(Withdrawn) Measuring level and pattern of infertility and childlessness in India
Sujata Ganguly, International Institute for Population Sciences (IIPS)
Sayeed Unisa, International Institute for Population Sciences (IIPS)
Conceptualizing infertility and childlessness from a data which ask no direct question about infertility and childlessness is quite complex. However, an attempt has been made to define these two terms separately instead of using them synonymously as has been done in some of the literatures. The control variables have been cautiously selected to get some approximation about levels and patterns of infertility and childlessness in India by using NFHS-2 (1998-1999) and NFHS-3 (2005-2006) data. The study population is currently married women aged 20-49 years married for above 5 years. Age of women, age at first marriage, place of residence, standard of living, working status of women, regions are some of the factors influencing rate of infertility and childlessness. However due to limitation of data, much in-depth analysis about this phenomena is not plausible.