Infertility and its Myths Debunked by IVI Fertility Middle East Experts

15 Mar 2018 mymedicnow

Infertility and its Myths Debunked by IVI Fertility Middle East Experts

Infertility and  its Myths Debunked by IVI Fertility Middle East

Column by fertility experts from IVI Middle East Fertility Clinic

Infertility is a woman’s problem!

This is the most commonly heard statement. Our patients are surprised to learn that infertility is a women-related in approximately 40% of the cases, male-related in another 40% of the cases, and many times a combined problem of the couple in 20% of cases. We always advise the couple to go through an evaluation to determine the exact cause.

To be born of consanguineous parents has no real impact on infertility!

According to a recent study, parental consanguinity has been associated with both male and female infertility and this cause is very specific to the UAE. In consanguine couples, the female is affected by a reduction in the ovarian reserve, i.e. the bank of fertile eggs in women, and among men it causes chromosome Y abnormalities, leading to genetic sperm defects.

What does sun exposure or Vitamin D have to do with getting pregnant? It can’t be related!

One of the critical factors for infertility in the region is Vitamin D deficiency. It is widespread because of insufficient exposure to direct sunlight which women tend to avoid due to cosmetic reasons. What they need to know is that it adversely affects reproductive tissues including the ovaries, the endometrium and the placenta. According to Dr. Human Fatemi, “A simple 10 minutes of daily exposure to the sun between 9:00 am and 10:00 am by exposing 20% of your body only can help your body fight the deficiency and get pregnant.”

Special foods can boost chances of getting pregnant!

While there is no scientific evidence to prove that certain foods are fertility boosting but an overall healthy diet comprising whole grains, lean protein, fruits and vegetables maximize your health and the health of the baby you are trying to conceive through IVF.

Wait a few years before seeing a specialist. It will happen on its own!

Regardless of whether you want to start your family today or few years down the road, it is advised to talk to your doctor about your fertility. Particularly if you and your partner are age 32 or older, if you have irregular periods or conditions such as polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) or if the male partner has reasons to believe he may have a low sperm count, it’s best to talk to a fertility expert.

Genetically transmitted diseases to children cannot be avoided!

Whether you plan your conception naturally or through IVF means, genetically transferred diseases in offsprings can be totally avoided. The Carrier Genetic Test – only available at IVI Fertility, rules out any possibility of genetic diseases in children. A simple blood test and it checks for 549 diseases, 600 genetic disorders and 4000 genetic mutations successfully.


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