You Shouldn’t Feel Ashamed Talking about IVF

by Dr Agilan Arjunan , Fertility Specialist & Gynaecologist , KL Fertility Centre ( Malaysia)

“You need an IVF ?? ! “

Common reaction from those around you if you ever mention that you need an IVF to get pregnant.

The year is 2018 and yet we do not openly speak about IVF . Infertility and especially male infertility is still buried in shame.

This even happens in western countries such as USA.

Couple should not be ashamed or embarrassed when speaking about the need for fertility treatment, especially an IVF.

We are not ashamed when talking about diabetes or high blood pressure or any other medical condition. In fact we encourage those patients to deal and treat  their illness .

Why can’t we do the same when it comes to infertility ? ??

Wait for my article , in which I will be discussing about this “taboo’ topic of IVF stigma .

Read this :

https://www.independent.co.uk/life-style/health-and-families/chrissy-teigen-ivf-instagram-john-legend-luna-miles-in-vitro-fertilisation-a8418911.html

Eat More Nuts to Improve Sperm

by Dr Agilan Arjunan, Fertility Specialist & Gynaecologist , KL Fertility Centre ( Malaysia)

Healthy eating has a positive impact on sperm quality improvement.

Recent study supports this theory. This research which was carried out on healthy fertile men shows that adding nuts in their daily diet improves sperm count and quality.

More importantly, it shows improvement in sperm DNA integrity , which is an important parameter in male infertility.

So in conclusion, you can start adding on some nuts in your daily diet to improve male infertility and your IVF success rate.

 

Source :

https://www.independent.co.uk/life-style/nut-diet-sperm-count-quality-increase-men-health-study-a8432296.html

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Oral pills for Azoospermia

by Dr Agilan Arjunan, Fertility Specialist & gynaecologist, KL Fertility Centre ( Malaysia)

For men with Azoospermia ( no sperm in his ejaculate) , oral tablets can be used to ‘push’ sperm production in his testicles.

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However, before starting the tablets, men need to undergo initial fertility assessment to check for suitability of stating these medications.

If sperms seen in the ejaculate, they can be frozen and used for an IVF / ICSI later.

  Source: News Medical Life sciences

I Have Irregular Period

by Dr Agilan Arjunan, Fertility Specialist & Gynaecologist, KL Fertility Centre ( Malaysia)

This is a simple basic guide for women with irregular period.

What are absent or irregular periods? 

Absent or irregular periods are periods that do not happen at all or that happen less than 6 to 8 times a year. If a woman does not get her period for a while, it might be because she is pregnant. Or in some cases, it might be that she has a medical condition that affects her reproductive system.

What causes absent or irregular periods? 

 Absent or irregular periods can be caused by:

Pregnancy

PCOS (which stands for “polycystic ovary syndrome”). In women with this condition, the ovaries make too much male hormone. This can disrupt a woman’s periods and cause excess facial hair, acne, and problems with weight. PCOS is the most common cause of absent or irregular periods.

Being too thin or not having enough body fat

Exercising too much

Too much prolactin – Prolactin is a hormone made in the “pituitary gland”, which is a small organ at the base of the brain.

Early menopause – Menopause is the time in a woman’s life when she naturally stops having periods. Menopause usually occurs between the ages of 45 and 55. But in some women, menopause comes early – before the age of 40. Early menopause happens when the ovaries run out of eggs earlier than normal.

Certain types of hormonal birth control – Some forms of birth control can cause absent or irregular periods. This is more common with those that contain only the hormone progestin. Examples include the progestin-only pill (sometimes called the “minipill”), the implant, and hormone-containing intrauterine devices (IUDs).

Should I see a doctor or nurse? 

 See your doctor or nurse if:

You are older than 15 and still have not had your period

You used to get periods, but you have not had a period for more than 3 months

Your periods happen more than 45 days apart

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