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Fertility Challenges Addressed

If you or your partner are experiencing challenges in trying to conceive, we are here to support you. We have put together a guide with information about different types of fertility issues that often arise and some options that may be available to you.
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HEATHER SMITH
Women's Reproductive Rights Advocate
“No matter what your fertility journey looks like, we’re here for it."

DR. SHANNON CLARK

Having Babies after 35

Dr. Shannon Clark is a double board certified Obstetrician and Gynecologist and Maternal-Fetal Medicine Specialist focusing on the care of women with maternal and/or fetal complications of pregnancy. We talk about our dual journeys of trying to get pregnant at the age of 40, both having IVF and both successfully having children, Shannon with a donor egg, giving birth to twins! It's all too common that we are delaying our pregnancies, so this podcast discusses the options, opportunities, and risks.

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You’ve got questions, we’ve got answers.

SHOULD MY MALE PARTNER BE EVALUATED FOR INFERTILITY TOO?

Yes. Infertility is not just a woman’s issue. About 20% of infertile couples can trace the sole or contributing cause to an issue with the male.

DO I NEED A PRESCRIPTION FOR BIRTH CONTROL?

Yes, here in the United States you need an active birth control prescription from a doctor in order to get birth control medication.

WHAT STEPS CAN YOU TAKE TO IMPROVE CHANCES OF CONCEIVING?

Certain lifestyle factors can affect fertility. If you’re a woman, being overweight or underweight, exercising excessively, having high levels of stress, drinking alcohol, and smoking cigarettes can make it more difficult to get pregnant. Eating a nutritious and balanced diet, and getting plenty of sleep can help.

WHEN DURING MY CYCLE AM I MOST LIKELY TO GET PREGNANT?

Ovulation, or when an egg is released from an ovary, usually occurs on day 14 of the cycle. Some variation in this timing is normal. You are actually most fertile in the days leading up to ovulation.

WHEN SHOULD I SEE A DOCTOR ABOUT INFERTILITY?

Your doctor will usually suggest a fertility work-up after you’ve been unsuccessfully trying to get pregnant for 1 year (if you are under 35 years old) or 6 months (if you are older than that). Other reasons to start testing sooner include an irregular menstrual cycle or documented fertility problems for you or your partner.

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