May 1st Is National Infertility Survival Day

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May 1st Is National Infertility Survival Day

National Infertility Survival Day is acknowledged annually on the Sunday prior to Mother’s Day. This year on May 1, 2023, we recognize women and men who are struggling physically and emotionally due to their troubles conceiving.

Infertility is common. Among married women aged 15 to 49 years with no prior births, about 1 in 5 (19%) are unable to get pregnant after one year of trying (infertility). Also, about 1 in 4 (26%) women in this group have difficulty getting pregnant or carrying a pregnancy to term (impaired fecundity). Infertility is not always a woman’s problem. Both men and women can contribute to infertility.

How long should couples try to get pregnant before seeing a doctor?

A woman’s chances of having a baby decrease rapidly every year after the age of 30. Most experts suggest women younger than age 35 with no apparent health or fertility problems and regular menstrual cycles should try to conceive for at least one year before seeing a doctor. However, for women aged 35 years or older, couples should see a health care provider after 6 months of trying unsuccessfully. Women over 40 years may consider seeking more immediate evaluation and treatment.

What are some health problems that may increase the risk of infertility?

Couples with the following signs or symptoms should not delay seeing their health care provider when they are trying to become pregnant:

For women:

Irregular periods or no menstrual periods
A history of pelvic inflammatory disease
Known or suspected uterine or tubal disease
A history of more than one miscarriage
Genetic or acquired conditions that predispose to diminished ovarian reserve (chemotherapy, radiation)

For men:

A history of testicular trauma
Prior hernia surgery
Prior use of chemotherapy
A history of infertility with another partner
Sexual dysfunction

How is infertility treated?

Infertility can be treated with medicine, surgery, intrauterine insemination, or assisted reproductive technology. Doctors recommend specific treatments for infertility on the basis of:

  • The factors contributing to the infertility.
  • The duration of the infertility.
  • The age of the female.
  • The couple’s treatment preference after counseling about success rates, risks, and benefits of each treatment option.

Where can I get support and help?

RESOLVE is a national consumer organization that offers support for men and women dealing with infertility. Their purpose is to provide timely, compassionate support and information to people who are experiencing infertility and to increase awareness of infertility issues through public education and advocacy.

It is a good idea for any woman and her partner to talk to a health care provider before trying to get pregnant. They can help you get your body ready for a healthy baby, and can also answer questions on fertility and give tips on conceiving.