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World Fertility Awareness Month

September 29, 2021
Nikki Novick

What is infertility?

Healthcare providers consider a couple to be infertile if they fail to become pregnant within one year of trying.

Infertility is generally defined as not being able to conceive (get pregnant) after one year (or longer) of unprotected sex. Fertility in women is known to steadily decline with age. It is recommended that women who are 35 or older should consider seeking evaluation from a fertility specialist after six months of trying to conceive. 


A fertility specialist, also known as a reproductive endocrinologist (a doctor who specializes in managing infertility, may also be able to help women who suffer from recurrent pregnancy loss (miscarriages). 


Infertility is a condition of the reproductive system, making a person unable to have children. But infertility is mostly thought of as only affecting women, yet it can affect both men and women. Male infertility means that a man has a problem with his reproductive system, making the inability to start a pregnancy with their female partner. In most cases with males, this is caused by low levels of sperm or abnormal movement of sperm. 


A study shows that about eleven percent of women and nine percent of men of reproductive age in the U.S. have experienced fertility problems.

Although fertility declines with age in both men and women, it declines much more gradually for men than women. Women in their 30s are about half as fertile as they are in their early 20s. After age 35, women’s chance of conception declines significantly. Image courtesy of baby-chick.com. 
Although fertility declines with age in both men and women, it declines much more gradually for men than women. Women in their 30s are about half as fertile as they are in their early 20s. After age 35, women’s chance of conception declines significantly. Image courtesy of baby-chick.com

In one-third of reported infertile couples, the problem resides with the man, one-third of the problem is with the woman, and one-third the problem is both the man and the woman or the problem cannot be identified.


Infertility brings pain and distress to those experiencing it, although a solution cannot be provided until there is more awareness of infertility issues. 


Awareness of infertility is needed because becoming aware of the issue will provide knowledge on the topic, therefore giving you the knowledge needed in order to make changes to improve. Awareness of an issue will lead you to how to deal with it and the direction you need to go to make the changes needed to overcome the issue. 


Awareness on infertility is crucial due to how common the issue is amongst both males and females. Infertility has become increasingly common, causing the World Health Organization to recognize it as a public health issue for couples around the world. 


With infertility affecting about 10 percent of women (6.1 million) in the U.S, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), awareness is required for prevention of this issue of the reproductive system. 


This is why World Infertility Awareness Month was created, to create awareness to better understand this medical condition and to find treatments that will help cure underlying fertility issues. 

What is World Infertility Awareness Month?


Celebrated every June, World Infertility Awareness Month helps improve the lives of millions of people who face infertility issues by providing scientific knowledge to the disease and ways to overcome infertility. 


Many people don’t even know they are infertile, so this month helps make them aware of issues that may arise and how they can prepare themselves ahead of time. World Infertility Awareness Month provides a lot of options to those who may want to conceive, introducing many solutions to couples. 


Not only does the month give awareness, it gives hope to many to have struggled with the hardship of being infertile. In addition it reveals that many other people are facing the same issues and that a solution is possible.


How to celebrate World Infertility Awareness Month:

  1. Spread Awareness

Help spread awareness of infertility issues by sharing articles and studies on the topic on social media platforms. Inform others of solutions helping to correct infertility issues. Tell those who are struggling with infertility to not lose hope and try to encourage them to see a doctor. 

Going to see a doctor is the smartest option if facing troubles with conceiving. Image courtesy of ibelieve.com. 
Going to see a doctor is the smartest option if facing troubles with conceiving. Image courtesy of ibelieve.com


  1. Go see a doctor

If you and your partner are trying to conceive, the best way to celebrate is by going to see a doctor. Although some infertility issues have no cure, there are various infertility causes that can be treated and fixed with a visit to the doctor. There are fertility clinics that assist couples and individuals who want to become parents but for medical reasons have been unable to achieve this goal the natural way. A fertility doctor is a reproductive endocrinologist, which is a physician who practices a subspecialty of obstetrics and gynecology called reproductive endocrinology and infertility (REI). REI, an area of medicine which addresses hormonal functioning as pertains to reproduction and infertility in both women and men. 

  1. Help a friend

If someone you know has been struggling with trying to get pregnant, talk to them about this month. More importantly, encourage them to schedule a doctor’s visit.

  1. Maintain an open mind

The most important thing is to never lose hope. All you need is a good doctor and an open mind to help deal with infertility.

 

Many women and men face the challenge of infertility, making this struggle much more common than anyone would think. In order to treat infertility, it is extremely important to determine the underlying cause or cause(s). There are many outreach programs and people who will happily assist you with treatment. World Infertility Awareness Month provides a lot of options to those who may want to conceive, introducing many solutions to couples. The three main types of fertility treatment include medicines, surgical procedures and assisted conception such as intrauterine insemination (IUI) and in vitro fertilization (IVF). The first step to treat infertility is to visit a fertility specialist to discuss the best route of treatment for you. 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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