Written by Ijeoma UKAZU

33% of couples in Nigeria have fertility issues - Orebamjo

A medical expert, Dr. Taiwo Orebamjo, has revealed that 33 percent of couples in Nigeria are faced with fertility problems.

Orebamjo, medical director of Parklande Specialist Hospital as well as Lifeshore Fertility Unit Lagos, in a chat with our correspondent in Lagos, disclosed that 1 In 3 couples in Nigeria have fertility problems which he attributed to, "men with low sperm count and men with no sperm count likewise women with fibroid and blocked tubes."

According to him, "Infertility as a word is the inability for a couple to bring forth young ones into the world  but we do not label a couple infertile until they have tried for pregnancy for at least one year and by trying, they must have intercourse for at least twice a week for a period of one year."

The British trained Obstetrician and Gynaecologist however suggested that couples trying for conception for more than a year can opt for Invitro Fertilisation, IVF, Intra Uterine Insemination, IUI and other fertility programmes like Intra Cytoplasmic Sperm Injection, ICSI.

He added that, "we usually advocate that a man should be investigated first before the woman but it does not happen that way because of our environment. The man always feels there is nothing wrong with him and sometimes after test is carried out, it turns out that the man is the problem."


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