6 Things Only Someone Coping with Infertility Understands

6 Things Only Someone Coping with Infertility Understands

Did you know that one in eight couples have trouble conceiving? That means you’re not alone if you have been having infertility problems. Read on to learn what only someone with infertility issues will understand:

It Can Be Very Expensive

Infertility procedures and medications are very expensive. On average, each attempt for in vitro fertilization (IVF) is $11,000 or more. Only a minority of people have health insurance that helps with those costs.

It’s Normal to be Disappointed Each Month

IVF is the most successful and drastic fertility procedure, but it is not a guarantee at all. The CDC compiles rates of success from nationwide fertility centers into one report each year and the latest one shows that 40 percent of IVF attempts in those under the age of 35 who use their own fresh embryos resulted in a birth. But that outcome becomes as low as 11 percent in 41 and 42 year olds.

Timing is Everything

Just missing a dose of fertility medication or taking them at the wrong time can be a disaster. Timing is everything. If you go against the medication schedule your doctor gave you — in the case of IVF — your eggs may not be ready to be retrieved or you might not have your intrauterine insemination during the time where it would be most successful.

It Can be an Emotional Roller Coaster

Usually women with infertility begin taking medications a few days after the start of their periods…and then they wait. “For the next 4 weeks you get your hopes up, you dream, you wish, you tell yourself, ‘It’s going to happen this month,’ and then when the stick says you’re not pregnant or the doctor tells you your embryo didn’t take, it’s soul-crushing,” says Laura Saltman, a woman who has been going through fertility treatments for three years.

It’s Painful

The medications have significant side effects that cause pain, inside and out. It can feel like the worst PMS experience combined with the amount of pain you typically feel on the first day of your period.

It’s Difficult to Hear Friends’ Pregnancy Announcements

“You want to be truly excited for them, but deep down it makes you hurt more for yourself,” says Monica Higgins, who underwent fertility treatments on and off for three years. Be careful not to judge a friend if she is not as enthusiastic about your pregnancy as you hoped she’d be. Give them some space and then attention if she does become pregnant.

 

So You Think You’re Pregnant?

So You Think You're Pregnant?

Whether you’re trying to conceive or not, and whether you are using a form of birth control or not, if you’re of child bearing age, you are likely to feel a tinge of fear or excitement every month as you wonder if you are PMSing or actually pregnant. You could, of course, purchase and use a pregnancy test every month, but not only are they not always accurate, it can get pretty expensive to use regularly. There are subtle signs that you can pay attention to as well. Of course symptoms vary for everyone and depending on how far along you are from the date of conception, but there are some things that will let you know its time for a professional test.

Fatigue
If you’re suddenly too tired to get through the entire day at work, your regular workout regiment, or to stay up until you’re normal bedtime, it might be time to look into a pregnancy test. Pregnancy increases the hormones in your body, which in turn cause fatigue.

Nausea
Nausea is one of the most telling symptoms of pregnancy. If the thought of food or the taste of one of your favorite foods suddenly makes you sick to your stomach, it might be best to get a test. Women often note a strong sense of smell that causes nausea as well.

Missed or Late Period
If you’re late on your period or have skipped a period completely while you’re usually very regular, this might be the most obvious sign that you could be pregnant – if not, you definitely should look into your hormones to be sure there’s nothing else going on with your hormones.

Whether you’re trying to get pregnant or not, you should be sure to go in for a medical check up regularly. If you think you might be pregnant, you should see a professional as soon as possible. The test administered by your physician will be the most accurate, and there will be plenty to discuss if you are pregnant!

Infertility and Acupuncture

Infertility and Acupuncture

Have you been trying to conceive and have been unsuccessful?

Perhaps you’ve even been told by your medical practitioner that you are infertile. While this definitely makes conceiving more difficult, it doesn’t mean it is impossible. Understanding the causes of infertility can help you to choose the best method of treatment.

Research estimates that 10 to 15% of couples in the U.S. are struggling with infertility, which usually means that the couple has frequent unprotected sex for at least a year and has not yet conceived. Some people are born with fertility issues at birth, some problems are inherited, and other causes are related to diet and toxins. Issues can be related to sperm count or with the delivery of sperm. The woman may actually have ovulation disorders, fallopian tube damage, or cervical abnormalities. There’s any number of issues that can arise and the causes of which aren’t always identifiable. Fortunately, alternative treatments for infertility have proven successful for a large number of couples.

One very effective alternative treatment has been acupuncture. Eastern cultures have used acupuncture for centuries to treat infertility. Essentially, acupuncture inserts small needles into specific points on the body, which can regulate body functions. Acupuncture helps because it focuses on the underlying issues, such as detoxifying the body, improving thyroid function, increasing sperm count and so forth. Though the causes of infertility aren’t always identified in western medicine, acupuncture can heal without such a diagnosis. When conducted accurately and regularly, acupuncture has reversed infertility in many couples.

Like any other medical treatment, you need to be sure that you are working with a licensed professional. Similar to medical physicians, acupuncturists usually focus on specific issues or disorders. You’ll want to find an acupuncturist that specializes on infertility. If you think you may be struggling with infertility, reach out to a professional today.