TICKER: ‘5% of Nigerian couples suffer infertility’ – Experts

Experts have said that about five per cent of couples in Nigeria suffer infertility problems.

Business Development Manager of a Fertility Centre, The Bridge Clinic, Daminda Onasanya made this disclosure, at a monthly seminar organised by the clinic to education to couples on their activities.

Dr. Onasanya, observed that though the casues may range from explainable to unexplainable pregnancies could still be achieved through assisted techniques.

According to him, Invitro Fertilisation (IVF), technique was meant to by-pass all the hindrances that had earlier prevented couples from achieving pregnancies the natural way irrespective of who is responsible for the delay in the family.

He however appealed for seeking attention promptly.

Dr. Onasanya who gave the success rate already recorded in  the centre as 37% maintained that although it might ordinarily sound meagre, but when compared to the 25% rate for natural pregnancy success rate and the between 25 and 30 % IVF success rate overseas it is worth commendable.

The Business manager who disclosed that over 1000 families have successfully achieved prenancy through their services across the country said the clinic recently acquired the latest method that moved them to the 37 per cent success; maintaining that “however we are not resting on our oars but will keep researching for improved success.”

“our whole essence is to ensure that we restore the hope of as many as will entrust the joy in their relationships to God through our services.” He added

In her teaching, a consultant gynaecologist from the University of Port Harcourt Teaching Hospital (UPTH), Elakahia, Dr. Ngozi Orazurike traced the possible cause of infertility among couples to environmental, social and mental factors, as well as what she called bad sexual lifestyle, and enjoin youths to be careful the way they live.

Dr. Orazuike who explained that the viability of both the female and male gemmates (eggs and sperm) are important for achieving pregnancy either the natural or IVF way hinted that stress, anxiety, extreme weight gain or loss, drugs among other could affect the quality of couples gemmates especially that of the female.

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