Infertility is caused due to a variety of reasons; these reasons include reproductive organ problems and conditions. In women problems could be; polycystic ovary disorder (PCOD), a blockage in the fallopian tubes or other problems related to the uterus. In men; low sperm count or other medical problems could be the reason.
The implications of infertility are profound especially an Indian Society, this can have a major impact on the psychology, emotional well being, social standing and image of a couple.
Couples that are unable to conceive normally suffer a high degree of stress caused by pressure from the parents and other family members to conceive. This can lead to higher levels of friction, depression, anxiety, stress and frustration. In India, couples usually only approach an infertility specialist when all else has failed. Due to the cultural limitations and implications, the very act of approaching an infertility specialist can be extremely stressful for couples.
An infertility specialist needs to be able to empathize with a couple that approaches them. The specialist needs to first determine what medical problem the couple is facing due to which they are unable to conceive. Some of these problems can be solved by simple medication and on the other hand some of them require surgical intervention. More advanced methods and solutions are available today than ever before, which include artificial insemination and surrogacy.
To become an infertility specialist, an interested candidate needs to study science in the final year of school, followed by the admission to a medical college where the applicant will be educated in medicine, after a student has finished his or her course in basic medicine; he or she will then be required to specialize in gynaecology and infertility treatment. All this is to be followed by the usual residency program, once complete the doctor can then branch out and become an infertility specialist.
Considering that infertility specialists work with highly emotional patients, they need to exercise extreme patients. The infertility specialist also needs to have the ability to explain in detail to a couple the entire procedure or treatment along with the associated medical condition. In this field of specialization it is critical to update oneself about the latest advancements in the field of infertility. Every breakthrough in this field can bring hope and joy to people who otherwise would not be able to have children. The job at times becomes very stressful for the doctors as well, and the working hours can be extremely long.
The earning potential of an infertility specialist is currently 50,000 rupees for a doctor working at a government hospital, around about 100,000 rupees for a doctor working at a private hospital and 200,000 rupees or more for a doctor that is running his own clinic. A point to be taken into consideration is with cultural change and globalization, more and more people and now opting to visit infertility specialists. Over the last few years the field has grown considerably in India and in the coming year's one can expect far more growth in terms of patients willing to visit infertility specialists. This will also have a major impact on the earning potential of infertility specialists.