In early October, the National Group of Patients with Endometriosis (EsEndo) and the National Association of Individuals with Infertility invited us to share our experience at the event “Motherhood and fertility: options for achieving a dream”. This event, which took place at the Autonomous University of Madrid, not only focused on providing information on Endometriosis, a pathology which affects between 5-10% of women, but also on addressing the different options that women with endometriosis have for becoming mothers. From a human point of view, with the patient as the protagonist, different topics were discussed such as Assisted Reproduction in patients with endometriosis, surrogacy, adoption and foster care. For several years now, Ginemed Foundation has been working with the EsEndo support group and the National Endometriosis Association ADAEC, as well as with the National Association of Individuals with Infertility since 2015, to put the spotlight on Endometriosis through different initiatives: from events with patients and a website with medical information, to consultations free of charge for members.
On September 29th, our new Assisted Reproduction Unit in Huelva hosted the III Nursing and Reproduction Conference. The aim of this event was to provide nurses with a greater understanding and specialisation in Assisted Reproduction. According to the words of Dr. Rafael Serrano, lead gynaecologist at Ginemed Huelva, “the role of the nurse is vital before, during and after treatment, especially at Ginemed, where the figure of the coordinator exists to act as an intermediary between the patient and the gynaecologist. The coordinator helps to answer patients’ questions and concerns, not only regarding medical aspects such as the medication, but also emotional and personal questions about the process.”
The Assisted Reproduction Course for General Practitioners was held just a few days before at the Nisa-Ginemed Assisted Reproduction Unit in Valencia. The aim of this course was to offer expertise in the areas of infertility and assisted reproduction treatments. Family models have evolved in recent decades: we are waiting longer to start families and are having fewer children. Sometimes, we even wait too long. This is why it is essential that general practitioners understand the keys to diagnosing sterility and are able to offer patients specialised advice not only concerning treatment, but also regarding prevention. Now, thanks to fertility preservation, social sterility (due to delaying parenthood and poor habits) can be prevented.