The 2nd of November is known as World Fertility Day, which strikes a chord with more people than one would expect. After all, the unfortunate reality is that approximately one in six couples in Africa are being affected by infertility, which equates to about 8 million people in Southern Africa alone; and Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS) also affects 8 – 13% of women. So if it’s so common – along with other women’s health issues like Menorrhagia (heavy menstrual bleeding – HMB), Dysmenorrhea (menstrual pain) – why are these topics still so rarely spoken about?

An SA company, 3Sixty Biomedicine, along with the help of passionate and brave female health experts – believes that the time has come to #BreakTheSilence on these issues and encourage people to normalise conversations around them so information and treatment options can be shared. This month leading the charge to #BreakTheSilence is radio personality and medical practitioner, Dr Sindi van Zyl, who is ready to answer everyone’s burning questions on the topic of PCOS – which is a common cause for infertility, among other frequently experienced conditions like heavy menstrual bleeding and menstrual pain.

“As someone who has been diagnosed with PCOS myself I feel very strongly about supporting other women who may be suffering in silence and unaware that their regular discomfort can in fact be treated. Through this campaign I want people to realise that these common health conditions are treatable and as women we should proudly live a life free from the discomfort caused by PCOS, heavy menstrual bleeding, menstrual pain! It’s high time we #BreakTheSilence and #StopTheStigma and I am excited about participating in Health24’s Guest Forum where people can ask their burning questions from Monday 2nd November until Friday 13th November about these conditions for me to answer,” said Dr Sindi.

This is not the first time that Dr Sindi has spoken up about women’s health. She’s been actively involved in the #BreakTheSilence campaign since August 2020, and she’s thrilled to see some positive results coming from it already.

“It’s been wonderful to be part of a movement like #BreakTheSilence that is helping people by sharing information about the symptoms they are experiencing and treatment options, as well as making them realise they are not alone. We’ve seen such a positive response from the past 3Sixty Biomedicine webinars hosted and we want to keep the momentum and conversations going,” Dr Sindi said.

Pose all your questions about fertility linked to PCOS, heavy menstrual bleeding and menstrual pain to Dr Sindi van Zyl during the Expert Guest Forum on Health24’s platform happening from the 2nd of November until the 13th of November 2020. Click on the below link to participate in the forum and help #BreakTheSilence:

3Sixty Biomedicine’s Salome range offers product alternatives that are based on herbal extracts to help people suffering from heavy menstrual bleeding, menstrual pain and PCOS. The range includes the products Salome Fertility, Salome HMB and Salome Menstrual Pain which are all available online at, on and at most pharmacies nationwide.


This article was published in partnership with Media Xpose.

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