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Three Steps To Infertility Awareness
a blog by Suzanne Rico, April 28, 2014
In 2004, when I began seriously trying to have a baby, I had a sneaking suspicion it might not be that easy. I was 37-years-old, and while I was fit and healthy, I’d never been pregnant and I hadn’t always been THAT careful. Turns out my intuition was right; it took 7 IVFs, three miscarriages, one surgery, one surrogate, and countless tears for my husband and I to finally have the family we’d always wanted.
Looking back, I wonder why I never tried to confirm whether my suspicions were correct before we started trying. Perhaps part of it was fear—I didn’t want to know. Perhaps part of it was ignorance—ten years ago, the infertility discussion was nascent and didn’t include me yet. But mostly, I think, it was a simple lack of knowing how to determine if my fertility might be compromised.
Fast forward to National Infertility Awareness Week of 2014. Science has come a long way in a decade and so has the push for those who are considering starting a family to educate themselves. With this in mind, I asked Dr. Said Daneshmand, a highly experience reproductive endocrinologist at Fertility Center of Las Vegas, to give me the top three things a woman needs to know to evaluate her fertility. If knowledge is power, now is the time to arm yourself!
1. Ask yourself whether you have any menstrual abnormalities: infrequent and irregular interval menstruation (normal interval is 26-34 days apart ), painful menstruation, heavy menstruation with clots.
2. Check your CD3 FSH, especially if you are over age 35. Blood test obtained 1-2 days after the period.
3. Encourage your partner to obtain a sperm test ASAP. Most men are under the false impression that " it can't be me "! 40% of infertility cases are male related.
None of these things are expensive, and together, they can provide an excellent road map of the future!