New programme looks to address infertility from as little as R5000

In South Africa, infertility occurs in 15% to 20% of the population: that's one in every six couples.

According to Cape Fertility, the cost of fertility treatment depends on the type of treatment done, and treatments such as artificial insemination cost between R5000 and R10000 per cycle, with IVF treatments costing R56 000 to R66 000 per cycle. 

Surgery may be covered by Medical Aids in South Africa, but IVF and other assisted reproduction are not.

"The prevalence of infertility worldwide has increased significantly the past two decades," Dr Christa North, a representative of Supreme Fertility, told Parent24

"There are so many products and treatments available to help people fall pregnant, such as IVF but these seldom look at the root cause of why a couple may be struggling to conceive,"she said, "or what the body needs to be in a good position to conceive naturally."

Dr North told us it was clear that there was a need to put a programme together that is firstly affordable, but also looks at the genetic make-up of both parents.

"This gives us clues as to why a couple may not be conceiving,"she explained "We have also learnt that there are some very basic things couples should be doing such as taking the right supplements, but few programmes address this."

This is why a new local fertility programme is promising couples a simpler, more affordable, way to fall pregnant. 

Supreme Fertility explains that they delve into the root causes of infertility, and provide guidance and help to couples struggling to fall pregnant. 

Their new 6-month programme, which includes DNA testing, is aimed at couples with unexplained infertility when physical causes of infertility have been excluded.

An additional aim, especially for older couples, is to ensure optimal health before IVF treatments, and is unique in its approach in that, before any intervention, a DNA test is done on both the hopeful mother and father to determine what their genetic makeup indicates about their ability to conceive.

The good news is that with this starting point, doctors are often able to identify possible genetic weaknesses and biological challenges very quickly and prescribe a course of treatment.

Patients are equipped with an understanding of infertility linked to female factors such as recurrent miscarriages, implantation failure, and the potential genetic causes of these, such as disrupted circadian rhythms, retaining heavy metals, Endometriosis, Pelvic Inflammatory Disease, uterine fibroids and more.

Male Fertility Factors - Supreme Fertility

These are some of the common causes of infertility in men. 

By providing a list of screenings, doctors are able to determine if any of these are evident. In this way, further hindrances to falling pregnant can be addressed.

For hopeful dads, genes can shed light on why they may experience low sperm motility, low sperm count, sperm DNA damage or hormonal imbalances. The programme also provides suggested solutions to help manage or overcome these.

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Female Fertility Factors - Supreme Fertility

These are some of the common causes of infertility in women. 

"Parenting begins the moment you begin to care for your health in preparation for enhancing your child’s conception," said Dr North, and the company builds on exactly that, enabling both the mother and father to optimise their health and well-being to increase their chances of natural conception. 

Patients are provided with a recommended eating plan that includes what to eat and what to avoid, as well as recommendations for individual micronutrients for each prospective parent, to ensure a healthy BMI.  

They also suggest lifestyle changes related to the individuals' use of technology and the amount of stress a person is under, and they recommend a detox of patients' homes, food and personal care products which is individualised based on the DNA test results. 

Supreme Fertility is available through doctors, homeopaths and dietitians, and programme starter packs (including the DNA test) start at R 4 579. 

Find out more at supremefertility.co.za

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