Shark Tank India Season 2: Namita Thapar reveals her personal challenge of going through IVF failures
In the recent episode of Shark Tank India 2, Namita Thapar opened up about going through 2 failed IVF attempts during her second pregnancy.
Shark Tank India 2 has been making headlines since it aired on television; sometimes for the hilarious banter between the sharks, while at others for sharks schooling the pitchers, or for pitchers making the shark reflect on their personal challenges. The show features six judges or better known as Sharks, including Vineeta Singh, Aman Gupta, Anupam Mittal, Peyush Bansal, Amit Jain, and Namita Thapar. In one of the recent episodes, we saw Namita Thapar opening up about one of her personal struggles.
The second pitcher, Subhag HealthTech entrepreneurs Vikram Rajput, Sohan Sahu, and Chandan Prasad made a pitch asking for Rs 50 lakhs in 1% equity with a valuation of Rs 50 crores. They had a unique product to showcase; IUI home kit that impressed the judges. The kit helps infertile couples to take the test at home. Before making the pitch, they also talked about infertility, the taboos surrounding it, and how people still hesitate to talk about it. They also shared a real-life incident. Sharks also see a demo of the product on the show.
Namita Thapar on her failed IVF attempts
After listening to the pitch, shark Namita Thapar shared that during her second pregnancy, she had to go through two failed attempts of IVF as she was unable to get pregnant. She shared on the show that she had a normal pregnancy at the age of 28 and conceived hir first child. But after three to four years, she tried to conceive again but failed. "I couldn’t conceive, so I turned to infertility treatments. After 2 IVF, 25 injections, and the emotional and physical pain that I went through, I gave up and made peace since I already have one child. Even the taboo things that keep your legs up, crossing your legs and I already have kids but imagine the parents who don’t have kids.”
Namita went on to share that a miracle occurred which lead to her conceiving naturally. But the memory of going through IVF stayed with her and she couldn’t talk about it publicly for ten years. It is only in recent times, that she chose to talk about it and she received the support of people around her. She chose to listen to her heart and talked about her experience in her book.
The sharks lauded Namita for talking about her journey. Finally, Vineeta and Namita make two individual offers. The pitchers go with Namita. She offered a deal of RS 20 crores for 1% equity and Rs 30 lakhs debt at 10% equity with a valuation of Rs 20 crores.
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