I’m not ashamed to share my prob­lems, dif­fi­cul­ties to have a child – Tunku Az­izah

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PE­TAL­ING JAYA: “I am not ashamed to tell or share with the world all the prob­lems and dif­fi­cul­ties that I had to have a child.”

Those are the words of Raja Per­maisuri Agong Tunku Ha­jah Az­izah Ami­nah Maimu­nah Iskan­dariah when ad­dress­ing the au­di­ence at the grand open­ing of the Al­pha IVF and Women’s Spe­cial­ists cen­tre at En­corp Strand Mall here yes­ter­day.

She said all the pain that she had gone through made her un­der­stand other women or other cou­ples’ feel­ing when they were un­able to have their own child and it was that fact that had given her the courage to set up the Tengku Az­izah Fer­til­ity Foun­da­tion (TAFF).

“Now, I must be the only Queen in the world who has four IVF (in-vitro fer­til­i­sa­tion) ba­bies. I de­cided to have my own fer­til­ity foun­da­tion be­cause I wanted to help all those un­for­tu­nate ladies and cou­ples out there who could not bear chil­dren due to cer­tain med­i­cal con­di­tions.

“I know how it felt like when you don’t have a child, that stigma that we have about women con­stantly be­ing blamed (for that sit­u­a­tion), but it is ac­tu­ally a ma er of gen­der equal­ity,” she said.

While ex­press­ing grat­i­tude that her prayers were an­swered, Tunku Az­izah also of­fered a sa­lute to all med­i­cal teams and doc­tors for their ef­forts in in­tro­duc­ing the tech­nolo­gies.

Also present at the event were Tengku Pu­teri Di­raja Tengku Pu­teri Ji­han Az­izah ‘Athiy­at­ul­lah Al-Sul­tan Ab­dul­lah, as well as Al­pha IVF and Women’s Spe­cial­ists founder and man­ag­ing di­rec­tor Datuk Dr Colin Lee, and Malaysian songstress Datuk Seri Siti Nurhal­iza Tarudin.

The event also saw the fer­til­ity cen­tre giv­ing a spon­sor of 15 IVF treat­ment to TAFF.

Mean­while at the press con­fer­ence, Dr Lee said the cen­tre pro­vided Smart IVF pro­gramme to help cou­ples from the low­in­come (B40) group who were hav­ing prob­lems to con­ceive.

“The cost of the pro­gramme starts at RM13,888. It is a sim­pli­fied form of IVF that is ef­fec­tive and has a preg­nancy rate of about 50 per cent for those un­der the age of 35. They can also get help from TAFF,” he ex­plained.

Dr Lee said the more modern the so­ci­ety to­day, the higher the risk of infertilit­y and dif­fi­cul­ties for them to con­ceive.

He said in many cases, women in ur­ban ar­eas mostly got mar­ried a er reach­ing the age of 35 and had fer­til­ity is­sues due to modern life­style.

— Ber­nama photo

Tunku Az­izah shares a lov­ing mo­ment with the chil­dren from TAFF dur­ing the grand open­ing of the Al­pha IVF and Women’s Spe­cial­ists cen­tre at En­corp Strand Mall.

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