Celebrating International Women’s Day this March 8, let’s cherish everything we can related to women. From women’s achievements, to the importance of taking care and having control over women’s health, that’s exactly what we are going to do! It is the time to talk about one of the major concerns: women’s health and fertility.
Women’s Health: Reproductive & Fertility @ TMC Fertility Centre
Talking about reproductive health and fertility can be incredibly intense and emotionally taxing for anyone. However, when it comes to women, there’s so many layers of complexity to it.
Women are often told that they need to start thinking about having children in their twenties or early thirties if they want to have a good chance of conceiving naturally. This can create a lot of anxiety and stress for women who feel like they’re running out of time.
While women’s fertility does decline as they get older, with the chances of getting pregnant decreasing significantly after the age of 35, the stigma and shame associated with infertility tends to disproportionately affect women. And TMC Fertility is here to help you with it!
International Women’s Day Theme: #EmbraceEquity
This discussion on women’s reproductive health and fertility is to empower women with the dialogue around their health. It’s important to make sure they feel in control of their own body, including health. In that spirit, here are some ways women arm themselves with the knowledge they need to advocate for their fertility and well-being.
Important Steps To Highlight
1. Regular Health Screenings
Infertility can be caused by several factors such as hormonal imbalances, genetic disorders, and structural issues with the reproductive system. And the only way to get this all checked is through having regular health screenings. This will also help in detecting life-threatening conditions early on.
Talking in detail about this, Dr Khairun Marina bin Bachok, Consultant Obstetrician & Gynaecologist, Fertility Specialist of TMC Fertility explained:
For instance, a simple blood test can determine a woman’s ovarian reserve, which refers to the number and quality of eggs she has remaining. In some cases, a woman can have regular periods without ovulating, so it can be hard to tell if there are possible fertility issues without proper screening methods.Dr Khairun Marina bin Bachok, Consultant Obstetrician & Gynaecologist, Fertility Specialist of TMC Fertility
2. Consider Options For The Future
Dr Khairun Marina bin Bachok, Consultant Obstetrician & Gynaecologist, Fertility Specialist of TMC Fertility said:
For many women, knowing the reasons behind their infertility is one big part of the battle won, but what comes next?
Despite all the advancements made in reproductive health, there is still a lack of awareness about the options women have to manage infertility, from making minor lifestyle changes to cutting-edge medical interventions. Whatever a woman decides to choose, the important thing is that she is well-informed about what these choices are.Dr Khairun Marina bin Bachok, Consultant Obstetrician & Gynaecologist, Fertility Specialist of TMC Fertility
Some modern fertility assessments include genetics-based testing, offering potential mothers even more information about their future children’s health. Tests such as TMC Fertility’s Fertility GeneCode and My GeneCode allow doctors to analyse parents’ risk of passing on hereditary conditions, as well as deeper insight on their own fertility challenges.
3. Seek Professional Help
Here, professional medical advice and support can help alleviate some of that anxiety. Fertility counselling can not only offer women (and men) an idea of their treatment options, but also help them understand their feelings around infertility and grasp the implications of the decisions they might make, all with the guidance and support of someone who is trained to do so.
Dr Khairun Marina bin Bachok, Consultant Obstetrician & Gynaecologist, Fertility Specialist of TMC Fertility added:
It is not a sign of weakness to seek help because infertility is just another medical condition, not a moral failing. We don’t make judgements on those diagnosed with physical ailments like cancer, so why should infertility be seen any differently? Every woman deserves the right to access the healthcare support she needs, and be in control of her reproductive health.Dr Khairun Marina bin Bachok, Consultant Obstetrician & Gynaecologist, Fertility Specialist of TMC Fertility
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