Let’s talk about Infertility Awareness Week
We understand that with every twinge in your midsection and change in your mood, you remain acutely aware of infertility. They call it a roller coaster because of the ups and downs, of course. But it’s also a place that has you strapped in, hanging on with a tight grip and unable to exit until the ride is completely over (i.e. resolved).
At Dallas-Fort Worth Fertility Associates, we know that you are plugged in to infertility. The rest of the country will recognize National Infertility Awareness Week from a different perspective: Standing with their feet firmly planted on the ground, assuming that when it’s time to get pregnant, it will happen.
The stark reality of infertility (and hope for overcoming it)
Unfortunately, 1 in 8 couples will find out that conceiving doesn’t just happen, and that they will need a little extra help to get pregnant for the first time, or to expand their families when secondary infertility occurs.
If you would like to help educate friends and family about the disease of infertility, here are a few facts drawn from the American Society for Reproductive Medicine’s Quick Facts about Infertility.
- The disease of infertility affects 6.7 million women in the U.S. — about 11 percent of the reproductive-age population.
- Infertility affects men and women equally.
- Twelve percent of all infertility cases are a result of the woman either weighing too little or too much.
- Up to 13 percent of female infertility is caused by cigarette smoking.
- Twenty-five percent of infertile couples have more than one factor that contributes to their infertility.
- Irregular or abnormal ovulation accounts for approximately 25 percent of all female infertility problems.
- In vitro fertilization and similar treatments account for less than 3 percent of infertility services.
Hope for the future, after Infertility Awareness Week and throughout 2015
We list these factors to educate, not to eradicate hope. Despite having significant barriers to conception, from hormonal causes to blocked tubes and a low sperm count, couples and singles who come to Dallas-Fort Worth Fertility Associates move beyond infertility.
Thousands of children celebrate birthdays, milestones and holidays today because their parents chose to take proactive steps to overcome their disease.
If you have not already enlisted a fertility specialist for your care, do so now. Contact Dallas-Fort Worth Fertility Associates. The sooner you get started, especially if you are a woman close to your mid 30s, the better.