When you are trying to have a baby without any luck, everyone around you may start to offer unsolicited advice. Though friends and family mean well, their helpful hints often raise your anxiety instead of making you feel better. In some cases, the tips they offer are not actually based on medical knowledge or accurate information. At Palm Beach Fertility, we want to offer you support and factual details about infertility treatment.
The Reality of Infertility
Dr. Mark Denker wants Palm Beach Fertility Center patients to understand the truth about treating and diagnosing infertility.
Myth: Relax and you will get pregnant
Truth: Infertility is a medical condition that requires treatment. Just like you need medical care to address a broken arm or bacterial infection, infertility requires examination and diagnosis by a fertility specialist. Romantic trips and scented candles won’t correct the problem.
Myth: Give it time
Truth: After 12 months of trying to conceive without success (six months if you are over 35), you should schedule an appointment with a reproductive endocrinologist like Dr. Denker. When it comes to infertility, finding the problem as soon as possible increases the odds of a successful outcome.
Myth: You have one child, so you shouldn’t have a problem getting pregnant again
Truth: Having a healthy baby doesn’t guarantee that you can conceive and carry another one to term. Many women experience secondary infertility, which occurs when you have had a live birth but can’t get pregnant or maintain a subsequent pregnancy.
Myth: Infertility treatment is expensive and won’t work
Truth: Actually about 80 percent of couples who help from a fertility clinic end up conceiving. Dr. Denker starts with the least aggressive infertility therapy and often has great success with options such as ovulation induction and intrauterine insemination. In-vitro fertilization (IVF) is used less than five percent of the time, according to the American Society of Reproductive Medicine (ASRM).
Struggling to conceive can take a dramatic toll on your life. Separating fact from fiction can help you deal with this issue and keep your eye on the ultimate goal: a healthy baby.