Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Press Release: Merck’s Advocacy: Give Life to Dreams

Some Filipino couples dream of having a baby and raising it together are hindered by fertility issue that unknown to many, is a disease acknowledged by WHO or World Health Organization.  WHO defines infertility 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.”

Merck Philippines has joined forces with St. Luke’s Medical Center – Global City for a public information project that endorses awareness on infertility and the different medical solutions that can give life to the dreams of Filipino couples. This project accords with the 5th year of St. Luke’s flagship CARMI or Center for Advanced Reproductive Medicine and Infertility.

There are many medical solutions that childless Filipino couples can discover and one of them is ART or Assisted Reproductive Technology which is a term that refers to IVF or In-Vitro Fertilization.  This is a special fertility treatment that stimulates multiple ovarian follicles and facilitates egg cell retrieval.  Embryos are formed outside of the body during this treatment. Once they are formed successfully, they will be transferred to the uterus.

ART is suggested for couples suffering from severe sperm deficits, blocked fallopian tubes, unexplained infertility, ovulation disorders, and mild endometriosis.  IVF is not unknown to Filipinos but it is often seen as expensive, risky, and exclusive to those who can go abroad for the treatment.   However, the success rate of IVF has seen a significant rise owing to the six million children born all over the world to parents who have undergone the IVF procedure.

Know more about infertility and IVF in the Philippines on September 24 at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Ortigas as Merck Philippines will hold a seminar on it.  Admission is free.

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