Let’s Talk about Infertility

by |  April 10th, 2012
  

Eggs hatching, grass growing, flowers blooming…so why can’t I get pregnant? April brings with it constant reminders of fertility, and an official call to talk about infertility. National Infertility Awareness Week occurs this month, and Health Central Women’s Care supports the mission.

“The goal of National Infertility Awareness Week is to raise awareness about the disease of infertility and encourage the public to understand their reproductive health.”

Your ob/gyn care should include fertility treatment options and a good doctor-patient relationship that invites open communication. In keeping with this year’s theme of “Don’t Ignore Infertility,” Health Central Women’s Care invites you to start the conversation today.

Age, biology, health habits/history and other factors impact fertility, so it’s important that you take proactive steps to protect your reproductive health.

4 Steps to Take if You Suspect Infertility

  1. Consider the possibility of infertility. If you have tried for more than one year to get pregnant, or for six months after you turn 35, you are considered infertile. One in eight couples will face the disease of infertility.
  2. Talk to your partner. If you suspect a problem, prepare your partner with the facts: female infertility causes one-third of all infertility cases, male infertility causes one-third of cases, and unexplained or a combination of male/female factors account for the remaining cases.
  3. Ask your ob/gyn for a fertility workup. Simple blood tests can reveal problems with ovulation, and a semen analysis will test for sperm quality and quantity. Depending on these results, our ob/gyn doctors may recommend a hysterosalpingogram to rule out blocked fallopian tubes. Health Central Women’s Care specializes in helping you maximize your fertility.
  4. Communicate to your family, friends, co-workers. If you decide to pursue fertility testing and treatment, you’ll want to decide how much information to share and what responses you’ll have to that pesky question: “When are you going to have children?”

Fertility is defined as the power to reproduce. Health Central Women’s Care believes in empowering women to make sound decisions. We can help you take action to improve the chances for getting pregnant. Call us today to speak with someone about a fertility workup.

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