Losing a baby is a devastating experience. No matter how early or late into the pregnancy a woman is, the loss of a child hits incredibly hard. Recurrent miscarriages can be confusing. There is no evidence that suggests that a woman cannot go on to have a normal successful pregnancy after one, two or even three miscarriages. It is advisable to consult a fertility doctor if you have experienced a miscarriage especially if it has happened more than once. Miscarriages are sometimes caused by underlying health issues. If these issues are not treated, it could prevent future pregnancies.
A miscarriage is the loss of pregnancy before the 20th week. Over a million cases are recorded in Nigeria each year. Some women may miscarry before they have any clue that they are pregnant. Miscarriages do not cause infertility, but a woman that has miscarried once may experience another miscarriage especially if she has an underlying health issue.
There are two main types of miscarriages: early miscarriage and late miscarriage.
Early miscarriage occurs during the first trimester, i.e., within the first 12 weeks of the pregnancy. Most miscarriages occur during this period. The most common cause of early miscarriage is chromosomal abnormalities with either the sperm or the egg.
Late miscarriage happens after the first trimester (after 12 weeks), but before week 20. It happens during the second trimester of the pregnancy.
What causes a miscarriage?
- Chromosomal abnormalities
- Uterine or cervix abnormalities
- Bacterial infections etc.
Most early miscarriages may occur without any physical symptoms. Abdominal cramps, abdominal pains and vaginal bleeding are some symptoms that may indicate a possible miscarriage. It is important to note that these symptoms sometimes occur during a normal pregnancy and do not necessarily mean a miscarriage is inevitable. It is important to report any uncomfortable feeling or symptoms to your healthcare provider. Sudden loss of common early signs of pregnancy, for example nausea and tenderness of breasts are also possible signs of a miscarriage.
If a woman has a health condition that is known to cause to miscarriage, very little can be done to prevent miscarriage in the first trimester. In the second and third trimester, there are higher chances of sustaining the pregnancy.
You can make a few lifestyle changes to reduce the risk of miscarriages.
- Always go for regular pre natal check up.
- Avoid smoking, drugs and alcohol.
- Maintain a healthy weight. Avoid being overweight or underweight.
- Exercise regularly
- Limit your caffeine intake
Secondary infertility is the inability to conceive after giving birth to at least one child before without any medical intervention. Secondary infertility can be very confusing. Most people believe that being able to conceive once or more automatically means that they would not need any help getting pregnant again. A study published in 2018 stated that secondary infertility is more common that primary fertility (where pregnancy has not occurred at all). Couples who experience secondary fertility are less likely to visit a fertility clinic or consult a fertility doctor because they believe that if they keep trying, the woman will conceive, after all they have done it before.
Secondary infertility can be caused by the same factors responsible for primary infertility. These could be:
- Impaired sperm production, function or delivery
- Damage to the fallopian tube
- Ovulation problems
- Polycystic ovarian syndrome
Health problems that were not present during the first pregnancy could lead to secondary infertility, such as an underlying fertility problem that has worsened over time. Age is also a major cause of secondary infertility. Fertility decreases with age. If a woman has her first child in her mid 30s and is trying to have her second child in her late 30s, the chances of secondary infertility occurring are significantly higher than those of a younger woman.
- Fertility drugs and medication. This is usually the first stage of treatment for most fertility cases. In most cases, both primary and secondary infertility can be treated with fertility drugs and injections prescribed by a fertility doctor. If the underlying problem is more serious, the other forms of assisted reproductive techniques are recommended.
- In Vitro Fertilization. This is the most common of all assisted reproductive techniques. IVF involves fertilizing the sperm and egg in lab and implanting the fertilized embryo into the uterus of the mother or surrogate.
Other ARTs includes; Intra Uterine Insemination, In Vitro Maturation, Testicular Sperm Aspiration, etc.
Secondary infertility can be mentally stressful and draining. Most couples won’t think of visiting a fertility clinic when they experience it. It is advisable to speak to a fertility expert if you have been trying for a year (for women under the age of 35) or for six months (for women above the age of 35) to conceive, if you have had other children in the past. Delaying seeking for help could make the underlying issue worsen. It is perfectly okay to seek a little help in achieving your dream family.
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Certain diseases can affect a woman’s ability to reproduce or get pregnant. It can be a mild issue easily treated with medications. In some cases surgery or one of the Assisted Reproductive Techniques may be required in order for the woman to get pregnant.
Different factors can affect a woman’s reproductive health leading to one or more of the following symptoms:
- Disruption of menstrual cycle (irregular periods)
- Failure to ovulate
- Poor production of eggs
- Cancerous growth on reproductive organs
Frequent miscarriages may also be caused by poor health. Common health problems affecting women are:
- Obstetric fistula
- Polycystic Ovarian Cancer
- Ovarian cysts
- Uterine fibroids
- Ovarian cancer
- Uterine cancer
Fertility clinics diagnose and offer treatment to cater for reproductive health issues affecting women. Regular visits to a gynaecologist, maintaining a healthy diet and regular exercises can greatly improve a woman’s health.
A fertility clinic is a medical clinic that assists couples and individuals who wants to become parents but for medical reasons have not been able to through the natural course.
Fertility clinics offers Assisted Reproductive Techniques. Some of these techniques includes In Vitro Fertilization (IVF), Artificial Insemination, Intrauterine Insemination (IUI), the use sperm donors or egg donors, etc. they also treat infertility related cases such as low sperm count, endometrosis, obstetric fistula. Fertility clinics often cater to males and females.
Assisted Reproductive Techniques was not accepted generally in Nigeria. This was due to traditional beliefs, religious stances and so on. Recently, it has been more accepted and more couples are seeking it out. This has led to a decrease in infertility cases and an increase in fertility clinics in Nigeria.
It is important to be careful when looking for the best fertility clinic in Nigeria. These are some things you should try to find out before committing to one;
- The success rate. The fertility clinic should have a high success rate especially when compared to the number of cases they have handled.
- The staff. The staff should be willing to answer as many questions as you ask as long as it does not breach confidentiality. When you call a potential fertility clinic be sure to take note of your enquiries are received.
- The procedures they offer. Some fertility clinics in Nigeria do not offer a wide range of fertility remedies. Ensure to go for one that does. This way you would have a host of remedies to pick from.
- The rates. While price should not be the dominant factor in choosing a fertility clinic, you should inquire about their prices. This will help you have a sense if what to expect.
Most fertility remedies are very delicate procedures. This is why you must be careful when choosing a fertility clinic in Nigeria. Choose a fertility clinic with high success rates, friendly staff and professional medical experts.
At EL-RAPHA HOSPITALS AND DIAGNOSTICS we believe you deserve only the best so we provide only the best fertility care.
While most ovarian cysts would go away on their own, some requires surgical removal. This surgery is called a Cystectomy. In Nigeria, and in most countries ovarian cysts are a common cause of hospital admissions for females.
An ovarian cyst is a fluid filled sac that forms on the surface of an ovary. It is usually non-cancerous. There are often no signs and symptoms presented by an ovarian cyst although some of them may cause pain and bleeding. Frequent visits to your gynecologist can significantly improve the chances of discovering a cyst early.
A cystectomy is performed in order to remove a more serious case of ovarian cyst. This procedure may be done via a Laparoscopy (keyhole surgery) or open surgery. it is mostly a minor surgery.
Ovarian cysts affect women of every age but older women are more likely to develop it. Family history of cancer, previous history of breast cancer and obesity also increases the risk of a female developing cysts.
Surgery may be needed to remove a cyst if;
- The cyst does not go away after several menstrual periods
- The cyst gets larger
- The cyst has been causing pain.
Ovarian cysts can be caused by; hormonal problems, pregnancy and severe pelvic infections. Cysts formed during pregnancy are typically harmless. They will be monitored constantly by your gynecologist.
Today marks the 7th annual International Day to End Obstetric Fistula. According to the United Nations Population Fund, about 100,000 women develop obstetric fistula every year. In Nigeria, almost 20,000 women develop obstetric fistula annually. However more than 400,000 women are currently living with this condition in the country as a result of poor access to hospitals and proper medical care. The United Nations Population Fund has supported free surgical repairs for over 6,000 women and girls living with fistula in Nigeria.
Obstetric Fistula is an abnormal opening between a woman’s genital tract and her urinary tract or rectum. Obstetric fistula is one of the major causes of maternal mortality especially amongst women in Asia, the Arab region and Sub-Sahara Africa. The opening can be as a result of obstructed labor. During obstructed labor the tissues between the woman’s vagina and her pubic bone are damaged by continuous pressure from the infant’s neck trapped in the birth canal. The damaged tissue later falls off leaving a hole between the vagina and urinary tract or rectum. Faeces and/or urine often leaks from this hole. Obstetric fistula may also be caused by cancer, radiation therapy or surgical complications.
Obstetric fistula can be treated mainly through surgical procedures. The success rate of surgically treating obstetric fistula is very high, above 90% in most cases. However in Nigeria over a large number of women are currently living with this condition. Women that suffer from obstetric fistula are often socially ostracized.
Obstetric fistula can be prevented by;
- Delaying age of first pregnancy
- Cessation of harmful traditional practices such as Female Genital Mutilation
- Timely access to obstetric care.
No woman or girl should have to live with obstetric fistula.
At EL-RAPHA HOSPITALS AND DIAGNOSTICS we provide professional and affordable treatment for obstetric fistula. We are committed to the welfare of every woman an girl child and we join the rest of the world today in the fight against this “silent epidemic”.
In 1984, Dr. Oladapo Ashiru and his team successfully delivered the first baby via In Vitro Fertilization (IVF) in Nigeria. This was six years after the birth of Louise Brown in 1978, the first baby in the world conceived via IVF. Over six million babies has been conceived using IVF. It is often looked upon as a last resort, when other forms of ART (Assisted Reproductive Techniques), has failed.
WHAT IS IN VITRO FERTILIZATION?
In Vitro Fertilization or IVF as it is more commonly referred to is a form of assisted reproductive technique. IVF helps with fertilization, embryo development and implantation. In IVF, fertilization takes place outside the body. The ovum (egg) is extracted from the female. A sperm sample is retrieved from the male also. The egg and the sperm sample is then manually combined in a laboratory. Once fertilization takes place and the embryo has developed to a certain stage, the embryo is the transferred to the uterus and in most cases normal development takes place and the female gives birth to a perfectly healthy baby.
IVF may be considered if either partners have been diagnosed with;
- This is when tissue similar to the lining of the uterus grows in other places in the body outside the womb
- Low sperm count
- Antibody problems that harm sperm or eggs
- Inability of sperm to penetrate or survive in the cervical mucus
- Poor egg quality
- An unexplained fertility problem etc.
In Nigeria tubal factors and low sperm count are the leading causes of infertility. One in four Nigerian couples experience infertility.
In earlier times children conceived through the IVF procedure were often referred to as “test tube babies”. One of the myths was that babies born via this procedure were often not “normal”. This is completely false.
IVF Success Rate
While the success rate with IVF is a little below 50%, this reduces as the female ages, the babies delivered are healthy and normal. To increase the chances of pregnancy, Doctors transfer 3-10 eggs back into the uterus depending on the age of the female, quality of the eggs etc. Advances in technology has greatly improved the chances of IVF procedures making it safer and an option for couples finding it difficult to conceive.
Consult us at EL RAPHA HOSPITALS AND DIAGNOSTICS which is on of the best fertility hospital in Nigeria today as we have a medical team of professionals that will offer guidance, support and professionalism should you opt for an IVF procedure.
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A laparoscopy is a form of minimally invasive surgery. It gives a surgeon access to the inside of the abdomen and pelvis without the surgeon having to make large incisions in the abdomen. In gynecology a laparoscopy is used to diagnose and treat a range of diseases.
During a laparoscopy, a long thin tube with a high intensity light and a high resolution camera at the front called a LAPAROSCOPE is inserted in the abdomen. The laparoscope is inserted through an incision the abdomen. This incision is usually approximately 0.5 inches. The camera and high intensity light at the front of the laparoscope allows the surgeon to see inside the abdomen and the pelvis.
WHY SHOULD YOU GO FOR A LAPAROSCOPY?
A laparoscopy can help to;
- Diagnose and treat endometriosis, chronic pelvic pains and pelvic inflammatory diseases.
- Diagnose causes of infertility
- Treat urinary incontinence and pelvic organ prolapse
- Evaluate cancer of the ovary, uterus and cervix.
A laparoscopy can also be used to visualize organ damage.
BENEFITS OF A LAPAROSCOPY.
A laparoscopy offers some benefits over normal open surgery. A laparoscopy is less painful than an open surgery. The incisions made are very minimal which reduces pain. Patients recover much faster after a laparoscopy than after normal open surgery. Recovery time takes between a day to a week depending on the reason for the surgery, patient and a few other factors. A laparoscopy also reduces the risk of infection. The small sizes of the incision reduces the chances of bacterial infections. Due to less time spent in the hospital, laparoscopy can also be cheaper than its open surgery counterpart.
Laparoscopy was first developed in the 1970s and the huge advances in technology has seen the procedure to become as effective as normal open surgery. Healthcare professionals around the world that minimally invasive surgeries such laparoscopy is the future of surgery.
At EL-RAPHA Hospitals and Diagnostics, with the latest in medical equipment and a host of experienced doctors and nurses, we offer laparoscopy as well as a range of other minimally invasive surgeries.