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Reasons behind infertility issues in Indian couples

Expert analysis: What's driving infertility rates among Indian couples?

Reasons behind infertility issues in Indian couples (Image by jcomp on Freepik)
Published on May 17, 2024 06:37 PM IST
ByZarafshan Shiraz, New Delhi

From protection to empowerment : Uniting immunisation and family planning

This article is authored by Dr Rajat Khosla.

Immunisation (Getty Images/iStockphoto)
Published on Apr 27, 2024 11:43 AM IST
ByRajat Khosla

What is AMH hormone? Know how it can play important role in reproductive health

AMH is a vital marker for family planning, offering valuable guidance to both males and females but what is it and how does it impact reproductive health?

What is AMH hormone? Know how it can play important role in reproductive health (Photo by Endometriosis Excision Surgery)
Published on Apr 17, 2024 06:46 PM IST
ByZarafshan Shiraz, New Delhi

SC junks plea against Rajasthan rules for candidates with more than 2 kids

For government jobs, candidates who have more than two children are not eligible for appointment under the 2001 Rajasthan Various Service (Amendment) Rules.

The bench pointed out that the 2003 decision held that the classification, which disqualified candidates for having more than two living children, was non-discriminatory and intra-vires the Constitution, since the objective behind the provision was to promote family planning. (ANI)
Updated on Feb 29, 2024 04:30 AM IST

View family planning through a gender lens

Building capacity among health workers, addressing intersectionality, and implementing innovative solutions can improve access to family planning services

A group of women at a public health centre in Vadodra, Gujarat. (Hindustan Times)
Published on Feb 10, 2024 09:50 PM IST

Struggling to conceive? Consider these fertility tests

Women, if you and your partner are struggling to conceive, you might begin to consider the possibility of undergoing fertility testing. Here are 8 such tests

Struggling to conceive? Consider the possibility of undergoing these fertility tests (Photo by RODNAE Productions on Pexels)
Published on Feb 09, 2024 03:34 PM IST
ByZarafshan Shiraz, New Delhi

Engaging men can help transform nutrition and family planning in rural India

In India, men and women receive health information in isolation. A six-month learning pilot in Bihar challenged this, with promising outcomes

Household health programmes delivered by couples to couples signal that achieving a family’s health goal is a shared responsibility(Representative Image - Pratham Gokhale / HT Photo)
Published on Sep 02, 2023 10:58 AM IST

Breakthrough: CDRI unveils enhanced 90’s contraceptive ‘Saheli’ with minimal chemicals

Decade-long research yields fruitful results as CDRI’s reimagined contraceptive ‘Levormeloxifene’ gains DCGI approval for clinical trials

CSIR-CDRI director Radha Rangarajan. (HT Photo)
Updated on Aug 12, 2023 09:40 PM IST
ByAakash Ghosh

We're worried about population explosion. So let's talk brass tacks

A simple indicator of Indian men's involvement in family planning is male sterilisation numbers. What explains the abysmal numbers?

The decline in male sterilization or vasectomy, subsequently, was dramatic and, as it has been so far the case, irreversible.(Shutterstock)
Published on Jul 27, 2023 10:21 AM IST

To help girls, focus on oversight, social evils

Haryana's sex ratio at birth declines and monitoring lapses and prejudice against girl children are key issues. Efforts against social evils must not be paused.

The January to June cumulative SRB of Haryana has come down to 906 female births per 1,000 males from 917 in December 2022. (HT File)
Published on Jul 24, 2023 08:36 AM IST
ByHT Editorial

World Population Day campaign from 27th June

It will be observed in two phases across the country, from June 27 to July 10 as mobilisation fortnight and from July 11 to July 24 as population stabilisation fortnight, with a focus on awareness of masses

Special focus will be laid on providing family planning methods like Intrauterine contraceptive device (IUCD) insertion, oral pills, condoms, tubectomy, vasectomy etc. (HT Files)
Updated on Jun 26, 2023 01:53 AM IST
By, Chandigarh

India’s chance to lead: Reproductive autonomy, healthier lives and gender dividend

Authored by Poonam Muttreja, executive director, Population Foundation of India and Andrea Wojnar, India representative, United Nations Population Fund.

Pregnancy(Photo by Mauricio Gutiérrez on Unsplash)
Published on May 05, 2023 03:56 PM IST
ByHindustan Times

World Haemophilia Day: Patients share the ordeal of living with the disorder

Haemophilia is a bleeding disorder that affects the blood’s ability to clot. Typically an inherited condition, it is caused by a deficiency in one of the blood clotting factors

Doctors interacting with a haemophilia patient at Christian Medical College and Hospital in Ludhiana on Saturday. (HT Photo)
Updated on Apr 22, 2023 11:50 PM IST
ByDinkle Popli, Ludhiana

Men should be equal partners in family planning

The article is authored by Ashutosh Kaushik, CEO, Foundation for Reproductive Health Services (FRHS), India.

In a country like India, where men are hesitant to undergo vasectomies or use condoms, the responsibility of family planning rests solely on the women.((RAVINDRA JOSHI/HT))
Updated on Jul 11, 2022 09:31 AM IST
ByHindustan Times

Male contraceptive pills that lower sperm count? Study shows promising results

Lowering testosterone levels normally leads to unpleasant side effects but a new study has come up with two male contraceptive pills that effectively lower testosterone and sperm count without causing unacceptable side effects

Male contraceptive pills that suppress testosterone, lower sperm count without unpleasant side effects? New study shows promising results (Twitter/AndyVermaut)
Updated on Jun 12, 2022 09:11 AM IST
ANI | | Posted by Zarafshan Shiraz, Washington [us]

Study: Family planning, contraceptive use, and birth spacing

They were also 43.5% per cent less likely to have become pregnant again within 24 months as compared with the control group. The results suggest that family planning can improve women's long term reproductive health outcomes, including healthy spacing between pregnancies.

Study: Family planning, contraceptive use, and birth spacing(Getty Images/iStockphoto)
Published on May 25, 2022 10:15 AM IST
ANI | , Massachusetts

Covid-19 and a surge in unplanned pregnancies in India

The article has been authored by Dr Ratnabali Chakravorty, Obstetrician and Gynaecologist; Director, MAGS IVF and Infertility Centre, chairperson, National Advocacy Committee, Indian Menopause Society.

A survey conducted by the World Health Organization suggested a 68% disruption to family planning and contraceptive services across 105 countries amidst covid-19.(Getty Images/iStockphoto)
Updated on Oct 19, 2021 02:54 PM IST
ByHindustan Times

Can’t force couples to have only two children: Centre to Supreme Court

In its affidavit in the top court, the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare (MoHFW) maintained that the Family Welfare Programme in India gives couples the right to decide the size of their family without any compulsion.

An SC bench, headed by Chief Justice of India SA Bobde, had in January sought a reply from the MoHFW, which has now been filed. There is, however, no next date of hearing as yet fixed.(FILE PHOTO)
Updated on Dec 12, 2020 04:19 PM IST

Covid-19 exacerbates the risk of unsafe abortions | Opinion

The lack of safe abortion facilities will have an impact on both health and family planning long after the coronavirus crisis is overcome, both in terms of unwanted pregnancies and unsafe abortions. Planning for this now is the only option

A botched abortion can result in physical damage to the reproductive organs and psychological issues such as depression and stress(SHUTTERSTOCK)
Updated on Jul 26, 2020 05:43 AM IST
Hindustan Times | By

World Population Day 2020: Raising awareness about the health and rights of women amid the coronavirus pandemic

World Population Day is observed in an attempt to raise awareness about the importance of family planning, adoption, gender equality, poverty, maternal health and human rights.

World Population Day marks the day when the world reached the population of 5 billion in the year 1987.(Unsplash)
Updated on Jul 11, 2020 01:24 PM IST
HIndustan Times, Delhi | Byhindustantimes.com

Centre to draft roadmap for achieving ‘population stabilisation’

The consultative meeting is being organised in partnership with the Population Foundation of India (PFI) along with senior officials, experts and subject matter specialists.

The recommendations from the consultation will contribute to a NITI Aayog working paper to help achieve India’s vision of attaining population stabilization, as voiced by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on 15 August 2019, NITI Aayog said in a statement on Thursday.(MINT PHOTO.)
Published on Dec 20, 2019 01:55 AM IST
Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By

Defend the woman’s autonomy, right to choose

In theory, India’s position on abortion is progressive. In practice, the law is flawed and punishes women

The MTP Act ignores the socioeconomic implications of childbirth, placing women under intense physical, mental, and social duress(Getty Images/iStockphoto)
Published on Nov 19, 2019 07:43 PM IST
ByAnubha Rastogi and Raunaq Chandrashekar

ICPD @ 25: India must prioritise reproductive rights

ICPD would be a tough act to follow but when we reconvene at ICPD+25, I hope it will give us renewed fervour, energy and thought leadership to work towards the unfinished agenda

Social factors, such as age at marriage, age at first birth, education of girls for maternal and infant well-being, and promoting a basket of contraceptive choices find prominence in the policy(Shutterstock)
Updated on Nov 11, 2019 02:06 PM IST
ByPoonam Muttreja

The importance of family planning in creating healthier families

Implementing the family planning programme should not be seen only in terms of contraception but through methods of achieving the larger goals of maternal and child health

Family planning is not an end in itself, but a means to creating healthier families(Getty Images/iStockphoto)
Updated on Sep 26, 2019 03:58 PM IST
BySunil Mehra

The population debate: Involve men in care and planning

Family planning which focuses only on women, and executed largely by women workers, will not yield the appropriate results. Male workers can convince men of the need for institutional deliveries and inform husbands of the need to be involved in child care

When men change their behaviour, it is likely that attitudes towards family size and contraception will also change(SHUTTERSTOCK)
Published on Aug 31, 2019 07:33 PM IST
Hindustan Times | By

Bihar poised to become 2nd most populous state by 2041

Bihar’s child per woman ratio is 3.3, higher than the national average of 2.3. The state also has a significant number of teenage births. Out of the annual 30 lakh births in the state, 3.5 lakh (approx.) are teenage births, contributing to the state’s high maternal and infant mortality as well as morbidity.

(Santosh Kumar)
Published on Jul 11, 2019 10:34 AM IST
Hindustan Times, Patna | By

Review: The Moment of Lift by Melinda Gates

Melinda Gates’ first book documents how she evolved from a career woman to a mother to one of the world’s biggest champions of gender equity

Melinda Gates and her husband Bill with a toddler during a visit to Bihar in March 2011.(AFP)
Updated on May 03, 2019 07:01 PM IST
Hindustan Times | By

Suffering birth pangs, China could scrap two-child policy to allow more

China could discuss the complete withdrawal of its family planning policy to allow citizens to have as many children they want during the upcoming session of its parliament in March, a population policy expert has said.

A girl walks with her grandmother at a market in Beijing, China.(REUTERS FILE PHOTO)
Updated on Jan 22, 2019 06:16 PM IST
Hindustan Times, Beijing | BySutirtho Patranobis

‘Indian women are more empowered today ’: UNFPA executive director

Dr Natalia Kanem, executive director of United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) says women in India today are much more empowered to take their own decisions about their fertility and with whom, when and how to space their children.

Dr Natalia Kanem, executive director, United Nations Population Fund.(HT Photo)
Updated on Dec 14, 2018 02:03 PM IST
Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By, New Delhi

Free contraceptives, but only for the wedded

Fertility decline has been the slowest in Bihar, which is the third-most populated state after Uttar Pradesh and Maharashtra, with a population of 110 million. Bihar is the only state in the country where couples on average continue to have more than three children, which had led the state’s total fertility rate (TFR) —the average number of births a woman has in her lifetime – stay at a high 3.4, according to National Family Health Survey-4, 2016.

Fertility decline has been the slowest in Bihar, which is the third-most populated state after Uttar Pradesh and Maharashtra, with a population of 110 million.(Getty Images/iStockphoto)
Published on Dec 10, 2018 07:19 AM IST
Hindustan Times, Samasthipur (Bihar) | By
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