Infertility is high in Gulf: report

Gulf oil producers have a high infertility rate as it is estimated in Saudi Arabia at around 20 per cent, according to a medical report.

The report by the King Faisal University in Riyadh showed Saudi Arabia’seastern region, which borders the UAE and other Gulf countries, have the highest infertility rate in the kingdom.

“Infertility in both men and women in Saudi Arabia is very high as it estimated at around 20 per cent,” said Dr Hassan Jamal, a gynecology and obstetrics professor at King Abdul Aziz University in the western Red Sea port of Jeddah.

Dr Jamal was addressing a Gulf medical conference in Riyadh, where hundreds of doctors and health officials from Saudi Arabia, the UAE and other parts of the region are present.

“Infertility in the region is very high mainly in Saudi Arabia’s eastern region and the other Gulf countries.”

Dr Jamal, who was quoting the study by the King Faisal University, gave no reason for the high infertility rate in the region but said the problem has become now easier with what he described as the “dramatic” development in the treatment of infertility.

He said men getting married should be tested for infertility before women. He gave no reason for this recommendation.

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