One in seven couples (15%) has fertility problems (approximately 40 million or 4 crore people in India). Male factors are responsible in 30%, female factors in 40%, and the rest 30% are associated with combined male and female factors and unexplained infertility.
Infertility is not merely a problem of inability to have a baby. It has significant psychological, marital, social and financial implications to the couple. In societies, where people (both men and women) crave to have a son, the impact of not being able to have a baby at all is disastrous, particularly to the woman. The negative impact on the male partner, however, should not be ignored. An improved public awareness and understanding of the issues in relation to infertility could possibly help dealing with the problem better. It would be useful if preventive steps to reduce the incidence of infertility could be adopted. A timely consultation with an Infertility Specialist would reduce the delay in receiving appropriate treatment, provide the right treatment and make the process of treatment better.