How to be sensitive to those dealing with infertility

How to be sensitive to those dealing with infertility

It’s a sensitive issue that is difficult enough to deal with without awkward questions and comments from friends, family and even strangers.

As National Infertility Awareness Week in the Unites States approaches (April 23–29), some experts have suggestions for handling these difficulties, both for would-be parents and for the people who know them.

Relationship expert Andrea Syrtash said it’s all too common for women who aren’t getting pregnant to receive unsolicited advice — e.g., increasing wheatgrass consumption, relaxing, thinking positively, etc.

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Six simple ways to improve fertility levels

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Both men and women have several ways to improve fertility levels if trying for a baby. A daily nutritional supplement such as pre-Conceive will bring enormous benefits, as shown in Europe’s first-ever clinical study into the effect of a nutritional supplement on both male and female fertility. However, there are many other simple changes that can also improve fertility levels, and here we detail six of them:

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Fertility Apps – which ones can you rely on?

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A study published in Obstetrics & Gynecology, analyzing 53 online tools such as fertility apps and websites that aim to help women predict when they’re most likely to get pregnant, has revealed a shocking finding. It is that most simply don’t work very well.

The study analyzed 20 websites and 33 apps, but found that just one website and three fertility apps correctly identified when users were most likely to be fertile.

That site was Babymed.com, and the three apps were Clue, iPeriod, and My Days (android & iPhone).

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The late Dr. David Smallbone – An Appreciation

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On Friday the 31st of March, 2017, Pillar Healthcare lost a dear, dear friend and a most trusted advisor.

It is with the heaviest of hearts that we announce that, Dr. David Smallbone, M.B., Ch.B., L.R.C.P., M.R.C.S., M.F. Hom., F.C.O.H., passed away late that evening.

Dr. Smallbone was the ultimate professional. Throughout his long and decorated career, he devoted himself to identifying and understanding the best ways to treat all those that came before him.

He had a deep passion and love for helping people and making them feel better, either through his vast array of medical knowledge, or as a friend, over a cup of coffee. His career is too long and distinguished to list in detail here, but all those who were treated by him or spoke to him realised they were in the presence of greatness.

The word ‘unique’ can be overused but in its raw definition, there is no better way to describe Dr. Smallbone – being the only one of his kind; unlike anyone else.

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Worldwide fertility rates continue to decline

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The provisional fertility rates numbers for Q3 of 2016 are in—and the news isn’t good. General fertility has fallen again, with younger age brackets showing the steepest declines.

While some demographers are convinced that birth rates will rebound when ‘millennials’ grow older, this risk-averse generation may continue to dash fertility expectations. Other demographic indicators (namely Hispanic and immigrant birth rates) also point to lower U.S. fertility. All told, it looks like the expected baby bump has been bumped—again.

The overall birth rate is gradually falling because the percentage drop in birth rates under age 30 is larger than the percentage rise in birth rates over age 30. Keep in mind that under-30 age brackets have always accounted for the most births, though the margin has been shrinking over time.

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Unsuccessful IVF ‘may affect women’s heart health’

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Medical News Today has reported research from Canada that suggests women who have undergone unsuccessful IVF cycles may be at greater risk of heart failure and stroke.

The research focuses on the short-term risk to such women (the study involved a follow-up period of 8.4 years), and notes that few studies have assessed the long-term impact of fertility therapy on heart health.

Of those who participated in the study however, it was found that women who did not become pregnant after fertility treatment were found to have a 19% greater risk of cardiovascular events, particularly stroke and heart failure.

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A husband’s fertility journey

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There was an interesting Q&A article in The New York Times, where a female writer who is currently undergoing IVF treatment posed a series of questions to her husband.

The questions addressed such issues as seeking a male perspective on fertility issues, how their fertility journey has changed their relationship, and how men and women may handle fertility issues differently.

These are feelings and emotions that we know are shared by many couples undergoing IVF or other fertility treatments, and so we thought we’d share the article here.

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Worldwide decrease in sperm quality

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An article in The New York Times has highlighted concerns regarding the quality of sperm produced by young men today, quoting research that as much as 90 per cent of sperm may be misshapen.

Common chemicals used in plastics, cosmetics, couches, pesticides and countless other products are suggested as one cause of the decrease in sperm quality, while other causes may be biological problems and an increase in the incidence of testicular cancer.

Overall, fears are beginning to rise that birth rates may drop because of the issue, and that ultimately, we could even face a human reproductive crisis.

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