UAE sees surge in demand for IVF

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According to the World Health Organisation (WHO), the conception rates in the UAE have gone down from around 5.7 children per woman to two children per woman. There is a huge demand for IVF services in the UAE with one in every six couples having fertility issues. A report released by the Dubai Health Authority (DHA) in 2010 estimated that 100,446 men and women are facing infertility problems in the UAE. According to the World Health Organisation (WHO), the conception rates in the UAE have gone down from around 5.7 children per woman to two children per woman."We believe that IVF is a noble service to couples who want to but are unable to expand their family," said Dr Shamsheer Vayalil, managing director of Burjeel Hospital. Burjeel Hospital's In-vitro fertilisation (IVF) centre has achieved a 60 per cent success rate in just one year. The IVF centre was opened in collaboration between Burjeel and University of Brussels. Since the centre opened in September last year, it has already handled nearly 500 IVF requests, 90 per cent of which were from Emirati couples. Professor Dr Human Mousavi Fatemi, senior medical director at the Centre for Reproductive Medicine, Brussels University and Head of IVF Department at Burjeel Hospital revealed a unique research finding on early ovary aging that contributes to infertility in women."We discovered that reasons for early ovary aging in Emirati women include consanguinity and Vitamin D deficiency in the GCC. We measured the number of eggs in the ovaries of women whose parents were first cousins and found 50 per cent chance of lower number of eggs as compared to women whose parents were not," he said. Citing common factors of infertility, Prof Fatemi said:"Obesity, smoking, unhealthy diet and lack of exercise are contributing factors as to why one in four men in the UAE have poor sperm quality - the most common cause of male infertility." Read further