The Philippines population estimate is between 104 million to 107 million for 2017. According to the Philippine Statistics Office estimate.
Even with 1.75% growth rate, The country is still one of the highest population growth rate within Asia-Pacific region for the past decade. Even with this rate, There were people who had problems in conceiving.
Seven out of 10 patients consult with an obstetrician (OB/GYN) or fertility specialist about their condition, as driven by their desire to conceive a child. However, financial reasons (86%), time constraints (27%), and patient’s belief (17%) were cited as the reasons why some do not seek treatment.
The awareness seminar was held last October 21, 2017at the EDSA Shangri-La Hotel, Ortigas in Mandaluyong City .
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.
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There is a photo booth, fertility awareness audio visual presentation and a simple survey.
Dr. Raymond Tapang with his opening remarks. He welcomes everyone to the event. The 5th year of this program on the country. Also highlighting the existence of Merck for 250 years.
Topics includes: Debunking The Myths of Fertility by Dr. Mark Anthony V. Ancheta MD, FPOGS, FPSAM, talked about Treatment Options for Fertility.
On 25 July, 1978, the first test–tube baby, Louise Brown, was born.
Fertility Vs. Infertility
A universal study define FERTILITY as the ability to achieve pregnancy after 12 months + of regular, unprotected sexual intercourse. INFERTILITY on the other hand, is the term used when a woman can’t get pregnant or conceive.
The 2 types of infertility:
- Primary infertility refers to couples who have not become pregnant after at least 1 year of having sex without using birth control methods.
- Secondary infertility couples able to get pregnant at least once, but now are unable.
Egg Freezing and Fertility Options by Gia Pastofide
Dr. Leonardo Almeda
Merck Top 10 Fertility Myths Debunked
Testimonials and Open Forum- One of the successful stories was shared by a couple ( Mr. Dennis and Maureen Basilio who hailed from the province of Tarlac. They were married for about 16 years and having a hard time conceiving a child.
Mrs. Maureen and Mr. Dennis Basilio together with their children ( non-identical twins)
They were dealers of pigs ( mag-bababoy) and with the aid of the Merck . They were able to avail of the technology. When their babies were born, They only weighted about 1 kilo. They were born about 7 months and were placed under human incubator for few weeks.
The awareness seminar is well attended and covered by social media, bloggers and big television networks like PTV channel 4 and GMA channel 7.
Do not forget to use #BridgingBabySteps , #Merck , #FertilityAwarenessWeek
There was a free consultation after the seminar and those interested with the schedule of fertility awareness , Please try to visit the links.
Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/fertilityawarenessphilippines/