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National Infertility Awareness Month

April 22, 2019 

Millions of Americans are challenged when it comes time to begin a family. More than 1 in 8 couples have difficulty conceiving or carrying a pregnancy to term. Infertility is much more than just a medical condition. Infertility can deplete your finances, affect your personal relationships, and have an impact on you or your partners emotional health.

Infertility is a disease characterized by the failure to establish a clinical pregnancy after 12 months of regular, unprotected sexual intercourse or is due to an impairment of a person’s capacity to reproduce either as an individual or with his/her partner.

There are many medical conditions that can be the underlying cause of infertility for both men and women. These include:

  1. Endometriosis: about 40% of patients with endometriosis will experience some varying degree of infertility.
  2. Luteal Phase Defect
  3. Multiple Miscarriages
  4. Ovulatory Disorders
  5. Polycystic Ovary Syndrome
  6. Premature Ovarian Failure

Male factors include:

  1. Congenital Defects
  2. Sperm Production Disorders
  3. Ejaculation Disorders
  4. Immunologic Disorders

There are many options for those that suffer from infertility. Some are:

  1. Adoption
  2. Donor options
  3. Surrogacy

 

To learn more about infertility, or to find resources, please visit the National Infertility Awareness Week website.