“I long to hear a baby’s cry. Those wails, to me, are music to the ears. I want to change diapers, too. And if only God will grant our wish, I will forever be grateful. I will love our children to bits.”
These are what a wife confessed in front of about a hundred audience on the Infertility talk I’ve attended last Saturday. She and her husband have been married for 16 years. She hoped for even one child and shared the same prayer with her husband.
They underwent an in-vitro fertilization (IVF) method. The first two failed. But they didn’t lose hope. On the third try with the weakest embryo, she finally had a successful pregnancy. She carried twins. Now, they are proud parents to a boy and a girl.
The success rate of IVF has grown tremendously over the past years. This laboratory procedure has resulted in about six million babies around the world. Simply, IVF is a process of fertilization wherein an egg is combined with a sperm outside the body, in vitro (in glass). The process involves observing a female’s ovulation, removing eggs from her ovaries and letting a sperm fertilize the egg in a laboratory glass dish. The zygote or the fertilized egg undergoes embryo culture for about two days to less than a week and is implanted into the uterus with the intention of a successful pregnancy.
This is the same hope Merck has, thus remains committed to changing the lives of couples with fertility problems through the Fertility Awareness Campaign.
Now on its fifth year, Merck continues to raise awareness about IVF methods available in the country. For this year’s campaign, which is aptly named “Bridging Baby Steps,” the pharmaceutical company invited distinguished doctors to talk about alternate ways to conceive a child. Merck even invited a couple who testified that indeed, the hope of bearing children is possible through other means, IVF method included.
The success rate
The success rate of IVF is, however, still dependent on many factors.
The age of a woman influences the increase or decrease of the success rate of the infertility treatment. A younger female has more chances of getting pregnant and delivering a healthy infant as opposed to older ones. At age 38 and above, chances for successful IVF drops in a similar manner that an older lady’s natural fertility decreases, too.
Lifestyle plays an important factor in one’s health. It likewise has a direct impact on the success or otherwise of the IVF treatment.
Smoking, for one, reduces the chances of successful IVF procedure by about 50%. It has an adverse effect on both sperm and egg quality. This bad habit likewise increases the risk of a miscarriage.
Other habits that may greatly affect the chances of a successful pregnancy through IVF treatment are excessive consumption of food, caffeine, and certain drugs.
Research says that 15% of the population suffers from fertility problems. Infertility is defined by the World Health Organization (WHO), as “a disease of the reproductive system. It fails to achieve a clinical pregnancy after 12 months or more of regular unprotected sexual intercourse.”
There are means and ways, though, to combat infertility. As most often say, ‘ Where There's Life, There's Hope.' It is prudent to ask around. Go to clinics and hospitals and ask about infertility and IVF in the Philippines. And the good news is, such procedure isn’t that expensive anymore as many clinics are now offering less expensive IVF options.
As for this momi, when she heard the mother who relayed she waited for 16 years before finally having children, she realized something.
She hates it sometimes when she hears her children cry. But there are some parents who long to hear those wails even at the wee hours in the morning. I should have considered those cries as my babies’ call for love and affection and not of stress. Being blessed with five boys is a prayer most couples belonging to the 15% of the population suffering from fertility problems wishes for.
Take the fertility test now and know the meaning of the cry of others, the hope for a blessing, and the facts about infertility.