Infertility is still a problem in Indonesia for spouses that want to have children.
“Around 11 percent of 150 million of spouses experience infertility,” said Business Unit Manager of DIPA Healthcare, Laksmi Wingit Ciptaning, when giving a guest lecture at Faculty of Biology UGM on Thursday (22/12).
Infertility may be suffered by women and men or caused by other factors, such as lifestyle. The good news is that in-vitro fertilisation (IVF) can be the solution to people wishing to have children.
Laksmi said the success level for tube babies is 35 percent, or in 100 infertile spouses 35 can have pregnancies. The possibility for success is increasing with the Pre-Implantation Genetic Screening (PGS) technology that can select normal embryos more accurately.
“The success of tube babies is also affected by the age of the mother, it’s getting less successful with the older age,” she said.
Laskmi added that the percentage for success is higher for women under 35 years of age. Women aged above 40 will less likely to succeed because the women’s fertility is also decreasing.
“Unlike men, their fertility is not bound by age, the sperms will be produced every day,” she told tens of biology students at UGM.
Furthermore, Laksmi said people interest in tube babies increased every year. In 2015, as many as 4,500 spouses do tube babies programme, increasing in 2016 to 5,500.
Previously, Dean of Faculty of Biology UGM, Dr. Budi S Daryono, in his welcoming speech said the guest lecture was to introduce the branch sciences of biology to the UGM students. “Through this programme we are trying to introduce the students to technology applications of biology science, including embryology,” he said.