One out of 10 Filipinos suffer from infertility. This is the pressing result of a quantitative and qualitative 2011 patient study conducted by Synovate International commissioned by Merck Serono Philippines, a bio- pharmaceutical company.
While many couples are having problems with having too many babies, there are a few who are having a problem on how to conceive. The latest medical abstract data about infertility in the Philippines was made available .
Infertility is a multi-layered and complex situation. There are a lot of issues that are involved for the people living with it, as it spans the biological, emotional, physical, social, financial and psychological aspects of lives and relationships.
Some opt not to share their problems even to their close and immediate family members.
Merck Philippines Awareness Campaign
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 is on its fifth year, 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.
“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 Carta, Sales and Marketing Manager for Fertility for Merck Philippines. “We want to let them know that there are means and ways to combat infertility.”
Learn from the Expert.
World Health Organization
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.”
Dr. Virgilio M. Novero Jr., head of St. Luke’s flagship Center for Advanced Reproductive Medicine and Infertility (CARMI), said that infertility can be traced to issues affecting both the female and male reproductive systems, and medical conditions that compromises the quality of egg and sperm cells. Other factors that affect a couple’s ability to procreate such as socio-cultural practices, including the marrying age, educational status, professional goals.
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.
To know more about infertility and IVF in the Philippines, visit and register at www.facebook.com/fertilityawarenessphilippines.
5th Fertility Awareness Week 2017
How can we help friends who have difficulty in conceiving? This is the 5th year that Merck Philippines will be having their ” Fertility Awareness Week”. The best way to seek to advise or information is to seek help from the expert or join formal talk about fertility awareness like the upcoming Merck Philippines Bridging Baby Steps Campaign happening on October 21, 2017 Saturday at the Edsa Shangri-La, Garden Ballroom Hall 3 and 4 , Ortigas ,Metro Manila for FREE.