TT couples struggling with infertility
By VERDEL BISHOP Tuesday, January 26 2010
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IVF is the process used to conceive a child outside the body....
INFERTILITY affects one in six couples worldwide. Although this is discouraging news, many couples who are trying to conceive can now realise their dreams to successfully begin a family, through infertility treatments such as IVF.
IVF is the process used to conceive a child outside the body. A woman’s eggs and a man’s sperm are placed together in a plastic dish for fertilisation. The resulting embryos are placed back in the woman’s uterus in the hope that a successful pregnancy will follow.
The Barbados Fertility Centre (BFC) specialises in all aspects of infertility management. The BFC was founded in 2002 to meet the growing demand from Caribbean patients for a full time IVF Unit and a growing demand from international clients for IVF services. To facilitate local patients, the BFC has opened a new facility at St Augustine Private Hospital, which is equipped to assess and diagnose infertile couples, and to offer a full ovulation and induction and intrauterine insemination programme and after-care. However patients will have to travel to Barbados for embryos to be transferred into the mother’s womb.
The Barbados Fertility Centre is one of the first IVF units in the world to offer a combination of medical tradition and a holistic approach by treating couples mentally and physically with massage, reflexology, acupuncture and counselling on managing the whole IVF procedure. There are many different causes of infertility and Barbados Fertility Centre tailors the treatments to meet the needs of their patients.
BFC Consultant Gynaecologist and Head Clinician, Dr Juliet Skinner said it is important for couples to know that they no longer have to suffer in silence; that help is available to them. She noted that general awareness of infertility and the different treatment options means that couples are also more likely to come forward to seek assistance with their quest for a baby.
The Barbados Fertility Centre recently hosted a free educational seminar on fertility which was attended by couples keen to learn that help was available to them. The purpose of the seminar was to educate couples on the reproduction process, to alleviate the stress associated with trying to conceive in the hope that they may be successful in achieving a pregnancy.
Dr Skinner said there has been an increase in infertile patients from Trinidad.
“Thousands of Trinidadian couples are trying to conceive each year, and opening a new local facility has increased their chances of success. We have treated hundreds of patients from Trinidad so it makes sense to officially open new consulting rooms at St Augustine Private Hospital to help infertile couples here,” she said.
Skinner added that it is important for couples to know there are options available to successfully become pregnant.
“The BFC is equipped for the growing needs of the Caribbean people for assisted reproduction treatment and we have reinforced our commitment by starting to open locations throughout the Caribbean. We are making the availability of this highly specialised treatment obtainable for wall those who may require it,” she said.
Dr Skinner said the causes of infertility can be extremely simple or very complex. Over the last few decades there have been many advances in understanding of the causes of infertility and treatment options.
She noted that there are more effective treatments plans and together with scientific advances and new technologies, fertility treatments today are now more effective than ever.
“The causes of infertility can be varied and in many cases a combination of factors may be identified. Statistics show that in couples where a cause can be identified, female factors account for approximately 40 percent of all infertility cases, male factors account for a further 40 percent and in the remaining 20 percent of cases, there is a combination of female and male factors,” she said.
For further information on the Barbados Fertility Centre log on to www.barbadosivf.org, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.