11 Jun At Reproclinic we celebrate World Fertility Day
In Spain and Latin America, 4th June is World (In)Fertility Day, while in the rest of Europe it is celebrated on 2 November, a day established by the Infertility Patients’ Association, Fertillity Europe. During this week, activities, conferences, talks and debates are held to raise awareness of this problem and give it visibility, as well as to learn about the causes and treatments involved in infertility.
This day is very special for assisted reproduction clinics such as Reproclinic. We celebrate this event every year, recognising the importance and the relevant role we play in solving a problem that is the order of the day and that has repercussions on global health.
Infertility occurs when, after a year or more of sexual intercourse without contraception, a woman is unable to become pregnant or suffers several miscarriages in a row. However, with the advance of technology and medicine, treatments have emerged that have enabled many women and couples who were unable to conceive to have a baby.
Infertility is a problem that can affect both women (30 % of cases) and men (30 % of cases). Twenty percent may be combined causes and the rest may be due to causes that cannot be identified.
It is estimated that more than 50 million couples worldwide are infertile, representing 15% of couples of reproductive age. According to data from the Spanish Fertility Society, infertility could affect one in four couples by 2020. Proof of this is that in recent years there has been a 28% increase in assisted reproduction treatments in our country. For this reason, it is estimated that currently one out of every nine Spanish children is born through assisted reproduction treatments. A positive fact is that approximately 90% of sterility cases can be diagnosed and treated.
Which are the causes of infertility?
Some of the reasons for this are undoubtedly delayed childbearing, the stressful pace of modern life and certain environmental factors.
As for the causes of infertility in women, 80 % of cases are due to:
- Women’s age. From the age of 35 onwards, the reproductive potential decreases progressively, and this is particularly accentuated from the age of 40 onwards. At this age, the quality of the oocytes is low, as with the passage of time, alterations appear in the process of meiosis of the chromosomes.
- Sexually transmitted diseases.
- Chronic diseases such as cancer, diabetes, thyroid gland problems, asthma, depression, etc.
- Fallopian tube problems.
- Low egg quality or lack of ovulation.
- Uterine fibroids.
- Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome.
- Weight problems: both anorexia and obesity can hinder fertility.
- Alterations in the shape of the uterus that make it difficult for the fertilised egg to implant.
The causes of infertility in men are as follows:
- Alterations in semen quality and quantity.
- Low sperm motility, low sperm count or alterations in sperm shape.
- Disorders of the genital tract that make it impossible for the man to deposit semen during intercourse.
- Erection problems.
- Blockage of vas deferens and seminal vesicles.
- Varicocele (testicular varicose veins)
- Prostate pathologies.
- Sexually transmitted diseases, such as chlamydia or gonorrhoea.
- Lesions in the scrotum or testicles.
Tips for good reproductive health
- Reducing stress. Sport, treatments such as reflexology or practices such as yoga help to reduce or eliminate stress, an aspect that currently causes infertility in many couples or women.
- Eat a healthy and balanced diet. It is important to eat a balanced diet, which provides the necessary nutrients and vitamins to ensure the health of both mother and baby-to-be.
- Have a healthy weight, with a normal BMI. Underweight, overweight or obesity are factors that can cause infertility in both women and men.
- Give up bad habits such as excessive alcohol consumption or smoking.
At Reproclinic, we fight for fertility!
This week, on World Fertility Day, at Reproclinic we want to raise awareness about all those obstacles that make it difficult for many women or couples to fulfil their dream: motherhood. In addition, we want to give visibility to all the fertility treatments that manage, nowadays, and since a few decades ago, to draw smiles, such as Intrauterine Insemination, In Vitro Fertilisation, the ROPA Method, etc.
The entire Reproclinic team believes that these methods should be within everyone’s reach. For this reason, we offer a wide range of promotions and services that help all couples and women to have access to our fertility treatments.