An article about the rising infertility rate in Kashmir was published in a certain local newspaper a few days ago which raised eyebrows in some states. The truth is that it isn’t only about Kashmir, but India is generally a victim of male and female infertility.
Whereas some infertility causes in women and men are disguised, there is always a point when it hurts most. Beginning a family is the actual point when a man or woman will look back to evaluate his or her life for the possible causes.
Dr. Sumita Sofat, a leading IVF specialist and a gynecologist at the Dr. Sumita Sofat Hospital, explains that infertility isn’t an issue that can disappear in a day since it takes its course silently for a number of years.
The strong Indian culture in some states and families that requires a woman to get married through an arranged marriage is one of the major causes of late marriages. In this case, it is mostly old men picked up as bridegrooms and hardly does the family know about the groom’s health and sexual history.
In the real sense, a man’s sperm quality and concentration decrease over the years and that is one of the major causes of infertility in couples today. In addition, the desire to live an independent life by some women poses as a major risk factor for infertility. According to Dr. Sofat, over 200 infertility cases are recorded at different clinics in a period of three months.
This entails around azoospermia, Blocked Fallopian tubes, endometriosis, irregular menstrual periods, fibroids, hormonal imbalances, PCOS, and PIDs.
Women, in particular, should pay attention to the recorded rate of PCOS (Polycystic Ovary Syndrome). It is currently a major and a hiking reason for female infertility. It is characterized by insulin resistance, irregular periods, acne, and most especially in obese women. The condition can affect every woman though, in some, the symptoms and effects exceed to infertility.
The main approach to curbing the increasing infertility rate should be through the following;
Annual checkups- the silent causes of infertility like adhesions, polyps, and premature ovarian failure can be examined through annual checkups and tests in case a woman desires to start a family in the future.
Eliminating stress- it is a crucial factor for various health disorders in human beings. Increase in stress triggers the body to produce more cortisol, adrenaline, and norepinephrine that have a major effect on the body’s function. As a result, hormonal imbalances will be recorded as the body fights to keep functioning, leading to a wreck in blood sugar, heart rate, and infertility
Habits- Though awareness about the smoking effects has been done, smoking still remains a ritual or a norm in India. Smoking “here and there” attracts the youth and young boys into the habit which has a significant impact on the male fertility. In addition, alcoholism, use of illicit drugs, and smokeless tobacco tamper with male fertility leading to reduced sperm count, concentration, motility, and viability
Pollution & Chemical exposure- This is generally a government matter to reduce the rate of toxins emitted from factories, and so on, but a common man should also play his role. Planting trees and having natural flowers in and around your home will provide fresh and pure oxygen. Protecting the male genital area is necessary to prevent chemical exposure that can cause damage to the normal sperm production