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Bioclock Alarm

Twenty per cent of urban couples are battling babylessness in India. Doctors blame it on bad living and rising job stress.

Bioclock Alarm
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Bioclock Alarm
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  • Battling the same 'babylessness', 30-year-old Swati Iyer, a financial consultant in Delhi, has been driving herself with a bulging bladder for sonography sessions at a clinic since March 2003. Married for three years to Nitin, her biological clock went boom last New Year eve when she realised she was the only childless one among her collegemates. Undergoing infertility treatment now, Swati is depending on ultrasound monitoring to identify her most fertile hours in a month. Just 48 in all.

    Like Swati and Nitin, many double-income couples who have everything but the baby are discovering that you can't 'just do it' anymore and jumpstart a family. Scores of highly successful single-income partners like Nikhil and Rashmi are having bad luck in bed. No matter how frantically they try, there doesn't seem to be any 'good news' coming their way. Inquiries from in-laws and friends have begun to grate on the nerves. One visit to a doctor diagnoses this condition as 'infertility'—the inability to conceive even after 12 months of unprotected sex. When suddenly many couples discover it wasn't just the joy of whoopee that went out of their bedroom window when work became a basic instinct; it was also their fertility flame that blew out while racing along the fast track. Now their prime anxiety is about whether they'll ever have a baby.

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