We have all had infertility touch our lives. Especially now that we are in our thirties, we all know someone who has had to deal with the sadness of trying to get pregnant without success. Either in our own lives, or with the women that we love. I had been following one of my best friends infertility journey, until she successfully got pregnant after years of trying and gave birth to a beautiful baby boy over the weekend. However, she has an infertility blogroll, and there are so many stories that have broken my heart. Infertility is a part of reality for many ladies in this age group. Especially since women having babies in their 30’s is up 80% from 30 years ago! That is HUGE! Many women are waiting to finish school, get their career going, or just want to wait.
Some studies also say that the chance of pregnancy drops to 35% after the age 35. For some people it is not a problem after that age, for others it has been a struggle.
(If you don’t want to read all of this, you can just click this link to take you to a fertility clinic page that will have you fill out your information just to tell you who you can contact for more information or questions you might have, and where clinics are in your area. Attain Infertility Clinic will only contact you if you want them to. Once you fill out the form you can see where your nearest clinic is, and a real person you can call just to answers some questions you might have of what to do next if you are feeling lost.)
Here are a few points and information if you don’t know what steps to take, or just need information.
Fertility is not just a woman thing. Infertility can be attributed to the man as well.
- About 40 percent of infertility problems are linked to the woman (female factor)
- 40 percent of problems are linked to the man (male factor)
- 20 percent of fertility problems are both or have no known cause
- Ovulation problems
- Blocked or absent tubes
- Birth defects
- Uterine fibroids
- DES exposure
- Reduced sperm count
- Low sperm count
- Genetic diseases
- Caffeine, smoking and alcohol use
Even something as benign as a hormone imbalance or infection can make it difficult to conceive.
Who treats fertility problems?
- In-vitro fertilization (IVF)
- Intracytoplasmic sperm injection (ICSI), in which a single sperm is directly injected into the egg and pregnancy occurs
- Egg/sperm donation
- Embryo donation.
- Take 400 micrograms of folic acid daily.
- Quit smoking. Smoking increases the risk for miscarriage and ectopic pregnancy. It can also hinder conception by aging the eggs prematurely.
- Maintain a healthy weight. Being overweight or underweight can cause ovulation problems. Being at a healthy weight can increase ovulation.
- Don’t over-exercise. Exercising intensely for more than 7 hours per week can decrease ovulation.
- Drink alcohol in moderation. Women who drink in excess have a greater chance of developing ovulation problems or endometriosis.
- Go easy on the caffeine. Drinking more than 900 mg of caffeine has been shown to decrease fertility.
- Reduce stress. Studies have found that stress may be linked to lower pregnancy success rates.
Where do I find specialist near me?
I have come across a company that has many positive experiences from new mothers that have conceived with their help. Attain Fertility Clinic.
What makes them different from other fertility clinics is that they have a 75% success rate and if you don’t get pregnant they will give you a 100% refund. I like that so much because a lot of women out there can’t afford that kind of money to not end up with a baby.
If you click on their link it will take you to a page that says to fill out your info to schedul a consultation. I don’t like companies calling me. Especially something as sensitive as this. So I filled out the information for myself to see what I would be getting. Once you fill out the form with your address , it brings up a page with all of the infertility clinics that are close to your home with a contact with their name and number so when you are ready to reach out, you can call her. I have not been bothered once since I filled out the form. But I feel comfortable to know there is a real person I can call to reach out and just ask some questions of what to do now.