When you’re struggling to get pregnant it can feel overwhelming to consider all of the possible causes and treatments. It may feel like everyone has advice for every stage, and it’s hard to know what to believe. Whether you’re already seeing a fertility specialist or are just doing research for a future pregnancy, we wanted to make it easier to navigate through all of the things you should and shouldn’t do when you’re trying to get pregnant. We have collected 10 important but simple steps to follow as you start your journey to growing your family.
Fertility Support and Family Planning Counseling Blog
Not every couple has a partner that is able to carry a pregnancy. Women in some heterosexual relationships can’t physically carry a pregnancy because of illness, injury, or for unexplained reasons. Couples with two male partners that wish to have a genetically related child need to use a surrogate to achieve their goals. There are also circumstances where a woman simply chooses to not carry her own pregnancy, for either personal or professional reasons.
Polycystic ovary syndrome - or PCOS - is fairly common yet under-diagnosed condition affecting, by some estimates, up to 4 - 18% of women of reproductive age. Part of what makes PCOS so difficult to dianose and understand is the symptoms of PCOS can take many forms. Some women with PCOS will have heavy and prolonged periods, while others will have only irregular periods, and some won’t menstruate at all.
With advances in fertility treatments and our ability to diagnose different causes of infertility, sometimes it is the cost and not the diagnosis that gets in the way of building your family. Fertility care has not always been treated as a necessary medical procedure, and for that reason is not sometimes not covered by insurance. There is also a spectrum of treatment options available with varying costs. Understanding your options as well as making a plan for affordable care can make the process so much easier.
Family planning can take many forms. Some people associate it only with birth control and preventing pregnancy, but with advances in fertility and contraceptive technology, planning if, when, and how you grow your family has become easier. Understanding the ways that you can choose how and when to start your family can make the process less stressful, even if fertility challenges do come up.
While any diagnosis of infertility is challenging, unexplained infertility can be one of the most devastating. After going through rounds of tests and various procedures, your dream family may feel out of reach. Despite the challenges with this type of diagnosis, there is still hope.
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Though there has been a lot of progress in recent years, even now, not all fertility clinics are accepting and inclusive of non-heterosexual couples. This comes from a long history of discrimination, often codified by national institutions. For years, the “fertility industry [has been] a largely unregulated field” with recommendations from the Food and Drug Administration and American Society for Reproductive Medicine that have often been used to discriminate against the gay, lesbian, and transgender communities.
Endometriosis is a fairly common condition, but one that is still often misunderstood and misdiagnosed. Up to 35% - 50% of women with endometriosis experience fertility challenges as a result. Because every person experiences endometriosis differently, it is often misdiagnosed, or not diagnosed at all until fertility challenges arise. As such a common factor in infertility, it is an important element to consider if you’re struggling to get pregnant.
For many people, the first treatment that comes to mind when they think of fertility care is in vitro fertilization. Although IVF has revolutionized fertility medicine since the first successful IVF pregnancy in the 1970s, there are many other treatments that might be more appropriate, especially as the cause of infertility is determined. One such treatment is intrauterine insemination or IUI.
Deciding to start or grow your family now or in the future is an important and very personal choice. If you are preserving your eggs or embryos because you are not quite ready to start a family, or because you are facing a diagnosis or medical treatments that may compromise your future fertility, preserving your ability to have a family later can simplify difficult decisions. There is also an element of trust in this process - trust in the freezing of your eggs and embryos, and trust that they will be preserved. Protecting your future family plans is a responsibility we do not take lightly. That is why we do everything we can to keep our facilities, our procedures, and the eggs and embryos in our care as safe as possible.
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