Why is infertility on the rise in India as well as globally?
Identifying the cause of infertility involves complex researches and investigations since it can be due to several factors. Ranging from cyst or fibroid-related issues to hormonal imbalances, from complicated genetic disorders to occupational hazards such as exposure to chemical substances or radioactive elements, the reasons for infertility can be many. It’s alarming to note that in recent times, infertility has been on the rise, both amongst men and women. While this can be attributed to a wide range of social and medical factors, we see that age, lifestyle, and environment are emerging to be the top contributors to the declining fertility rate worldwide. Let’s look at these factors in some detail:
a. Age factor: Reports suggest that more and more couples are opting for parenthood at a later stage of their life when fertility is already on the wane. About a few decades ago, the average age of women giving birth was about 23-24 years, but nowadays, the average age of conceiving for women has risen to 30, as an average. In fact, many women opt for a baby at the age of 35 and beyond.
This is a complex social trend, led by longer periods of formal education, debt issues, entering marriage and partnerships later, and so on. Though the age at which people are having children has increased, the biology of conception is still the same, which means the chances of conception for women decline rapidly after 35.
As a woman gets older, not only is she likely to experience infertility, but she may also have to deal with endometriosis or fibroids. Not just women, but men too, experience fertility issues with increasing age. With age, the sperm count, quality, motility, etc., decrease, while other factors such as body strength, resistance, immunity, and hormonal levels also interfere.
b. Environment factor: Researches reveal that environmental factors such as exposure to certain chemicals, environmental pollution, and radiation lead to infertility. Chemotherapy and X-ray therapy for cancer is also extremely toxic to sperm and eggs and can lead to permanent infertility. We often indulge in activities such as long soaks in the bathtub/hot tub, excessive cycling, strenuous workout, etc., which can lead to a significant reduction in sperm strength and motility.
c. Lifestyle factor: In recent times, most infertility cases are caused by lifestyle-related factors such as professional stress amongst men and women, long working hours with erratic timings, overindulgence in junk food, rising obesity, etc. What’s more, smoking, excessive alcoholism, and drug use have also deteriorated the fertility of new-age urban couples.
If you are experiencing fertility issues, you should immediately seek medical help, as procrastinating will only aggravate the issue. Especially if you are considering IVF, it’s advisable to start the process at the earliest. At Seeds of Innocence, we offer world-class solutions to deal with male and female infertility with the help of our team of experts. Come to us today, and backed by our top-notch fertility solutions, we will fulfil your dream of starting a family.