It is believed that nearly 15% of the Indian population suffers from some form of infertility. Research, in fact, indicates that India has witnessed a 20-30% surge in infertility cases in the past 5 years.
The volume of people affected by it sums up to be more than 150 million. Every year 10 million new cases are adding up in India.
The global IVF market is expected to grow to $21.6 billion by 2020, fuelled by an increasing demand for treatment.
InfertilityDost is at its nascent stage but with burgeoning market of IVF, it is sure to make an impact in the time to come.
Life is not fair always and, when it is not, it is one hell of a life!
Let’s Understand Infertility
Firstly, infertility is a disease like any other. When a couple seeks medical intervention to assist them with conception it is called infertility treatments. It can be resolved simply by procedures like IUI, IVF, ICSI etc and when nothing works a couple can consider surrogacy, adoption or even stay childfree.
Being Called Banhj
In India infertility stop being just a disease and gets related to all sorts of questionable and vague ideas like it is caused due to past life bad karma or blamed onto woman’s life choices (social drinking, wearing of high heels, more focussed on career, cares less for the husband, isn’t disciplined about religious rituals etc.) thereby licensing society to call women undergoing infertility by the condescending tag of “banjh” (infertile).
On some happy occasion, they aren’t allowed to participate in the fear of bringing upon bringing bad luck.
And, just when you start thinking that this doesn’t happen in metros or among educated people, trust me; the situation is worse.
There is an eerie silence on this subject. Couples often get taunted and poked with intrusive questions so they go to any length to hide and avoid getting tagged.
The social taboos around infertility catalyze in enhancing the already existing physical, emotional, financial and relationship stress. Depression, stress and domestic violence are just some of the outcomes.
InfertilityDost is India’s first website that facilitates couples with brave infertility with support and knowledge.
We hold the hand, facilitate right guidance so that couples can make good decisions and stay away from misleading advertisements and fraud clinics, answer their queries by connecting them to experts, keep them motivated throughout this tough phase of life, reinforcing their strength and hope, helping them #StandUp and fight society’s stereotypes and prejudices, and simply reassuring them that everything is gonna be all right.
What Infertility Dost Offers?
We aim to organize the IVF and infertility treatment market through 3 core services:
- Handholding the patient throughout their treatment journey and beyond through support and counseling ecosystem.
- Facilitate selection of providers by patient-provider interaction (IVF clinics, diagnostics, and ancillary services) from our portal thus saving time, cost and harassment of treatment.
- Bring transparency in the assisted IVF treatment( egg donor/sperm donor) by digitization of process and organic procurement of good quality donors.
- Trust is our main strength. For the first time founder shares her own story. This has encouraged many women to contribute their own stories that have inspired many.
- Real emotions, real information from people who have been in it. No run-of-the-mill marketing type of information.
- Easy to understand information and emotions so that common person can connect instantly.
- There is no other website in India by an Indian woman talking about the subject of infertility. This bold step has encouraged many women to come out of their depression and fears. They don’t feel alone now.
About The Founder
I am a regular middle-class woman like you who got into an arranged marriage at the age of 23 years simply because you must get married when you reach a certain age and when your parents say.
After one year of the customary honeymoon, it was time to hit the next milestone – motherhood.
And, with this began the 10 long and grueling years of fighting infertility. Post 5 miscarriages, 3 molar pregnancies, 1 failed IVF, a brush with ovarian cancer and finally successful pregnancy on second IVF attempt- I stand here in front of you to openly talk about my Infertility journey.
Today, I have little AB baby to shower my love and enjoy the journey of motherhood but I can never forget the pain and suffering, the loneliness, the depression and the desperation, the feeling of being cut-off from society and the turmoil suffered within, during this journey.
It has made me who I am today. It is a very important part of my life and my personality.
It was not easy to open up my extremely personal story and discuss this taboo subject. I had fears – fears of being tagged and judged by the society.
My tryst with infertility over a period of 10 years has convinced me that there are a lot of women out there who suffer in silence and one must reach out to them.
There is an urgent need to reach up to them and tell them, “You are not alone”.
Infertility Dost is a part of my life, it is my dream, my passion, and my true calling. I wish to reach out to as many people as possible through this.
And, if I can reduce pain and suffering of even a few couples undergoing this journey, if I can make the society even a little bit sensitive, I will know that my life was worth living.