APRNEWS – His love for children, however, spilled over to the children of parents and those from underprivileged homes in his community. While watching the news one day, she heard about in vitro fertilization.
“I learned about it from the news when a 60-year-old woman gave birth. I saw it on the CRTV television news. So I said to myself what I’m waiting for, if a 60-year-old woman can have a baby. I was 54 then. Mrs. Lum Elizabeth Neba explained.
She embarked on the 400 kilometer journey from Bamenda to Cameroon’s capital, Yaoundé, to try assisted reproductive technology (ART). ” It was not easy. I left Bamenda almost every two weeks and returned. She added.
Her first attempt failed and after close monitoring, she safely delivered her baby at the Hospital Center for Applied Research, Endoscopic Surgery and Human Reproduction, abbreviated as CHRACERH in Yaoundé.
“My first visit here dates back to 2016, when the crisis started in Bamenda. Despite the crisis, I was coming and going and in January 2019, God answered me after the second implantation. Lady Elizabeth explained with a smile.
This experience inspired her to encourage other women with childbearing difficulties. For her, infertility is not a fatality because technology has allowed women to have children at any age.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, CDC define infertility as the inability to get pregnant (conceive) after a year (or more) of unprotected sex. The structure further explains that “fecundity in women is known to decline steadily with age; some providers assess and treat women aged 35 or older after 6 months of unprotected sex.
Despite these scientific explanations, most rural communities in Cameroon maintain several myths associated with infertility. While some are of the opinion that it may be a curse from the ancestors, others believe that infertility is the result of a reckless youthful lifestyle marked by many abortions.
In some cases, the women said they had been involved in the practice of witchcraft. Others think it’s just because she’s mean and the kids refuse to come to her.
However, health experts say women with infertility issues should consider seeing a reproductive endocrinologist, a doctor who specializes in managing infertility.
Reproductive endocrinologists can also help women with recurrent pregnancy loss – having two or more spontaneous miscarriages.
They explain that pregnancy is the result of a process that has many stages.
– The female body must release an egg through one of its outer icon ovaries.
– A man’s sperm must fertilize with the egg along the way.
– The fertilized egg must pass through an external uterine icon to the external icon of the uterus (womb).
– The embryo must settle inside the uterus (implantation).
Infertility can result from a problem with any of these stages. The CDC noted.
The Hospital Center for Applied Research, Endoscopic Surgery and Human Reproduction, abbreviated CHRACERH of Yaoundé, has since its creation about ten years ago been kept at a distance by Assisted Procreation (ART) and fertility treatments to combat the stigma associated with infertility.
Over three hundred women have given birth at the hospital and the family is reminded of the affordability of the process which has so far produced promising results.
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