Even though male infertility is on the rise with close to 50 percent men experiencing some sort of reproductive dysfunction, childlessness is usually blamed on the woman in India, said a group of doctors and Bollywood actress Lara Dutta during the launch of infertility clinic, Manipal Fertility, that caters to both men and women on Thursday in Bengaluru.
“I am lucky to have reproduced naturally, but stress and the environment affects reproduction. It is no longer a stigma and should be treated like a normal medical condition. The onus of not being able to reproduce usually falls on a woman, but progressive men today are taking their health into control,” said Lara Dutta.
The hospital’s CEO, Dr Ajay Bakshi further iterated that infertility it is just another problem, with a cure. He went on to say that there was a time when cancer and depression were stigmatised, but more and more people are talking about it now, and it is the same with infertility. Family members shouldn’t accuse each other for a medical condition, he added.
The hospital has also conducted awareness campaigns through TV, radio, and print and will soon be looking to use digital space to dispel misconceptions about infertility. The campaigns are directed not only towards patients, but also towards in-laws, parents and peer groups to be more supportive and not accusatory towards the couple.