Infertility Worries in the UAE

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Fraser Clarke

Secondary infertility rates are soaring in the United Arab Emirates, leading to a serious decline in the country’s population according to experts.

The average number of births per woman in the Emirates has dropped dramatically in recent times - sinking from 6.6 per woman in 1970 to a projected figure of 1.66 by 2025, leaving the Emirates with a dangerously top-heavy population.

Two major factors have been given as reasons for this notable shift - changing attitudes amongst women who are becoming more career driven and infertility rates that are considerably higher than the global average.

According to Dubai Health Authority (DHA) figures around 50% of women in the Emirate experience infertility issues, with the number of people seeking medical support expected to double by 2030.

As the UAE has developed two sizeable lifestyle changes are being pinpointed as major causes of the nation’s infertility: Obesity and Vitamin D deficiency.

Rapid development has lead to people leading less active lifestyles whilst consuming a diet high in processed food. 

On top of this, the growth of large indoor shopping malls mean that people can spent days indoors without being exposed to direct sunlight - starving them of vital vitamins.

Speaking to the Khaleej Times about the issue, Dr Human Fatemi, said: “We must adjust the lifestyle to make sure that IVF patients are informed about obesity and vitamin D issues.”