The internet is flooded with information, do’s and don’ts, doctors advice, and new research that can help you with your fertility journey. But is too much information or incorrect information confusing your efforts? Is day 14 of your cycle the best day to conceive? Will steroid injections or topical gels increase your testosterone? Can you really wait until your 35 before starting your family? Doctors and fertility specialists discuss the top five myths they hear from patients and the truth about these statements with the Chicago Tribune.
Read more about these five myths and discover the truth, here.
As couples wait longer to have children, focusing on education and careers rather than family planning, it is not uncommon for women to delay pregnancy into their 30’s. Despite the rising age of first-time moms, fertility experts still warn of the dangers of women giving birth after age 35. As women age, not only does the opportunity to get pregnant decrease, women are more likely to suffer a miscarriage or have other pregnancy complications.
Learn more about the dangers of pregnancy after age 35 with the American Pregnancy Association and USA Today with this video.
Cancer can have debilitating effects on those who would like to start a family in the future. For those diagnosed with hormonal breast cancer, a new option improves a patient’s chances of conceiving naturally in the future.
New research presented at the American Society of Clinical Oncology in Chicago shows that temporary blocking the ovaries from releasing eggs during chemotherapy treatment could improve the odds of having a baby in the future. The treatment involves injections of an existing drug called Goserelin, which lowers estrogen levels thus suppressing a woman’s menstrual cycle. Doctors found that the women who received the shot cut their chances of ovary failure in half. In addition, the women who received the shot were twice as likely to become pregnant and to deliver a healthy baby. Halle Moore, the lead author of the study and oncologist at the Cleveland Clinic Foundation, believes that women beginning chemotherapy for early breast cancer should consider including Goserelin as part of their treatment in an effort to protect their ovaries from any adversely damaging effects. This treatment is a much less invasive and less expensive than harvesting eggs for in vitro fertilization.
Despite recent debate online, the National Organization on Fetal Alcohol Syndrome and The American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists want to make it clear to all soon-to-be mom’s on the dangers of consuming alcohol while pregnant. Meta-Analysis of thirty-four separate studies has found that even light drinking can cause developmental problems.
Learn more about the connection between alcohol consumption and developmental problems for children from the Washington Post here.
Infertility can be an expensive journey for any couple who is having difficulty trying to conceive. With many treatments in many states not covered by insurance, it is not uncommon for couples to finance their fertility treatments in a variety of ways. One option to help cover the costs of your fertility treatments are the variety of grant options provided by a number of local and national organizations. For example, the Kevin J. Lederer Life Foundation, from Chicago, Illinois, recently announced their new financial assistance program, 2017 Life Grant Applications. This grant, like many others will help cover some of the costs of fertility treatments or even adoption services.
Read more about this grant opportunity, and others on the Chicago Tribute.
For some couples, the road to starting a family can be difficult. Infertility is often a private journey, wrought with heightened emotion and a sea of unanswered questions. For women who have trouble conceiving, suffer numerous miscarriages or fail to identify the reason for their fertility issues often a fertility expert is needed. With the help of a fertility doctor, many more women can successfully fulfill their dream of motherhood with the birth of a baby.