Couples from the North Rift region who are unable to conceive naturally have been advised to opt for In Vitro Fertilization (IVF) method to tackle their infertility.
The IVF involves extracting eggs from the female and retrieving a sperm sample from the male and manually combining them in a laboratory dish, according to Dr. Manish Pandya, the head of gynecology department at the Eldoret hospital.
Dr. Pandya said the embryo is then transferred to the uterus in the Assisted Reproduction Technique (ART); the leading technology that helps to tackle infertility. The process is done at an affordable cost of Sh350, 000.
“I want to urge all persons suffering from infertility in the region that’s it’s not the end since the problem can be fixed through IVF method,” said Dr. Pandya at Eldoret Hospital on Monday during a one week fertility camp.
Dr. Pandya said world statics indicate two in every 10 couples suffer from infertility and that IVF would fulfill couple’s desire for fertility and parenthood.
“Let us not shy from our conditions, let us come out so that we can be helped,” he advised.
He further said that patients will no longer incur expenses while traveling to India or Nairobi to access the service as the same services are now being offered at the Eldoret Hospital
“Our fertility center that started last year has state of the art operation theatre and embryology laboratory, increasing the rate of success,” he said.
He said some of the causes of infertility in men include smoking, drug abuse, alcohol, tight jeans, small testis, frequent consumption of fast foods and trauma. In females, the major causes are blocked tubes and irregular periods.
By Kiptanui Cherono