Infertility Awareness Week

Apr 27, 2022

This week is National Infertility Awareness Week. As a Women’s Wellness Coach and an Infertility Warrior myself, this week holds a special place in my heart. As women, there is so much about our bodies that are not really taught to us. Whether that is policy inside of the school system, parents who are uncomfortable with that conversation, or who were also not given that education so they cannot pass it on. Whatever the reason is, so many women don’t begin to fully understand their bodies until they are trying to get pregnant, or they are in the delivery room. If you want to help change that in our society, check out my online course for parents/daughters: Let’s Talk: Anatomy, Puberty, and Periods. 

While I was a victim of a school system that didn’t educate the topic well and a family that didn’t openly talk about these things, I craved this knowledge about my body from early on in my life. When my husband and I began to discuss growing our family, my passion for the topic grew even more so. Despite all the knowledge I had gained over the last 20 years and the changes I have made over the last 10 years to support my body, we were still diagnosed with "unexplained infertility."

Unexplained infertility affects approximately 5-10% of all couples trying to conceive. Unexplained Infertility is the diagnosis a couple receives when all testing comes back normal for both him and her and after a year or more of trying they are unable to conceive or carry a child to term. A couple with this diagnosis carries a 2% chance of conceiving naturally. Those chances increase to about 12% with IUI and IVF treatments.

Unexplained infertility isn’t the only infertility diagnosis a couple may receive. In fact in the United States, about 19% of couples are unable to get pregnant and 26% of couples find difficulty in carrying a baby to term. These numbers seem crazy when we realize there were still over 3 million babies born in the USA in 2020! Please be mindful when asking women or couples about their family plans. There is likely one or two women in your circle that are dreaming of a baby and wondering why they can’t conceive. 

There are many contributing factors involved in infertility, with both male and female involvement. Smoking and some STIs are known contributors to increased chances of infertility. Irregular ovulation is also a known contributing factor, but there are multiple reasons for ovulation to become irregular. PCOS, low body weight, extreme exercise, thyroid dysfunction, and extreme stress can all contribute to irregular ovulation. When you do not ovulate regularly, your period becomes irregular. So often we are told that irregular periods can only be fixed with birth control, but the truth is that birth control doesn’t fix the underlying problem and instead covers up the symptoms. You know my stance on symptom management! It is always better to get to the root cause instead of masking the symptoms. Besides that, if you’re trying to get pregnant, that isn’t a viable option at all! Knowing how the body works, and how your individual body functions is the best first step to healing from the inside out. If you can do that, your chances of being truly well are so much higher. Including your chances of pregnancy.

This week, as we speak up for Infertility Awareness, speak up for yourself too. Speak up for your true wellness, for a true understanding of your body, and a true shift in how we teach our daughters to view and understand their bodies. 


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