Pune: Over 8 million In-Vitro Fertilisation (IVF) babies have been born in last 40 years. Today, infertility is a rising health concern with one in 10 Indian couples unable to conceive, out of which nearly 40 per cent are cases ascribed to male infertility alone. Fertility experts from the city share that the taboo related to infertility is slowly reducing on the occasion of World Embryologists Day celebrated worldwide on July 25.
IVF is a process of fertilisation where an egg is combined with sperm outside the body, in vitro, i.e. in a glass. World Health Organisation (WHO) defines infertility as a disease of the reproductive system preventing a couple from conceiving a child. Lifestyle choices such as delayed pregnancy, unhealthy dietary habits, lack of physical activity, etc are suspected to be some of the common reasons for the drastic increase in infertility cases.
Speaking to Sakal Times, Dr Nameeta Mokashi Bhalerao, Senior Fertility Consultant at Nova IVI Fertility said that the new trend that can be seen is that men are now more open to the issue of infertility.
“Earlier, infertility was viewed only from the perspective of female infertility but now infertility and treatment related to it both are also viewed from male perspectives. Hence, we witness a lot of couples when men take an initiative to get treated and hence are more open to infertility. Also, the treatments that are now available are also for men,” said Dr Bhalerao. She further added that the mode of treatments across the globe is also now focusing on men.
“The process of Intracytoplasmic Sperm Injection (ICSI) and Magnetic Activated Cell Sorting (MACS) are methods that are now used for IVF and focus on sperms,” said Bhalerao.
Echoing similar sentiments, Dr Yashwant Mane, Infertility Specialist from Saishree Hospital said that many men who have a low sperm count seek consultation. “Now, with greater awareness among men, the taboo related to infertility is reducing. Men have also realised that they can also have the problem of infertility due to gadget radiation and changing lifestyles,” said Dr Mane.