“You are not alone, no need to suffer in silence. But you have to educate yourself and understand where the problem lies and search for the certified solution providers that will guide you on the best options for your situation. Less toll on your finances and emotions,” Dr. Angel Tan, PSREI.
In commemoration of Fertility Awareness Month his August,the Philippine Society of Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility (PSREI) together with Merck Serono announced a series of awareness-building initiatives to foster greater understanding of infertility for Filipino couples who are finding it difficult to conceive.
Results from a 2011 Merck-commissioned study by Synovate estimates that 1 in 10 Filipinos are infertile, yet a vast majority of them will struggle in silence, due in part to the shame associated with the infertility, but mainly because many couples do not understand the condition.
The awareness efforts are expected to create an impact on couples’ attitude towards infertility, such that they overcome embarrassment and see the urgency of seeking medical assistance. It is imperative that misconceptions are corrected and that any immediate treatment procedures may be done at the soonest — particularly for older couples.
“With the observance of Fertility Awareness Month, Merck, together with PSREI aim to help childless Filipino couples to learn more about their condition and to realize that there are solutions to the challenge that they face,” said Dr. Gio Barangan, Medical Director, Merck Philippines. “It is also an opportunity for them to meet couples who were successful in their fertility treatment, so that they can gain confidence in the country’s pool of fertility experts and treatment facilities and thereby remain hopeful in starting a family.”
Part of the efforts being undertaken to raise awareness on fertility issues are to provide free seminars to patients that will help increase their understanding of the symptoms and causes of infertility. Conducted by local fertility experts from the PSREI, the seminars will also give patients hope by educating on methods to improve fertility as well as options for treatment.
Raising awareness on fertility is also being done through online means, via the campaign’s website http://fertilityphilippines.com.ph/. The website will be generating new and useful content throughout Fertility Awareness Month and engage directly with couples, particularly for special events such as free seminars and consultation.