One of the leading-approved fertility treatment (IVF) clinics well known for utilizing the most advanced reproductive technology has come upon a remarkable breakthrough in establishing that 40% of men, 40% of women, and 20% combined are contributing to infertility cases in India. India’s National Total Fertility Rate (TFR) has fallen below 2.0 for the first time, as per the latest National Family Health Survey (NFHS).
FACTORS THAT INCREASE THE RISK OF INFERTILITY
Infertility is being speculated as a major contributor to this alarming data. Major factors that increase the risk of infertility in all genders are:
- A disturbed biological clock affects mood & stress levels,
- Sleep & eating disorders
- Air pollution and exposure to environmental toxins
- Excessive alcohol & tobacco consumption,
- Over Exercising
Gaudium IVF’s findings have concluded that every couple is different and hence their causative factors, success prognosis, and journey of fertility treatment varies markedly. There are some societal barriers that are needed to be challenged which relate the correction of infertility to social taboos & myths, both in Tier-11 & 111 and as well as metro cities in the country. Fertility treatment is a safe procedure that can help greatly improve the chances of fertility in a couple.
Increased awareness regarding fertility treatment will eventually result in more people opening up about their fertility issues and addressing them with IVF experts. This slowly built confidence will go a long way in overcoming the infertility issues that most couples are grappling with in India.
Dr. Manika Khanna, founder of Gaudium IVF while commenting on the major contributing factors of infertility in men & women added
“Infertility is rapidly rising among men due to their increased stress levels. We’ve dealt with many such cases of male infertility across India. In states like UP and Bihar, the prevailing use of tobacco adds up to a major factor. Whereas in urban metro cities, disrupted Circadian Rhythm (i.e., the biological clock of the body) due to night shifts and excessive pressure of meeting targets & deadlines in Corporates, is causing sleep & mood disorders often affecting their mental health. In women, fast declining ovarian reserve is leading to a poor and decreased egg number & quality. Tuberculosis (TB), PCOD, Hormonal disturbances, Endometriosis, higher intake of preservatives, etc., are some factors of immediate concern”