Wanting to have a child but failing to conceive can have a devastating impact on your life. National Infertility Awareness Week is April 22 to 28. Sponsored by RESOLVE, a national organization that helps improve the lives of men and women living with infertility, this year’s theme is “Don’t Ignore Infertility.” Dr. Jim Douglas and our team offer support, encouragement and hope for those struggling to conceive.
One of the goals of National Infertility Awareness Week is to ensure that people understand that infertility is a disease that needs medical treatment. The following facts will help if you or someone you care about is having difficulty getting pregnant:
You are not alone.
An estimated 1 in 8 couples suffers from infertility. You may find comfort in a support group or online community where you can share you feelings with others in the same situation, so talk with your fertility specialist or check out the RESOLVE web site for more resources.
Infertility is treatable.
Though you may feel frustrated, remember that approximately 80 percent of couples eventually conceive after fertility treatment. Dr. Douglas has the expertise to diagnose your issues and recommend the best options to increase your chances for a successful pregnancy.
Infertility affects men and women.
Many people mistakenly believe that only women experience infertility. About 40 percent of infertility is linked to male factor issues. As part of your fertility evaluation, Dr. Douglas will run tests to check both partners for any potential problems.
Time is critical.
If you wait to seek help, treatment may be more difficult. Couples with no known problems that haven’t conceived in a year should seek help from a fertility specialist. For women over 35, that number drops to 6 months.
At IVF Plano, we offer help to those struggling with infertility. Our goal is to make your dreams of starting or expanding your family a beautiful reality.