Getting past fertility issues and moving forward with infertility facts
There is no shortage of information about infertility from family members, friends and co-workers. Common sense tells us that not all of that information is correct. In fact, many people misinterpret fertility studies and retell old wives’ tales. Thankfully, the Center for Surrogate Parenting (CSP) is here with infertility facts.
Dealing with conception issues
For a couple dealing with infertility, conceiving a child can become a series of complex medical procedures and testing. It is exhausting, frustrating and costly. There are also those well-meaning friends, family members and co-workers asking questions and offering advice. Even though that advice may come from a place of love, it’s not usually helpful and can even be hurtful.
Identifying the reason with infertility facts
There is a myriad of reasons that can prevent conception. Increased age is a known factor for infertility. There could be physical reasons or illness causing problems in either the woman or the man, or both. There may also be a history of pregnancy loss, which can be devastating.
Once a couple realizes there may be a problem, the first question is usually to determine the source of the infertility. That usually begins with the question, “Is it me or my partner?” Get past it. Debating whether the man should wear boxers or the woman’s job causes too much stress isn’t productive.
Know your facts
We hear it over and over, but knowledge truly is power. Coffee doesn’t cause conception issues, and there are no sexual positions that create a higher probability of pregnancy. Women have had to deal with references to their biological clocks ticking away for decades. However, men have one, too. And, contrary to internet click-bait articles, there is no “super food” that ensures conception and pregnancy. Learning to separate infertility facts from fiction is important. So is debunking information that has no scientific basis.
Fertility issues for couples are almost always traced back to the woman.
Wrong. Infertility problems happen equally in men and women.
Infertility is a psychological issue, not a physical one.
Wrong. Although recent studies have linked stress with conception issues, there are physical causes for infertility.
Couples who work at it will eventually get pregnant.
Wrong. There are physical causes for infertility. For women who are under 35, infertility specialists usually recommend further testing if pregnancy does not occur after one year of unprotected sex. Women over the age of 35 who have unprotected sex for 6 months and do not get pregnant should see a medical professional.
The only realistic option when a couple cannot conceive a child is to adopt.
Wrong. If fertility treatments fail, or if a woman has been unable to carry a pregnancy to term, surrogacy is a viable option. Sharing a genetic link with your child is possible.
Considering surrogacy after learning infertility facts
The Center for Surrogate Parenting offers two programs to help intended parents achieve their dreams to have a child. Both options include matching you with a surrogate mother of your choosing. Our In Vitro Fertilization (IVF)/Gestational Surrogacy program combines the parents’ egg and sperm to create an embryo. A doctor then transfers one embryo to the surrogate. With the second option, IVF and Egg Donation Program, sperm from the biological father fertilizes the donor eggs. The embryo then goes to the surrogate mother.
A realistic, ethical option
For those couples or individuals who have been immersed in fertility testing, treatments, and endless doctor’s appointments, surrogacy may sound just as clinical. However, the women who choose to offer their wombs as a surrogate consider it a gift from their heart, not due to monetary gain.
If you have questions, explore them with a reputable surrogacy agency that has a history of ethical and successful surrogate pregnancies. CSP’s philosophy is to support the dreams of those who wish to become parents. We provide a wide array of professionals to ensure that every aspect of your child’s conception, gestation, and birth is an amazing and memorable experience. Contact us to learn more.