CHENNAI: An exhibition to increase the awareness of infertility factors was inaugurated by Dr G Rajamohan, psychologist and former professor of Presidency College, at Aakash Fertility centre and hospital in Vadapalani today.
The four-day exhibition during July 22 to 25 is organised by the fertility centre to mark the World IVF Day that falls on July 25.
“On Sunday morning, around 10,000 IVF babies born at our hospital will assemble here for a free check up,” said Dr Kamaraj, director of the Institute.
According to Dr Kamaraj, more than a lakh people are expected to visit the exhibition where couples could bring their medical records and get free consultation or a second opinion on the options available to them.
“There are a lot of couples opting for divorce even today because of infertility issues,” said Dr Rajamohan. Couples can visit the exhibition, undergo the necessary tests and gain an understanding of the options open to them, he added.
Dr K S Jeyarani Kamaraj, also the director of the institute, said the exhibition would have audio-visual programmes to educate the couples on infertility factors and the treatment options. “Childless couples can learn the causes and treatments for infertility. There are solutions to almost everything,” she said.
According to the directors of the institution, more than 15,000 children have been born in their hospital so far including a 56-year-old woman who gave birth to twins. The IVF treatment offered once increases the chances of pregnancy to about 35 to 40%, they added.
They also explained that factors like environmental degradation and toxicity, genetic complications, air pollution, polluted water, insecticide toxicity and lack of hygiene can cause infertility.