Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Healthy Habits: Infertility #StartAsking

Every day people with infertility are asking real and important questions. “Why me?” “How can we afford this?” “Why don’t you understand?” National Infertility Awareness Week encouraged people to #StartAsking
Employers for insurance coverage.
  • Your lawmakers and legislators to support issues important to the infertility community. 
  • Friends and family to support you. 
  • The media to cover infertility and the real challenges we all face. 
  • Your partner to get involved. 
  • Those who have resolved their infertility to stay involved. 
  • OB/GYN or healthcare provider to talk about YOUR reproductive health. 
  • For affordable care for treatment of a disease. 
  • Legal access to all family building options nationwide. 
  • About men’s reproductive health
I had a chance to interview Dr. Jane Frederick to learn more.
Why is it so difficult to start a conversation going about infertility?
Infertility is something that most couples don’t discuss openly with others. It’s  scary and unfamiliar territory. Some couples feel embarrassed that they are struggling. If only they knew they were not alone, as 1 in every 8 couples struggle with getting pregnant and sustaining a pregnancy. Its difficult to start a conversation about infertility since there are so many fears of the unknown. Why are we struggling to conceive? Is it the female or male factor? What is the reason? Will we ever conceive and how?
What are some important questions women need to ask their doctors?
It is important for women to seek a fertility specialist if they are having trouble conceiving. Women should be open and honest with their Reproductive Endocrinologist about their journey and current health. Ask your doctor for labs to be ordered to properly evaluate your ovarian reserve, in addition to diagnostic procedures to take a look at the uterus to make sure a viable pregnancy can take place. Women should involve their partner in the meeting. For many years it was always thought that infertility was strictly associated with the female, but now, it is estimated that nearly half of infertility cases can be caused by male infertility. Having your doctor order a semen analysis can be very informative in evaluating your infertility.
How can family and friends support people with infertility?
Infertility can be very stressful to a person. Its important that family members and friends stay positive and supportive. Enjoying time with them and scheduling activities to lower their stress and worries has a positive impact on them. Even things to keep their minds busy. Treatment can be time consuming with appointments. If friends and family can help with basic tasks to alleviate those stressors, patients would gain from this. Maybe cooking a meal for them, doing a few errands, or helping them with a household duty. Anything to alleviate outside stressors. 

                  Practicing in California since 1990, Dr. Jane Frederick is an internationally noted specialist in Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility.  She is the Medical Director of HRC Fertility in Orange County, where she developed a diverse clinical practice in reproductive surgery, IVF, and the genetic screening of embryos.  Dr. Frederick is board certified in both Reproductive Endocrinology/Infertility and Obstetrics/Gynecology from the University of Southern California.  A renowned speaker, Dr. Frederick has educated medical colleagues in the area of fertility preservation, and age and reproductive issues with numerous publications.  She has held many posts with organizations active in the advancement of reproductive medicine including the Pacific Coast Reproductive Society (Past President), and the American Society of Reproductive Medicine.  Dr. Frederick has received a variety of honors for her outstanding work in the field, and recently ranked among the top 10% in the nation from U.S. News and World Report. In addition, Dr. Frederick has been featured in a number of TV and media outlets such as E!’s, Total Divas, KTLA Morning News, ChicagoLand TV, an US Weekly Magazine

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