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Preconception Counselling

Preconception counselling at Srusthi generally includes risk assessment for potential complications during pregnancy, as well as the changes that you can make to diminish your risk factors, such as increasing folic acid intake, cessation of harmful habits such as smoking and drinking, and management of medications that could compromise your baby’s development. You will also have sessions with our fertility experts, who will prepare you for what comes next.

We recommend that you come in for the preconception counselling session 3-6 months before you begin to try to conceive. This gives you the time to make whatever changes are necessary in your lifestyles, and allows the mum-to-be to prepare her body for a successful pregnancy and a healthy baby. It also prepares both partners for the monumental responsibility that is parenthood.

Preconception screening helps to tackle and rule out

Existing or emerging illness or disease which might have gone undetected

Existing risks to the mother-to-be during pregnancy

Existing risks to the baby during pregnancy

During the preconception screening, both partners are tested for:

Infectious Diseases

HIV

HbsAg

Hepatitis B& C

Rubella IgM, IgG

VDRL

HCV

Routine Blood Studies

RH Typing

Complete Blood Count

Hemoglopin to rule out Anaemia

Pelvic ultrasound scan and vaginal examination (for women), which details the exact status of the uterus and ovaries, and gives you a fair idea of whether your womb is strong enough to host a baby within.

Semen analysis, which is done after 2 -3 days of abstinence, to gauge the male’s ability to fertilize an egg .

Hormonal assay is done for both men and women, to test all the hormonal levels necessary for normal follicular stimulation, sperm production, implantation of the fertilised egg, to sustain the baby and induce labour. This is the most crucial set of tests, and is done for women on the 2nd day of her ovulation cycle.