Fron India… Saroj Naik's world collapsed in 2009 when her gynecologist told her that she was menopausal and could never conceive. Although she had already had four miscarriages, 51-year-old Saroj and her husband Satyawan, 54, who reside at Merces, never lost hope and prayed for the gift of a child.

Their prayers seemed to have been answered when, through the method of in-vitro fertilization (IVF), Saroj was able to conceive again. The couple's elation knew no bounds when she ultimately gave birth to a healthy baby girl on February 10. Their joy doubled when they were informed that Saroj was the oldest woman in the state to have had a successful post-menopausal delivery with the help of IVF.

"When they (the couple) first came to meet us in April 2010, they were depressed and distraught. Saroj explained that her menstruation had become irregular a few months prior, and that doctors had told her that she was menopausal and that it would be almost impossible for her to conceive. Despite this, her only wish in life was to have a baby. Today, she is the oldest woman in Goa to have had a baby after menopause with the help of IVF," said infertility specialist Dr Kedar Padte. Incidentally, Saroj, an employee of an insurance company, and Satyawan, an Army staffer, have been married for the last 19 years.

Confirmatory tests on Saroj revealed that she had become menopausal around November 2009. Her follicle-stimulating hormone (FSH) level was 80, while her luteinizing hormone (LH) level was 40. Anything above the level of 20 is considered to be menopausal.

For three months after that, she was given estrogen and progesterone treatment by which her menstrual periods were induced and restarted. She was subsequently given IVF treatment, and intracytoplasmic sperm injection (ICSI). Two months later, she conceived.

Incidentally, so bitter were the couple's past experiences that even after Saroj conceived, the couple didn't immediately inform the family members. "We waited for nearly seven months before we told our families the good news," she said.

Recollecting anxious moment during her pregnancy, Saroj said, "Even after I conceived I was worried. I had had four miscarriages and was scared about losing my baby again. But this time, I didn't have problems until the eight month," she fondly recollected.

However, although her due date was set at March 5, an emergency Cesarean was performed on her on February 10 when, during a routine test, the doctor felt that the baby's heartbeat was not as steady as desired. She was operated to ensure that the baby survived.

"Now, our days are filled with joy and happiness. Our day starts and ends with the hearty laughter of our little girl Saili," a proud Saroj said.


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