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Year : 2018  |  Volume : 148  |  Issue : 7  |  Page : 10-14

Infertility & assisted reproduction: A historical & modern scientific perspective


1 Division of Reproductive Biology, Maternal & Child Health, Indian Council of Medical Research, New Delhi, India
2 Department of Environmental Studies, Satyawati College, University of Delhi, Delhi, India

Correspondence Address:
Dr Radhey Shyam Sharma
Division of Reproductive Biology, Maternal & Child Health, Indian Council of Medical Research, V. Ramalingaswami Bhawan, Ansari Nagar, New Delhi 110 029
India
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None


DOI: 10.4103/ijmr.IJMR_636_18

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Infertility has always been considered as a social stigma and has often been treated as socially, mentally and physically damaging experience for the childless women rather than man. Fatherhood was more a social rather than biological concept, thereby making childlessness a legitimate ground for divorce and a matter of disgrace for women. Every country has its own set of customs and traditional beliefs for the relief of childlessness. While introducing a second wife was one way to overcome the predicament of childlessness, divorce was also an available choice. There were several myths that contemplated the human concerns and their needs during ancient times. It is evident that types of the infertility and their treatment in the modern era have some historical background and different representations in the ancient civilizations. The present review discusses the historical and modern perspectives of infertility and assisted reproduction and their importance in different cultures.


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