National Infertility Awareness Week is a time to remember that many couples experience difficulties when starting a family. It’s also a time to raise awareness of the many treatment options available today.
According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office on Women’s Health, about 10 percent of women in the United States between the ages of 15-44 have problems getting pregnant or staying pregnant.
For women, a number of physical issues including blocked fallopian tubes and hormone imbalances can cause problems with ovulation, an essential process in conception.
A woman’s age, diet and lifestyle choices can also contribute to infertility.
Physical, environmental and lifestyle choices can also contribute to infertility in men.
Over the years, a number of effective medical treatments have evolved and are now able to help many couples conceive.
To speak to a fertility specialist, contact Boone Hospital’s physician referral service at 573-815-6400.