Infertility doesn’t discriminate!
One in six couples are infertile! I am #1in6. My husband and I started trying to have a baby when I was 30 years old. What was to follow was 7 of the toughest years of my life. Seven 1st trimester miscarriages. Multiple surgeries, hundreds of internal scans, thousands of tests, countless timed, medicated cycles, 5 artificial inseminations and 5 invitro fertilizations. And that’s only the medical list, the toll on my mental well being and the state of my emotions are not measurable.
If I could offer anyone struggling to fall pregnant a piece of advice, it would be this:
Early detection is key! If you’re struggling to fall pregnant, get tested! Both of you!
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.
Infertility is recognized as a disease by the World Health Organisation.
February is Reproductive Health Month!
And for the fourth year in a row, IFAASA are encouraging those who may be struggling to conceive to get tested.
IFAASA Spokesperson and Director, Saskia Williams says, “This February, we want to shine the
spotlight onto the fact that, like every disease, infertility does not discriminate between race, religion,
location or gender. 1 in 6 couples are infertile, no matter who they are or where in South Africa they
live. Furthermore it is understood that male factors are the cause in more than 30% of infertility cases.
What we as the public can control is how we perceive this disease and how we treat people who are
diagnosed with it.” She goes on to say, “It is hard enough to be diagnosed with infertility, when all you
want is to start a family with the person you love but, to then be shunned by a community who places
a woman or man’s worth on their ability to procreate, makes it so much worse”.
Break the silence!
You can also help dispel the myths and shame surrounding infertility by sharing your story with IFAASA who will in turn, share over on the IFAASA Facebook page. It is so important that we start to break the stigma and shame surrounding infertility. Not just for our own healing but in support of those still stuck in the hellish trenches of infertility.
As part of Reproductive Health Month, couples are being encouraged to book an assessment with a SASREG accredited clinics .All appointments booked in the month of February will be eligible for a 25% discount on the first consultation and scan! Visit IFAASA’s website to find the list of participating clinics!
According to Dr Paul Le Roux, Fertility Specialist and Director at Cape Fertility,
“Many couples wait too long until they access fertility treatment. The success rate of fertility treatment
is linked to the woman’s age, and in some cases delaying treatment by 6 -12 months can make a
significant difference in the outcome of therapy. An early evaluation of a couple with fertility problems
will provide important information to guide the couple as to how urgently treatment is
warranted, and which types of treatment will be relevant to them.”
For more information, you can email Saskia here: firstname.lastname@example.org
Find IFAASA on Facebook here: https://www.facebook.com/ifaasa/