Let’s talk about infertility

Welcome to the live chat event ”Let’s talk about infertility”. Our host for today is Dr Adesida, a specialist in Family Medicine and he will be answering all our questions on infertility.
Kindly go ahead and type in your questions into the dialogue box below.

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Ezinne Ejele
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October 8, 2022 4:00 pm

Hello Doctor. Please is there any sign of infertility one can pay attention to before marriage?

Ty Dr
Ty Dr
October 8, 2022 5:06 pm
Reply to  Ezinne Ejele

None conclusively. Frequent, regular unprotected sex for a year if female 35 years is the only conclusive way to know for now.

Ty Dr
Ty Dr
October 8, 2022 5:26 pm
Reply to  Ty Dr

***for a year if a female is above 35 years or 6 months if below 35 years

Ezinne Ejele
Editor
October 8, 2022 4:01 pm

We’re trying to have a baby and I’m finding it difficult to convince my guy to follow me to hospital so that we can both be checked. Pls do you have any advice?

Ty Dr
Ty Dr
October 8, 2022 5:08 pm
Reply to  Ezinne Ejele

It can be hard sometimes. You can ask his preferred doctor to speak to him on it, if he has any. You can also leverage on people you are accountable to, provided it is not against your relationship values.

Ty Dr
Ty Dr
October 8, 2022 5:37 pm
Reply to  Ezinne Ejele

It can be hard to talk a partner into doing something. You can try ask his preferred doctor to talk to him about it, if he has any. People you are both accountable to may also help if he won’t be upset about you bringing them into the discussion.
You may need to talk to a family counsellor if it’s hard to figure out what you should do still.

Ezinne Ejele
Editor
October 8, 2022 4:02 pm

Hello Doc. I’ve been hearing of IVF but I don’t know much about it. Can you please give a summary of what it is about? How much does it cost?

Ezinne Ejele
Editor
October 8, 2022 4:03 pm

Is it true that abortions can cause infertility?

Folashade
Folashade
October 8, 2022 4:04 pm
Reply to  Ezinne Ejele

Thanks for this question

Dr IF
Dr IF
October 8, 2022 6:13 pm
Reply to  Ezinne Ejele

Yes, it can,, if the procedure results in damage to the womb.

Omotola Oke
Omotola Oke
October 8, 2022 4:04 pm

Why is that some women find it difficult to get pregnant again after their first child?

Ty Dr
Ty Dr
October 8, 2022 5:18 pm
Reply to  Omotola Oke

The body changes over time. Changes in hormone levels, body fat (weight gain), new medical conditions (undiagnosed diabetes/insulin resistance, fibroid, PID etc.) are some possible reasons. Consulting a fertility doctor is recommended once a baby is not coming naturally.

Omotola Oke
Omotola Oke
October 8, 2022 4:05 pm

What are the tests à couple needs to carry out before marriage to make sure they are both fertile?

Ty Dr
Ty Dr
October 8, 2022 5:24 pm
Reply to  Omotola Oke

A list of tests. It is best discussed in the clinic, when both partners have decided to have preconception counseling/consultation, given the legal sensitivity.

Omotola Oke
Omotola Oke
October 8, 2022 4:05 pm

Are there habits that we practice as young women that make us infertile?

Ty Dr
Ty Dr
October 8, 2022 5:40 pm
Reply to  Omotola Oke

Depending on the lifestyle of the woman in question:
Unsafe sex (sex without condom)
Multiple sexual partners
Unsafe abortion
Not treating genital infections properly

Folashade
Folashade
October 8, 2022 4:08 pm

Are carrots good for enhancing fertility?

Dr IF
Dr IF
October 8, 2022 6:17 pm
Reply to  Folashade

Yes, Carrots are good for enhancing fertility. Carrots have been found to improve sperm quantity and quality in men.

Damilola Odukoya
Damilola Odukoya
October 8, 2022 4:18 pm

Please doctor, what are the things that causes secondary infertility?

Ty Dr
Ty Dr
October 8, 2022 5:41 pm

The body changes over time. Changes in hormone levels, body fat (weight gain), new medical conditions (undiagnosed diabetes/insulin resistance, fibroid, PID etc.) are some possible reasons. Consulting a fertility doctor is recommended once a baby is not coming naturally.

Funto O
Funto O
October 8, 2022 4:20 pm

Is every case of infertility curable? Are some incurable by medical science

Ty Dr
Ty Dr
October 8, 2022 4:55 pm
Reply to  Funto O

Cure is relative. There are options of treatment are available. After a proper diagnosis, the fertility doctor guides the couple to choose from the options appropriate for their diagnosis.

Ty Dr
Ty Dr
October 8, 2022 5:30 pm
Reply to  Ty Dr

***options of treatment available today.

Damilola Odukoya
Damilola Odukoya
October 8, 2022 4:23 pm

What can one do to prevent ectopic pregnancy?

Ty Dr
Ty Dr
October 8, 2022 5:29 pm

Abstain from sex if you can and unmarried
Safe sex (use condom always)
Avoid multiple sexual partners
Get treated properly and thoroughly for genital infections

Anonymous
Anonymous
October 8, 2022 4:24 pm

What is the ratio of infertility due to male factors compared to those resulting from female factors?

Ty Dr
Ty Dr
October 8, 2022 4:56 pm
Reply to  Anonymous

30:30:30 thereafter
Male:Female:Both

Ty Dr
Ty Dr
October 8, 2022 5:25 pm
Reply to  Ty Dr

30:30:30 thereabout

Anonymous
Anonymous
October 8, 2022 4:31 pm

Are there any remedies for low sperm count? Or any remedies for defective sperm cells? Are this problems fixable or one has to opt for other measures?

Ty Dr
Ty Dr
October 8, 2022 5:01 pm
Reply to  Anonymous

It depends on the cause. First, relevant lifestyle changes are advised. If the cause ie treatable/curable, your doctor will counsel you about it (for example, if caused by a condition surgery can help with). Sometimes, when applicable, some drugs are used by fertility experts to enhance sperm count.

Ugo
Ugo
October 8, 2022 4:45 pm

I have two questions:

1) Who suffers infertility the most? Men or Women?
2) Are all cases of infertility treatable?

Ty Dr
Ty Dr
October 8, 2022 5:03 pm
Reply to  Ugo

1) About equally
2) Treatable if the couple is able to choose from the treatment options available for their specific diagnosis and follow through.

Funto O
Funto O
October 8, 2022 5:14 pm

What causes Hyperemesis gravidarum. Can it be prevented so it doesn’t happen at all

Ty Dr
Ty Dr
October 8, 2022 5:45 pm
Reply to  Funto O

Excessive vomiting in pregnancy is as a result of the body’s response to pregnancy. It can be managed but can’t be prevented since it’s a physiological response.

Funto O
Funto O
October 8, 2022 5:18 pm

I know someone that had it hypermeresis gravidum for both 1st and 2nd kids. What would you say about that Dr?

Anonymous
Anonymous
October 8, 2022 5:26 pm

Thank you so much to everyone that joined, we really appreciate it. You can be sure we will give responses to all questions asked