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Male infertility : Rising incidences of Male infertility in India

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  • 46% of Indians, between the ages of 31 and 40, require medical intervention to conceive as one or both partners suffer from fertility problems.
    At least open to the idea of consulting infertility experts about their problems like erectile dysfunction, or not being able to have a child etc. At least 55 per cent of the sperm also needs to have normal form and shape.

As long as we are blissfully unaware of some of our health hazards, we tend to go on living our lives unperturbedly. But a recent health survey has divulged some alarmingly disconcerting facts — that on male infertility.

According to Dr. Sonia Malik, Infertility Specialist at Southend Fertility & IVF,  New Delhi, a whopping 46% of Indians, between the ages of 31 and 40, require medical intervention to conceive as one or both partners suffer from fertility problems.

What is Infertility

Infertility is a disease that results in the abnormal functioning of the male or female reproductive system. Infertility is defined as the inability to conceive after one year of unprotected intercourse (six months if the woman is over age 35) or the inability to carry a pregnancy to live birth.

Among the women polycystic ovarian disorder was cited as the main reason; among men, poor sperm count topped the list.

Several doctors also state that misconceptions about infertility abound; infertility is invariably attributed to women. According to Society for the Study of Male Reproduction, a male factor is present in about 40-50% of infertile couples, or in nearly 30% of all infertility cases, the cause is attributed to a problem in the male.

Dr. Malik is mostly concerned with “the unethical practices that prevail in our country.”

She obviously refers to the ‘so-called’ inexpensive low-cost treatment that some quacks offer to patients. “Let me warn everybody: IVF treatment cannot be low priced. There is at least a fee of Rs. 1 lac associated with the entire process of treatment.”

Interestingly, Dr. Malik found a startling rise in male infertility in Gurgaon, where the lifestyle of the young men is directly responsible for many health-related issues, primary among which is low fertility or infertility among men.  “Ejaculatory dysfunction among men in Gurgaon is far far more than the men working in New Delhi,” asserts Dr. Malik.

Recently the Director of the Clinical Andrology Center and Fertility Laboratory at Avon, and the Director of Research at the American Center for Reproductive Medicine Dr. Ashok Agarwal’s reports, that clearly links the use of modern-day technology to ill health among both men and women.

Most people have begun to be aware of IVF centres and are at least open to the idea of consulting infertility experts about their problems like erectile dysfunction, or not being able to have a child etc. At least 55 per cent of the sperm also needs to have normal form and shape, and a good laboratory should check to see if there is any clumping due either to an infection or to the presence of sperm antibodies.

At this rate our future generations we produce are not only going to unhealthy but also may have numerous ailments. “And if the quality of our future generations is to be maintained, we must take immediate action now, “says Dr. Malik.

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