One in six couples are diagnosed with infertility and yet so many are unaware of this fact.
So starting next week Reproductive Health Month will see the Infertility Awareness Association of South Africa (IFAASA) put infertility in focus through a host of free webinars
According to the World Health Organisation, infertility is recognised as a disease that results in the abnormal functioning of the male or female reproductive system and 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.
IFAASA Founding Member and CEO, Saskia Williams elaborates on Reproductive Health Month and IFAASA’s 2021 theme being “Will Your Fertility Stand the Test of Time?”
“For years, infertility has been somewhat of a taboo subject, something that people silenced and hid from the world. IFAASA strives to not only encourage couples to seek help in order to ensure a proper diagnosis and make an informed decision, but also for the general population to educate themselves about infertility. Pregnancy is a privilege that not every couple is afforded. This educational initiative is backed by numerous SASREG (Southern African Society for Reproductive Medicine and Gynaecological Endoscopy) 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 couples struggling with infertility, because they are going through a huge emotional and financial challenge. We are delighted to have the backing and support of South Africa’s leading fertility clinics in driving awareness of infertility.”
Dr Sulaiman Heylen, President of SASREG states that
“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.”
During Reproductive Health Month, the following clinics are offering a 25% discount on their initial consultation and scan fees
To receive your 25% discount on your initial consultation and scan you need to register on this website
Saskia concludes that taking control of your reproductive health is your greatest advantage
“Knowledge is power, which is why in February, IFAASA will host two webinars every week on a variety of topics such as: female and male reproductive health, pregnancy during Covid-19 times, HIV and IVF and much more.
To attend these free and fantastic webinars, register your interest online here