It is the norm for couples, who are unable to conceive naturally to seek help.
(ART), including micro manipulative techniques, has helped to bring thousands of babies into this world.
the world over. The ultimate effect on the global fertility rate hence is almost predictable.
Take a break - Make a Baby
One of the easy options to counter subfertility is to 'catch em young'
by remind young couples of the biological clock ticking away and by encouraging them to start a family early on in life. This will help them to have children naturally and will, altogether, do away with the need to go the ART way.
Providing career breaks for young women, and bestowing incentives
on them, are motivating measures that can be implemented. Some countries, such as Scandinavia have instituted policies, while France has introduced a tax waiver of sorts.
We live in a strange, 'make-believe' world, where every problem has a solution, where there is a 'pill for every ill'. There are several chemicals pervading the air we breathe and dissolved in the water and food we consume. The safety quotient associated with these chemicals is still not clear. Until such time when the uncertainties
are ironed out, let us adopt precautionary measures
by being wary of all the chemicals that we encounter every day, be they in the cosmetics, food or household solutions. The emotional effects of childlessness can be profound. It would, therefore, be prudent for women to start a family while still young, instead of being overwhelmed by the clarion call for a 'better' life.
Dr. REEJA THARU/L