IVF treatment demand shoots up by over 100% in Mumbai – Free Press Journal

Posted: August 25, 2017 at 7:41 am

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Home/Mumbai/IVF treatment demand shoots up by over 100% in Mumbai By Swapnil Mishra|Aug 24, 2017 08:06 am

Mumbai: Blame it on lifestyle or abuse of substance or just plain luck, sperm count among male Mumbaikars has gone down so low that the demand for test tube babies has seen more than 100% rise in the city. According to the civic health department, cases of In Vitro Fertilisation (IVF) treatment being sought have gone up by more than 100 per cent between 2012 and 2016.

In the same period, 32,864 Mumbaikars have approached IVF experts for pregnancy tests. The doctors said on an average, 5,000 children are born every year, through IVF as change in lifestyle has made the sperm count among males decrease drastically due to which couples prefer IVF. Health officials further said more than 60 new IVF centres have been registered in the last three years in the city alone.

There has been a consistent increase in the registration of IVF cases in the 17 wards from 2014 to 2016. The change in lifestyle and delay in getting married have increased the number of couples infertility and therefore they rely on IVF, a senior doctor said. Civic officials said most of the IVF cases were registered in the D-ward of the city which comprises areas like Nepean Sea Road, Malabar Hill, and Breach Candy.

These areas have around 12 IVF centres and a total of 12, 725 cases were registered in the last five years till July 2017. Moreover, five new centres were registered in the last three years in these areas, an official said.

According to doctors, change in lifestyle is one of the main reasons why an increasing number of couples are opting for IVF treatment. The sperm count among men has dipped drastically in the past two decades due to pollution and other related factors. Earlier the sperm count among men used to be around 80 million, but now it is hardly 20-30 million. Both smoking and pollution lead to a destruction of sperm, said Dr. Nikhil Datar, a gynaecologist.

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