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Infertility clinic set up at MIMS

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KOZHIKODE: The Malabar Institute of Medical Sciences (MIMS), in association with the Chennai-based Mothers Love International Research Foundation of Fertility Centre, has set up an infertility clinic and intra-uterine insemination (IUI) laboratory at its Department of Gynaecology.

Azad Moppan, MIMS chairman, inaugurated the clinic and laboratory at the hospital auditorium last week. Hospital director Kartheekaya Varma and others including, Sivadas and Bala Guhan, doctors, spoke.

One of latest, cheapest and simplest technique to overcome infertility is IUI that has been made practical at several clinics in India and abroad. It is the most commonly used method of artificial insemination with a high success rate.

The IUI procedure involves direct placing of washed and prepared sperm inside the cavity of the womb at the time of ovulation whether it is spontaneous or stimulated. It is effective for selected couples where males have problems of low sperm count and quality of sperm and females have changes in the shape of the uterus and deficiency in immune system.

What has prompted the hospital to start the venture is the increase in incidence of infertility in the State. Infertility affects one in every five couples in Kerala, according to official records. And it has increased manifold in the last several years.

Female infertility accounts for one-third of the cases of infertility

and male infertility for another one-third. About 15 per cent of both males and females are affected.

Infertility specialists say that lifestyle changes, social pressure, stressful living, late marriage, habitual smoking and irregular foods habits are some of the factors contributing to infertility.

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