The number of cases of infertility is on the rise among the working class population of the city, said Dr Lakhvir Kaur Dhaliwal,Head of gynaecology department of Postgraduate Institute of Medical Education and Research (PGIMER).
On an average,we receive 90 to 100 cases daily with problems of infertility. Ten years ago,barely 300 people consulted us with the problem,but at present,the number has increased to more than 1,500 patients a year, Dr Dhaliwal added.
She further said that the problem was more prevalent among the working class,especially those working in the IT sector. Reason: Psycho-sexual stress,which tends to be high in career-oriented people.
Talking about PGIMERs doctors,Dr Dhaliwal said Doctors who are pursuing their MD at PGI are aged between 25 and 30 years,which is considered to be the most fertile age. But,excessive working hours,stress and peer pressure does not allow them to lead a happy family life. She added that the problem was similar with city residents in every profession.
Dr Umesh Jindal,a gynaecologist said,The menstrual cycle of women usually starts at the age of 13 and goes on till 50 years,and the fertility life span is from 18 to 35 years. Thus,12 to 13 years before menopause,fertility is practically lost,and hardly 6-7 per cent women can conceive. After a person crosses the age of 30,fertility starts decreasing,and after 35 it decreases drastically. The problem of career building is clashing with biology.
Pointing towards the reason,Dr Dhaliwal said,Stress from work or family can lead to infertility among couples. Because,stress directly impacts the hormones,thus causing hormonal imbalance.
The best advise to working couples is that they should take a break from their work life and go on a holiday once or twice a year. Further,they should not delay the treatment and should consult a doctor in time, Dr Dhaliwal added.