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If you have been trying to conceive with no success, the recent IFAASA infertility seminars held in May 2014 strive to help couples struggling to conceive with a multitude of information and expert advice.

With a staggering one in six couples in South Africa suffering from infertility and struggling to find support and advice, IFAASA provides grounds for guidance about family building options.

Meggan Zunckel, director of IFAASA says “The Cape Town and Johannesburg seminars were a huge success. As a non-profit organisation we regularly get requests for information from people looking for advice and information on the various aspects of infertility treatment and family building options. Our seminars are a discreet environment where you can learn about your fertility, understand your options with experienced professionals, and find out how to give yourself the best chance of building your family”.

The seminars were jam packed with expert speakers including Dr Antonio Rodrigues from Medfem fertility clinic, Dr Paul Le Roux from Cape Fertility Clinic, Dr Merwyn Jacobson from Vitalab fertility clinic and Dr Sascha Edelstein from HART fertility clinic. Also included in the seminars were talks on support from medical aids, diet and lifestyle, psychological effects of infertility, male factor infertility, immunology, surrogacy, and adoption.

Saskia Williams, spokesperson and director of IFAASA, says “Infertile couples are short-changed because they often don’t want to talk publicly about their problems, so they’re not going to stand outside their medical aids headquarters waving placards. Into this breach steps IFAASA: we are lobbying the medical aids for better cover for infertile couples”.

It seems infertility has become an epidemic of our nation and is further exasperated by lack of education on the subject. “Couples need an early diagnosis to give them the best opportunity to conceive using their own gametes” says Zunckel. “Unfortunately in South Africa many people procrastinate or just don’t realise they need to see a fertility specialist as soon as possible. Early intervention really is vital” she continues.

To view the talks from the recent IFAASA seminars follow these links: