A fertility expert and Consultant gyneacologist, Dr. Taiwo Orebamjo has called on couple who are infertile to seek help from gyneacologist than visiting quacks that could jeopardise their chances of delivery as it records it’s first In vitro Fertilisation (IVF) baby girl.
In a chat journalists in Lagos, Dr. Orebamjo who is the Medical
Director/CEO of Lifeshore Fertility Centre, a subsidiary of Parklande
Specialist Hospital, Surulere, Lagos, warned couples who are facing
challenges of infertility to stop patronising those who will take
advantage of them like herbalists and native doctors.
He explained that there are different forms of IVF, but insisted that
one cannot know what suits a couple until a fertility expert is
consulted, adding: “When you see fertility expert, he will now decide
the right treatment to be given, the ultimate is IVF. But, sometimes it
could be simple treatment that is required and if that is not
successful, you then go on with IVF.
Visibly elated that his clinic which began IVF treatment barely a year
now has recorded its first success, he said: “ This couple have been
trying for about five years or so and they came to us and then we gave
them our services and God bless them through the work of our hands and
today she has a lovely baby girl and that’s our first baby.I feel very
happy and thank God for the success recorded.”
Dr. Orebamjo said that investigations were carried out on the couple and
nothing was wrong with both of them, even as treatment was done on the
woman and then she got pregnant.
He further observed: “Even though the fertility of woman may reduce as
her age is advancing, there are still techniques that can be used for
them. For instance egg donation programme which sometimes if the age of a
woman is advanced we use the egg donation programme which is not more
than age of 34, probably who has had a baby before and we know that she
“A woman in her 40s or 50s can still come for treatments. She can still
get assistance in form of IVF. Most of the time, usually from 45 and
above, such a woman will probably need egg donation programme.”
He encouraged couples to seek help on time adding that the problem with
that is the people that you meet may not have enough knowledge to be
able to treat you. They may also not have enough knowledge to also give
you the options that are available for you for treatment.
He listed other complications that could also be associated with
infertility such as endometriosis which is quite common and is
associated with infertility. “Sometimes, it is very difficult to
diagnose except the individual go to proper centres or a speciality
scan, adding that diagnosis is usually by telescope to take a look to
find this endometriosis,” he said.
Orebamjo also said a lot of times one can still get pregnant with cyst
in place, but if you have huge cyst in place, then obviously it occupies
a place that pregnancy will occupy, and therefore you will not be able
to get pregnant with the cyst in place. “ What matters the most is that
if you have any gynaecological problem then go to a gynaecologist.”
He said: “Sometimes it is difficult to be able to know who is a
gynaecologist is because I have ask my patients sometimes whether they
know how to know a gynaecologist, they say it is when a doctor conducts
delivery or they see pregnant women or expectant ones with a doctor.
They rely on other people to be able to tell them and once that
information is wrong from the source it just continues like that.
Orebamjo, however added that ultimately all children come from God, but through the services of men he could bless anybody.
Tina Igbokwe, Fertility Clinic Coordinator (left); the mother of the
first In Vitro Fertilisation (IVF) baby girl; Dr. Orebamjo (second
right), and Angela Ezeonu, a Fertility nurse.
Tuesday, 8 November 2016
Expert Urges Infertile Couple To Seek Medical Assistance
Chioma Umeha is an investigative journalist and editor with decades of experience in reporting health, science, business, education, politics, women and gender issues in Africa. She is a multiple award winning journalist and has attended several local and international workshops/trainings. Chioma is a member of the International Center for Journalists (ICFJ), International AIDS Society (IAS) Nigerian Union of Journalist (NUJ), Journalists' Alliance for PMTCT in Nigeria, Health Writers Association of Nigeria (HEWAN), Chartered Institute of Logistics & Transport among others. She is also Chairman, Society for Media Advocacy on Health in Nigeria, a body of health journalists that largely uses advocacy, statistics and analytical research to secure the health and wellbeing of the people through development journalism. Chioma holds a M.A. degree in International Relations and Strategic Studies from Lagos State University, B.Sc. degree in Mass Communication from Enugu State University of Science and Technology. In the religious circle, she is a Sunday School Teacher and a Counsellor. She is happily married to Don Umeha and blessed with three lovely children.
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