Infertility is one of the oldest problems faced by human beings. Basic instinct of any animal is to survive and procreate. Any hindrance to these basic instinct causes huge physical, psychological and social problems. Human beings are no different, irrespective of the country or race, proving our ability to procreate is an innate urge.
Based on data provided by the Society of Assisted Reproduction, infertility in 2008 affects about 10 to 14 percent of the Indian population. Infertility among the urban Indians is comparable to the prevalence in developed countries. Stigmatisation of infertility, more so in rural India disproportionately affects women. Discrimination and stigmatisation is also prevalent in the western world.
Initially like every doctor I was sceptical and thought it was another “Old wives’ tale”. However, on spending a few hours and analysing the ritual as an endocrinologist, it dawned on me that the advice is the same as I would have provided my patients in the United Kingdom.
Dr Chinnadorai Rajeswaran is a consultant Physician specialising in Endocrinology, Diabetes and Obesity. As a private endocrinologist he has private endocrine, diabetes and weight loss clinics in Harley Street, London, Chennai (India), Claremont Hospital, Sheffield, Nuffield Hospital, Leeds and Simplyweight, Bradford.
He has face to face consultations with people from Barnsley, Rotherham, Chesterfield, Doncaster, Wakefield, Huddersfield, Bradford, Harrogate, Leeds, Sheffield, London and Chennai (India). He also offers video consultations.