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 Singapore, 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 a few centers in India were offering these services. But distant centers and the high cost of the treatment 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, as providing these services in a tier-2 city without easy accessibility to drugs, disposables and trained personnel were very difficult. But she asked her friend Dr. Jatin Shah from Mumbai to help her establish this unit. Her motto is to make ART accessible to the masses, and it picked up very fast, only because of good results and low cost. The unit produced all the firsts IVF, ICSI, TESA, twins, and triplets of the state.
Her motivation is her patients. It gives her great satisfaction when she takes on a challenge and delivers. She believes Infertility is a challenge beyond normal challenges, as doctors are fighting against nature and success rates for the procedures are also low. It is a problem that starts early in life and couples start struggling soon after marriage and to be able to help them in this distressing lifetime juggle is satisfying indeed.
Dr. Jaideep says there are many myths associated with infertility and its treatment. People fear that if they come to ART specialists they will land up in IVF. Because of that many people still go to alternative medicine practitioners. But this fear is baseless. She says that 15% of our population is infertile, and most of them can get benefits from drugs and endoscopy very few about 5% will 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 the understand- ing of people is improving. Society is now easily accepting the IVF treatment.
Dr. Jaideep says not many risks are associated with the procedure. Problems only arise when patients don’t get the right advice at the right time. Some of the common risks are hyperstimulation, multiple pregnancies, ectopic, and abortions. She believes premature ovarian failure, decreased ovarian reserve and many financial and psychological, and social burdens make the situation more difficult.