World IVF Day 2022: Cloudnine Organizes Panel Discussion On Fertility Related Issues

More than 80 couples from Gurgaon participated in the discussion who were either trying a conception or undergoing certain fertility related treatments. Couples who have successfully delivered with support from timely fertility treatments and interventions were also a part of the discussion.

Timely intervention are necessary for identifying the risk factors like advanced age, irregular periods, gynecological problems, PCOS or semen analysis in men.
Timely intervention are necessary for identifying the risk factors like advanced age, irregular periods, gynecological problems, PCOS or semen analysis in men.

Today, as many as one in seven couples trying to have a baby will experience fertility related issues. In fact, our unpublished data shows that after a year of trying a conception, 15 percent of couples are unable to conceive a child. And, after two years, 10 percent of couples had still not achieved a successful pregnancy.

Ahead of the World IVF Day 2022, leading fertility experts from Cloudnine, India’s premium birthing centre in India organized a panel discussion for Gurgaon couples titled “Let’s make fertility easier” emphaising on the need for timely communication and medical interventions while planning a conception.

More than 80 couples from Gurgaon participated in the discussion who were either trying a conception or undergoing certain fertility related treatments. Couples who have successfully delivered with support from timely fertility treatments and interventions were also a part of the discussion.

Inaugurating the panel said Dr Priya Varshney, Senior Consultant- Fertility, Cloudnine said “while fertility struggles have been experienced in every generation, fertility rates have been declining due to a range of social and medical factors. We certainly don’t know all the reasons for the declining fertility rate, but we do see age, lifestyle and the environment all having a significant impact on the child bearing process”

Adding further she says “If couples are is trying to defer or delay the pregnancy, always get a fertility check done. Communication with each other and a fertility specialist is useful. There is a need for couples to talk to each other right from planning a conception to discussing if either of them would need any kind of medical interventions. It is important for them to understand that fertility is not just a women’s problem but can adversely impact any of them if not identified on time. Delays in communicating with a fertility specialist can adversely delay the child bearing process as well”.

During the Panel, added, Dr Divya Sardana’, Senior Consultant- Fertility, Cloudnine said “Changing lifestyle, late marriages, career progression opportunities are some of the reasons that babies are increasingly are born older couples. In the last few years, the average age of all couples who had babies was 30 years, but now more and more women over 35 are giving birth or starting to plan a conception. This is a complex, societal trend, and not as straight forward as couples simply choosing to have children later. Additionally, smoking, consumption of alcohol, electromagnetic radiation from gadgets, sedentary lifestyle has further led to reduction of ovarian reserve and the sperm. Women smokers experience a faster decline in their ovarian reserve, that is the number of follicles reduces, AMH levels falls and may land up in premature menopause. Exposure to environmental pollution has caused polycystic ovary syndrome in many women and has also reduced the quantity and quality of sperms. Excess usage of plastics has caused damage to various parts of our body. Early menarche or precocious puberty before 10 years in girls is an after effect of air pollution and food adulteration. We see a lot of people who wait too long to see us, and when it comes to conception, timing is everything. “

Concluding the discussion, said Dr Pratibha Mailk, Senior Fertility specialist, Cloudnine “Infertility affects both men and women equally. Focus on being as healthy as possible, but also don’t take too long to seek help. While assistive reproductive techniques likes IVF is an excellent option for those who are unable to conceive naturally, it cannot overcome the problem of having older eggs. Older women definitely means older eggs of poorer quality and are less likely to form a healthy embryo, and as a result, will be less likely to implant in the uterus. Endometriosis or fibroids may become more of a problem as a woman gets older too, and will also interfere with fertility. Besides all this there are multiple environmental, genetic and acquired factors which leads to declining fertility in the present reproductive age groups that is between 25 to 34 years. Poor lifestyle like night duties, irregular sleeping time, disturbances in sleep patterns; stress and anxiety affects the rhythm of our biological clock. Sedentary lifestyle and lack of regular exercise causes obesity, hormonal disorders, and irregular periods. Obesity damages sperms by causing female: male hormone imbalanced ratio, heat generated by sitting for long hours at work affects the sperms; wearing tight undergarments, jeans for long hours has a definite detrimental effect. Poor Dietary choices like more frozen, instant and packaged food items with preservatives, more refined sugar and carbohydrates, less of fibre rich diet, millets, fruits and veggies, High sugary foods and bakery products. All these factors jointly lead to ovulation dysfunction in females and delayed and has an overall impact on the quality of sperm. Irregular food timings also play a part in affecting the BMI”.

All the experts highlighted that there is a lack of knowledge amongst couples about sexual and reproductive health in adolescence, leading to sexually transmitted diseases causing irreversible infertility because of tubal problems. Advice for both couples who are concerned about getting pregnant have conversation with a fertility expert sooner rather than later.

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