Health Talk: Merck Philippines on its 5th Year, remains committed to changing lives of couples with fertility problems through the Fertility Awareness 2017 Campaign
MANILA, Philippines, October 2017- The 5th Fertility Awareness 2017 Campaign“Bridging Baby Steps,” aims to raise consciousness against infertility and to continue education on infertility and raise awareness about the in-vitro fertilization (IVF) methods available in the country through seminars and information dissemination.
Save the date! Fertility Awareness 2017 on 21st October 2017 at the EDSA Shangri-La Manila from 2:00PM to 6:00PM. Registration is free.
Pregnancy both in theory and reality is certainly magical and unforgettable, full of real life moments. Thus, when starting a family nothing is cringe worthy once we thought of babies. Being pregnant for women may be temporary phase but the little angel growing inside is a blissful gift that will bring happiness for parents.
Unfortunately, not all couples share the same feeling, especially for the 15% of the population who are suffering from fertility problems.
Infertility is defined by the World Health Organization (WHO), as “a disease of the reproductive system defined by the failure to achieve a clinical pregnancy after 12 months or more of regular unprotected sexual intercourse.”
Research shows that many women don’t realize how quickly their fertility can drop, and how early that can start to happen. Increased age can make it more difficult for the body. Also, a lot of factors can cause fertility both for men and women. From my own understanding, emotional blocks and manner of living can prevent from conceiving. It is important for women and their partners to understand how age, state of mind, and lifestyle can affect fertility, pregnancy, and child-birth, and to what extent medical technologies can help.
Turning Dreams to Reality
Data from a Synovate survey in 2011 shows that one out of 10 Filipinos are suffering from infertility. There are different factors that affect a couple’s ability to procreate such as socio-cultural practices, including the marrying age, educational status, professional goals.
Aside from those, Dr. Virgilio M. Novero Jr., head of St. Luke’s flagship Center for Advanced Reproductive Medicine and Infertility (CARMI), infertility can also be traced to issues affecting both the female and male reproductive systems, and medical conditions that compromises the quality of egg and sperm cells.
Since 2013, the local arm of the world’s oldest pharmaceutical and chemical company Merck Philippines, has been proactive in their fertility awareness campaign.
Merck Philippines’ Fertility Awareness 2017: Bridging Baby Steps will discuss topics about: Debunking the Myths on Infertility with Leonardo Almeda, MD; Treatment Options for Infertility with Anthony Marc Ancheta, MD; and Egg Freezing Preservation by Gia Pastorfide, MD.
The ART of Procreation
Infertility should not be the be-all and end-all for couples, as there are means and ways to this.
One available method for childless couples is Assisted Reproductive Technology (ART). This treatment procedure enables multiplication of ovarian follicles and facilitates egg cell retrieval. During the process, embryos will be formed outside the body of a female patient and will be transferred once the “cultures” are successfully formed. Patients who are suffering from severe sperm deficits, blocked fallopian tubes, unexplained infertility, mild endometriosis, and ovulation disorders can be candidates for this treatment.
With regards to IVF being risky, Dr. Novero shared that the success rate of such procedure has grown tremendously over the past years. He said that about six million children around the world were born via IVF.
“As they say, ‘where there’s life, there’s hope.’ We, at Merck Philippines, understand the heartaches of couples who can’t conceive a child,” said Dess Cartaῆo, Sales & Marketing Manager for Fertility, Merck Philippines. “We want to let them know that there are means and ways to combat infertility. “
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