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.
Learning many new terms, words, and care options during fertility treatments can seem overwhelming. Understanding what different services mean can help you to feel more informed, comfortable, and in control of your treatment. Our Connecticut fertility center is focused on personalized one-on-one care, and our goal is to help you feel confident during the time that we partner with you to achieve your fertility goals. Read on to learn some common fertility terms and fertility treatment options:
According to a new study published this month in Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers, and Prevention, women who used clomiphene citrate (Clomid) or gonadotropins during fertility treatments showed no increased risk of developing breast cancer than women who took no fertility medications at all. That’s great news for women who are considering fertility treatments but who were previously concerned about whether the commonly used fertility drugs would increase their risk of cancer.
The obesity epidemic has reached epic levels, with nearly two-thirds of American adults classified as overweight or obese. As obesity levels have increased, so have the number of couples struggling with infertility. While many obese women are able to become pregnant without assistance, a recent study found that the higher a women’s BMI the less likely she was to become pregnant on her own without medical assistance. Understanding how a healthy or unhealthy weight can affect your own fertility can help you when making decisions about treatment options.
There is a lot of good advice to be found on the Internet about what you should eat before, during, and after a pregnancy. And while there is not a specific food that will cure infertility, there are plenty of foods that may help your body prepare for pregnancy, and in some cases even improve fertility measures.