Technology Helping Women with Infertility

Looking back on my pregnancies, it felt like the first three were so easy. So easy to become pregnant and so easy to carry and deliver to term. I had never really considered not being able to get pregnant until we decided to have a fourth child. Then it was not happening. No matter what we tried, getting pregnant was not so easy anymore. I spoke with my doctor and he told me of the options for couples looking to conceive.

However looking at our three children it was obvious to me that life was good and to leave these options for those without children. I needed to cherish what I had and focus on them. I was sad, but knew the stress would be a lot for us and figured we were just done. Fast forward eight years and we did have a fourth; our surprise child. Who knew less stress and a move across the country was all that was needed. I am glad it worked out as I could not imagine life without my four kids.

I was happy to know there were so many options for couples who were looking to conceive and know many friends who have used them with success.

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Infеrtіlіtу affects women from аrоund thе world, аnd the cultural аnd ѕосіаl ѕtіgmа surrounding іt vаrіеѕ. Aссоrdіng tо the Wоrld Health Orgаnіzаtіоn (WHO), infertility is defined as “а disease оf the rерrоduсtіvе ѕуѕtеm defined bу thе fаіlurе tо achieve a сlіnісаl рrеgnаnсу аftеr 12 mоnthѕ оr more of rеgulаr unprotected sexual іntеrсоurѕе. ”

According to the Mayo Clinic, there are some risk factors that can іnсrеаѕе a woman’s risk оf іnfеrtіlіtу, including:

  1. Age
  2. Smоkіng
  3. Alсоhоl uѕе
  4. Exercise issues
  5. Bеіng оvеrwеіght оr underweight

New technology treatment options for women with infertility

Technology has been very helpful іn providing women with іnfеrtіlіtу problems more options, such as Aѕѕіѕtеd Reproductive Tесhnоlоgу (ART), fеrtіlіtу medications, artificial insemination, conception dеvісеѕ and in vіtrо fеrtіlіzаtіоn. Other aѕѕіѕtеd rерrоduсtіоn techniques іnсludе Gаmеtе Intrаfаllоріаn Trаnѕfеr (GIFT), Reproductive Surgеrу, Surgical Sperm Rеtrіеvаl (SSR) and Cryopreservation.

I recently learned about a new fertility treatment called the AUGMENT (SM) treatment. This new treatment uses the biology of your own body to supplement your own eggs. Having discovered egg precursor (EggPC (SM)) cells, the AUGMENT treatment actually boosts your eggs’ energy levels, leading to a better chance of embryo development. OvaScience developed this new technology focusing on the health of eggs and the power in a woman’s own body. The first birth associated with this treatment was actually a wonderful baby right in Canada!

When you start discussing having a family, it is important for a conversation to be had around options and treatments, in addition to the possibility of infertility. As we all know, often life does not happen as planned. It is necessary for women and couples to know what options are available for them to grow their family. I hope this post helps someone who may be wondering what options there are out there. If you are in this position, speak to your physician and reach out to OvaScience if you would like more information about AUGMENT.

Disclosure: This post was sponsored by OvaScience, a global fertility company focused on developing new fertility treatments. They helped provide information on the AUGMENT fertility treatment, but I researched and reported on the other fertility options mentioned.

 

Comments

  1. Jenna Wood says

    I have waited a while to start a family because of health issues and always worry if I will encounter fertility issues when I try to start. It’s great to know there are resources like these out there.

  2. I love that there are so may resources now to help families get started!! I can’t imagine wanting to have a child and not being able to have one.

  3. It’s great that all these options are available. I haven’t needed to use these types of services. I couldn’t even imagine the struggle some couples go through.

  4. We had to go through this and it was difficult and expensive but SOOOOOO worth it in the end! I love my son!

  5. Infertility can be heartbreaking. I didn’t have any difficulty getting pregnant at all. But when I decided to have a baby when I was older it never happened. Ooooo….. My husband just yelled… HIPA!! HaHa

  6. alalisainfo says

    Really glad to know that there are extra resources nowadays for infertility. I know several women who had to go through this sort of experience with not as many resources.

  7. I love that there are so many options out there. It’s nice to hear about all of them. I don’t know anyone personally that has had any difficulties, but for those that do I’m glad there are other options out there.

  8. I’m glad to hear that their are new options to make it easier for those having trouble. I know it is such a struggle for some couples.

  9. brandyellen says

    I love that there are so many options out there now for couples. What a great post to share!

  10. Elizabeth Lampman says

    I have a friend that is trying to conceive. I will have to share this post with her.

  11. I have a few friends that were not able to conceive when they were trying. Once they stopped stressing about getting pregnant it happened.

  12. This is great. I have a brother in law and his wife that struggle with fertility.

  13. Technology really is so cool! I’ll have to tell my sister about this as she and her husband are trying to have a baby.

  14. I wasn’t able to have kids for a very, very long time. It would have been great to have this kind of technology back when we needed it. Thankfully in the end we were able to have 4 amazing kids. Good luck to all the trying (soon to be!) mothers out there.

  15. I can’t imagin how hard going though that might be. I’m so greatful for all the amazing options out there!

  16. This technology is so awesome. I have a friend that has tried for a long time to start a family and this would be great for her.

  17. I know a few couples that have dealt with infertility. It is great that there is technology that can help them!

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