More and more urban Indian women are turning to fertility treatments:
Hrishikesh Pai, gynaecologist and infertility specialist at Lilavati Hospital, Mumbai, and Batra Hospital, Delhi, agrees, having seen a 30 per cent annual increase in the number of patients coming for IVF.
There is a realisation now that late motherhood or even infertility is not a stigma. As Imogen Edwards-Jones, who wrote The Stork Club, chronicling her battle to conceive with IVF, said in The Guardian: “Until recently, fertility treatment was barely discussed, like some embarrassing secret that one was incapable of having a baby. Many people on IVF still keep it a secret because they feel they have failed, and to be seen to fail, and to do it so obviously, is not part of our culture. Neither is waiting—today, if you want it, you buy it, but with IVF, you need enormous patience.”