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

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

Fertility Forum : Men’s Health & Fatherhood

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

 

Journey towards parenthood is shared equally by both partners. At times, the problems encountered are not related to the women alone.

This public forum aims to understand and explore common health issues related to men in achieving parenthood.

We will share with you issues related to men’s health and how it can be solved.

We hope this will bring you closer to your dreams of holding your little one in your hands…

See you soon!

Fertility Fitness

 

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

Article Published in Fit For Life , The Star (14th May 2017)http://www.star2.com/health/wellness/2017/05/14/fit-to-be-fertile/

“ The word fitness is synonymous with healthy lifestyle . What about fertility fitness ? ”

Fitness is part of our lifestyle. This concept is widely accepted thanks to our health educational efforts. Fitness and healthy lifestyle is commonly associated with prevention of lifestyle related diseases. Many healthcare campaigns over the years have proven effective in reducing the disease burden in our society. Despite all these efforts , how many of us are aware of fertility fitness ?

What is fertility fitness

Fertility is the state of being fertile . Fertile is the  ability of every men and women to produce offsprings or children. Fitness is a condition of being physically fit and healthy.

 

Therefore, fertility fitness is a condition where a man and woman is physically fit and healthy to produce children.

Fertility fitness also encompass ‘emotional fitness’ to be ready and able to embrace parenthood.

Why fertility fitness 

It is a well known fact that fertility rate is declining . This fact is true for both men and women. In other words, the rate of male and female infertility is rising in the last 10 years.

All of us might agree that prevention is better than cure. This is true for health conditions such as diabetes and high blood pressure. We take care of our food and physical fitness to ‘avoid’ developing those conditions.

However, when it comes to fertility health , we tend to  pay attention to it when we are facing difficulty conceiving (infertility). We prefer to ‘treat’ infertility rather than ‘prevent’ infertility.

You may ask , “If I pay attention to fertility fitness ,can I avoid infertility ?” .

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