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Male Infertility Increasingly Alarming in Nigeria, Says Nordica

By: dayan (M) |Time : July 01, 2019, 06:21:30 AM
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Nordica Fertility Centre has raised alarm over the increasingly prevalent rate of male infertility in Nigeria, saying it has now surpassed female infertility in the country.

Speaking during the ‘2 in 1 Depth Fertility Forum’ held in Lagos recently, and organised by the Fertility Awareness Advocacy Initiative, in collaboration with the Nordica Fertility Centre, a consultant with Nordica, Dr. Olugbenga Saanu said while studies have shown that 40 per cent of the causes for infertility is linked to females, that of males was tilting towards 50 per cent.

He said men need to come out more to address infertility issues rather than the perceived belief that it is a woman’s problem.
Saanu said: “Studies have shown that sperm count is dropping every day, and this is already a concern to us. In the 1930s, men produced between 300 to 500 million per mil of sperm count, but now what we see is around 50 million per mil of sperm count.

“To bring this home, Nordica Fertility Centre did a study which spanned over 10 years. The study showed that in 2003, average men had 34.6 per cent while in 2013 it declined to 24 per cent. Concentration also moved from 20 million per mil to 15 million per mil,” he said.

He said there are a lot of factors contributing to male infertility, adding that lifestyle, types of jobs, among others plays a huge role.

The medical doctor said: “Lifestyle like smoking of cigarette, marijuana and shisha, as well as excessive intake of alcohol can be fingered. Also, driving for long hours, and placing your phones in your trouser pockets could cause radiation, which has also been fingered to cause low sperm count.”

He said but with the help of assisted reproduction, which includes Invito Fertilisation (IVF), low sperm count can be adequately treated, adding that some men may only have blocked tubes preventing sperm from been released. “Through IMSI or IPSI, pregnancy can be achieved”, he added.

On his part, an Embryologist with Nordica Fertility Centre, Ayelehin Ibukun Ebenezer Oshoetan, who spoke on how to determine the sex of a baby, said between couples, the male determines the sex of the baby, and not the woman, as usually perceived in the society.

He said: “The male and female has 23 pairs of chromosomes. The last pair is XY for male and XX for female. If the male brings X then the pregnancy will result in a baby girl, but if he brings in the Y, the pregnancy will result in a boy child. So, it shouldn’t be pushed to the woman to determine the sex of a child. It is what the man brings the woman delivers.”

While he acknowledged that people want certain sex for reasons, including for gender balancing, social reasons, cultural reasons or medical reasons, he said NIPSY test, which is presently being done in Nordica can determine the sex of a baby at the very early stage.

He also stated that through pre-implantation screening, a couple can know whether the sex of the baby even before the woman gets pregnant.

“In fertility clinics, one can now check whether the chromosomes will end as a boy or a girl, and all these can be done before the woman gets pregnant,” he said.

A member of FAAI, Ebenezer Oshoetan, while narrating how he eventually had his child after 19 years of marriage, said his first visit to Nordica resulted in pregnancy, and that he was glad he took the decision.

“Do not believe the myth that IVF babies are not normal. My son is 10 years old, and already in secondary school. He is the brightest in his class,” he said.

Source: Thisday

Re: Male Infertility Increasingly Alarming in Nigeria, Says Nordica

By: dayan (M) |Time : July 01, 2019, 06:55:11 AM
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On his part, an Embryologist with Nordica Fertility Centre, Ayelehin Ibukun Ebenezer Oshoetan, who spoke on how to determine the sex of a baby, said between couples, the male determines the sex of the baby, and not the woman, as usually perceived in the society.

He said: “The male and female has 23 pairs of chromosomes. The last pair is XY for male and XX for female. If the male brings X then the pregnancy will result in a baby girl, but if he brings in the Y, the pregnancy will result in a boy child. So, it shouldn’t be pushed to the woman to determine the sex of a child. It is what the man brings the woman delivers.

Errrm... this is a neither here nor there kind of issue. IMHO.

Yes, the current science says that men decide the gender of the baby, but if you dig deeper and do your own research (both systematic and anecdotal data collection and synthesis), you would find that there is in fact no easy answer to this.

Because I am a research and information/knowledge bug, some things intrigue me and I keep looking at the things until I make some sense of them. The topic of fertility is one of such intriguing topics.

To get to the truth, you should not look at couples in steady or conventional relationships; example marriages; you should look at what I call "irregular parents" or "irregular couples"; i.e. people who had kids anyhow.

What I found has been that, in some instances, a certain man that was only having girl babies with one woman ended up having boy babies with other woman/women. One man I know was married for 13 years and his wife could not conceive even once. And then he married a second wife who conceived within six months of entering the family.
But the core point is not that the second wife had a child quick, but that the first wife also became pregnant shortly after the second wife had delivered a baby boy. The first wife delivered a baby girl and delivered two girls in a row. Meanwhile the second wife delivered two boys in a row!  Same man, two women, two different results!

The only flaw in my suspected reality check here is that the second wife may have come into the marriage and simply slept with another man which led to the quick pregnancy. But since I don't know that for a fact, I have to stick to what I know, which is that she had two boys straight, while the first wife had two girls straight.

I have also come across research articles which states that some women's reproductive canal (from the vagina to the eggs) are more hostile to the Y chromosome sperms than other women's. Some women's antibodies attack the Y chromosome sperm cells and leave the X chromosomes intact. Conversely, some women's repro tracts "hug" the Y chromosomes and guide them to the egg.

So, theoretically - in neutral circumstances when the woman's body is not killing the boy sperms - the man determines the sex of the baby.

Methinks that it even gets way more complicated than that, because women's bodies change according to countless circumstances of insemination. The circumstances are physical and spiritual.

Things like a woman's age at time of impregnation, menstrual cycle, how often she has sex generally, how diverse the sexual experience, the chemistry between the couple, a woman's mood and feelings towards the man, or even the sexual act itself that lead to conception may also play some roles, but these are areas that should be researched further.
The other thing is that in my part of Africa, once a man married a second wife, the chance of getting a son increases somehow. I cannot even remember any of such couple that I know that the second wife also kept having girl children. They exist, but they are few and in-between. I wonder why.

A researcher with deep sponsorship should take up this issue and do a thorough research, because the truth is still very much out there.
 

Re: Male Infertility Increasingly Alarming in Nigeria, Says Nordica

By: alagbe003 (M) |Time : July 01, 2019, 07:49:08 AM
Errrm... this is a neither here nor there kind of issue. IMHO.

Yes, the current science says that men decide the gender of the baby, but if you dig deeper and do your own research (both systematic and anecdotal data collection and synthesis), you would find that there is in fact no easy answer to this.

Because I am a research and information/knowledge bug, some things intrigue me and I keep looking at the things until I make some sense of them. The topic of fertility is one of such intriguing topics.

To get to the truth, you should not look at couples in steady or conventional relationships; example marriages; you should look at what I call "irregular parents" or "irregular couples"; i.e. people who had kids anyhow.

What I found has been that, in some instances, a certain man that was only having girl babies with one woman ended up having boy babies with other woman/women. One man I know was married for 13 years and his wife could not conceive even once. And then he married a second wife who conceived within six months of entering the family.
But the core point is not that the second wife had a child quick, but that the first wife also became pregnant shortly after the second wife had delivered a baby boy. The first wife delivered a baby girl and delivered two girls in a row. Meanwhile the second wife delivered two boys in a row!  Same man, two women, two different results!

The only flaw in my suspected reality check here is that the second wife may have come into the marriage and simply slept with another man which led to the quick pregnancy. But since I don't know that for a fact, I have to stick to what I know, which is that she had two boys straight, while the first wife had two girls straight.

I have also come across research articles which states that some women's reproductive canal (from the vagina to the eggs) are more hostile to the Y chromosome sperms than other women's. Some women's antibodies attack the Y chromosome sperm cells and leave the X chromosomes intact. Conversely, some women's repro tracts "hug" the Y chromosomes and guide them to the egg.

So, theoretically - in neutral circumstances when the woman's body is not killing the boy sperms - the man determines the sex of the baby.

Methinks that it even gets way more complicated than that, because women's bodies change according to countless circumstances of insemination. The circumstances are physical and spiritual.

Things like a woman's age at time of impregnation, menstrual cycle, how often she has sex generally, how diverse the sexual experience, the chemistry between the couple, a woman's mood and feelings towards the man, or even the sexual act itself that lead to conception may also play some roles, but these are areas that should be researched further.
The other thing is that in my part of Africa, once a man married a second wife, the chance of getting a son increases somehow. I cannot even remember any of such couple that I know that the second wife also kept having girl children. They exist, but they are few and in-between. I wonder why.

A researcher with deep sponsorship should take up this issue and do a thorough research, because the truth is still very much out there.
You spoke the whole truth, and it needs a lot of scientific research work.

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