By Sola Ogundipe
MEDICAL records confirm that one in four Nigerian couples face infertility even though studies show that most infertile couples could benefit from treatment. Around the world, Assisted Reproductive Technology (ART), such as In Vitro Fertilization (IVF), is known to offer one of the best treatment options to increase the chances of conception and birth of patients. However, the relatively high cost of antiretroviral therapy, particularly IVF and other treatment options, is often an obstacle, hence the desire for cheap IVF cycles in Nigeria. In line with this commitment and as part of efforts to provide more Nigerian couples with access to treatment, Fertigold Fertility Clinic, a local fertility treatment center in Lagos, offers low-cost IVF treatment – up to at 57% discount. At a recent forum for couples with fertility problems, it was determined that a full IVF cycle could be obtained for 650,000 N at the clinic.
According to Olajide Wilson, embryologist and chief operating officer, Fertigold Fertility Clinic, a Lagos-based fertility center, offers reduced IVF cycles in response to the high cost of treating infertility in Nigeria. Wilson said development does not contribute to easing tensions and easing pressure on families with infertility. “Infertility is already a frustrating and emotionally draining condition that many couples see their inability to have a child as a failure on their part. This unfortunate feeling is reinforced, especially among low and middle income people, by the cost high access to treatment for their condition, which many can not afford.”Wilson said the high cost of treatment is due to the high cost of treatment, equipment, supplies and staff required for care quality of life that best increases the chances of conceiving patients. “According to him, given the country’s economic situation and the emotional needs of couples fighting infertility, fertility clinics should do their utmost to ease the burden of disease of affected couples by reducing access costs in line with the core and essence of medical practice.
IVF Fertigold Fertility Clinic is a dedicated fertility clinic, offering the full range of modern fertility services. Wilson added that Fertigold Fertility Clinic believes that its clients deserve to be treated with respect, dignity and intimacy.