Written by Chuks NZEH

Infertility: Expert advocates early reproductive education, marriage

A fertility expert, Dr. Tunika Akunyili, has recommended early marriages and reproductive health education for young women to mitigate the prevalence of infertility among women.

She made this known recently during the official commissioning of the Tunicleo Medical Center in Abuja.

Akunyili, who is the director of the center, spoke on the center's breakthrough on Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome, noted that early reproductive education at secondary school levels for female students is important to addressing women infertility because most women grow up without knowing their fertility status.

According to her early marriages before a girl gets to 30 years can help reduce the challenges of child bearing, because the older a lady becomes the lesser healthy eggs she produces for fertilization.

She said polycystic ovary syndrome, PCOS, is a condition that affects a woman's hormone levels and causes them to produce higher-than-normal amounts of male hormones.

This hormonal imbalance, she said, causes them to have irregular menstrual periods and makes it difficult for them to conceive, but that the center supports them during In-Vitro Fertilization, IVF, to achieve conception.

She said polycystic, is a major cause of infertility among women, because the quality of the eggs they produce are not healthy, for reproduction and it leads to several miscarriages, because the body has a way of expelling what is not healthy for it.

According to her, the center is promoting awareness of polycystic and have recorded several successes in this area of infertility and have assisted several families to actualize their desire to bear their own children.

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