5 things you should know about fertility

5 things you should know about fertility

If you’re trying to start a family, it can be a really exciting time. But with celebrities like Chrissy Teigen and Michelle Obama openly talking about challenges getting pregnant, many people may have a lot more questions around pregnancy and infertility treatments.

Dr. Estil Strawn, a reproductive endocrinologist with Aurora Health Care in Kenosha, WI., shares five things you should know about fertility:

 1. It’s common for people to have problems getting pregnant. You are not alone if you are facing some challenges getting pregnant; one in six couples have issues with getting pregnant.

2. Know your family history. Knowing your family history can help you start the conversation with your physician about fertility options or possibly challenges that may come up when trying to have a baby. Women with a history of abnormal fallopian tubes or surgery on their fallopian tubes, uterus or ovaries should consider getting a fertility evaluation after six months of attempting pregnancy or sooner.

3. Get evaluated. If you are attempting pregnancy with a male partner or with donor sperm and are less than 35 years of age, a fertility problem may be present if attempts at pregnancy have been ongoing for one or more years. After one year of attempts, fertility evaluation is warranted. If you are older than 35 years, due to your age, a medical evaluation should be initiated if you have been attempting pregnancy for six or more months.

4. Know your options. There are plenty of options out there if you are facing some challenges. Infertility can be treated with medicine, surgery, artificial insemination or assisted reproductive technology. You can also have children through in vitro fertilization or through egg and/or sperm donation.

5. It’s not just a woman’s problem. Infertility is not always a woman’s problem. In only about one-third of cases is a couple’s infertility due to the woman. In another one-third of cases, infertility is due to the man. The remaining cases are caused by a mixture of male and female factors or by unknown factors.

For even more information, check out this video with Dr. Strawn:

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Becky Kolar
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Becky Kolar is a social media manager at Advocate Aurora Health Care. Becky oversees the strategy and day-to-day management of social media at Aurora Health Care. Becky has more than 10 years of experience in the digital marketing space from analytics, content development, paid search, SEO and of course, social media. When not managing social media, you’ll find her being active outdoors – kayaking, hiking, playing tennis, etc. and hanging out with her husband and puppy (who has his own Instagram account).