Renew your pregnancy strategies during Infertility Awareness Week
April represents a time for renewal, and spring is the perfect season for raising infertility awareness. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services recognizes National Infertility Awareness Week, April 23-29, and Midwest Reproductive Center continues to promote awareness for the disease and educate legislators about the need to expand insurance benefits.
Dr. Dan Gehlbach and the team at our Kansas fertility center want our patients to know that we support this important initiative that gives a voice to the millions of Americans struggling with infertility.
Our Kansas fertility center expert offers tips on getting pregnant
In this country, 1 in 8 couples will experience infertility and will likely need medical intervention to get pregnant. Infertility Awareness Week highlights these struggles. Dr. Gehlbach provides the following suggestions to assist couples who are trying to conceive.
- Well-timed intercourse will boost natural conception.
Over-the-counter ovulation predictor kits can accurately track your ovulation, and apps like Wink even remind you to take your temperature before getting out of bed in the morning. A pattern emerges after a few months that can help you predict ovulation and improve the odds of conceiving.
- A healthy lifestyle will increase your chances for getting pregnant.
Dr. Gehlbach encourages couples to maintain a healthy weight and cut back on refined sugars, processed foods, alcohol and caffeine while trying to get pregnant. It’s especially important to refrain from smoking and illegal drug use.
- Recognize that men and women equally share in the odds for infertility.
If your partner has a low sperm count, timed intercourse may never lead to pregnancy without intervention. Working with our Kansas fertility specialist can help in overcoming male infertility, including the total absence of sperm, or azoospermia.
- Keep an eye on the biological clock.
Maternal age is tied to fertility, so take advantage of egg health, which peaks in the 20s to mid-30s for women. New studies investigating andropause show that a man’s age may also affect sperm quantity and quality, as well as the DNA that he passes on to his offspring.
As part of Infertility Awareness Week, the team at our Kansas fertility center wants to remind hopeful parents to contact a fertility specialist after 12 months have passed with no success. For women over 35, consider taking proactive steps after just six months. Call our office to schedule a consultation appointment with Dr. Gehlbach.