March is National Endometriosis Awareness Month, so it's time to increase your knowledge about a disease that can cause debilitating pain and is estimated to affect 6.3 million women in the United States.
"When the Endometriosis Association was founded in 1980, endometriosis was commonly thought of as a disease of the single, white career woman," says Carol Drury, Education Program Coordinator and Associate Director. "That is certainly not the case! We estimate that more than 89 million girls and women around the world — of all races, single and married, working inside or outside of the home — are currently affected by endo. Endo has been diagnosed in girls as young as 8 — prior to their first menses — and can also be found in women who are post-menopausal."
Five ways to put the spotlight back on you and your partner
Does Valentine's Day seem like another painful holiday to you this year? The pressure to make Valentine’s Day all about sex and romance can feel daunting, especially if you have your baby-making sex scheduled down to the minute, and all you can think about are basal body temperature charts, ovulation and the possibility of in vitro fertilization (IVF).And, of course, if you're taking fertility drugs, you could be dealing with bloating, hot flashes or mood swings, making sex seem remarkably unsexy.
The good news is there are ways to enjoy Valentine’s Day even if you are in the middle of your fertility treatments.
“The nice thing about Valentine’s Day is its focus on the couple,” says Leslee Murphy, an infertility therapist at Houston Fertility Counseling who also works on-site at Houston IVF. “A lot of the other holidays — Christmas, Easter, Mother’s Day — are more about the family and children, but Valentine’s Day is about you and your partner.”
So snuggle up with your sweetie and read through our list of Five Ways to Cope with Infertility This Valentine’s Day.
In the world of fertility treatment, there seem to be clear-cut tips and treatments for remedying female fertility, but not as many guidelines for improving male fertility. This can leave male partners feeling uninvolved in the family building process.
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Dr. Erik Mazur from Houston Fertility Specialists discusses the success rate when Single Embryo Transfer is used. When Single Embryo Transfer is used the success rate is significantly positive. The ability to test and implant a genetically healthy egg, allows for an increase in successful pregnancies.