According to research, and experts point to the trend due to lifestyle, dietary habits and undiagnosed medical conditions, infertility rates in the United Arab Emirates and the Gulf Cooperation Council in general are increasing at more than double the rate World average.
Their data suggest that while global estimates of infertility are about 15%, across the CCG it is 35-40%. ART Fertility Clinics, which has medical centers throughout the CCG, conducted extensive research throughout the region to analyze fertility rates.
Dr. Carol Coughlan, medical director of the ART Fertility Dubai clinic, told Al Arabiya English. “We see a continued upward trajectory in primary and secondary infertility in our region due in part to cultural and lifestyle issues”, “An in-depth study by ART Fertility Clinics has shown that there are additional risk factors in CCG this particular region that contributes significantly to the rising rates of documented infertility.”
“the need to add region-specific counseling and treatment modalities to the current standard assessment of infertile couples,” he also noted.
Coughlan stated, for example, “Sedentary lifestyles, lack of physical exercise, and high-calorie diets are (also) common factors contributing to the rising prevalence of obesity.” The prevalence of obesity is increasing around the world with regions in the Middle East, in particular, reporting extremely high obesity rates. An elevated body mass index (IMC) appears to be related to an increased risk of infertility due to hormonal irregularities and ovulatory dysfunction.”
“It is very important for clinicians to consider lifestyle factors that can negatively affect treatment success, but can be modified to increase pregnancy rates and improve the overall health and well-being of the Middle Eastern population.”
She added, “It has also been documented that obese women undergoing FIV (In Vitro Fertility) are more likely to respond inadequately to controlled ovarian hyperstimulation and experience higher rates of miscarriage.”
“Other factors may vary between countries and may be associated with climatic, social, cultural, economic or religious disparities” , there are many causes of infertility around the world, including advanced maternal age, polycystic ovary syndrome, endometriosis, uterine fibroids and also, often unreported, male factors, she said. “It is important that each case is evaluated individually and a treatment plan appropriate to individual requirements is drawn up.”
The medical director of the ART Fertility Clinic Groups, Professor Human Fatemi, stated that infertility is not talked about enough and that there is limited awareness of the topic. “ART Fertility Group conducts many educational conferences and meetings to educate both professionals and patients on the many factors that contribute to the rising incidence of documented infertility rates in this region.” “As a group, they feel a responsibility to share their knowledge and research findings to raise public awareness of the health risks they are exposed to and that with the right measures can be prevented.”
Dr. Monica Chauhan, an obstetrics and gynecology specialist and head of the department at the Burjeel Day Surgery Center on Abu Dhabi’s Al Reem Island, has also noted a decline in fertility rates. “According to some recent studies and data, there is a downward trend in fertility rates in the UAE due to various causes, such as the rise in obesity and lifestyle choices, including a sedentary lifestyle and eating habits. unhealthy,” he said, pointing to late marriages, delayed pregnancy and evolving endocrine problems as common factors contributing to rising infertility rates.
“It suggests common factors in the problem of declining fertility rates, such as delaying marriage and childbearing, as well as following unhealthy lifestyle and dietary habits.”
It’s important that infertility be viewed as both a male and a female problem, said Sandesh Kade, a gynecologic surgeon at the same clinic.
He said, “After early identification of the problem, it can be medically/surgically corrected.” “First, male and female factors must be identified to treat infertility.” Kade added that each couple looking to get pregnant can receive a “tailor-made” approach. “Given that advanced technologies are available, there is an urgent need for adequate advice, an early in-depth evaluation by specialists and the identification of the cause in order to plan early intervention in the couple”, “Most couples conceive once the right approach is offered to them,” he added.
Treatment of hormonal imbalance and surgical treatment of uterine, tubal and ovarian problems often help couples conceive, the doctor concluded. Published by the Emirates Herald, a news and information agency.