Hope for Starting Families is a campaign spearheaded by Merck Serono in cooperation with the country’s top fertility doctors and leading centers for assisted reproductive technologies (ART). This campaign aims to raise awareness on infertility and its treatment by providing a library of information through this website, and a source of hope for couples trying to conceive.
By creating a community of fertility experts, Hope for Starting Families aims to make it easier for couples to understand their condition, find their partner in fertility care and encourage them to take the first steps in starting their family.
IT’S TIME TO BREAK THE SILENCE
To view the Fertility Awareness Week web sessions (August 25-30), please go to www.fertilityawarenessweekasia.com/ph.
Fertility Awareness Week was an awareness campaign held last August 25-31 and endorsed by the Asia Pacific Initiative on Reproduction (ASPIRE) & Philippine Society of Reproductive Endocrinology & Infertility (PSREI), working in partnership with Merck Serono, to improve knowledge surrounding fertility and recognize the issue of infertility.
Infertility is a condition of the reproductive system and is estimated to affect 1 in 10 couples. Asia has one of the lowest fertility rates in the world. having already dipped below replacement fertility levels. Infertility prevents couples conceiving a child and, despite the treatment options available, there is currently a lack of knowledge surrounding risk factors and the reasons behind fertility problems.
The Goal of the Fertility Awareness Campaign
The campaign seeks hope to break the taboo of discussing infertility by addressing the pro b ems and misconceptions associated with fertility. By providing information on treatment options we hope to encourage couples to talk about their fertility prob ems with each other and their GP or fertility specialist.
During the Fertility Awareness Week, participants were able to access web congresses that featured local fertility experts who shared insights on the symptoms of infertility and the factors that can be attributed to it, barriers to the understanding the condition, and treatment options that can be accessed in the Philippines.
Participants were also given an opportunity to talk about the condition and submit questions relating to the topics. Answers to the most popular questions on each topic were provided throughout the week.
The Hope for Starting Families team would like to thank those who joined us in this event. Without your support, this year’s Fertility Awareness Week would not have been a great success! We hope that you continue to help us drive this effort to increase the opportunities for Filipino couples to conceive.