Infertility on the rise in Malaysia – expert


Although Malaysia does not have official statistics on its infertility rates, there has been an obvious increase in the number of couples who are unable to have children despite being married for several years.

Gynaecologist Dr Azirawaty Mohd Tadzri, who is a partner at a private clinic in Ampang, Selangor, said while in the past women had the tendency to become pregnant within three months of marriage, nowadays it took them more than a year or two to conceive although they were physically normal and have a healthy womb and eggs.

"Almost 70 % of my patients (who have trouble starting a family) who come to me for consultation and treatment are less than 30 years old and many of them have been married for two or three years, " she told Bernama in an interview.

She also said that the perception that the inability to conceive was mainly due to female infertility was no longer applicable as studies have shown that male infertility was also on the rise due to declining sperm quality.

"When examining sperm sample, we can determine the quality by looking at how fast they move, as well as the sperm count.

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