Experts blame late marriages for rise in infertility cases among Kashmiri women

SRINAGAR: Experts have blamed late marriages apart from poly cystic ovarian disorder for a rise in infertility cases among women in Kashmir.
More and more such couples who have married late are now going for In Vitro Fertilization (IVF) –in which a sperm and an egg preferably from husband and wife are combined in a laboratory and then planted in the womb of the woman – to conceive a child.
Forty-two year old Ruqsar Khan has not been able to conceive even after seven years of her marriage.
Khan is one among thousands of cases who has lost her fertile period of conceiving because of marrying late.
Dr Ruheel, Lab Director at Rotunda Hygeia clinic, an IVF centre in Srinagar, said that people delay their marriages to have a successful career. “With age, the egg reserve among women gets diminished and by the time they marry their fertilization phase gets over,” he said.
He said that they get at-least two such cases in the clinic every month for whom they recommend IVF.
And now Khan also wants to go for an IVF treatment about which she has no idea.
“No one in my family has gone for IVF. They all conceived normally. I am the only exception in my family. So I don’t know what the treatment actually means,” she said.
Ruheel said that the success rate of an IVF treatment for a woman like Khan was 30-40 per cent, a standard throughout the world.
“The more the couple is old, the more difficult it gets for us also to do their treatment,” Ruheel said.
Apart from late marriage, the other common cause of infertility among women, Ruheel said are polycystic ovarian disorder (PCOD), thyroid, and tubal-block.
A visiting embryologist who works in an IVF centre in Kashmir said that the right age for a woman to get married is when she is in her twenties. “That is the fertile period,” the embryologist said.