5 Top things every woman should know about infertility

Alexander Davis | ConsumerConnect

Several millions of women the world over are struggling with infertility.

However, there have been a number of vital awareness initiatives being spearheaded by individuals, organisations, and government agencies, sometimes in conjunction with nonprofits that provide a wealth of resources and support for people having a hard time conceiving.

An organisation known as RESOLVE hereunder offers five things it wants women to know as sort of insights into the issue of infertility.

ConsumerConnect reports RESOLVE Infertility Support Groups are “peer-led support groups that offer informal opportunities for women and men experiencing infertility to connect with one another.”

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They enable such ones to discuss their situations and receive support from others who have had similar experiences, or who are struggling with similar issues.

The following are five top things the organisation wants women to know about infertility:

  1. It is not just a woman’s problem

Turns out infertility is an equal-opportunity affliction: 30 percent of cases are due to female factor, 30 percent can be traced back to male factor, and the remaining 40 percent fall into that pesky “unexplained” category (or can be attributed to fertility issues with both partners).

If you’re in an opposite-sex relationship, you’ll want to be sure to get both a female workup and male workup to pinpoint the cause of your reproductive woes.

  1. Finding support will help you feel less isolated

As time ticks by without a positive pregnancy test, it’s common to feel increasingly alone or like no one understands what you’re feeling.

That’s where RESOLVE support groups come in—these monthly in-person meetings can act as a much-needed lifeline, as well as a source of catharsis and community.

  1. Understand your body

Whether struggling with infertility or not, the odds of getting pregnant are less than one might expect.

Twenty-somethings have a 20-25 percent chance of pregnancy every month, and from ages 30 to 34, that number drops to 15 percent.

After 35, women have only a 10 percent chance of conceiving every month. Somewhat scary stats, but knowing how to track your ovulation and properly time the “baby dance” can help pump up your prospects.

  1. Over 30 and TTC for 6-12 months? It may be time to see a specialist

Admitting that you might have infertility can be scary, but it’s also an important step toward your ultimate goal: a family!

Here’s the litmus test according to the American Society of Reproductive Medicine: if you’re under 35 and have been having unprotected sex for a year with no progress, it’s time to get tested.

If you’re over 35, you’ll want to see a specialist at the six-month mark. And if you have any of these symptoms, you’ll want to see someone as soon as possible.

Many have taken time to consult a gynecologist and/or a fertility doctor, and are much better off following these guidelines.

  1. Seeking the advice of a fertility specialist doesn’t automatically mean you’ll need IVF

If the idea of IVF (and the financial resources required) is holding you back from seeing a fertility doctor, rest easy.

Many couples start out—and have success—with less intensive treatments, such as ovulation-inducing oral medications (like Clomid) or IUI (intra-uterine insemination). These options are a fraction of the cost of IVF; however, they’re not suitable for everyone.

If you have blocked fallopian tubes, severe endometriosis, or a partner with severe male factor infertility, it’s likely that IVF will your key to conceiving—however, there are other resources that can help.

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