Giving hope to a couple facing a hard time conceiving is what Dr. Neha Virk from Virk Fertility Services does every day. A new mother herself, she tells Urban Melange about IVF, her day-to-day life and more.
Q.1 how has being a gynecologist been for you? Did you always wanted to choose this profession?
Being a gynecologist, obstetrician and an infertility expert is an incredibly challenging task because here we are not dealing just with some disease or a health issue but with a couple and family who is going through a lot of ups & downs that can be totally exhausting emotionally, mentally, physically as well as financially. So, apart from the medical treatment a lot of counseling and emotional and mental support is required in this field. I always wanted to be a doctor but obstetrics and gynecology particularly infertility is something I chose when I was a senior in my medical college. Each field of medicine comes with its own challenges and benefits.
So, I think medical students, as they are thinking about a career, are looking for someone that is “ego-syntonic”. It is a wonderful word that means ‘sings with their soul’. For me, as someone who loves the beginnings of life, obstetrics and gynecology was a natural. A lot of emotions, a lot of blood, lot of challenges, it is like giving an exam every day, but I was okay with that.
Q.2 According to you, why has IVF recently gained so much popularity than before?
In Vitro Fertilization, popularly referred to as IVF, has captured the attention of the public since its sensational introduction in 1978. Today, assisted reproductive technology is available throughout most of the civilized world, and practice is largely different from that used in the early days. Refinement in laboratory technology and clinical practice has allowed IVF to evolve into a medical procedure that is efficient, safe, readily accessible and relatively affordable. Moreover, with the advancement of science and technology, a lot of things have changed for the better. Right from changing our old mindsets to motivating us to explore newer, more successful ways to live our life. Technology has made things possible, which were not so before. The wonder of IVF is one such example which has come as a boon to several couples who face the scourge of infertility, like a thorn in the flesh.
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