If you are like millions of couples struggling with infertility, you may feel as though you are alone. For women, feelings of inadequacy and failure may overcome them. In men, the inability to conceive may cause men to feel overwhelmed with guilt. Although frustrations may run high, and the feelings of loneliness may seem unbearable at times, a couple can get support in a variety of ways.
There are religious support groups available to couples trying to conceive. Some of these groups are gender-based, while others allow are designed with the couple in mind. They may be referred to as prayer groups, and they meet regularly. Some of the groups are structured to address the needs of women trying to conceive, and some groups may even include women who have previously suffered miscarriages. Some religious support groups for women struggling with infertility may include women who are trying to adopt. These support groups for women trying to conceive may be open to the public or offered exclusively to church members.
There are also couple fertility groups available as well for you and your partner to attend together. The couple meets regularly with other couples who are experiencing the same challenges in trying to conceive. The couples meet regularly and discuss their experiences with the donor egg bank, the testing and emotional stress they may be experiencing in their journey to parenthood. You and your partner will be able to interact regularly with couples in the various stages of infertility counseling. Coping tools, open discussions, and exercises are often a part of the couple infertility support groups. These groups are usually funded by charitable organizations and led by experienced fertility experts.
If you would prefer to be a part of a support group with anonymity, there are forums and online communities dedicated completely to couples trying to conceive. There are forums for women and men online that allow you to freely express your frustrations or challenges you’ve experienced in trying to conceive. These forums allow you to participate in discussions via threads or initiate your own topics for discussion. The freedom to discuss the issues openly in anonymity may be appealing to you, if you desire to connect with other couples in a private manner.
Family support system
Family support is another option for couples trying to conceive. If one set of parents is particularly eager for grandchildren, then the family may not be the most ideal support system. If the family appears to be overly helpful with suggestions on what’s needed to successfully conceive, then you may find their approach to supporting you to be too helpful. Experts recommend that you decide on your comfort level in discussing your fertility challenges, while setting boundaries with family members. This will ultimately determine your ability to rely on the family as a support system.
Women must maintain a healthy weight in order to remain fertile. Females are born with a certain amount of eggs at birth. When a woman passes the age of ovulation, she will no longer produce eggs. Therefore, it is important to have children when women and men are at their healthiest and most fertile. Women who are anorexic, bulimic or on restrictive diets are at risk for suppressed ovulation. People who engage in excessive exercise, dancers or other athletes may suppress ovulation due to elevated endorphin levels. Body fat less than 10 to 15% of the normal amount may put females at risk for anovulation. People who are 15% over their ideal body weight may also experience suppressed ovulation.
Infertility risks increase for women who smoke one to two packs of cigarettes per day. The cells in the ovaries are impacted by certain components of cigarette smoke. A woman’s eggs become more prone to genetic abnormalities. Excessive caffeine has also been known to affect ovulation. Females that consume 300 mg or more of caffeine per day may delay conception by more than a year or more, according to the American Journal of Epidemiology. Moderate alcohol intake of five drinks per week may also impair ovulation and fertility. Gonorrhea, Chlamydia and other pelvic inflammatory diseases (PID) may increase tubal disease or adhesions in the pelvis. Antidepressants may also have an effect on ovulation. Chemotherapy or radiation may cause a person to become sterile. Individuals who work as dentists, dental assistants, anesthetists, pest control dispensers or dry cleaners may also experience problems with infertility.
How an Egg Bank May Help With Conception and Fertilization
Each individual imagines their ideal conception. For some individuals, conception should occur by a certain age. For others, conception should occur when they have met their ideal partner. Unfortunately, biology is not always in synch with our goals and timelines. Experts suggest that we should have a baby by the age of 28 to increase our chances of having a healthy baby. By the age of 35, the likelihood of conception decreases by 50%. The percentages decrease to 1% by the age of 45. Some females choose to delay pregnancy. For those individuals, an egg bank may be a viable option. Until you conceive or freeze your eggs, you must make the proper lifestyle choices in order to increase their likelihood of a healthy conception.
To begin the egg freezing process, schedule a consultation with a fertility clinic. During the examination, the female will have hormonal testing, pre-conceptual screening and uterine evaluation. The physician will begin the stimulation process and inject the female with fertility medications. Egg growth will be monitored in subsequent visits through ultrasound. Before retrieval, the eggs will be given a final injection to encourage maturation. The eggs will be retrieved 36 hours after this injection. The patient will undergo sedation before the procedure. The eggs will be retrieved vaginally. The laboratory will freeze the eggs and store them for the patient’s future use. This process typically takes two months and costs $7,000 or more. Some individuals have insurance that cover the procedure. Others insurances do not cover the costs.