Tuesday, 29 March 2016
Ethics & Transparency Becomes Hallmark for IVF Services Worldwide
Infertility is interpreted as a disease that occurs due to an abnormal functioning of either female or a reproductive system. According to National Survey of Family, Growth CDC for 2006 to 2010 1 in 8 couples reported having problems conceiving. Survey by Center of Disease Control shows that the percentage of married infertile females in the age group 15 to 44 is about 6 percent. Furthermore, the study highlights that females in the age group 15 – 44 who never used any infertility services is approximately 7.4 million.
Infertility; A Growing Problem
Over the past few decades’ industry experts have been alarming us against population explosion. However, now it seems as if the tables have turned in many regions including Europe. True, the population growth in the region has come to halt. 1 in 6 couples in the region faces difficulty conceiving. Thus, the count of couples seeking medical assistance has increased dramatically. Several studies reveal that male factors now account for over 30 percent of the fertility issues. This is somewhat equivalent as female factors. Moreover, the rest 40 percent of infertility cases are due to the blend of both, or probably something that has not been identified so far – an unexplained infertility problem. Apart from this, the sperm counts in British male have dramatically dropped by half over the past 60 years. Research analysts at Allied Market Research blame this drop on sudden rise in environmental chemicals. These toxins have weakened oestrogen influence like DDT.
IVF Services Answers Fertility Problems in Developing Countries
For millions of married couples across the globe, inability to conceive is definitely a personal tragedy. There are over 185 million couples in developing nations alone who encounter such problems. The infertility differs considerably from one country to another. In worst affected areas, more than 20 percent of couples are incapable of having children. On the other hand, the infertility problem in these nations is mainly due to the damage caused by infections in the reproductive tract such as gonorrhea as well as chlamydial infection.
Status of IVF Services in Different Regions
Countries in Asia Pacific region such as India have a huge – stigma associated with childlessness. Those couples who can avail medical assistance are more than willing to travel great lengths to get treatment for infertility. Anjali Widge a professional at the famous Population Council, in New Delhi revealed that there were close to 60 ART centers in the country by 1999. All of these centers were in private sector.
Besides this, many countries located in the Middle East have given a nod to artificial insemination by using husband’s sperm. But, the technique that considers gametes from outside a married couple is not used. Another challenge that has delayed the establishment of IVF services was mainly their cost. Many of the centers are located in the private sectors and the cost of the treatment is relatively high considering the average income of a patient.
The idea of artificial insemination, gamete donation as well as IVF services are accepted in the Sub – Saharan Africa. First baby as a result of in vitro fertilization was born in West Africa. The baby was delivered in 1989 at the famous Lagos University Teaching Hospital. By the end of 2001, the region saw over 8 assisted conception centers conducting IVF services in Africa. Soon numerous centers providing artificial insemination opened up in the region.
Eyeing the major developments in the sector Allied Market Research has published a market research report titled “World In-vitro Fertilization (IVF) Services Market - Opportunities andForecasts, 2014 – 2021.” As per the report the industry is estimated to generate a revenue of 11.3 billion by 2021. Research analysts conducting the study further reveal that market would register a CAGR of 10.8 percent between 2015 to 2021. There are clear indications that demand for IVF services in Asia – Pacific are on the rise. Industry is ready to grow at CAGR 13.3 percent in Asia -Pacific by 2021. Additionally, sector in North America is likely to garner a revenue of about $3.6 billion by the same year. Stakeholders looking for relevant data on the major market drivers, opportunities, region -wise performance and adoption rate would find the report worth their time and investment.