Monday, July 02, 2018

Embryologist Aqeel Morris tell us about Infertility

We also spoke to Aqeel Morris, a Reproductive  biologist and scientist working at Tygerberg Fertility Clinic, about infertility and treatments.

He tells us about his interesting work of having to cultivate and assess male infertilities. He explains how he is part of the team responsible for growing embryos, incubating them and transferring them “back” into women. They assist struggling couples to have a child/children by cultivating and incubating embryos. Although “curing” fertility hasn’t been established, they find ways of by-passing the issue.

There are various ways they try to help, such as treatments like: timed ovulation- which gives couples guidelines to which point in the woman’s cycle they should try to conceive; Inter Uterine Insemination (IUI)- which takes partners concentrated sperm and injects it directly into the uterus of woman; In vitro fertilization (IVF)- which removes eggs from females’ body, combines it with purified sperm and incubates it overnight. Intracytoplasmic Sperm Injection (ICSI)- directly injects single sperm cell into an egg and culture embryos for between 3-5 days before putting it back into woman.

Risk factors for men and women include age, smoking, being overweight or underweight and general unhealthy living. He says Infertility has a certain –unfortunate- stigma based on social constructs and that this shouldn’t be the case as it simply another medical disorder. He says people shouldn’t stigmatize being “barren” and encourages everyone to get professional opinions as they are available.

Theyre based at :
Park Rd, Pinelands, Cape Town, 7405
Phone: 021 531 6999
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Written by: Tauhierah Salie 

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