An Obstetric Gynecologist with the Sunyani regional hospital, Dr Kwadwo Addai Darko, has stated that it will remain extremely difficult for couples to have babies if they continue to deny themselves of sexual intercourse for a long time.
In an interview with GNA, he revealed that at least couples should have sex thrice a week to enable them give birth and also avoid the risk of infertility.
He was of the view that, most often, couples are unable to bear children not because they were infertile, but because they denied themselves sex for a longer period.
According to him, the best period for ladies to give birth is between the ages of 18 and 25 and also cautioned couples to avoid late childbirth, and possibly give birth at shorter intervals; preferably two years.
He went on to add that it was also not a good attitude for couples to stay or live at different locations if they expect to have children.
The issue of infertility, he explained has become a national health problem, and advised couples who were unable to have children to seek early medication and avoid the use of herbal medicine.
Dr Darko noted that herbal medicine has no potency to manage or treat infertility, but it rather worsens and aggravate the condition of patients saying early diagnosis advances treatment processes.
He regretted that instead of women suffering from infertility to go for early medical diagnosis, they comb around prayer camps and apply herbal medicines and concoctions.
“When they are unable to meet their hopes and aspirations, they then visit hospitals, which sometimes becomes too late for them”, he added.
Studies, he said showed that many cases of female infertility were as a result of a breakdown or blockage of ovules and tubes due to infections such as Sexually Transmitted Diseases and HIV.
In such cases, Dr Darko said if patients were placed on early treatment, there was the possibility for them to be treated and be able to give birth.