/ Why is early diagnosis of Infertility important?
For couples struggling with infertility, education and early diagnosis is vital. It is important to see a Specialist (not a Gynae) for a complete fertility work-up and diagnosis. Once a diagnosis is made through a Fertility Specialist the couple is then empowered with information to make the best decisions, for themselves, going forward. Be that to go through fertility treatment, pursue adoption or choose to live without children. About one-third of infertility cases are due to female factors; one-third are due to male factors; and the remaining one-third are due to a combination of male and female factor issues. Infertility affects approximately 1 in 6 couples of reproductive age in some form. Since infertility strikes diverse groups - affecting people from all socioeconomic levels and cutting across all racial, ethnic and religious lines - chances are great that a friend, relative, neighbour or perhaps you are attempting to cope with the medical and emotional aspects of infertility.
Dr Sulaiman Heylen, President of SASREG says: "When it comes to fertility, age does matter. In an ideal world all women should have all their babies before the age of 35. After 35 the fertility declines rapidly. Also the chance of abnormalities and miscarriages increases exponentially after 35."
/ Will Your Fertility Stand The Test Of Time?
Most new parents will tell you that meeting their newborn baby for the first time is nothing short of a miracle. But for some couples, the journey to parenthood is a long and painful road, and for many others, it may never happen. One in six couples are diagnosed with infertility. And according to the WHO, infertility is recognised as a disease that results in the abnormal functioning of the male or female reproductive system. Infertility is defined as the inability to conceive or carry a pregnancy to term after 12 months of trying to conceive. If you are over the age of 35, the time of trying to conceive is reduced to 6 months. There are two types of infertility. Primary infertility, where a couple has never had a baby before and secondary infertility, where a couple is unable to conceive, after they have already had a child.
This Reproductive Health Month, 1st – 28th February 2021, IFAASA is putting the disease of infertility in focus, with our theme for this year being “Will Your Fertility Stand the Test of Time?” For years, infertility has been somewhat of a taboo subject, something that people hid from the world and didn’t talk about. As part of Reproductive Health Month 2021, IFAASA not only encourages couples to seek help to ensure a proper diagnosis and make an informed decision, but also for the general population to educate themselves about infertility and to remember that pregnancy is a privilege that not every couple is afforded. The educational initiative is being backed by a number of SASREG Clinics of Excellence, who have pledged that consultations booked in the month of February will be eligible for a 25% discount on the first consultation and scan. “Everyone needs to be supportive of these families and couples struggling with infertility, because they are going through a huge emotional and financial challenge” says Saskia Williams, CEO of IFAASA. “We are delighted to have the backing and support of South Africa’s leading fertility clinics in driving awareness of infertility”.