Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS), which is estimated to affect over 5 million American women, is the most common cause of female infertility and accounts for nearly “70% of fertility issues in women who have difficulty ovulating” (according to the PCOS Foundation). Nearly 5-10% of women of childbearing age have PCOS, however, only about half of them are diagnosed. In a recent study conducted at Penn State College of Medicine in Hershey, PA, researchers discovered that following a healthy lifestyle, which includes diet and exercise, resulted in improved fertility in overweight or obese women with PCOS. The study did not review if those same lifestyle choices would improve fertility in women who were already at a healthy weight.
On average, nearly one in four pregnancies ends in miscarriage, while women under 35 have a slightly lower miscarriage rate of about 20%. Miscarriage is surprisingly common, with most women experiencing one before they are even aware they are pregnant. Recently, the media was abuzz over the news that Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg and his wife Priscilla Chan had experienced multiple miscarriages before their current pregnancy. Their experience shined a light on a few important points about recurrent miscarriage: the topic is often not openly discussed, underlying issues may not have been adequately treated by doctors in the past, and there is hope for patients who have experienced multiple miscarriages. Our Connecticut fertility centers offer comprehensive treatment for recurrent miscarriages.
Women (and men) are bombarded by the media with many different messages about when to start having children. A recent article by the Daily Mail suggested that if a woman wants to have three children she should begin at the age of 23. Other sources suggest that waiting until you’re older provides a better, more stable situation to raise children. While it’s true that women and men are working against their own biological clock, the dates of when it’s appropriate to have children aren’t cut and dry. For many women, having children in their early twenties is not an option whether for monetary, relationship, health, or emotional reasons. When you decide to have a child is entirely up to you. That being said, there are factors to consider when deciding to delay or begin your family.
Egg donation has become a more common and proven method of assisted reproductive technology (ART) – and a growing number of patients are beginning to consider the idea of using a donor to achieve pregnancy. Egg donation accounts for nearly 12% of all assisted reproductive techniques performed in 2010.
Talk to most women (with and without children) and they’ll confess that Mother’s Day brings a mixture of happiness, guilt, and regret. Even mothers struggle with the concept of “Mother” on this holiday. For women who are wrestling with infertility, Mother’s Day can be one of the hardest holidays on the calendar. Depending on where you are in your fertility journey, Mother’s Day may evoke strong feelings (it’s entirely ok if they change from year to year!) and it’s perfectly acceptable to adapt your weekend plans to support your feelings. So, what are the best ways to survive Mother’s Day when you’re dealing with infertility?
Whether people are becoming more vocal about infertility or because many of us have witnessed friends, family, or our self struggle with it, infertility seems to be more common than ever. A statistic from Mayo Clinic found that a substantial 10-15% of couples who are trying to conceive experienced infertility.
The debate about egg freezing has been around for a while now, but the recent announcement from Facebook and Apple has put the discussion for egg freezing back on the proverbial “table”. A women may choose to freeze her eggs for a number of reasons; illness, job constraints, lack of a partner, and many other personal causes contribute to a women waiting until later in life to start the process of having a child. Thankfully, these days technology provides women with many options for preserving their fertility until they feel ready to take those steps.
About 5 million American women suffer from endometriosis, according to statistics from the Office on Women’s Health, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. While, only 8% of women within childbearing age (15-44) suffer from endometriosis, it is important to know the symptoms of endometriosis and understand the risks endometriosis can play on fertility, especially if you have been unsuccessful at becoming pregnant.
Anyone who’s struggled with infertility knows the anxiety associated with that ever-present threat of the “ticking clock”. There are many reasons women delay pregnancy these days, be it for a career, relationships, or illness. We’ve been told numerous times by doctors (and nosy family or friends) that after age 35 fertility declines at an accelerated rate. And while sperm cryopreservation successfully freezes sperm for later fertility treatments, early attempts at freezing eggs proved difficult because the slow method at which they froze could result in damaging ice crystals in the egg.
Surrogacy has been a topic of fascination for a long time and has recently become a hot discussion as celebrity couples and everyday families share their personal stories. Recent statistics suggest that about 15% of couples will struggle with infertility and, for some of them, their best or only option may be surrogacy. Currently, in the US about 750 babies are born with the help of a surrogate and the number of babies continues to grow.