INFERTILITY stalks polluted Indian cities adding more stress to young couples seeking to raise a family. A whopping 45% of couples suffer from this problem which has spread its tentacles to Tier1 and Tier 2 cities. Of the top fifteen most polluted cities in the world, 14 are in India, according to a World Health organisation study. Doctors claim rising infertility rates are based on the lifestyle changes resulting in stress and obesity caused by lack of physical exercise, changes in eating habits and pollution accompanied by medical disorders like diabetes. Many infertile couples turn to medical procedures like IVF (In Vitro Fertilisation).
In this photo essay, photojournalist Shanth Kumar captures his and his wife’s intesnsely personal and emotionally rattling journey of starting a family through IVF.