Soon, Indians Won't Be Able To Have Kids. Here's Why
Do you plan to have a family some day? You should sit down for this.
In today’s world, people live their lives running from one point to another, working crazy and stressed hours to move up in the world, eating junk foods, and all that with a sedentary lifestyle. This unhealthy lifestyle is telling on everyone’s health.
For couples trying to have children, it’s a life full of speed bumps. Did you know that infertility affects 10-14 per cent of the Indian population? Until not too long ago, couples would get married earlier and start a family when they were young. Now, men and women are so caught up in their work lives, trying to move up the corporate ladder, that they don’t have the time or the inclination to have babies. And by the time they decide to put their reproductive organs to good use, things aren’t going their way anymore.
The fact is that as men and women age, the quality of their eggs deteriorates. It’s not uncommon now for women to start trying for a baby around age 35. But it’s not only age that is playing party pooper. Experts fault unhealthy lifestyle choices like smoking, alcohol, and recreational drugs as additional factors why Indians are finding it a problem to conceive. Smoking tops the list of things that adversely affect the quality of eggs and sperm motility.
In India, if you can’t have a child, the stigma is attached to the woman for being unable to conceive. In fact, in more than 40 per cent of the cases, it’s the man who is to blame.
The reasons why more and more Indians are unable to have a baby are:
- A lot of men take supplements to achieve a ripped body, not realising that it’s affecting their sperm count.
- Environmental pollution, caused by plastics, is something which people don’t think about, but there are chemicals in them which interfere with the endocrine (or hormonal) system. Numerous cases have cropped up, linking these endocrine disruptors to male children suffering from undescended testes, or hypospadias (a congenital condition in males in which the opening of the urethra is on the underside of the penis).
- Obesity and PCOS are other reasons that are causing high infertility rates. We really don’t think much about what we’re feeding our body. Weight plays a huge role in conceiving. Being overweight or underweight are both detrimental to the health of eggs.
- In rural areas, women undergo abortions, or deliver in unhygienic centres, which could cause infection in the fallopian tubes, and subsequently, lead to infertility.
- Tuberculosis is another major reason for fallopian tube-related complications.
So while concentrating on your job is a good career move, if you and your partner are looking to have children, think of the factors that come into play when you finally make that decision.