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The Monitor Audio Bronze: A loud speaker legend reborn

The Monitor Audio Bronze Series loudspeakers,available exclusively through the Homemation distribution network, have been carefully designed to portray Monitor Audio’s rich heritage together with an attractive contemporary touch.


The new loudspeakers feature a complete upgrade in sound and build quality, everything has been created with you in mind.

Since its launch in 2000, the multi award-winning Bronze Series has set the standard in it’s class and has thousands of satisfied customers across the globe.

The 6th generation builds on a rich tradition to create a speaker certain to delight with its superior build quality and powerful yet nuanced performance.

With five decades of design experience, Monitor Audio ensure that the Bronze speakers give an unforgettable performance wherever they are positioned in your home.

Choose from eight models, including a Dolby Atmos® enabled speaker, all of which have been designed to please any music or movie lover.

The fresh cabinet designs have modern, clean and simple lines and are available in a choice of four contemporary finishes, these speakers look great wherever they are placed.

Homemation only bring you the best, and the Monitor Audio Bronze loudspeakers make sure you:

  • Enjoy your favourite movies and music
  • Have the Dolby Atmos® enabled speaker addition option
  • Experience sound that’s more life-like
  • Listen to smoother, tighter bass
  • Add another dimension to your movies
  • Revel in superb built quality with attention to details
  • Own a design that has pure and simple lines for clean and modern aesthetics

Bring your movie or music collection to life with these incredible award-winning Bronze Series speakers, whether you’re using our Bronze 2 bookshelf speakers either side of your turntable or our Bronze 5 floor-standers as part of a surround sound system.

With numerous industry awards, you can be assured that they deliver an incredible performance.

As with all of Monitor Audio products, they are superior in build quality and sound. Bronze Series is made for you and for generations to come.

Priced from R 4 990 to R 21 990.

Homemation is a specialist supplier of premium branded audiovisual, home automation and home theatre products.

The brands in their stable offer some of the most advanced and sought-after home automation, AV and sound technology in the world.

Homemation has the exclusive distribution, in Africa, of global leading brands such as Control4, Definitive Technology, Denon, Heos, Klipsch, Monitor Audio, Polk Audio, Steinway Lyngdorf, Stewart Filmscreen, SVS, Lutron, Roksan and Michi.

Call Homemation on 011-781 8887 for your nearest reseller, or visit www.homemation.co.za or www.control4.co.za

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WWF SA SOUNDSCAPE PLAYLIST BRINGS NATURE INSIDE

To put us all back in touch with nature, WWF South Africa has launched a restful playlist of the unique sounds and features of Africa’s natural heritage for enjoyment safely at home, while observing the ongoing Covid-19 lockdown.


The WWF playlist, titled ‘Bring Nature Inside’, captures the soundscapes of our beautiful natural world and features the sounds of projects and areas where WWF is actively working.

“We wanted to allow people to experience the richness of nature. With many of us feeling overwhelmed by the current state of the world and the unique disruptions we are facing, it is imperative for us to take care of our mental and emotional well-being. Nature provides the perfect ‘escape’ that we need during this time,” says Justin Smith, head of business development at WWF South Africa.

From the enchanting sounds of rhino translocations, to the soothing backdrop of a free-flowing river and the rhythmic sound of the Atlantic Ocean, each authentic track features immersive sounds with a description that brings together the beauty and significance of our natural resources,and showcases the work WWF is doing to help protect South Africa’s natural heritage.

Contribute by listening

“Fostering a connection with nature during these unsettling times is essential for our well-being and a reminder of the ways in which we can look after our environment, especially as the world searches for a new normal in how we live,” says Justin.

With its 10-hour long mix of different calming and inspirational tracks, the WWF SA soundscapes can be enjoyed in any setting; whether you are working, exercising, cooking, gardening or simply taking a break from your home desk.

For access to the WWF SA Soundscape Playlist please visit wwf.org.za or click on the below links:

1. SoutPansberg

2. HighVeld

3. Fishing

4. Rhino

5. Beach

6.Bees

7.Sugarbird

8. National Park

9. Windfarm

10. Pastures

The soundscapes will also be available on various streaming services including Spotify, Apple Music, YouTube, Deezer, Google Play and Amazon.

A percentage of the streaming royalties will go to support WWF SA’s ongoing conservation work, at no cost to the platform user.

“We are excited to share soundscapes with our audiences. Distance does not mean disconnect, and we hope that with this platform we can help bring some solace and peace to people in these extraordinarily trying times. At the same time, we want to highlight that nature still matters; we must continue safeguarding it so that we can all enjoy it together again in the future. As an added benefit, every time a track is streamed, WWF will earn a modest amount of much-needed money to put towards its conservation efforts,” says Justin.

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TGRC shatters the glass ceiling of recycling achievement

The latest recently announced glass recycling rate in South Africa is now 44%, according to The Glass Recycling Company (TGRC), which revealed the increased rate during its 7th Annual Green Dialogues, held virtually on Wednesday, 10 June, 2020.

“Our team has significantly reduced South Africa’s packaging waste through encouraging and supporting the reuse of returnable bottles and facilitating glass recycling within South Africa. In fact, since the inception of The Glass Recycling Company, an incredible 3.9 million tons of non-returnable glass has been recycled. In addition, in excess of 2 million tons of returnable bottles, have been diverted from landfills on an annual basis,” says Shabeer Jhetam, CEO of The Glass Recycling Company.

The event which reveals the local strides made in glass recycling over the course of the 2018/2019 financial year, also detailed the results achieved by the non-profit organisation, mandated with increasing glass recycling facilities.

TGRC’s key objectives include educating South Africans about glass recycling through marketing and communication campaigns.

Alongside the 44% glass recycling rate, other achievements detailed include:

  • 4017 glass banks available across South Africa

Glass banks remain an essential part of The Glass Recycling Company’s success, as these glass banks help ensure that the recycling of glass bottles and jars is simple and accessible for all South Africans. This makes the expansion of the national footprint of convenient glass recycling banks paramount.

  • >80% glass packaging diverted from landfills through reusing and recycling

More than 80% of all glass packaging is now diverted from landfills

  • 2.3 million glass bottles recycled during the Annual Schools Competition

TGRC’s Annual Schools Competition educates learners around the country about the many benefits of glass recycling and the ease with which it can be done. The Annual Schools’ Competition sees learners, educators and communities competing to collect the most glass bottles and jars for recycling, with winning schools receiving monthly and annual prizes.

  • 3 303 glass entrepreneurs trained

TGRC assists glass collectors, entrepreneurs and buy-back centres, by providing advice regarding the successful and sustainable running of their glass recycling businesses and supporting these businesses with the skills, equipment and infrastructure needed to maximise their potential, thereby enabling them to become sustainable contributors to national economic growth and job creation.

  • 50 000 income opportunities created

Thousands of South Africans earn a source of income through the collection of waste glass from their local communities, restaurants, bars and taverns. This is done so by selling this valuable commodity onto entrepreneurial buy-back centres within their area. TGRC plays a vital role in partnering with entrepreneurs to create opportunities for them to build viable businesses within the glass recycling industry.

“I am tremendously proud of the team’s achievements and look forward to surpassing these current milestones, as we will be presented by additional opportunities like the forthcoming implementation of the national Extended Producer Responsibility scheme, that will see producers becoming accountable for the end-of-life impacts of its products and packaging,” concludes Jhetam.

A recording of the 7th Annual Green Dialogues session can be viewed here .Whilst the latest version of Annual Review document can be downloaded here .

About TGRC:

The Glass Recycling Company (TGRC) consists of a team dedicated to increasing glass recycling in South Africa.

We are passionate about ensuring every South African realises the value of recycling glass and actively embraces this practice.

We strive to educate, enable, encourage and inspire individuals to separate their glass for recycling, but do not physically collect or recycle the glass.

Our focus extends beyond consumers and communities, but also on trade, industry and corporate South Africa.

We also aim to uplift impoverished communities by creating income generating opportunities and skills development in the recycling sector.

TGRC is funded by our committed shareholders who manufacture glass or package their products in glass.

We believe in the infinite potential of glass to make a real and positive contribution to society. At TGRC we are committed to show that glass recycling is worth the effort!

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Upgrade your home theatre for the ultimate entertainment experience with Homemation

Many of us may consider our TV area/lounge or home theatre, as a close friend and big part of the family. Especially after the last few months of lockdown and distancing has made an at-home entertainment essential for our well-being.

With some simple upgrades you can optimise your entertainment experience and there is no better time than now.

Speaker placement is crucial.

Avoid spreading your speakers to the four corners of the room, rather place them on either side of your TV angled towards the couch.

Surround sound speakers should be placed behind you for the surround sound effects.

Aim for matching speaker makes.

Ideally have one brand of speakers instead of a combination, as they each have their own specific way of interacting with sound and this helps to ensure similar performance and tonality to give you the immersive experience that you are looking for.

Klipsch and Monitor Audio are both speaker specialists who offer a wide range of options for various installation and performance requirements.

Don’t underestimate the value of a subwoofer

A subwoofer is responsible for the depth of the sound.

If you like to feel the impact of that musical crescendo or be blown away by the explosion in an action movie then a subwoofer is a must.

The subwoofer is the hardest working speaker in your surround sound system and often times the performance for the system as a whole, is dependent on the performance (and integration with the rest of the speakers) of the subwoofer.

Remember, bigger is not always better, the SVS range of subwoofers pack a mean punch!

The amplifier

Your amplifier provides the power to your speakers and is an essential component as an amplifier like Denon’s range of AV receivers, can give even mediocre speakers a new life.

Take into consideration your room size when adding or upgrading your amp.

The Denon AVR’s also offer Audyssey Room correction to help you get the best setup and calibration of your system.

Acoustics

Good acoustics can make all the difference and is a big part of upgrading your sound system.

Walls, ceilings, and windows are flat, hard surfaces which create sound distortion. To solve this problem, soften the hard surfaces in the room by adding textures such as curtains, carpets, or rugs and which can be enough to ensure the room sounds good.

You are looking for a natural sound, , not too much reverberation (like in a bathroom) and not too dead. If you can hold a conversation with someone in the room and their voice does not sound funny or loose intelligibility, you have a good start to a great room.

Warren Husband from Homemation suggests that if you really want the most out of your AV system consider adding a power conditioner like the Pakedge Power distribution units.

These not only get the best out of your system by ensuring clean power to the units but also offer surge protection to protect your investment from power spikes.

A few key changes will make all the difference to give you the ultimate home entertainment experience.

Homemation is a specialist supplier of premium branded audiovisual, home automation and home theatre products.

The brands in their stable offer some of the most advanced and sought-after home automation, AV and sound technology in the world.

Homemation has the exclusive distribution, in Africa, of global leading brands such as Control4, Definitive Technology, Denon, Heos, Klipsch, Monitor Audio, Polk Audio, Steinway Lyngdorf, Stewart Filmscreen, SVS, Lutron, Roksan and Michi.

For more information Call Homemation on 011-781 8887 for your nearest reseller, or visit www.homemation.co.za or www.control4.co.za

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How chocolate is giving the gift of play

Finally found some of the limited edition Cadbury chocolate slabs ….

Many of you will remember the wonderful generosity shop by Cadbury last year, where our children exchanged new and pre loved toys for chocolate to assist vunerable children in South Africa.

Once again, in the spirit of generosity, Cadbury Dairy Milk is shining a light on South Africa’s orphaned and vulnerable children.

For a limited period, when you purchase one of five specially wrapped Cadbury Dairy Milk chocolates,depicting images of tots and learning, you help give the precious gift of childhood:- the gift of play by contributing towards R1-million worth of educational toy, books and games for orphaned and vulnerable children.

Cadbury’s initiative comes at a time when this generous nature is truly needed and Cadbury Dairy Milk is once again calling on all South Africans to help.

Our children are our nation’s most important and most neglected asset. We need to change this, and play is one of the most profound ways in which to do so.

Show your support and buy a slab today.

#glassandahalf

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Burt’s Bees Milk & Honey Body Lotion :- the perfect winter skin treat

Winter is often very harsh on my skin and one of the products I find perfect essential for winter is Burt’s Bees Milk & Honey Body Lotion.

A key ingredient to this luxurious lotion is milk. Milk’s rich essential vitamins have been used for centuries as one of the most luxuriously natural skin cleansers and softeners. No wonder Cleopatra had such amazing skin!

I love to pamper myself with a daily dose of milk and honey, knowing that all the nourishment my skin needs is in this softening lotion.

Milk and Honey combine with the Coconut and Grape Seed Oils for soothing hydration that absorbs quickly and then moisturizes for up to 24 hours.

Benefits and Claims

  • Clinically proven to moisturize skin for up to 24 hours.
  • Nourishes skin with Milk, Honey, Vitamin E, Coconut and Grape Seed Oils.
  • 98.9% Natural.
  • Dermatologist-tested.

Where to shop

Burt’s Bees® Milk & Honey Body Lotion is available through Takealot and DisChem.

Burt’s Bees® Milk & Honey Body Lotion is Priced from R 220.

About Burt’s Bees

Burt’s ­Bees® has been offering distinctive earth-friendly, natural health and beauty care products for 30 years.

From a beekeeper’s backyard in Maine to the leading edge of natural, Burt’s Bees knows natural body care solutions from head-to-toe and operates with The Greater Good™ top of mind.

No parabens, phthalates, petrolatum or SLS and no animal testing.

For more information http://www.burtsbees.com

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Chicco introduces The Air Range 2020

Chicco, proud global leaders in baby products for over 62 years, celebrate the release of the brand new nursery furniture duet – the Air Range.

Comprised of two exclusive Chicco furniture items, The Baby Hug 4-in-1 and the Next2Me Co-Sleeper, the Air Range updates and freshens these two highly popular pieces of baby furniture with new fabrics, consisting of a breathable mesh for the sides – allowing baby better ventilation, and mom a better view of the child.

Good air flow is vital for young babies and a crib can be stifling, stuffy and hot if not designed with adequate breathability.

Also updated is the mobile bar for the Baby Hug, which now includes a brand new, stylish black and white look to the mobile toys.

Available in a beautiful Stone colour, they are gender-neutral, décor appropriate and add a touch of style and flair to any nursery.

Both items and concepts were originally designed by Chicco in the Chicco Observatory in Como, Italy and have both become baby-staples over the past few years, particularly the co-sleeper.

Benefits of a co-sleeper:

  • Allows mom to breastfeed without disturbance or fully waking baby.
  • Reassures baby that parents are close by.
  • Provides assurance for parents against SIDS.
  • Creates a stronger bond between mom and baby.
  • Excellent for extra cuddles when needed.
  • Provides the independence baby needs in their own bed, whilst maintaining the sacred space of the parents space.

Benefits of the Baby Hug:

  • A cradle to keep baby nearby when doing household chores.
  • 4 actions in 1 – acts as crib, relaxer chair, highchair and reclining couch all with the push of a button.
  • Perfect for naps, relaxing, playing or eating.
  • Fully recline or sit baby upright.
  • Has mobile bar with lights, music and toys.
  • Moves with 4 wheels, safe with 4 brakes and a safety harness.

Both items have been available on the market in SA as older models and have proven themselves to be evergreen sellers on the Chicco hard lines catalogue.

Watch the video for Baby Hug Air here

Watch the video for Next2Me Air here:

They are available to purchase now online at Takealot.com, Loot.co.za, Babanino.co.za, Thekidzone.co.za and Clicks.co.za

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Educo Solutions provides free online accredited SETA courses

Educo Solutions, the organisation that supplies free, accredited education to our country’s youth, has fast-tracked its digital services, launching Educo Academy in an attempt to counter the negative impact Covid-19 is having on the educational environment.

The online learning portal allows all Educo students to conduct their courses remotely and for free, helping them to continue progressing during lockdown.

Educo Academy won’t replace the existing learning centres situated in Alex Mall, Protea Glen Shopping Mall, Diepkloof Library and the newest addition in the Libridge Building, Braamfontein. It is, instead, an easy-to-access tool for students to keep learning whilst locked down, one that they will continue to use at their respective centres when they return to class.

The launch of Educo Academy means Educo is also not limiting its services to the physical learning centres in Gauteng.

“Since we announced Educo Academy last week on social media, we have had dozens of registration requests from potential students all over the country,” says Ayanda Makwanazi. “This bodes well for a mobile platform that aims to provide South Africa’s qualifying youth with much-needed opportunities to up-skill themselves through education, no matter where they live.”

“With Educo Academy, all a student needs is a device to connect to the site,” explains Ayanda Mankwanazi, Educo’s Head of Academics and Facilitation. “This innovation in remote learning opens up our services to the nation. Our existing students can continue their studies uninterrupted, and many more now have the opportunity to join our programme and better themselves.”

In addition to the Q&A function on Educo Academy, each student is assigned to a facilitator who offers support on WhatsApp, either to their group or on a one-on-one basis.

Educo Academy is a positive development that aims to alleviate the stress and uncertainty of these difficult and testing times. It is easy to use and, most importantly, the data is zero-rated, with Educo Solutions picking up all the data costs involved. For the thousands of students currently stuck at home, it offers enormous benefits and hope.

Educo Solutions began registering new students immediately after the launch of Educo Academy, and is encouraging all qualifying South Africans to register and apply for their new 3 -month Digital Business Skills Program.

The course covers a wide variety of skills including Microsoft office and business communication to, and very relevant right now, dealing with HIV and Pandemics in the workplace.

Students will receive a certificate of completion after their 3-month Digital Business Skills programme, as well as earning Unit Standard credits towards a 12 Month National Certificate should they wish to continue their studies.

With youth unemployment on the rise, South Africa’s younger generation are in desperate need of skills that set them apart and enable them to gain access to the labour market.

Educo Solutions is directly addressing the country’s educational and skills gap by providing free, quality NQF and SETA-accredited education to unemployed youth between the ages of 18 and 28. And with the launch of Educo Academy any qualifying individual can do this course from their mobile phone free of charge and reap the benefits.

On completion of a 12-month course contract focusing on relevant skills like end-user computing and business communication, these up-skilled graduates find themselves in an ideal position to enter the formal job market and apply for jobs like secretaries, data capturers, admin staff and customer service agents.

To qualify

  • one must be South African
  • unemployed
  • and between the age of 18 and 28.

For interested individuals, you can register at this link:https://bit.ly/EducoDigital
Or email:Hello@educosolutions.co.za

For more information:www.educosolutions.co.za

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Denon Home Arrives in South Africa : upgrade to superb wireless sound

Denon Home arrives in South Africa and you can upgrade to superb wireless sound featuring AirPlay 2

Lockdown has reminded us of the importance of family and home time. Now more than ever is the time to invest in your home making it the perfect listening haven during these challenging times and beyond.

Music decreases stress, makes us feel happy and brings ustogether. Never underestimate the important role it plays in your well-being.

Denon Home, has arrived in South Africa, available exclusively through the Homemationdistribution network. These wireless speakers have phenomenal sound that takes your music into every corner, even in large rooms. And good music helps relieve stress…

Denon Home is a multi-room player that delivers the full package, and features Airplay 2 which has Denon-lovers from across the globe very excited. Superb wireless sound has officially been upgraded! The Denon Home speakers play all your music wirelessly with Hi-Fi quality sound, in any room of your home. Stream from popular music services and make use of quick pre-selections with a light touch.

The Denon Home collection of wireless speakers delivers Wireless Whole-Home Audioand plays all music with the great sound you’d expect from Denon. Pair it with another Denon Home speaker for stereo or combine it with other HEOS built-in products and listen to your music everywhere with multi-room audio.

Every Denon Home speaker is built to deliver outstanding audio quality. With advanced acoustic hardware, expertly tuned digital signal processing and premium drivers, the Denon Home delivers the clearest highs and deepest lows.

All the great music services are fully integrated: Spotify Free and Premium, Amazon Music HD, TIDAL, TuneIn, Deezer and more via Wi-Fi, AirPlay 2 or Bluetooth connection. Works with Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant.

Set the mood that’s just right with your personal music collection – even in high-resolution.

The HEOS App is all you need to get started with effortless setup and operation. Download it from the Apple Store or the Play Store and integrate the Denon Home into your home net­work within minutes. Control everything easily with your mobile device and make use of quick pre-selections with a light touch.

With its elegant design and exquisite materials, the Denon Home is strik­ing and will attract instant attention. And yet, it is subtle enough to blend into your style perfectly, meeting highest aesthetic demands.

The Denon Home 150 is a compact wireless speaker for every room and starts from R 5 990.

The Denon Home 250 is a mid-size wireless speaker for bigger rooms and starts from R 11 490.

The Denon Home 350 is the flagship wireless speaker for big sound and starts from R R15 990.

Homemation is a specialist supplier of premium branded audiovisual, home automation and home theatre products. The brands in their stable offer some of the most advanced and sought-after home automation, AV and sound technology in the world. Homemation has the exclusive distribution, in Africa, of global leading brands such as Control4, Definitive Technology, Denon, Heos, Klipsch, Monitor Audio, Polk Audio, Steinway Lyngdorf, Stewart Filmscreen, SVS, Lutron, Roksan and Michi.

Call Homemation on 011-781 8887 for your nearest reseller, or visit www.homemation.co.za or www.control4.co.za

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Infertility: Don’t wait until it’s too late!

June is World Infertility Awareness Month and there’s no better time to be proactive about your fertility health.


Parenthood is undeniably one of the most universally desired goals in adulthood, and most people have life plans that include children. However, not all couples who want a pregnancy will achieve one spontaneously and a proportion will need to seek medical treatment to help resolve underlying fertility problems.

It’s therefore understandable that infertility has been recognised as a public health issue worldwide by the World Health Organisation (WHO).

“Infertility is when you cannot get or stay pregnant after trying for at least a year and you are under the age of 35,” says Dr Sulaiman Heylen, President of the Southern African Society of Reproductive Medicine and Gynaecological Endoscopy (SASREG).

One in every four couples in developing countries is affected by infertility, while one in six couples worldwide experience some form of infertility problem at least once during their reproductive lifetime.

The current prevalence of infertility lasting for at least 12 months is estimated to affect between 8 to 12% worldwide for women aged 20 to 44.

In recent years, the number of couples seeking treatment for infertility has dramatically increased due to factors such as postponement of childbearing in women, development of newer and more successful techniques for infertility treatment, and increasing awareness of available services.

This increasing participation in fertility treatment has also raised awareness and inspired investigation into the psychological ramifications of infertility.

It can cause stress, depression and anxiety, which is why it is important to know that there are options available for treatment.

Age is a key factor

“Up to 50% of all patients who visit a fertility centre are 35 or older. We cannot stress enough how important it is for people not to wait too long when they consider having children. Young women need to be aware that there is a slow decline in fertility from their 20s until the age of 35, after which it starts to decrease rapidly until the age of 45,” says Dr Heylen.

“It’s extremely important for couples to investigate fertility options and fertility preservation earlier in life, rather than leaving it too late. A woman who is not ready to have a child can choose to freeze her eggs to try to preserve her ability to have a child later,” says Dr Heylen.

It’s estimated that 20 to 30% of infertility cases are explained by physiological causes in men, 20 to 35% by physiological causes in women, and 25 to 40% of cases are because of a problem in both partners.

In 10 to 20% no cause is found. Infertility is also associated with lifestyle factors such as smoking, body weight and stress.

A woman’s age is one of the most important factors affecting whether she is able to conceive and give birth to a healthy child.

This is due to several changes that are a natural part of ageing:

  • The number and quality of eggs (ovarian reserve) decreases naturally and progressively from the time a woman is born until the time she reaches menopause.
  • It is not only more difficult to get pregnant (conceive), but miscarriage and chromosomal abnormalities in the child (such as Down syndrome) are more common in older mothers.
  • Fibroids, endometriosis, and tubal disease are more common and can affect fertility.
  • Women who become pregnant at an older age have a higher risk of complications during the pregnancy, such as gestational diabetes and preeclampsia.
  • The decrease in a man’s fertility appears to occur later in life than in a woman’s fertility. In their mid-to-late 40s, men experience changes in their sperm that can cause issues with fertility, and chromosomal or developmental problems with their children.

Lifestyle and family history

If you have any of the following risk factors, you may also consider seeking advice earlier:

  • Family history (i.e., mother or sister) of early menopause (before age 51)
  • History of cigarette smoking in either partner
  • Previous ovarian surgery
  • Exposure to chemotherapy or radiation to treat cancer in either partner
  • Shortening in the time between periods
  • Skipped or missed periods
  • History of injury to the testicles
  • Exposure to toxic chemicals (certain pesticides or solvents)

Pregnancy is a complex process

Pregnancy is the result of a process that has many steps. To get pregnant:

  • A woman’s body must release an egg from one of her ovaries (ovulation).
  • A man’s sperm must join with the egg along the way (fertilise).
  • The fertilised egg must go through a fallopian tube toward the uterus.
  • The fertilised egg must attach to the inside of the uterus (implantation).

Infertility may result from a problem with any or several of these steps.

For the pregnancy to continue to full term, the embryo must be healthy and the woman’s hormonal environment adequate for its development.

When just one of these factors is impaired, infertility can result.

Couples, dependent on the ages of the partners, are generally advised to seek medical help if they are unable to achieve pregnancy after a year of unprotected intercourse. The doctor will conduct a physical examination of both partners to determine their general state of health and to evaluate physical disorders that may be causing infertility.

Usually both partners are interviewed about their sexual habits in order to determine whether intercourse is taking place properly for conception.

If no cause can be determined at this point, more specific tests may be recommended. For women, these include an analysis of ovulation, x-ray of the fallopian tubes and uterus, and laparoscopy. For men, initial tests focus on semen analysis.

“Based on the results of the specific tests, a treatment plan will be made which can include medication, surgery or assisted reproduction,” says Dr Heylen.

Treatment options

Not all couples who desire a pregnancy will achieve one spontaneously and some will need medical help to resolve underlying fertility problems.

It is now estimated that more than 9 million babies have been born worldwide since the first IVF baby was born in 1978.

Most assisted reproductive technology (ART) treatments take place in women aged between 30 and 39.

The most common fertilisation technique is ICSI (intracytoplasmic sperm injection). Overall, ICSI accounts for around three-quarters of all treatments worldwide, and conventional IVF around one-quarter. Success rates from frozen embryo transfer are increasing, as are the number of frozen cycles. Vitrification, as an efficient cryopreservation technique, has improved the outcome of both embryo and oocyte (immature egg cell) freezing.

Infertility often creates one of the most distressing life crises that a couple has ever experienced together.

The long-term inability to conceive a child can evoke significant feelings of loss. Coping with the multitude of medical decisions and the uncertainties that infertility brings can create great emotional upheaval for most couples.

“If you find yourself feeling anxious, depressed, out of control, or isolated, you are not alone,” says Dr Heylen. “Infertility is more common than you may think, but there is no reason to lose hope. Visit a fertility clinic near you to speak to a doctor about the options available to you and your partner.”

For more information, visit www.merckfertilityjourney.co.za

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