Infertility A growing concern in India - Dr Rita Bakshi

Infertility A growing concern in India


What is Infertility ?

Infertility is defined as the inability of a woman to conceive after one to two years of continuous efforts. The number of couples failing to have children on their own is on the rise in India due to a number of factors, according to the latest studies.

Causes of Infertility Expert View

According to fertility experts, there a lot of factors that leads to infertility on both men and women. “One of the biggest concerns is sedentary and unhealthy lifestyle choices while the other factor includes pollution, obesity, and work-related stress, smoking, alcohol etc. Changing lifestyle and societal trends, over exposure to electronic gadgets, erratic work hours are taking a toll on fertility, believes fertility experts.

Senior IVF specialist Dr. Rita Bakshi, who has been instrumental in delivering 4000 babies to childless couples after treatment at Delhi based IVF centre says there has been a 20-30% rise in cases of infertility both in men and women during the last decade. Lifestyle changes among both male and females, has led to increase in infertility rates, as also due to the lack of physical activities, adds Bakshi.

Infertility Figures in Urban Cities

About 46% of Indians in the age group of 31 to 40 years seeking medical help for conceiving a child were found to be infertile, according to a survey conducted across nine cities and endorsed by the Indian Society for Assisted Reproduction (ISAR). The survey has further claimed nearly 34 percent of the couples, aged between 21 and 30, opted assisted reproduction technology (ART) after they experienced difficulties in conceiving naturally. That’s why more and more couples seek IVF treatment in India in order to have a child through Assisted Reproductive Technologies. According to World Health Organisation studies, one in every four couples in the developing world suffer from infertility problems. A 2010 statistics reveal an estimated 48.5 million couples worldwide were unable to have a child in five years. The Indian National Family Health Survey found that infertility rates were highest in women living in urban areas; with increasing levels of education among women, infertility rates also increased.

Reasons behind infertility

Besides sedentary lifestyles, doctors say reason for rising infertility in young couples is stress. “Also, high stress levels apart from lifestyle diseases and obesity are other factors that contribute to infertility. Even in our practice, we see a lot of young couples facing problems in conception because of job stress,” believes Dr. Rita Bakshi, another IVF expert. She says that mostly working women, who delay their pregnancy due to career pressures, are suffering from infertility problems. As age progresses the quality of eggs decreases drastically in females. As a result the probability of woman bearing child decreases.

Finding Solutions

As part of the largest IVF center in Delhi, our team of IVF specialists has the breadth and depth of experience that comes with treating thousands of patients. We are familiar with the most cutting-edge treatment techniques and can endow with patients with an individualized treatment plan that will help put them on the course to parenthood.

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