‘Around 17% couples suffering from infertility’

Published: January 5, 2016


KARACHI: Infertility is a growing health problem in Pakistan, as almost 15 to 20 per cent of couples are suffering from this disorder. However, almost 80 per cent cases of infertility can now be treated successfully due to better drugs.

This was stated by health experts at the third public awareness seminar titled ‘Infertility-Is it treatable?’ held at Pakistan Medical Association House on Tuesday, as a pre-event of Pak-China MEDCONG.

Experts believe that out of the infertile couples, 40 per cent men, 30 per cent women and the remaining 30 per cent of both men and women have infertility issues. However, in most cases women are victimised despite the infertility of their spouse.

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Civil Hospital, Karachi, associate professor Dr Nusrat Shah expressed concern over the growing rate of infertility cases in Pakistan. “Nowadays we are examining young girls of 19 to 22 years with polycystic ovarian disease, [which leads] to infertility.

Such girls start developing mustaches and hair on chin,” she said. Dr Shah suggested that parents of such girls should think of getting them married, as the decrease in such symptoms is noticed after marriage and after giving birth.

While speaking at the seminar, senior gynaecologist Dr Sher Shah Syed said that if any couple does not have a baby in a year despite enjoying a good marital relationship, they should think of the possibility of infertility. “Such couples should contact their doctor, who can refer them to a gynaecologist or an urologist,” he said.

The gynaecologist further said that infertile couples should not go to fake ‘Bangali babas’ and ‘hakeems’ as they cannot help them at all. Infertility is a medical problem and almost 80 per cent of such cases can be treated successfully, he said.

Dr Sher added that almost 15 per cent of all infertility cases are not diagnosed with any deficiency, but still they are unable to conceive. In such case they should go for test tube babies, he said, adding that some men do not have sperm at all and doctors cannot help them.

Published in The Express Tribune, January 6th, 2016.

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Reader Comments (11)

  • Ali S
    Jan 6, 2016 - 11:20AM

    Not surprising given the rate of cousin marriages here.Recommend

  • Pakistan Zindabad
    Jan 6, 2016 - 12:08PM

    May be a result of a long FORCED polio campaign.Recommend

  • Fahim
    Jan 6, 2016 - 2:17PM

    How tough for people not having child . I know a lady who started getting worried after 1 month of marriage due to not getting preg. That was my wifeRecommend

  • Rollin & Trollin
    Jan 6, 2016 - 3:09PM

    In a way its a blessing for the country as a whole which has suffered from all the negative impacts of a runaway population growth for quite a few decades. Less people means less problems and potentially more resources for those around.Recommend

  • abdullah
    Jan 6, 2016 - 3:51PM

    Blessings.or our population would be much more than now.Recommend

  • Stranger
    Jan 6, 2016 - 7:37PM

    With rising problems against humanity in the form of killings / maimings/ bombings. infertility ( in ability to produce more kids ) is / should be the last problem of human race . In place of producing more and more of their own babies, why cant go and adopt one of those millions of refugee/ beggar children ?Recommend

  • Saad
    Jan 6, 2016 - 8:55PM

    @Pakistan Zindabad:
    And where is your proof? Stop spewing ignorance that holds back the nation.Recommend

  • Human
    Jan 6, 2016 - 10:03PM

    @Pakistan Zindabad
    “Forced polio campaign” resulting into infertility is the exact theme of your Indian-sponsored TTP.
    Guys see how well the Indian trolls prepare before they come to comment here!
    Not that they can get away with it here.! :)Recommend

  • Pakistan Zindabad
    Jan 7, 2016 - 5:03PM

    @Saad I am going through a situation where my beloved country have a lot of other bigger problems. But our government (by the order of Bigs) is emphasizing in Polio only. Where is Education, where is Law and Order, Where is a mechanical infrastructure. And you want development through Polio? West didn’t end Polio by vaccine. But, by killing unborn child in mother’s womb when they find out any abnormalities. Bitter but Truth.Recommend

  • ShamelessPakistanis
    Jan 7, 2016 - 9:52PM

    @Ali S:
    Nothing to do with cousin marriages. USA has millions of women infertile and THEY DON’T do cousin marriages.Recommend

  • Izna
    May 24, 2016 - 1:54AM

    Hi I want to serve as surrogate. I am from Pakistan, with excellent medical condition. Feel free to contact.Recommend

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