IVF Rising in the UAE

16 Mar 2013
By Ahlanlive.com

Huge surge in demand for fertility treatment in the UAE, but why?

A new clinic in Abu Dhabi is seeing 30 a couples a day seeking treatment as demand for in-vitro fertilisation (IVF) in the region soars.

"Demand is so great that the centre, which opened in December at Burjeel Hospital in Abu Dhabi, is placing applicants on a waiting list to be treated within three weeks," reported The National.

Ninety per cent of applicants are Emirati, said Prof Human Fatemi, who leads a team of specialists from Belgium at the Centre for Reproductive Medicine, University Hospital Brussels.

"I am seeing around 25 to 30 couples for IVF every day," said Prof Fatemi, a consultant in reproductive medicine. "That is a huge demand."

Prof Fatemi is also involved in research into how consanguinity (marrying between first cousins) and Vitamin D deficiency in the Arabian Gulf contribute to infertility. Consanguineous marriage is a strong tradition in the UAE and throughout the Gulf.