It was national fertility awareness week recently and I want to highlight some stats about.
In some countries like Canada, more people are living with infertility than diagnose with lung cancer which is the leading cause of death in Canada.
According to Dr Gaberielle Cassir, who appeared on the Global News in Montreal. Up to 15 % of couples are infertile and the numbers are rising.
There are various causes of infertility: which ranges from the rising age of women having babies as more women are putting off having children later, to unexplained infertility.
There is no perfect answer the specific causes are evenly divided
in 35% of cases, the causes of infertility is due to problems with the pelvic or fallopian tube abnormality.
10% of cases relates to unexplained causes which is usually hard to deal with.
35% male factor
15% ovulatory disfunction.
It is important to create awareness on the causes of infertility to make sure that couples seek help quickly and avoid unnecessary delays which might lead to more problems later.
Currently the world is also dealing with covid and there are various theories on its impact on fertility.
Again, it is generally agreed in the medical world that this is fueled by myth being propagated on social medial.
While is it normal to question the impact of a new vaccine on ones fertility, it is also important to look at the data.
If you are worried speak with your doctor and find out all you need to know about the vaccine.
Is it necessary to talk about fertility issues with the young generation?
I think it is : this is because the first time most couples become aware of the issues surrounding fertility is when they start to try to have a baby, I think talking about it earlier in a young person’s life may be the difference between delays in seeking help and waiting for miracles to happen.
The emotions we feel are common emotions and are distressing and these can cause a huge physiological toil.
Society can prepare youth for the chances of infertility and open an avenue to speak about it.
No one wants to spread fear to our young people, but at the same time it is important to create an awareness. Parents can have that conversation with their kids same as talking about changes in the body during puberty years and teen years, although a bit later.
The emotions are intense and can cause a huge toil on one’s health, no one can be prepared enough, but at least the being in the know can make a huge difference on how one handles the challenges pose by infertility.
We need to demystify the fear and taboo around taking about having fertility issue.
There should be no guilt, shame, taboo surrounding the topic of infertility.
There should be a conversation and women should feel they have a safe place to talk. I am glad that women like Chrissy Teigen, Hilaria Baldwin, Amy Schumer are open about their struggles with infertity and I think this has done more to increase the awareness around miscarriage and IVF. Women are beginning to see that they are not alone and there is some conform in knowing that others have felt the way you do.
Be encouraged and seek help earlier.
Wishing you every success on your fertility journey.
Your Partner in Hope