Here at the Utah Fertility Center in Pleasant Grove, Murray, Ogden, and St. George, Utah, our caring team of infertility specialists work tirelessly on your behalf to provide you with the care you deserve on your infertility journey. You are not alone! We also support National Infertility Awareness Week® (NIAW) that runs from April 19 – 25, 2020.
We promote awareness because more than 7 million Americans from all walks of life are dealing with the pain of infertility. Our team supports all those dealing with infertility who want more than anything to remove the stigma and barriers that face them in their quest to build their own families.
Replacing the Stigma of Infertility with Hope
Infertility is more than a medical issue, it can create emotional strain for all involved. To promote awareness around this, NIAW wants to break the barriers of silence so people can feel comfortable and safe sharing their struggles with family, friends, co-workers and acquaintances. Infertility is not the end of your dream to become a parent.
The good news is, for every problem of infertility, there is usually a medical solution, thanks to reproductive medicine! We offer a wide range of fertility treatments such as ovulation induction, intrauterine insemination and in vitro fertilization (IVF) plus surgical fertility restoration to address infertility.
But it must begin by reaching out for help on your journey so that your parenthood dreams may come true. To encourage people to reach out, our team provides support and kindness to alleviate the fear of speaking out. In fact, sharing your fertility story breaks emotional barriers as you connect with others to feel heard. There is always hope!
For women, infertility means not being able to conceive after normal intercourse without birth control after one year (or six months for women 35 years or older. It is a common struggle for couples.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, approximately one in eight (6.1 million) American women ages 21–44 struggle to become or stay pregnant. Around one-third of these stem from fertility problems in women and another one-third of these arise from fertility problems in men. The rest results from a mixture of male and female issues that can’t be figured out.
In women, the most common cause of infertility usually has to do with ovulation, where the egg is released from the ovaries. This can happen from hormone imbalances. Another common cause is blocked fallopian tubes. This is where the egg and sperm typically join fertilization. If the sperm can’t get to the egg fertilization, is prevented. This can arise if the tube is blocked because of an infection, surgery, Endometriosis and problems with the uterus or having uterine fibroids.
For men, infertility can arise from low sperm production, having abnormal sperm function or even blockages that interfere with the sperm fertilizing the egg. This can happen if the male is sick, has been injured or has chronic health conditions. Even lifestyle choices can lead to male infertility. For example, drug use like anabolic steroids, cocaine or marijuana use, excessive alcohol use, tobacco smoking, prolonged emotional stress and depression can all play a role.
Two common fertility treatments are intrauterine insemination (IUI) where healthy sperm is collected and inserted directly into a woman’s uterus while she is ovulating. Another is in vitro fertilization (IVF) where eggs are taken from a woman’s ovaries and fertilized by sperm in a lab, so they develop into embryos and a doctor can then place the embryo(s) into the uterus.
Additional treatment options include ovulation induction, and third party reproduction. Egg or embryo donations, and gestational carriers (surrogacy) are forms of third party Assisted Reproductive Technology (ART). Whatever the barrier, we offer solutions to help overcome that barrier and get you back on your path to parenthood.
At Utah Fertility Clinic, two of our doctors are participating in the renowned infertility summit coming up during National Infertility Awareness Week April 19-25:
-Dr. Shawn Gurtcheff from the Utah Fertility Center will be presenting on “Tracking & Understanding Your Cycle”
-Dr. Deirdre Conway from the Utah Fertility Center will be presenting on “Secondary Infertility” and “Implantation Failure”
You can check out the summit Beat Infertility for more news information.
We welcome you to join us for National Infertility Awareness Week April 19-25. Together we can achieve a life-changing and hopeful journey to parenthood with you and your loved ones. Please call us at one of our locations nearest you Ogden, Murray, Pleasant Grove and St. George, Utah at 801-785-5100. Join us in taking the stigma out of infertility!