DR JAIDEEP MALHOTRA completed her MBBS and MD (Obstetrics and Gynecology) from Jawaharlal Medical College, Aligarh. Her academic journey has been a never-ending one. She went ahead and trained herself in ultrasound procedures from Sin- gapore, endoscopy from Germany and ART training from various renowned centers of the world. Even now she doesn’t leave a chance or opportunity to learn and observe anything related to her subjects of choice. After having trained for endoscopy, choosing the field of infertility was the next natural step for her. In 1995 she entered this field. At that time only few centers in India were offering these serv- ices. But distant centers and high cost of the treat- ment were a big challenge and deterred the patients. So she did take the bold decision of starting an ART unit at their existing premises of Malhotra Nursing Home and it was called Malhotra Test Tube Baby Centre. Though it was one of the most challenging decisions, providing these services in a tier-2 city without easy accessibility to drugs, disposables and trained personnel was very difficult. But she asked her friend Dr Jatin Shah from Mumbai to help her establish this unit. Her motto is to make ART acces- sible to the masses, and it picked up very fast, only because of good results and low cost. The unit pro- duced all the firsts IVF, ICSI, TESA, twins and triplets of the state.
Dr Jaideep says there are many myths associated with infertility and its treatment. People fear that if they come to ART specialist they will land up in IVF. Because of that many people still go to alternative medicine practitioners. But this fear is totally base- less. She says that 15% of our population is infertile and most of them can get benefit from drugs and endoscopy, very few about 5% will actually require IVF. Then they also think that in IVF, the sperm and the eggs are not theirs. Slowly and slowly relevant knowledge is being disseminated and understand- ing of people is improving. Society is now easily ac- cepting the IVF treatment.
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