Woman

June 20, 2018

Having multiple sexual partners puts you at risk of infertility—Expert

Having multiple sexual partners puts you at risk of infertility—Expert

•Sarah Emmanuel-Godfrey, Founder, Jesus Girls International (1st right) and husband, Pastor Emmanuel Godfrey (1st left); CEO, Atlas Investment Ltd., Chief Ibrahim Oruma (middle); and Mrs Ebi Obaro, Canadian Education Consultant (2nd right) at the seminar on health and leadership organised by Jesus Girls International in Lagos recently.

By Josephine Agbonkhese

Amid rise in the number of couples who suffer difficulty conceiving in the country; currently estimated at 1 in 5, ace fertility expert and CEO of Hope Valley International Clinic, Dr Michael Ogunkoya, has advised unmarried women to be mindful of the number of sexual partners they keep.

•Sarah Emmanuel-Godfrey, Founder, Jesus Girls International (1st right) and husband, Pastor Emmanuel Godfrey (1st left); CEO, Atlas Investment Ltd., Chief Ibrahim Oruma (middle); and Mrs Ebi Obaro, Canadian Education Consultant (2nd right) at the seminar on health and leadership organised by Jesus Girls International in Lagos recently.

Ogunkoya, who spoke at a one day health/leadership seminar organised by Jesus Girls International in Lagos recently, said sticking to one sexual partner reduces a woman’s chances of developing tube blockage which is currently the highest cause of infertility in Africa.

“While contributory factors to infertility could be both male and female-related, lifestyle issues such as having multiple sexual partners is a major factor because it increases the risk of contracting infections which cause blockage of the tube and therefore, infertility. That is the most common in our environment because in Nigeria and in fact Africa currently, blockage of the tube is the highest cause of infertility. In the West though, it is ovulation-related problems,” he said.

Meanwhile, in her lecture on unlocking leadership potentials, Canadian education consultant, Mrs. Ebi Obaro, said unmarried women must choose their spouses carefully as it heavily determines their ability to achieve goals in life.

Obaro who emphasised that ambitions may never be realised once a woman enters into marriage with the wrong partner, highlighted other factors that could facilitate the fulfilment of purpose.

She said: “You need to identify your goal and have a strong female mentor. In starting any venture, do not be afraid to make mistakes; otherwise you will get nowhere. Use every opportunity to develop your skills and also show love for teamwork because no man is an island.”

On his part, CEO, Atlas Investment Ltd., Chief Ibrahim Oruma, a member of the Board of Trustees of Jesus Girls International, while lamenting the moral decadence in the society, urged girls to shun vices capable of setting them against God if they must secure their future and destinies.

Speaking on the rational behind the establishment of the organisation, Founder, Jesus Girls International, Sarah Emmanuel-Godfrey, an ex-banker, said she was inspired by the need to provide emotional healing, mentoring and counselling for women and girls, having suffered same in her youth.

According to her, it is also a platform for service to humanity for every woman and girl who joins the organisation which already has a huge presence on social media with branches in Europe and America.