Monday, October 16, 2017

Combating Infertility in The 21st Century

For some married couples, the pain of not having children can really take a toll on the relationship. I've known some couples who have been childless for decades (unless they have strong faith) that they eventually lived their own lives even if they stayed married. And our family and friends also doesn't really help much especially with remarks of "Bakit wala pa kayong anak?" (Why don't you have children yet?)

It is quite insensitive of our culture to be invasive of one's privacy such as saying hurtful comments or questions pertaining to being childless. Being childless is also traumatic especially for a woman.

According to research studies, about 15% of the population suffers from infertility problems. Infertility is define by the World Health Organization (WHO) as "a disease of the reproductive system defined by the failure to achieve a clinical pregnancy after 12 month or more of a regular unprotected sexual intercourse."

There are many factors that affect a person's ability to procreate and this includes: age, professional goals, health reasons, cultural practices, among others.

I've known a couple who decided to delay having a baby because the wife is being treated for thyroid problems. After her treatment, it took her and her husband about a decade before they were blessed with a baby. Then there's another couple who's husband's work takes him to different countries almost every week. It took them more than a decade to have a baby and thru IVF.

In line with this, Merck Philippines is advocating a fertility awareness campaign called- "Bridging Baby Steps," that aims to educate and raise awareness about the in-vitro fertilization (IVF) methods available in the country thru seminars and information campaigns.

Luckily, infertility problems can now be addressed to via Assisted Reproductive Technology (ART). This treatment 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, and mild endometriosis, and ovulation disorders can be candidates for this treatment.

Thru the years, the success rate of IVF has gone up and according to Dr. Novero of St. Luke's Medical Center, there are about six million children around the world born via IVF.

"As tey say, 'where there is life, there is hope.' We, at Merck Philippines, understand the heartaches of couples who can't conceive a child," said Dess Cartano, 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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