National Infertility Awareness Week takes place April 18-24, 2021
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Just because a woman has a baby doesn’t mean that getting pregnant a second time will be easy. On today’s Mommy Moments, HI Now host Kanoe Gibson is speaking with the Fertility Institute of Hawaii on how it specializes in an individual approach to help women struggling with infertility.
National Infertility Awareness Week takes place April 18-24, 2021, and it’s very common for women to struggle with infertility or have difficulty becoming pregnant. Approximately 15 percent of reproductive age heterosexual couples will have difficulty conceiving as defined by greater than 6 to 12 months of attempting conception without success. There is no other medical disease that affects 15 percent or more of the reproductive age population. It is estimated that there are approximately 8 million couples in the U.S. diagnosed with infertility.
One major misconception is that infertility only occurs in women who have never had children before. Difficulty conceiving after a previous successful delivery is called secondary infertility. Unfortunately, women with secondary infertility are less likely to seek treatment, possibly because of the misconception that if they have conceived before, they should be able to do so again.
Secondary infertility is essentially just as common as primary infertility. Over 10 percent of couples will experience secondary infertility. Dr. Anatte Karmon, IVF clinical and research director, recommends that any women 35 or over having trouble conceiving after 1 year of trying should see her OB/GYN or fertility specialist for a work-up.
The medical treatments for those seeking help in getting pregnant again are tailored to the diagnosis of the patient, and many are covered by health insurance. These include:
1. Optimizing natural conception with ovulation monitoring and timing.
2. Ovulation induction – enhancing the woman’s ability to release an egg usually with oral or injectable medications.
3. Artificial insemination or Intrauterine insemination –placing sperm into the uterine during ovulation.
4. In Vitro Fertilization – stimulating the ovaries to produce eggs, removing the eggs from the body, fertilizing the eggs in the IVF laboratory and then placing an embryo into the uterus.
5. Other advanced treatments include: Donor Egg IVF, Donor Embryos, Preimplantation Genetic Testing, and Surrogacy.
You can get more information on the Fertility Institute of Hawaii by calling (808) 545-2800 or visiting Facebook: @Fertilityinstituteofhawaii or Instagram: @Fertility_institute_of_hawaii
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