Male Factor Infertility is in the spotlight and IFAASA is giving you the opportunity to hear from experts in the field about what the latest treatment is, fact vs fiction on causes and how this diagnosis effects the couple emotionally.
Would you like to meet some fellow ladies who are also experiencing the toughness that is Infertility, as well as learning some coping skills and a bit more about women’s health?
Every day for the month of RHM, IFAASA would like you to meet our ‘unofficial Infertility Spokespersons’. Those in the public spotlight who have shared their struggles — with natural pregnancy, IVF, surrogacy, adoption, miscarriages, early menopause and the definition of parenthood — with the world.
No longer taboo talking material, these celebs are helping to shine a spotlight on one of the most common problems women face
Often referred to as a silent disorder, infertility is rarely discussed. Fertility isn’t a problem that discriminates and each year, an increasing number of celebrities are stepping forward and sharing their personal journeys and struggles with infertility. In addition to Chrissy Teigen and Tyra Banks, a number of celebrities have spoken openly and honestly about their struggles in getting pregnant. By doing so, they play an enormous role in helping to destigmatise infertility and spark much-needed awareness and conversation.
For some reason, people are more sympathetic when celebrities are having trouble because it’s in the news, and people sympathize more for people that come into their homes every week and for people that they idolize. Sometimes the best advocacy is simple exposure.
There’s something powerful about people, especially celebrities sharing their honest, emotional paths to parenthood. It’s not always as easy as peeing on a stick and then — POOF! — you’re a mom. We need people, especially those that the world perceives as ‘perfect’ to speak publicly about their ordeals and remind us that, after all, we’re all human (regardless of post code, beauty and tax brackets), and anyone can be 1 in 6.
As much as we hold celebrities up on a pedestal, revere and envy them, they are after all just people with the same emotional and financial worries that we have.
Courtney Cox-Arquette, from Friends fame, was quoted as saying “In vitro is a wonderful thing that people can do in this day and age, and I’m lucky enough to be able to afford it.”
Tom Arnold and ex-wife, Shelby struggled with infertility for 5 years. To compensate for Tom’s low sperm count and poor motility, they tried IVF with ICSI 5 times with no success. In People, they discussed how difficult infertility has been on their marriage and the cost of IVF (Guess what? Their insurance didn’t cover it either.)
Actress Valarie Pettiford and her husband, Tony Rader have been trying to conceive for over 5 years. She told Ebony magazine, “I felt so isolated and alone. It’s difficult to talk about, but I want other women out there to know that they are not alone; there is support.”
“You grow up as a woman…thinking you’re going to have a child and that it’s just kind of your God-given right to the next step,” Dixie Chicks Martie Maguire told Good Morning America. “And then when it doesn’t happen, you’re shocked and saddened, and it’s such an emotional journey to go on.”
42-year-old Hunger Games actress Elizabeth Banks and her husband had wanted a family, but endured years of unsuccessful attempts caused by embryo implantation issues. She told the magazine FABLife “I am so tired of seeing on my social media, ‘Why don’t you have kids? Why don’t you have kids?’ You don’t know — you don’t know what I’m going through … When I was 23 years old, I used to tell myself, ‘In three years, I’m going to have kids.’ Then I turned 24. ‘In three years, I’m going to have kids.’ Every single year I kept saying that. And then after awhile, it’s like, OK, now I want to, and it’s not so easy.”
After actress and shoe designer Sarah Jessica Parker and actor hubby Matthew Broderick had their first child, James Wilkie, in 2002 they struggled to expand their family. But when James was 6 years old, Parker confirmed to Access Hollywood that she and Broderick were expecting twins via surrogate. She is quoted as saying, “I knew there would be lots of opinions about, `Well, why didn’t you adopt? Why didn’t you do this? Why didn’t you do that?’ and the truth of the matter is, it wasn’t one or the other for us … “We had explored, and continue to explore, all options, and this one just happened first. This isn’t the period at the end of the sentence.”
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Many chefs often look to the wisdom of their elders in food preparation. Our grandmothers made many foods we might view as strange and off-putting now, but many like to think of these foods as our lost ‘sacred’ foods.
One in seven couples have trouble conceiving. Whether a contributing factor from the man or from the woman, infertility is tragic in every case.
Right now I have unexplained infertility. However, I am not particularly fond of that term. I prefer to think of it as “not having met my infertility yet.” Because I cannot honestly say that I have tried or tested everything, that I have done every diet and exercise regime, or that I have met with several REs on my path to my infertility discovery. I would love to try everything, meet everyone and get this situation solved for good – get me a baby already! But I also suffer from a particular sect of unexplained infertility – and that would be financial infertility.
Sometimes it can feel like following a fertility friendly diet is expensive, especially when you may have extra costs for fertility treatments and medications. Here are some ways to help keep your food budget in check:
For couples who can’t conceive naturally, in vitro fertilisation (IVF) can cost ten of thousands of rands but that may be changing.
When you realise that you might be one of the many people annually who may need to undergo in-vitro fertilization, or IVF, as a way to create a family, the emotional toll is immense.
For many couples who are having difficulty conceiving, fertility assistance through a specialised clinic becomes their only chance of having a baby. Thus added to the emotional and physical toll exacted by infertility is the financial burden carried by many seeking treatment.
Did you know there are specific foods that contains key nutrients men need to produce healthy, quick and abundant sperm? CoQ10, zinc, L-Carnitine, antioxidants, iron and good fats, are all vital to supporting male fertility.
As an important part of any diet, salads are an extremely easy way to eat the suggested 7-9 servings of fresh fruits and vegetables each day.
By Leandra Rossi IFAASA Director
No one likes to disclose their most personal problems, even to their doctor. With that said, some secrets should be told. These secrets shouldn’t be kept from your doctor, especially if you and your partner are trying to conceive.
Is there anything a man can do to enhance his fertility? This is such a great, important question that not enough couples ask. So often we get caught up focusing on female fertility that we completely forget to acknowledge the profound role men have in the baby-making game. The good news is, “Yes!” — there are plenty of things men can do to increase the odds of successful conception.
In years past, the perception has been that an inability to conceive was attributable to problems with the woman’s reproductive functionality. But researchers like Dr. Liberty Barnes at Cambridge University who recently published the book “Conceiving Masculinity: Male infertility, medicine, and identity,” contradict the idea that this is a women’s issue. Barnes says that of those millions of people trying without success to conceive a child, 30 percent are due female factors, 30 percent are male factors, 20 percent are a combination of male and female factors, and 20 percent of cases of infertility are simply unknown.
BMI Healthcare fertility expert Dr Hani Daabis is encouraging women to learn more about their current and future fertility potential and their chances of conception.
The first time stepping into any Dr’s waiting room can be a daunting task, filled with a plethora of unknowns. When that Dr’s office happens to be a Fertility Specialist the uneasiness is even greater, as this is the office of the Dr. that can change the course of your life.
Almost eight in 10 adults do not know the age at which fertility begins to decline, a new survey has found.
Acupuncture for Infertility Treatment
Female infertility is a growing health concern in today’s society and often, the journey from diagnosis to treatment (or failure thereof) is fraught with uncertainty and emotional distress for a woman and her partner.
There are many causes of female infertility, which are usually investigated for and diagnosed by a gynaecologist or fertility expert. Problems with egg development, ovulation or even anatomical problems with a woman’s reproductive system may be the culprits. Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome and Endometriosis are well-known examples of female medical conditions that can lead to reduced fertilit
Optimise fertility by addressing body stress:
Are you feeling stressed, having trouble sleeping, feeling anxious, battling with an irregular cycle or struggling to fall pregnant, or suffering from back pain, anxiety, headaches or constipation? All of these symptoms may signal the progression of stress overload which may be disrupting the body’s optimal functioning.
The value of Integration: Benefits of a holistic approach to fertility using complimentary therapies alongside conventional medicine
A clinical diagnosis of sub- or infertility often sets off a whole chain of events and previously unforeseen tests and treatments for couples who may have already been starting to stress at their failure to fall pregnant as the months pass by.
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By Nancy Freeman-Carroll, Psy.D.
By Tanya Rubin
Life is made up for us as humans, of things that matter. Our value system becomes that of things that matter most. Everything in life supports our relentless pursuit of meaning and through focusing on things that matter, we collect numerous meanings. Infertility has an enormous impact onfinding meaning in life.
By Dawn Blank
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