Infertility is an issue that’s on the rise – not just in India but all over the world. It’s estimated that on an average, one out of every six couples has had issues with infertility. A diagnosis of infertility is given when a couple has been unsuccessful in trying to conceive after one full year.
Contrary to olden-day beliefs, female infertility only contributes to one-third of infertility problems. Another one-third is due to male infertility and the remaining portion is due to both genders and of unknown aetiology. It’s been estimated that there are about 20 million infertile couples in India, that is, about 10-14% of the country’s population. And the issue is no longer one of the urbanites alone as rural cases of infertility are also cropping up more frequently. In the past five years, infertility cases have gone up by 20-30% in the country.
Searching for the cause of infertility is complicated and akin to looking for the proverbial needle in the haystack. It could range from anything like genetic disorders, exposure to occupational hazards, obesity, hormonal imbalance, pollution, chronic diseases, advancing age, lack of physical exercise, etc. Here’s a look at some of the possible causes of infertility:
Getting the right diagnosis for infertility is the key to treatment- here are a few ways: