A milestone have been attained in the medical world as recent research proves that the age and menopause factor can no longer stop child-bearing.
An expert in fertility medicine, Dr Abayomi Ajayi, disclosed this at an open forum to discuss various advanced treatments for fertility issues in Ibadan, the Oyo state capital.
He stated that through in vitro fertilisation (IVF), a woman can have a baby despite her age.
Dr Ajayi, a consultant Obstetrician and Gynaecologist and the Managing Director, Nordica Fertility Centre, Lagos
stated that medical science had advanced greatly to help couples faced with infertility, adding that many patients are suffering in silence because they refused to speak up and seek appropriate solution.
The expert, while remarking that infertility was not a death sentence, said incidence of infertility was on the rise in Nigeria.
Ajayi, noting that infertility was a medical problem rather than a social problem, listed reasons for increasing cases of infertility to include increasing incidence of sexually transmitted infections, increasing age, irregular menses, obesity and lifestyle issues like smoking.
In women, even in Africa, women are starting family late. But with increasing age, fertility declines. That is why a woman at 32 years that is not ready to raise a family should freeze her eggs. She must be doing something and not leave it to chances.
Sedentary lifestyle is a norm and it predisposes to obesity. Obesity affects fertility of men and women. Also, poor quality sperm and some surgeries like fibroid surgeries in women can also create a challenge for conception.
But in men, the commonest cause of infertility is derangement of sperm and low sperm count while in females, it is blocked fallopian tunes.
If 100 couples that are certified okay decide to get pregnant, in about six months, about 57 couples will get pregnant while 75 couples will achieve pregnancy in a year. But by two years, 95 couples would achieve pregnancy.
The expert noted that IVF and other advanced treatments for infertility were natural since they were all aimed at helping the couple circumvent whatever may be the challenge to ensuring conception.
Ajayi, while saying that early intervention is key to correcting infertility, advised couples with infertility to have s3x at least two to three times a week as well as seeking health counsellor to overcome any challenges they face in ensuring they have regular s3x.