Inability to conceive and treatment-seeking behaviour in Uttar Pradesh state in India


  • Brijesh P. Singh Asst. Professor (Statistics), Faculty of Commerce & DST-CIMS, Banaras Hindu University, Varanasi, India.
  • Upasana Shukla Upasana Shukla, JRF, Department of Statistics & DSTCIMS, Banaras Hindu University, Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh, India.



infertility, lifetime infertility, current primary infertility, childlessness


An attempt is made to estimate the prevalence of inability to conceive (commonly referred to as infertility) and treatment-seeking behaviour in the Indian state of Uttar Pradesh, using the District Level Household Survey data collected in 2007–08 (DLHS-3). In Uttar Pradesh, infertility is estimated to be about 11 per cent in females aged 20–34 among the total ever-married women of reproductive age (20–49) whose marital duration is more than two years. Among infertile respondents, more than three-quarters suffer from primary infertility. Also, about 85.0 per cent of women seek treatment for lifetime infertility.