National Infertility Awareness Week
National Infertility Awareness Week: April 23-29
Because spring is the time when the world comes to life, it’s the perfect time for National Infertility Awareness Week. Founded in 1989 by RESOLVE: The National Infertility Association, NIAW takes place this year April 23-39 and is marked by special events all across America.
With one in eight couples struggling to conceive, infertility is a medical issue that affects millions of Americans. Among NIAW’s goals are raising awareness about reproductive health and infertility, so our New York fertility center is taking a moment to offer some advice to couples who are TTC, or trying to conceive.
Are you TTC during this National Infertility Awareness Week?
One goal of National Infertility Awareness Week is to help people who are trying to conceive understand when it’s time to see a specialist. Many factors come into play in whether a couple is able to conceive naturally. By empowering themselves with the right tools and information, anyone can take control of their own family planning.
- Get healthy. Maintaining a healthy weight and eating well while you’re trying to conceive is always a good idea. Avoid processed foods and simple sugars; eat a healthy, balanced diet; and get regular exercise. And when you’re expecting to be expecting, never smoke, do drugs or drink alcohol.
- Time it right. One key to conception is timing intercourse around the time of ovulation. Ovulation predictor kits – available at any drugstore – help you track ovulation over several months, so you can time sex perfectly. There’s even a choice of apps to make tracking easy.
- Still seeing negative tests? If you’re under 35 and have been TTC for a year, it’s time to ask a fertility specialist for an evaluation. If you’re 35 or older, don’t wait longer than six months.
- Age matters. The hard truth is that as we grow older and wiser, our eggs age, too. Fertility typically begins to decline in our mid-30s, and recent research indicates that men have similar fertility declines over time. Blood tests can tell your fertility specialist how fast your biological clock is ticking.
- It might not be you. Many couples assume that when the woman can’t get pregnant, she probably has a medical issue preventing conception. But about 40% of the time, a male factor is a primary or secondary cause. Fertility specialists have many tools that can help, so if infertility is suspected, it’s essential for both partners to get tested.
Is it time to see a fertility specialist?
It doesn’t have to be National Infertility Awareness Week to get the answers you need to start or grow your family. Contact our New York fertility center to schedule a consultation.
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