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Seed of hope for Pinoy infertile couples

MANILA, Philippines – A recent study shows that one in 10 Filipino couples face difficult conditions that prevent conception.

The study, commissioned by biopharmaceutical firm Merck Serono, reveals that while many couples with fertility problems seek help, “treatment is hindered by their perception of the high cost of treatment and lack of understanding of the procedures involved”.

One of the barriers for treatment also stems from the misconception that treatment is not available locally, or that it is more effective in other countries – the study showed.

This is why Merck is rolling out Hope for Starting Families, a campaign that will “provide couples with information on infertility treatment through public information efforts such as a series of talks across major cities in he Philippines, and a dedicated website on infertility at“.

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Merck will also be conducting workshops on Basic Infertility Management for obstetricians and gynecologists.

Under this campaign, Merck informs Filipino couples that fertility treatments are available from five assisted reproductive technology (ART) centres in the Philippines and that their success rates are comparable to international standards.

The Philippine Society of Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility (PSREI) is also encouraging “Filipino couples to seek help from fertility experts – and to do so urgently — if they truly want to realize their dream of starting a family”.

It says: “Fertility treatments are being successfully done in the Philippines for many years now, and I am happy to report that we have helped many couples conceive with an average success rate of 30-50%.”

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