Expert Speak: Urban lifestyle, stress contributes to infertility

Expert Speak: Urban lifestyle, stress contributes to infertility

KOTA DAMANSARA: Living in an urban area can lead to infertility said Dr Colin Lee, the founder of Alpha IVF Group.

According to Lee, the ongoing urban lifestyle affects badly on the reproductive system.

There is strong evidence that changing lifestyle, stressful work, and personal environment, age, weight and smoking impact on general health and adversely on reproductive performance.

There are several other factors such as psychological stress, caffeine consumption, alcohol consumption and exposure to environmental pollutants that have been implicated but the evidence is equivocal.

Infertility is defined as the inability to conceive after 1 year of regular unprotected sexual intercourse. As a disease, many treatment efforts have been suggested. However, infertility has a strong social impact in the culturally and socioeconomically diverse Malaysia.

“Fertility problem is a major problem for both males and female which they can’t accuse their partner of having it.

“It is about their lifestyle which the more urban the society is, the higher chances for the couple or single person to have infertility,” he said after the launch of Alpha IVF and Women’s Specialists in Petaling Jaya, today.

On another matter, Colin also said that age is the single biggest factor affecting a woman’s fertility. It affects the ability to conceive and have a healthy baby. A woman is born with all the eggs she is going to have in her lifetime. Her eggs age with her, decreasing in quality and quantity.

This is why age is the single most important factor affecting a woman’s fertility. While good health improves the chance of getting pregnant and having a healthy baby, it does not override the effects of age on a woman’s fertility.

And while infertility impacts both men and women, career women usually bear the brunt of the responsibility.

“The stages of the fertility and the chances for the women who married late over 30 years old will decrease based on their age factor.

“Apart from that, the quality of the fallopian tube also affect women’s fertility while the low count of sperm and the quality of sperm affect men’s fertility,” he said.

Colin also suggested that people who live in urban areas to have a balanced diet and a healthy lifestyle that can lead to a healthy reproductive system.

At the launch of Alpha IVF & Women’s Specialists, a fertility center today, Raja Permaisuri Agong Tunku Azizah Aminah Maimunah Iskandariah also opened up about her trials and tribulations with pregnancy.

She shared her 10-year journey of conceiving four children through in vitro fertilisation (IVF) and various other fertility treatments.

By Fifi Harteeny Marzuki

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