The path to parenthood & Infertility Awareness Week
In honor of Infertility Awareness Week, we’re partnering with Dr. Temeka Zore to share resources about infertility with our community to help remove the stigmas and barriers that can stand in the way of families trying to conceive.
How common is infertility?
If you are struggling with infertility, you’re not alone. One in 8 couples in the United States struggles with infertility, and between 48 million couples and 186 million individuals live with infertility globally.
What factors can affect fertility?
For women, age is a major factor in fertility. Additionally, various physical conditions can impact ovarian function and fertility, including polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS), hypothalamic amenorrhea, thyroid/prolactin disorders and uterine or tubal factors such as endometrial polyps, fibroids or endometriosis. For men, age may also be a factor in ability to conceive, albeit it is less of a factor than in women. There are a number of physical issues that can impair testicular or ejaculatory function such as varicoceles or low testosterone that can also impact male fertility. Other factors that can affect both women’s and men’s fertility include weight, smoking habits, and exposure to environmental toxins.
How can I learn more about my fertility or my partner’s fertility?
There are many books and websites that can provide helpful information on increasing your chances of becoming pregnant, but your primary care doctor, OB-GYN, or urologist is always your best resource.
What treatment options do I have if I want to conceive?
There are many effective treatment options available, and the majority of couples who seek fertility treatment will eventually conceive. Depending on the underlying cause of your infertility, female age and desired family size, treatment may involve medication, surgery, intrauterine insemination, assisted reproductive technologies (ART), or other fertility treatments.
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