्रतिशत तक होती है जबकि अफोर्डेबल आईवीएफ तकनीक से सफलता की दर करीब 30 प्रतिशत तक होती है।’

HEALTHY DUNIA – Are we ready for three-parent babies ?, August 2013

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"Mothers pass on their mitochondrial DNA to their child which fathers’ sperm can’t do. If the mitochondria are defective, the situation can lead to mitochondrial disorders," says Dr. Rita Bakshi, a senior Delhi based IVF specialist & gynecologist. "In India, cases for such disorders are hardly reported," adds Dr. Bakshi. With India being one of the world’s largest countries in terms of IVF cycles, this technique can be a boon for many childless couples though its risk factors are still not known. Dr. Bakshi feels it’s too early to comment on the risk involved.

DECCAN HERALD – Time to shed surrogacy myths, July 2013

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Metrolife spoke to Dr Rita Bakshi, senior IVF consultant at International Fertility Centre who is delighted that the Khans have helped play a positive role – thus indirectly promoting the idea. "Celebrities are making a big change. Aamir, Shahrukh and Sohail Khan didn’t need to announce that they were having a surrogate baby. But, they did, which shows that they were not trying to hide anything," appreciates Dr Bakshi. "Common people look up to celebrities these days. Be it their dressing sense or what they simply like to do, people seem to follow everything about them. So now, the mentality is more like, if Shahrukh can have a surrogate baby, why can’t I ?" says Dr. Bakshi.

INDIA TODAY – How surrogacy is hopping across to the mainstream, with a little help from celebrity cases, July 2013

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Some of the credit for making people less inhibited about discussing surrogacy must go to Aamir Khan and his wife KiranRao. They spoke candidly about their baby, Azad, who they had through a gestational carrier. "Surrogacy is slowly becoming a popular trend in India. Top quality equipment, favourable pricing and a hassle-free ‘legal’ process has made it ideal for couples who fail to conceive naturally," says Dr. Rita Bakshi, senior IVF Consultant at Delhi’s International Fertility Centre.

HINDUSTAN TIMES – Bollywood: Khans for surrogacy, June 2013

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Dr Rita Bakshi, infertility specialist, International Fertility Centre, has got 15 In-vitro fertilisation surrogacy queries since reports of Shah Rukh and wife Gauri planning their third child went public. "Several couples who were confused about if they should opt for the procedure, have decided to go in for it. Celebs are role models and it immensely helps in shedding a lot of inhibitions. The actors have done a great service to childless couples by helping bring the procedure in limelight," says Dr. Bakshi. "I am already receiving a large number of IVF surrogacy related queries, and I expect a further spurt," says Dr Bakshi.

THE TIMES OF INDIA – Infertility in men: Smoking and sperm viability, April 2013

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Sperm motilitySperm motility refers to the swimming capabilities of the sperm. If the sperm cannot swim properly, they may have trouble reaching the egg and fertilising it. In men who smoke, researchers found a 13% decrease in sperm motility. Inputs: HMU expert Dr.Rita Bakshi, Chairperson, International Fertility Centre, (Senior IVF Specialist & Senior Gynecologist)

HT-CITY – SOOTHE AWAY MENSTRUAL CRAMPS, April 2013

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1. Keep warm & cozy : Take time out to relax in hot water bath, preferably scented with essential oils like lavender. If the extreme pain in your back or in the lower abdomen is keeping you awake, try using a hot water bottle to ease the pain. 2. Rest in fetal position : If menstrual cramps are are plaguing you & you must work, lie down frequently in a fetal position with your knees tucked up against your chest & this will help you feel much better. HTC (WITH INPUTS BY Dr. RITA BAKSHI, GYNAECOLOGIST, INTERNATIONAL FERTILITY CENTRE)

HEALTH ME UP – Fertility Know How: Vitamins that Increase Fertility, April 2013

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Stress in whatever form should be avoided since it affects ovulation. Also, the sperm motility must be high. You must consume Vitamin C and antioxidants to achieve this. So increase intake of citrus fruits, strawberries, papayas, kiwi, bell peppers, guava, broccoli, amla and dark leafy vegetables.Inputs: HMU expert Dr.Rita Bakshi, Chairperson, International Fertility Centre, and (Senior IVF Specialist & Senior Gynecologist)

HEALTH ME UP – Best Foods to Boost Fertility, March 2013

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Dr. Rita Bakshi, IVF Specialist & Gynaecologist, International Fertility Centre, New Delhi lists the best foods that we can consume in order to boost fertility. Besides food, it is also important to remember that there are multiple parameters that are responsible for infertility such as physiological problems, genetic disorders, lifestyle, stress, chemicals and exposure to toxins.

Women’s health: Symptoms of endometriosis infertility, March 2013

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According to MayoClinic, Endometriosis is an often painful disorder in which tissue that normally lines the inside of your uterus – the endometrium grows outside your uterus.Endometriosis most commonly involves your ovaries, bowel or the tissue lining your pelvis. Rarely, endometrial tissue may spread beyond your pelvic region.Endometriosis affects women in their reproductive years. Infertility may be the only sign that you have endometriosis. Between 20% and 40% of women who are infertile have endometriosis The exact prevalence of endometriosis is not known, since many women may have the condition and have no symptoms. Other women have symptoms that range from mild to severe.Symptoms may include pain, which can be:-Pelvic pain-Severe menstrual cramps-Low backache 1 or 2 days before the start of the menstrual period (or earlier)-Pain during sexual intercourse-Rectal pain-Pain during bowel movements Inputs by Dr.Rita Bakshi, Chairperson, International Fertility Centre (Senior IVF Specialist & Senior Gynecologist)

TIME – Why People Are Angry About India’s New Surrogacy Rules, February 2013

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Some also question what they say is an uncharacteristically moralistic stand on the government’s part. "No doubt marriage is a sacrosanct institution in India, but it is not so in many western countries," says Rita Bakshi, one of India’s top fertility experts who runs the International Fertility Centre. "Who are we to say that one has to be married to have children?" Since India decriminalized homosexuality in 2011, Mamet’s agency in Israel has sent over 100 gay couples to India. "The Indian society is considered by foreigners as very receptive and very welcoming — whoever you are, you are not being judged," he says. "The new homophobic rule already affects the prestige of India as an open society."

NDTV – India bars foreign gay couples, singles from surrogacy, January 2013

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"Parenting is everybody’s right and now we’re withdrawing that right," said Dr Rita Bakshi, who heads the International Fertility Centre in New Delhi."These rules are definitely not welcome, definitely restrictive and very discriminatory," she told AFP. "This is a huge heartbreak for homosexual couples and singles," commented fertility doctor Dr Rita Bakshi.

DNA – Gay rights under question on surrogate parenthood, January 2013

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ART clinics are upset because the notification takes away lucrative business that costs anywhere between USD 15,000 and 30,000 per surrogate child. "The notification is retrogressive. It is everybody’s right to become a parent," says Dr Rita Bakshi of IFC Surrogacy Centre, Delhi.

HINDUSTAN TIMES – Ayushman Khurana in trouble over IVF baby remarks, April 2012

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Dr. Rita Bakshi provides her input over comments given by Bollywood actor. "I am shocked that he says that this is the age of designer babies. Creating designer babies is criminal. Khurana has irresponsibly encouraged sperm donation like a profession," says Dr. Rita Bakshi of International Fertility Centre

HINDUSTAN TIMES – Aamir Khan flooded with queries on IVF surrogacy, April 2012

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Amir Khan and KiranRao’s seven-day-old baby boy born through IVF (In Vitro Fertilisation) surrogacy, comes as a blessing for not only the celeb couple but also a large number of couples facing difficulty in conceiving. The couple is also getting a thumbs up from the film fraternity. "By not hiding the fact that they have used a surrogate, Aamir becomes a role model. It will make people think that if Aamir can do it, so can we," Experts are also hopeful that this will help shed some myths around the procedure. "Unlike traditional surrogacy, in IVF surrogacy the child has no genetic contribution from the surrogate. Aamir’s case has helped explain that clearly," says Dr Rita Bakshi.

THE TIMES OF INDIA – Infertility treatments simplified, March 2012

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Since the baby is formed inside another woman, the parents are usually apprehensive of ‘the baby being their own’. Here the doctor should make them understand that since the embryo was formed from their own egg and semen, they are the genetic parents of the baby. Also, there should be a legal consent from both the parties going into this medical treaty. The surrogate mother should keep the baby as her own in this case. Apart from these ethical and legal concerns, this option is absolutely OK for childless couples," explains infertility expert Dr. Rita Bakshi.

IPPF – Teenage takers for iPill; ‘unhealthy’ say doctors, March 2012

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"This can be very harmful as it’s a hormonal pill," cautions gynaecologist Dr Rita Bakshi. Frequent use can cause ovarian damage and menstrual problems, especially among younger girls, she adds.

GPI – Euthanasia Case Sparks Public Debate in India, May 2011

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Shanbaug used to work as a nurse in the same hospital until a hospital janitor strangled her with a dog chain then sodomized her in 1973. The event caused brain damage, according to a hospital neurologist, and Shanbaug has been in a coma ever since."I see it more as a matter of conscience than law."Dr. Rita Bakshi

INDIA TODAY – Delhi girls donating eggs for quick money, August 2010

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Phone calls from donors are keeping the city’s fertility clinics busy. Dr Rita Bakshi, a fertility specialist, says egg donation has picked up and there is no dearth of young donors. The money offered is to good tobury guild pangs, if any. The feel-good factor associated with egg donation helps further.

TIMES OF INDIA – Beauty...deep down!, August 2009

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Gone are the days when beauty that could be seen only went under needles. Doctors in Delhi and Mumbai disclose that they now carry out 2-3 vaginal surgeries every month. "It was once popular only amongst nude entertainers or bikini models but now there is a remarkable interest in this area of cosmetic surgery," says Dr Rita Bakshi, a senior gynaecologist, International Fertility Centre, New Delhi.

HINDUSTAN TIMES – It’s sonny side down, September 2007

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"The attitude towards daughters has undergone a sea change, especially among educated professionals," agrees Dr Rita Bakshi, a gynaecologist. "Several couples today are thrilled when their prayers for a daughter are answered," she says. Dr Bakshi says she herself was desperate to have a daughter when she was expecting.