Fertility Expert: Why more people have infertility problems
According to WHO, 15% of people who want to create a family seek help due to infertility problems. In this post, Saghar Kasiri, Fertility Expert and Director of European Operations at Cryos, explains why more people have fertility problems today, and why it is so important that especially young women and men become more aware of the factors that may affect their reproductive health.
Lifestyle choices that affect our fertility
“The lifestyle choices that we make plus the fact that more young women and men are delaying parenthood seem to be having a huge impact on their fertility in the future. There is a lot of research out there that shows that unfortunately the lifestyle choices that we make at a young age can impact our fertility. For example, smoking, drinking alcohol and sexually transmitted diseases. The research shows that in younger generations, around 15 to 21 years, these are all on a rise. And therefore, all of these factors can actually impact our capability of being able to have a child in the future.”
50% of infertility issues are male related
“Infertility issues are not just female related. They affect men as well. Around 50% of cases of infertility are male related. With women, the age is very crucial – the biological clock is ticking. For men it is the same – perhaps not as strong as for women – but the quality and the production of their sperm also reduces with age and reduces with not taking control of the lifestyle choices that they make.”
Cryos raises awareness to help future generations
“Cryos International is a well-known sperm and egg bank and our mission is to help couples and singles who want to have children to make their dream come true. Now, whether that is by providing the best quality sperm and eggs that we have available – or whether that is to raise fertility awareness amongst the youngsters. This is our mission and as a result of this, we hope that helping the next generation to have better fertility in the future will help our future patients as well.”
Some people will need sperm or egg donation
“Inevitably we have patients that would need sperm and egg donation. Either because they have congenital diseases they pass on to their children, they have genetic diseases that make them infertile, or they have had cancer treatment and they are not able to produce their own eggs or sperm, regardless of them being a single women, a same sex couple or a heterosexual couple. These patients will need help in the future – potentially by using donor sperm or donor eggs.”
You may also be interested in this blog post where you can watch a TED Talk with Camille Preston who shares how she and her husband dealt with the uncontrollable challenge of infertility.