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International Journal of Clinical Obstetrics and Gynaecology

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Print ISSN: 2522-6614, Online ISSN: 2522-6622

International Journal of Clinical Obstetrics and Gynaecology

2020, Vol. 4, Issue 6, Part B

The stigma of childlessness is a bigger threat than COVID-19 in India: An observational study of couples seeking fertility treatment amidst the pandemic
Author(s): Dr. Sukhpreet Patel, Dr. Priyanka Harshavardhan Vora, Dr. Deepali Suresh Behar, Dr. Minnie Bodhanwala and Dr. Mehernosh Jamshed Jassawala
Abstract: Objective: To understand the thought processes, motivations and pressures responsible for the footfall of couples in an ART (Assisted Reproduction Technology) center in urban India during the peak of the COVID-19 (Coronavirus disease) pandemic.
Design: Observational study.
Setting: ART center at a teaching hospital.
Patient(s): Fifty couples who visited the ART department at our hospital in urban India between July to August 2020 during the lockdown with the purpose of seeking treatment.
Intervention(s): None
Main Outcome Measure(s): Reason for seeking ART amidst the pandemic.
Result(s): The commonest reason for seeking ART for these couples amidst the pandemic was stress and / or anxiety (68%), followed by social pressure from family members and friends (46%). Only 12% reported to the center due to advanced female age or due to factor(s) that could worsen if not provided with immediate ART options.
Conclusion(s): ART cycles that are driven through social pressure in the face of an earth shaking pandemic is a wakeup call for India that requires radical reform.
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How to cite this article:
Dr. Sukhpreet Patel, Dr. Priyanka Harshavardhan Vora, Dr. Deepali Suresh Behar, Dr. Minnie Bodhanwala, Dr. Mehernosh Jamshed Jassawala. The stigma of childlessness is a bigger threat than COVID-19 in India: An observational study of couples seeking fertility treatment amidst the pandemic. Int J Clin Obstet Gynaecol 2020;4(6):97-99. DOI: 10.33545/gynae.2020.v4.i6b.739
International Journal of Clinical Obstetrics and Gynaecology