Is impotence and infertility the same? Survey shows 59% Indian men have no idea

Asian News International, New Delhi | ByAsian News International
Jun 09, 2018 05:03 PM IST

According to an opinion poll conducted by a Mumbai-based IVF clinic, there is widespread misunderstanding of infertility among Indians. Here are the startling findings of the poll.

Having a child is an aspiration that is shared universally by many across the world. In India, especially, this is a matter of very high sensitivity and an inability to conceive can contribute to serious emotional and social distress to couples, irrespective of economic, educational or religious background. The 2015 report by Ernst & Young, titled Expanding IVF treatment in India- says that infertility, the inability to conceive by natural means, is a medical condition with high prevalence affecting nearly 10- 15% of married couples in India.

Startling survey findings: 64% women and 58% of men don’t think that infertility is a disease.(Shutterstock)
Startling survey findings: 64% women and 58% of men don’t think that infertility is a disease.(Shutterstock)

In order to understand awareness levels about infertility, Mumbai-based IVF clinic chain Cocoon Fertility, conducted an opinion poll, with a random sample size of 1289 respondents (684 females and 605 males aged between 25 years to 45). The respondents spanned ethnic and socio-economic backgrounds, thereby making them representative of urban India.

The poll opens our eyes to the extent of mis-understanding of infertility among the general population. The survey was an attempt to seek out opinions of the masses via random sampling, giving them a set of 6 sharp yes/no type questions. It highlights the need for public and patient education. This data is from an urban setting from general population. The findings were as follows:

64% women and 58% of men don’t think that infertility is a disease.

61% women and 63% of men think that both women and men should be investigated in case of infertility.

There isn’t enough understanding of the role of the male factor and female factor when it comes to fertility. 17% women and 21% men think that fertility is unexplainable.

84% women and 81% men are uneducated about the availability of fertility saving options such as egg and embryo freezing.

26% of women and 27% of men feel that going to a fertility expert should be a last resort; after everything has failed. This makes them vulnerable to quacks and superstitions.

57% women and 59% of men do not know the difference between infertility and impotence.

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