In the United States, infertility affects 10-15% of heterosexual couples, making it one of the most common medical diagnoses for people ages 20 to 45 years old. Amongst married women in the U.S. specifically, 19% are affected. The WHO estimates that ONE in SIX couples worldwide experience infertility during their lifetime. LGBTQ couples face family building challenges at well. What these substantial numbers suggest is a high likelihood that most of us either know someone affected by infertility, or have been affected by infertility ourselves. Yet there is still so much that is not talked about when it comes to Infertility. Infertility can feel lonely and isolating to those trying to build a family. To address this, National Infertility Awareness Week, or NIAW, was started in 1989 to improve education and bring awareness to infertility.
There are a variety of management options for fibroids. Picking a strategy that’s right for you will depend on a number of factors, including the size and number of fibroids and the symptoms they are causing. Based on this information and your goals and values, you and your provider can create a treatment plan that works for you.
Presentation of symptoms with endometriosis is variable. I was always taught that someone with the most severe endometriosis can be asymptomatic and someone with the tiniest amount can have severe pain. The most common symptom is pelvic pain, especially with periods.
When Covid vaccines first came out some hesitancy existed in women planning to get pregnant, despite all the major obstetrical, gynecology, and fertility organizations advocating for it. People would hear about their friend whose period was never the same after a Covid vaccine and freaked out. A recent study in Obstetrics and Gynecology looked into this so we could get a real answer.