by Dr Agilan Arjunan , Fertility Specialist & Gynaecologist, KL Fertility Centre (Malaysia)
For many years we have known the importance of age and female fertility . A woman’s chances to get pregnant decline with advancing age.
As for men, we used to think that he can reproduce as long as he can produce sperm. That’s not the entire truth. Men’s fertility also decline with age. However, the decline is much more subtle. In the last 5-10 years , we are seeing a rapid decline in male fertility , i.e. the sperm quantity and quality is poorer even in a younger men.
In my daily practice, I too have noticed the same trend in male fertility.
Scientific research over the last decade has shown that children born to older men has higher risk of certain condition such as autism and schizophrenia. This again reminds us that men should not delay his first child.
Interestingly , a recent research found that older men maybe can produce smarter kids! When the researchers looked at relationship between father’s age and certain features in their son, they noticed that older father’s have a more ‘intelligent’ sons.
by Dr Agilan Arjunan, Fertility Specialist , KL Fertility Centre (Malaysia)
After about a year , we finally launched our long awaited fertility book last Thursday. “Catching My Baby Dust” was officially unveiled to the public at MPH Bookstore Nu Central.
I feel very proud to be one of the editors / authors of the book which chronicles the fertility journeys of couples who persevered through IVF. This book is not about theorethical aspects of infertility and IVF but rather focused on the most important drive to succeed : HOPE.
The 14 stories tells us about 14 couple’s own unique way of finding and keeping their flames of HOPE till they reach their goal.
“There is no accidents in life”….
What I have learned throughout my own journey as a co-editor ?
I’ve learned that perserverence has no limit. The limit is set not by our circumstance but by our own will power. The couples has demonstrated that HOPE is kept alive in their thoughts, actions and beliefs.
I’ve also learned and witnessed that the ultimate success is a culmination of many smaller efforts that accumulates over time. They did succeed after a long and hard fought journey.
I do really hope that this book will inspire those who have already embarked on their journey towards parenthood.