Monday, December 31, 2007


Sometimes there is no medical cause of infertility except that the couple somehow do not get the timing right. The telephone conversion below will be of help.

‘A telephone consultation’

When Ian and Tracy got married about 7 years ago, and the young couple wanted to get pregnant, Ian consulted me. Because we successfully handled their needs then, I guess he felt he need to talk to me about his younger sister who had gotten married some time ago and he rang me up. Ian is a Lagos based journalist.

“Doctor,” he began, after we had exchanged all the long-time-no-see pleasantries, “I’ve just spoken to my sister. She and her husband have just left my place. They came a visiting. She’s been married 3 years now, no children, so it was inevitable we would talk about her problems with her fertility. I gave them some advice but I needed to check up on the accuracy of what I told them, with you,” he explained.
‘Oh I see,’ I said, ‘And what was that?’
“It’s this – I always thought that the best time a woman should have sex so as to get pregnant is from 5 days after her menses for about a week of 7 days. I’ve always heard many people with the same opinion but it just came to my mind that I may be slightly off the mark and why shouldn’t I check it with you?”
‘Thanks for asking. You’re not slightly off the mark at all; you’re wide off the mark.’
“Say that again? I didn’t hear you.”
‘You did. I said you were wrong. Very wrong.’
“Ah, doctor, I’m surprised

Culled from the Punch, May 8 1999 by Dr. Oluranti

Sunday, December 30, 2007

Options for treating Infertility

There are a number of options open to couples. After medical advice has been obtained and the prognosis seems dark or unfavourable, a lot of people find comfort in faith healing and prayers. For support and encouragement, you can read the stories of people who were able to overcome this at

Other options include
-Timed Intercourse



The Causes of Infertility2

Cause Of Infertility - Things You Need To Know

One of the biggest misconceptions of the cause of infertility is that it is a woman's problem. This couldn't be further from the truth.The facts are, there is a three-way split when it comes to determining infertility causes.

In fact, it's a three-way split. It's either the man or the woman or in worst case scenarios, the problem is unknown.The upside to knowing whether either partner has a problem is treatment can then be determined and once the cause is established, appropriate treatment methods can then begin.

The downside is when the problem cannot be attributed to either and the cause is unknown.This is tough for a couple to accept and can create undue stresses emotionally to a relationship. Let's take a look firstly at the possible causes of female infertility. It's important to understand the complexity of a woman's reproductive system and that things will not be 100% all the time.

Generally, when a problem is diagnosed in can be rectified in the majority of cases and in time, conception is achieved. There is no point in beating yourself up if conception hasn't taken place after 6-12 months because the truth is, whatever the problem is, there is a good chance it can be overcome without too much fuss.

Causes Of Infertility

These are some of the problems a women could be faced with:-
pelvic issues which can affect the reproductive system.

- anatomy deficiencies which include passage blockage and uterine issues such fibroids and tumors.

- ovulation issues caused by anything from physical stress to thyroid glad problems - functioning issues associated with the reproductive system which means one or more organs malfunctioning which will upset the fertility process.

The good news is in most cases, these factors can be rectified with correct surgical procedures or medications. The bad news... when the above-mentioned problems don't respond to treatment and you begin to run out of options.

Male Infertility Issues

There are many a number of reasons attributed as a cause of infertility in men. Here are just a few:-

low sperm count which encompasses a number of possible reasons such as physical and mental stress as well as a nutritional deficiency.

- varicocele which refers to an enlarged vein within the area of the scrotum.-

testicular heating which can be attributed to clothing being too tight or even hot saunas or baths.

- substance abuse in the shape of drugs, smoking or drinking.
Again, most of the above causes can be rectified with appropriate treatment methods and as is the case with women, don't get too concerned until you've been evaluated by your physician and have undergone treatment.

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The Causes of Infertility

DEFINITION OF INFERTILITY — Infertility in a couple is defined as the inability to achieve conception despite one year of frequent unprotected intercourse.

There are many different causes of infertility, and often there are several causes in one couple. These include:

Male factor: In about 25-40 percent of couples, a problem with the sperm is the cause of the infertility. The problem may be the number of sperm, the shape of the sperm, or their ability to move effectively.

Ovulation: In 25-30 percent of couples, there are problems with the production of the woman's egg, or ovulation. This may be the result of an abnormality in the woman's ovary (such as polycystic ovary syndrome), or other hormonal causes. These defects are treated by giving medications to stimulate ovulation.

Tubal defect: Infertility is caused by an abnormality of the Fallopian tubes, the tubes that connect the ovaries to the uterus, in 20-30 percent of couples. Tubal defects can be caused by scarring from previous surgery, infection, or a previous tubal ligation ("tying of the tubes").

Unexplained: There is no obvious cause of infertility in about 10-20 percent of couples. Endometriosis: This is a disorder in which pieces of the lining of the uterus implant themselves onto pelvic organs, including the Fallopian tubes, the ovaries, and sometimes even the intestines. This is the cause of infertility in 5-10 percent of couples.

Friday, December 21, 2007

Overcoming Delay in Childbearing

Are you facing the challenge of delay in having children? Hang in there; God will grant you that perfectly legitimate desire: to be a parent. Please be encouraged; you are not alone! It is God’s will that you have children. It is the right of every child of God, not a privilege. That is what He says in His word, “And God blessed them, and God said unto them, be fruitful and multiply and replenish the earth…” no exception. Gen 1:28 KJV.

It does not matter what has been diagnosed as the cause of your infertility; is it fibroids, blocked or even absent tubes? Anovulation? Hormonal imbalance? Low/Nil sperm count, A hostile womb? Too tiny or even non existent womb? Maybe it’s been called ‘unexplained.’ Whatever name the condition has been given, IS ANYTHING TOO HARD FOR THE LORD? Gen 1:18a. God has no favourites when it comes to answering prayers, all He says is BELIEVE (Mark 11:24).
You may have been mocked or made to feel useless or incomplete. In some parts of the world, a married woman is almost regarded as a witch if she is childless (it is often assumed that she is the one with the problem). See It’s not unheard of, when they run out of patience, for members of a man’s family to physically throw out a wife while her husband stands meekly by!

Even where there is no stigma or hostility, it is perfectly natural to wonder why conception seems to come so easy to others and not to you. Often you feel so miserable and consumed with longing to have a baby of your own. You try to put on a happy face and conceal your misery when you go for baby showers or naming ceremonies but you only and maybe your partner, know what you are really going through. You go out and it’s like every second woman you pass either has a baby bump or a toddler clinging to her. You hear the happy laughter or cries of children everywhere but in your own home.

Lady, you are going to laugh last. You will say like Sarah: “And God has made me to laugh so that all that hear will laugh with me. Gen 21:6. Guys, have you been told that you can never biologically father a child? Through the power of God, many have become fathers after being written off by their doctors. Even if you have NO sperm count, God is able! HOW is not for you to know. If some childless couples who are not religious at all, who did not even pray but kept a positive attitude have been surprised when their babies finally came, how much more you who daily cry to God?