Changing lifestyle causing infertility

Published on Nov 25, 2006 12:19 AM IST

?DRIVING A motorcycle and wearing tight-fitting clothes have reduced fertility rate in men,? said Dr Nutan Jain, director, Vardhman Infertility Endoscopic Center Muzaffarnagar. She was speaking during a four-day seminar organised by the Federation of Obstetric and Gynecology Society of India (FOGSI) in the city today.

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“DRIVING A motorcycle and wearing tight-fitting clothes have reduced fertility rate in men,” said Dr Nutan Jain, director, Vardhman Infertility Endoscopic Center Muzaffarnagar. She was speaking during a four-day seminar organised by the Federation of Obstetric and Gynecology Society of India (FOGSI) in the city today.

Dr Jain said the chances of lower fertility rate were more in men than women.

Even the tight dress of policemen did not allow proper ventilation of air and reduced the fertility rate in them, she said. “The ‘langoti’ worn by men in the earlier days was also not an ideal under wear, as it too was a cause of low fertility. But the fact was not noticed as the problem had not attained such alarming proportions then,” she added. She termed the ‘dhoti’, as an ideal dress as it allowed proper ventilation.

Smoking, beetle leaf chewing and drinking liquor, along with environment pollution, too had reduced the sperm count in men, she said. “People working in places, where the temperature is high could also fall victim to reduced fertility rate, as for proper spermatogenesis the body temperature should not exceed 37 degrees,” Dr Jain said.

The estrogens in fast food, artificial colours and oily food was also not good for spermatogenesis. The increasing work pressure and tension in office too had led to lower fertility among people, she added.

“To impart proper sex education to the youth, we are soon going to start a youth express, which will create awareness about the increasing threat of HIV, AIDS and various other sexual problems,” she said. Today, infertility had become a global problem and it should be dealt with much more attention, she added.
Sex education should be taught to children only after they reached class X, Dr Jain suggested.

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