3 % drop in quality of sperm annually - Expert
A renowned fertility expert has revealed that there is three percent drop in quality of sperm annually, just as he called on patients to embrace modern technology in resolving of male and female infertility in the country.
The Managing Director of Nordica Fertility Center, a consultant obstetrician and gynaecologist , Dr. Abayomi Ajayi, who made the call in Abuja also assured that the Abuja center is poised to provide the latest and most advanced assisted reproductive services for treatment of male and female infertility and related issues.
Ajayi, who identified blocked womb and low sperm count as the major causes of infertility, however, noted that male factor infertility appears to be growing globally, stressing that for every year there is a three percent drop in the quality of sperm.
According to him, "From studies, about one in four to every five married people have infertility in this environment and when we look at what figures, it's enormous. One thing we also see, which is a worldwide thing, is that male factor infertility appears to be growing like wild fire. We looked at it even in this clinic. We looked at 10 years ago, what the sperm count of the people presented to us was like and now. What we saw was alarming – there was a 30 percent drop. So, for every year there is a three percent drop in the quality of sperm.
"It is also seen globally, that sperm counts appear to be dropping. Many factors have been deduced for this – social factors. Initially we thought it was because people are born that way, but now we know that it is social factors. There are so many things that are making sperm count become horrible in the world."
While advancing factors responsible for low sperm count, he explained that; "Some infants are exposed to some things in-utero. The environment itself is becoming estrogenised. We use fertilizers; we expose ourselves to so many harmful things. Now scientists are even researching into all the things that we use in the home including plastics, and they could be decreasing sperm count. Someone even did a study and said there was some reagents in toothpastes that we use that could be reducing sperm count. So, there is a lot of things now that we are beginning to find out that could be reducing sperm count."
Speaking on how to tackle low sperm count, Ajayi advised patients to check their lifestyles, stressing that obesity and excessive alcohol could reduce sperm count.
Ajayi, however, called on patients to stop what he described as window-shopping for IVF, just as he tasked patients to consult the right gynecologist for effective service delivery.
He said, "That is why I get upset when some patients are window-shopping for IVF and that is not how to shop for IVF. You cannot shop for IVF in your home and be making phone calls by looking for the cheapest. You are going to fall victim at the end because you need to go to the clinic, see the doctor, ask them questions and be sure that you are in the right place. These are the things people do not know and we need to let them know that shopping for a clinic for IVF is bad because you need to be sure that these people can deliver what they are promising you".