Category: IVF

The link between obesity and fertility

Obesity is linked to several health problems, including diabetes, cardiovascular diseases, hypertension and infertility. In the recent years, the link between lifestyle, weight, nutrition and fertility has gained more public exposure.

For a woman, the decision to finally conceive is fraught with a lot of doubts and questions regarding her health and well-being. A smooth, hassle free pregnancy is only possible once preexisting health concerns are addressed prior to conception. The presence of a chronic lifestyle condition can prove to be a major roadblock in the path to having an ailment free pregnancy. One such lifestyle condition that can affect the health of the mother and her baby during the period of pregnancy, is obesity.

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The effect of hormones on fertility

The endocrine system and the hormones production and secretion play a significant role not only in the health of our entire body, but the ability to achieve and sustain pregnancy. Our reproductive system relies on a proper hormonal balance to function properly. Hormonal imbalance directly results in ovulation problems in women, which in turn severely increases their risk for infertility. In the case of men hormonal imbalances affect both the quality and quantity of their sperm cells as well as their sexual function and libido.

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What is ICSI and its advantages ?

Fertility is an issue that affects many couples all across the world. In the UAE itself, one in every five couples is seeking treatments for infertility. Thankfully, with the ascension of medical technology over the last decade, there are numerous procedures now that allow infertile couples to conceive on their own. One such procedure is called intra-cytoplasmic sperm injection or ICSI. The vast usage of the ICSI process stems from the fact that defective sperm function serves as the primary cause of infertility amongst couples. The reason for defective sperm function could be due to a case of genetics or environmental factors. And ICSI has been the go-to alternative reproductive therapy method in cases with severe male infertility as their cause, or in cases where the male partner did not qualify for a normal IVF due to a lack of motility and normal morphology of their sperm.

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Struggling to have a second child ?

A study carried out by Aster DM Healthcare mentioned that one in five couples in the UAE face fertility issues – a higher figure than in other parts of the world. Statistics also show that in Dubai alone the incidence of infertile women seeking treatment per year could nearly double from 5,975 cases in 2015 to 9,139 cases by 2030. Both primary and secondary infertility are very real and very serious disorders affecting population of  UAE.

Primary fertility refers to the inability of a couple to conceive a child naturally and it affects both men and women equally.

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