Sperm disorder in male and ovulation problem in female are just some of the causes of infertility which if not given serious attention causes a lot of strain in a marriage.
Merck, the leading science and Technology Company in healthcare, life science and performance that is recognized globally acknowledges the concern and remains committed to changing lives of couples with fertility problems through the Fertility Awareness Campaign, now on its fifth year.
The stigma that infertility brings to a married couple stems from the usual norms that after marriage, society’s expectation of the succession is for the couple to have a baby.
Couples who cannot conceive after more than of two years of marriage automatically gets a countdown which adds to the pressure.
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.”
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There are several factors that affect a couple’s ability to procreate such as socio-cultural practices, including the marrying age, educational status, professional goals. All of these should be taken into consideration.
Furthermore, 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.
The campaign, which is aptly named “Bridging Baby Steps,” aims to continue education on infertility and raise awareness about the in-vitro fertilization (IVF) methods available in the country through seminars and information dissemination.
Infertility should not be considered a dead-end. Technology and numerous medical studies have made astounding progress as to treat the disorder.
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.
“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. “
To know more about infertility and IVF in the Philippines, visit www.facebook.com/fertilityawarenessphilippines.