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29-year-old Woman with Underdeveloped Vagina and Uterus Conceives through IVF Surrogacy in Delhi

Mayer-Rokitansky-Küster-Hauser syndrome affected women usually do not have menstrual periods due to the absent uterus

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New Delhi, November 19, 2016: A 29-year-old female having a rare medical problem — in which patients have an underdeveloped vagina and uterus — was able to conceive through IVF surrogacy at a city hospital here, doctors said on Friday.

Anjana Dubey had Mayer-Rokitansky-Küster-Hauser (MRKH) syndrome, a condition that causes the vagina and uterus to be underdeveloped or absent. Affected women usually do not have menstrual periods due to the absent uterus.

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Unaware of her own health condition, Dubey was unable to conceive despite being married for one and a half years. During consultation with the doctor Dubey was told about her medical problem and also told that it could easily be solved through IVF surrogacy.

MRKH syndrome affects one in 5,000 women.

In our patient’s case there was no uterus with both ovaries in the iliac fossa along with a single pelvic kidney. On per-speculum examination, there was a blind and short vagina with absent cervix, said Arvind Vaid at the Indira IVF centre.

Explaining the medical condition, Vaid said: These women usually witness primary amenorrhea (not menstruating) and doctors find that they have no vagina, cervix or uterus (womb) during puberty.

Though they do develop breasts and pubic hair, this is because the ovaries produce female hormones that make normal development occur, but the absence of vagina and uterus mean that there are no periods, he added.

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He said that most women seek advice about this when they are 15 or 16 years old. However, some women find out after having difficulties with sexual intercourse. Infertility is one of the biggest problems with such women.

Talking about the IVF surrogacy concept, Vaid said : In this, their eggs can be extracted and fertilised by their partner’s sperm and then placed in another woman’s (surrogate mother) uterus. This is known as IVF surrogacy and the baby will genetically be theirs.

Therefore, we suggested to Anjana Dubey and her husband to undergo IVF with a surrogate with self eggs. The couple willingly agreed and the patient underwent laparoscopic retrieval of eggs with retrieval of 6 oocytes, of which 5 were M2 stage. Finally, we transferred 3 embryos inside the surrogate mother and 15 days later she was confirmed to be pregnant and is currently under treatment at our centre.

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According to Vaid, prior to the advent of reliable IVF and access to carefully selected gestational carriers, women with MRKH Syndrome were unable to have their own genetic offspring.

Now there is real hope and opportunity for them as well as many others with absence or reproductive incompetence of the uterus, he said. (IANS)

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Aadhaar Helpline Mystery: French Security Expert Tweets of doing a Full Disclosure Tomorrow about Code of the Google SetUP Wizard App

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Google’s admission that it had in 2014 inadvertently coded the 112 distress number and the UIDAI helpline number into its setup wizard for Android devices triggered another controversy on Saturday as India’s telecom regulator had only recommended the use of 112 as an emergency number in April 2015.

After a large section of smartphone users in India saw a toll-free helpline number of UIDAI saved in their phone-books by default, Google issued a statement, saying its “internal review revealed that in 2014, the then UIDAI helpline number and the 112 distress helpline number were inadvertently coded into the SetUp wizard of the Android release given to OEMs for use in India and has remained there since”.

Aadhaar Helpline Number Mystery: French security expert tweets of doing a full disclosure tomorrow about Code of the Google SetUP Wizard App, Image: Wikimedia Commons.

However, the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) recommended only in April 2015 that the number 112 be adopted as the single emergency number for the country.

According to Google, “since the numbers get listed on a user’s contact list, these get  transferred accordingly to the contacts on any new device”.

Google was yet to comment on the new development.

Meanwhile, French security expert that goes by the name of Elliot Alderson and has been at the core of the entire Aadhaar controversy, tweeted on Saturday: “I just found something interesting. I will probably do full disclosure tomorrow”.

“I’m digging into the code of the @Google SetupWizard app and I found that”.

“As far as I can see this object is not used in the current code, so there is no implications. This is just a poor coding practice in term of security,” he further tweeted.

On Friday, both the Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) as well as the telecom operators washed their hand of the issue.

While the telecom industry denied any role in the strange incident, the UIDAI said that he strange incident, the UIDAI said that some vested interests were trying to create “unwarranted confusion” in the public and clarified that it had not asked any manufacturer or telecom service provider to provide any such facility.

Twitter was abuzz with the new development after a huge uproar due to Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) Chairman R.S. Sharma’s open Aadhaar challenge to critics and hackers.

Ethical hackers exposed at least 14 personal details of the TRAI Chairman, including mobile numbers, home address, date of birth, PAN number and voter ID among others. (IANS)

Also Read: Why India Is Still Nowhere Near Securing Its Citizens’ Data?