Male and Female Infertility Just Keeps on 'Rising'

Today, around 15 per cent of the Indian population, both male and female, are infertile.

Published: 27th January 2014 08:10 AM  |   Last Updated: 27th January 2014 08:20 AM   |  A+A-

Today, around 15 per cent of the Indian population, both male and female, are infertile. Though in general the percentage of male infertility is on the rise, it cannot be avoided that both men and women in cities are prone to infertility due to their working style, said Dr Geetha Haripriya, obstetrician and gynaecologist, at the ‘Challenges in Infertility Management (CIIM) 2014’ summit on Saturday. According to statistics, the percentage of male infertility has raised to 60 per cent now against 40 per cent in 1980s. Studies say that the prolonged usage of pesticides has increased male infertility in the agricultural sector.

“We see around 500 cases of infertility on a monthly basis and every time we see that the complexity of infertility increases. Male infertility is mainly due to intoxication, it could be environmental or their lifestyle habits. While female infertility is due to disorders like polycystic ovaries or endometriosis that contributes to 25 per cent of infertility,” she said.

“When women are exposed to too much stress their hypothalamus is affected due to which they face irregular periods, which could also be due to PCOD, a disorder that is often found in women these days. Late marriages also contribute to this problem. So it is advised that women who are facing erratic changes in their menstrual cycle to consult a gynecologist at the earliest to prevent infertility,” said Geetha Haripriya, who assures that the infertility could be treated.

The success rates of infertility treatment is said to have risen to over 70 per cent due to technological advancements. This two day seminar on Infertility management largely focused on the technology in this field so that the success rates could be improved.

More than 500 gynaecologists and allied staffs attended the conference and witnessed speakers from abroad who are specialists in the field. The latest technology in laparoscopy like 4D and ultrasound were shown.

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