Fertility Week 2017
Genea has always been focused on sharing fertility information, raising awareness about reasons people struggle to conceive and breaking down the stigma that can surround infertility. We're always keen to support initiatives that increase awareness and welcome discussions around fertility.
Fertility Week is an annual, national, public education campaign, run by Your Fertility and funded by the Australian and Victorian governments to help people improve their chances of becoming pregnant and having a healthy baby. The aim of Fertility Week is to promote conversations and awareness about factors that affect fertility, and encourage individuals and health professionals to spread the word.
So, as a fertility specialist, what would I like you to be aware of? I would like you to be aware of the impact of age on fertility. Don’t leave things too late or try for too long without seeking help. Help doesn’t always mean IVF. Genea takes an individual approach and develops personalised treatment plans for each patient. As well as offering IVF, Genea also offers services such as ovulation tracking and ovulation induction to facilitate natural conception. In fact, only 50% of patients who see a Genea fertility specialist require IVF.
Of the patients that do require IVF, I would like you to understand the importance of selecting a clinic that offers the best science and leading processes to offer value for money and reduce the number of stimulated cycles. Through the use of leading instruments in the lab, Genea maximises the potential a patient has of having a baby in the least number of stimulated cycles and therefore saves cost to the patient. Genea's patients benefit from success rates that are amongst the best in the world and continually improving. 8 out of 10 patients who started treatment elsewhere wish they came to Genea first*.
This year Fertility Week (October 15 to 21) focuses on chemicals in the home and their potential impact and associations with recognised reproductive disorders. However, as yet, for most environmental chemicals (including endocrine disrupting chemicals), no or few large human reproductive studies exist. Far more research is required to categorically establish the effects of individual EDCs on fertility of both males and females.
So what do I recommend? Moderation. We all need to eat less processed food. We would all benefit from exercise and keeping a healthy BMI range. Don’t smoke. There is a balance between enjoying the world we live in and tempering the foods, technologies and chemicals to which we are exposed. I agree that we all need to be wary of over exposure to environmental toxins, but just be sensible and follow commonsense principles.
Most of all, my hope this week is that Australians are aware of the 1 in 6 couples that face some type of fertility challenge in their lives. Fertility is an issue that needs airtime but just make sure that you keep common sense in mind, enjoy, in moderation.
* Of those patients who responded to the Genea patient survey conducted between 1 January 2017 and 31 December 2017 (223 patients).
Disclaimer: Please note that this is a Genea Group blog and as such information may not be relevant for all clinics. We advise that you consult clinics directly for further information.