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The Rise of Infertility in Modern Times

Team AckoFeb 8, 2024


Are you increasingly hearing of couples who have been trying – unsuccessfully – to grow their family for a long time? Couples who feel isolated by the fact that they, for some reason, are unable to conceive? The glaring fact is that they are not alone.



Infertility in both women and men, has become increasingly common in today’s times. Statistics show that there has been a 25-30 per cent rise in infertility in the last five years in India. Approximately, 45% of couples face infertility problems. The issue is not only limited to women.

In our modernised society, the problem of infertility has extended its reach to impact men too. The most common problems that men face are low sperm count, low motility of sperm, and morphology abnormalities.

Research shows that the burgeoning infertility rates are mainly based on lifestyle changes such as stress and obesity due to lack of physical exercise, changes in eating habits, pollution, medical disorders like diabetes, etc.

Rising Infertility Rates in India

Here are some things you should know about the rising infertility rates today.

Increasing Stress Levels

Stress is one of the major contributors to growing infertility in urban India. Professional stress, lack of work-life balance, and extended working hours with erratic timings are key factors. Stress management is vital to enhance the chances of conceiving.

A Healthy Diet is Crucial

A healthy body is the key to a healthy and successful conception. Be aware of any nutritional deficiencies and maintain a balanced diet. Be up to date regarding the best fertility diets and healthiest foods. Take all nutrients in moderation to boost your fertility after consulting your medical specialist.

Keep Up a Healthy Lifestyle

A healthy lifestyle is crucial for enhancing fertility. Recent research shows that a multitude of infertility cases are occurring due to lifestyle diseases like rising obesity, endometriosis, fibroids, and irregular menstrual cycles.

Age is Linked to Fertility

Scientists maintain that age has a direct correlation with infertility. Physical stamina, resilience, immunity and hormonal levels are at their peak during a certain age range, and therefore it is vital to keep these factors under consideration. The vitality and sustainability of our body declines as we grow old. So, if infertility treatment is necessary, it is always better to start at an early age.

Men are Also Susceptible

Infertility in men is extremely complex to diagnose, and thus, it often remains undetected. It is important to detect the fundamental issue through the relevant tests and research. Semen samples need to be tested to identify the sperm count, sperm strength and other factors. Hormonal levels should be checked to determine testosterone levels. Physiological problems like defects in genital organs, STD or VD, retrograde ejaculation also need to be checked.

The Bond Between the Couple

Dealing with issues of infertility inevitably places stress on a marriage. However, it is crucial to remember that treating infertility becomes further complicated with any strain in relationship between the couple. Both partners must keep the relationship in tune and avoid internal conflicts or friction. This is a time when the couple needs to provide unconditional physical, mental and emotional support to each other.

Sometimes the Problem can Remain Undetected

There may be times when in spite of all possible tests and examinations being done, no concrete cause for infertility can be found. This is called ‘unexplained infertility’, and it is obviously intensely frustrating for everyone involved. Unfortunately, it is a common occurrence, and can deter the fertility treatment process. Around 15 to 20 per cent of couples who visit a fertility clinic for treatment receive a diagnosis of unexplained infertility.

What can we Do?

Diagnosing the root cause of fertility as far as possible, and deciding a course of treatment under expert guidance are the key points in the whole process and experience of handling infertility.

Seek the guidance of a good specialist, who can conduct the necessary tests to find the cause. They can then develop the best treatment plan to increase your chances of conception.

Possible treatment plans include drug therapy, ovulation medication, surgery, and uterine insemination. There is also additional technology that can help in reproduction, such as in vitro fertilization (IVF). The possibilities are various, so do not lose heart, but keep a positive attitude and power on!

Disclaimer: This content is for informational purposes only, based on industry experience and secondary sources. It is not a substitute for professional advice. Please consult a qualified expert for health or insurance-related decisions. Content is subject to change, refer to current policy wordings for specific ACKO details.



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