The fertility of men and women has decreased significantly in recent years, said Hassan Boudrar, a gynecologist specializing in reproductive medicine. “About 13 to 15% of Moroccan couples suffer from infertility,” he added at a press conference held on the sidelines of the 5th International Symposium on Fertility, which will continue Saturday in Marrakech. Boudrar attributed this high rate to the impact of climate change, changing dietary patterns, t the long-term education of both women and men, in addition to the increase in the age of marriage, among other factors.
The gynecologist and specialist in reproductive medicine, who is also the director of a fertility clinic, reported that in vitro fertility has been practiced nearly 25,000 times in Morocco. “A figure that is still low compared to other neighboring countries,” he said, noting that the care of couples suffering from infertility is a major issue to which adequate solutions will have to be found.
Professor Samir Hamamah, head of the Department of Reproductive Biology at the University Hospital Center (CHU) in Montpellier (France), argued for the integration of fertility preservation into reproductive health, while recommending that men and women undergo an annual check-up because, he said, fertility is a fragile system of the human being.
For his part, Professor Mats Brännström, who led the medical team that carried out the world’s first uterine transplant operation, stressed that the world scientific community needs 10 to 20 years of clinical trials to be able to further develop this medical technique, which he described as a major breakthrough in the fight against infertility.
The professor of gynecology and obstetrics at Stockholm University and head of department at the Sahlgrenska University Women’s Hospital, said that only 25 babies have been born as a result of uterine transplant operations worldwide, which is still far from the expectations of specialists, regretting the fact that no such operations have been performed in Africa.
He said the achievement offers hope to women who cannot have children because they were born without a uterus or suffer from a birth defect or have had their uterus removed because of cancer or bleeding in a previous pregnancy.
Organized by Marrakech Fertility Institute, this Symposium is highlighted by the participation of world-renowned specialists in the field who have come to Marrakech to share their expertise in this field.
The program of this scientific and medical meeting includes Workshops dealing with spermiology with transmission from the clinic’s laboratory, premature ovarian failure, ovarian rejuvenation, practical management of the infertile couple, practical aspects of ovarian stimulation. These are spaces for exchange allowing participants to make the most of the speakers’ expertise in order to improve their knowledge in the field of reproductive medicine.
The aim of this event, according to the organizers, is to debate a very important subject in society and thus to propose solutions to couples.