Over 30% Nigerians have infertility problems, says gynecologist

February 18, 2021

Professor Abdulwaheed Olatinwo, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, University of Ilorin, on Tuesday, said that over 30 per cent of Nigerians had fertility problems.

Olatinwo said this in a research paper he made available to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), which he had earlier presented at an inaugural lecture of the university entitled: “Help for the helpless and hope for the hopeless: the medicine of productive possibility.”

He observed that “about 180 million couples are infertile globally and majority of these are from developing countries. Infertility is a global problem with a general prevalence rate of about 10 to 15 per cent.

“Reports from sub-Saharan Africa range from 20 to 46 per cent, depending on the population, while up to 20 to 30 per cent have been reported in Nigeria.”

Olatinwo, who is also a lecturer, Faculty of Clinical Science, at the university, said that for fertility to occur, there were basic anatomic and physiologic requirements that must be fulfilled in both partners.

“An impairment of any of these requirements could lead to infertility, such as infections, tumour, hyperplasia insufficiency, cryptorchidism and atrophy of seminiferous tubules, among others,’’ he said.

The expert stated that the challenge of infertility was viewed as a purely medical problem just like any other medical illnesses.

“Many times, we limit our perception of the magnitude of it to what we see of the patient within the health facility, forgetting that infertility is a hydra-headed monster with many tentacles.

“The medical aspects are just one of these many facets. The medicalisation of infertility has caused the disregard for the social psychological, emotional and financial dimensions of the problem,” he said.

According to him, the response of individuals, couples and families to infertility varied, as some indulged in an endless watchful waiting.

He pointed out that restoring hope for these hopeless individuals and ending their helplessness was not through a trial-by-error approach; rather, it involves intentional evidence-based scientific methods to restore any hope.

Olatinwo said that in spite of their best effort, several couples with infertility find no respite as the problem persisted, adding that some give up and accept that perhaps they were not destined to have children.

“There are several means of assisting beyond the dead end which include Assisted Reproductive Technology (ART),’’ he said.

He said that ART refers to all treatments or procedures that include in-vitro handling of the human oocyte and spermatozoa or embryo for the purpose of establishing pregnancy.

“This includes, but not limited to InVitro Fertilisation (IVF) and trans-cervical embryo transfer, gamete intra-fallopian transfer, zygote intra-fallopian transfer, gamete and embryo cryo-preservation, oocyte and embryo donation and gestational surrogacy,” he said.

The gynecologist said that infertility should be made a public health issue because it was socially constricted and existing at the crossroads of medical and social realms.

He said that the management of infertility should, therefore, be given special consideration under the National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS) in order to ease the burden of the affected individuals.

Olatinwo also solicited public financing of IVF because infertility was a disability of the reproductive system, just as diseases of other body systems.


We Have Not Had Water Supply In Months ― Abeokuta Residents

In spite of the huge investment in the water sector by the government and international organisations, water scarcity has grown to become a perennial nightmare for residents of Abeokuta, the Ogun State capital. This report x-rays the lives and experiences of residents in getting clean, potable and affordable water amidst the surge of COVID-19 cases in the state.

Selfies, video calls and Chinese documentaries: The things you’ll meet onboard Lagos-Ibadan train

The Lagos-Ibadan railway was inaugurated recently for a full paid operation by the Nigerian Railway Corporation after about a year of free test-run. Our reporter joined the train to and fro Lagos from Ibadan and tells his experience in this report…

ICYMI: Nigeria Back Into Recession, Worst Since 1987

Nigeria is back into a recession. This time, it is the worst the country has experienced since 1987…

ICYMI: Salami Panel Wants Magu, Other Policemen In EFCC Removed

President Muhammadu Buhari has received the report of the judicial commission of inquiry on the investigation of Ibrahim Magu, the suspended acting chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), headed by Justice Ayo Salami (retd)… | police helicopter to Oyo | police helicopter to Oyo | police helicopter to Oyo

You may be interested

Post-EndSARS: Diplomat Cries out as US Empowers CSOs, Builds ‘Community Centres’ in Lekki, 12 Others

Post-EndSARS: Diplomat Cries out as US Empowers CSOs, Builds ‘Community Centres’ in Lekki, 12 Others

admin - March 8, 2021

*The #EndSARS protesters at a location in Lekki, Lagos State...recently. By PR Nigeria The United States of America (USA) has…

Again, Nigerian Troops Repel Boko Haram Attack on Jakana

Again, Nigerian Troops Repel Boko Haram Attack on Jakana

admin - March 8, 2021

*Map of Borno State, North-east Nigeria. By PR Nigeria Nigerian troops have repelled an attack by Boko Haram/ ISWAP terrorists…

Presidency confirms fire incident, says investigation ongoing

Presidency confirms fire incident, says investigation ongoing

admin - March 8, 2021

Presidency confirms fire incident, says investigation ongoing Posted by News Express | 8 March 2021 | 185 times •Garba Shehu…

Leave a Comment

Your email address will not be published.