There’s Hope for Childless Couples with Merck Philippines’ Bridging Baby Steps Campaign


Ask anyone who had just gotten married, and the most common question would usually be, “When will you be having a baby?” As if it’s that simple to have one. Of course, a baby is always a blessing and it would be a welcome addition to the couple. In our society, once you get married, people around you would often pressure you into having kids right away. Having a baby is one of the most exciting times in a couple’s life, but for couples coping with infertility and infertility treatments, conceiving a baby can be trying. The physical, emotional and financial stress of infertility can, if you’re not careful, hurt your relationship with your partner.

So you just got the diagnosis. Your husband’s sperm are “slow.” Or your endometriosis has blocked one of your fallopian tubes, or you have one of the most common case among Pinays–you have PCOS (Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome). Or the infection your husband had during his bachelor days damaged many of his sperm. It would be easy to turn to one another and shout, “It’s your fault!” But the reality is that no matter who plays the blame game, you both lose.


Does it really matter whose “fault” it is? After all, this is not something you have much control over. And it may be too late to change the few things you might have once controlled, such as trying to conceive when you were younger. The reality is what you’re facing today: Having a baby is going to be more difficult for the two of you than for many other couples.

But fret not, there’s still HOPE. Yes, hope is within reach. Merck Philippines aims to raise awareness against infertility and to continue education on the in-vitro fertilization (IVF) methods in the Philippines through seminars and lectures. This 2017, Merck Philippines presents the 5th Fertility Awareness Campaign via “Bridging Baby Steps.” The said event will be happening on October 21,2017 at the EDSA Shangri-La Manila from 2:00PM to 6:00PM. It is open to the public and registration is FREE. 

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Merck Philippines’ Fertility Awareness 2017: Bridging Baby Steps will discuss topics about: Debunking the Myths on Infertility with experts in their respective fields will be talking about treatments and will debunk myths on fertility related issues. Leonardo Almeda, MD will speak about Treatment Options for Infertility with Anthony Marc Ancheta, MD; and Egg Freezing Preservation by Gia Pastorfide, MD.

Infertility should not be the be-all and end-all for couples, as there are means and ways to this. Take advantage of this FREE Lecture on Fertility. Attend this event organized by Merck Philippines.

To know more about infertility and IVF in the Philippines, as well as to register for the event, visit

Vance Madrid

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