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National Infertility Awareness Week

The month of April is the month that Infertility is recognized nationally. The week of April 20-28 is National Infertility Awareness Week. 

Infertility doesn’t discriminate; anyone can be challenged to have a family. 

Together, we can change how others view infertility because you’ll never know how badly you want something until you are told that it may not be possible.

It is important to be proactive about your reproductive health and to understand the guidelines for when it’s time to see a fertility specialist.

Be Your Own Advocate

One in eight couples experience infertility; we work every day to educate couples so that they recognize when it’s time to see a fertility specialist. Early intervention is important because maternal age frequently affects pregnancy outcomes. Frisco Institute for Reproductive Medicine physicians usually recommend that a couple when the woman is younger than 35, has normal cycles, and no risk factors for infertility, a year of trying to get pregnant without success is enough to merit attention from a specialist. Nevertheless, there are certainly cases in which the 1-year guideline isn’t the best course of action. As a rule, when the woman is 35 to 39, a fertility consult (to confirm there aren’t any infertility-causing conditions besides age) should be considered after six months of unprotected intercourse, or after three months for women who are 40 or older.

In addition to age, other factors may have an impact on a woman’s fertility including:

  • Irregular or absent menstrual period
  • Two or more miscarriages
  • History of sexually transmitted infections
  • Endometriosis
  • Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS)
  • Family history or previous diagnosis of premature menopause
  • Endocrine (hormonal) disorders such as thyroid disease
  • Genetic disorders
  • Male factor infertility

At Frisco Institute for Reproductive Medicine, we are here to give you the caring support you deserve as you start or grow your family. As a leading fertility and IVF center, we offer our patients individualized care, and helpful financial options. Your dream of starting or growing your family is within reach.

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