Physi­cians tasked on new IVF tech­niques

Daily Trust - - HEALTH - By Ojoma Akor

Fer­til­ity ex­pert, and man­ag­ing di­rec­tor, Nordica Fer­til­ity Cen­tre, Dr. Abay­omi Ajayi has ad­vised physi­cians in the coun­try to em­brace new In Vitro Fer­til­iza­tion (IVF) tech­niques in or­der to im­prove suc­cess rates, and meet up with in­ter­na­tional best prac­tices.

He gave the ad­vice dur­ing the re­cent round ta­ble or­ga­nized by the cen­tre for physi­cians with the theme “Per­son­al­ized IVF: Tech­niques to im­prove suc­cess rate.”

He said the per­son­alised idea in­volves the need to look at each cou­ples’ need, and “what needs to be done for them that is pe­cu­liar to them.”

Ajayi said physi­cians should be able an­swer their pa­tients ques­tions on why IVF fails.

“They should be able to an­swer ques­tions on nec­es­sary tests that might be even out­side the scope of what they do nor­mally in IVF. For ex­am­ple, if any­body is not look­ing at the uterus in Nige­ria, he or she is wast­ing time on IVF. Be­cause we know that a lot of Nige­rian women have prob­lems with their uterus.

It is either they have done surgery be­fore, like surgery for fi­broids, or cae­sar­ian sec­tion, which has left a scare, and do­ing IVF on such a woman is like a putting a baby on a foam that is not com­fort­able, the baby can’t sleep well,” he ex­plained.

While stat­ing that IVF has im­proved in many ways in the coun­try, rang­ing from drugs to equip­ment, me­dia used, to ways of se­lect­ing sperms and em­bryos, he said they are now fo­cus­ing on the part played by the en­dometrium in IVF.

He said the round ta­ble was aimed at ex­chang­ing ideas, in­creas­ing the knowl­edge of doc­tors, and brain­storm­ing on what is hap­pen­ing all over the world, in or­der to do it in Nige­ria.

Ac­cord­ing to him, in the last 13 years, Nordica Fer­til­ity Cen­tre has pro­duced about 1,100 IVF chil­dren.

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