The Good News About Infertility – Seeing Sub Fertility Instead
What’s good news with infertility?
Acknowledging that the bad news is that we’re talking about infertility or as Dr. Mark Leondires likes to refer to it – sub fertility.
That’s the first piece of good news that we can identify actually.
Good News – Infertility is Typically Fixable
Infertility is typically not infertility. It’s typically sub fertility. Which typically means, fixable. Many people who are diagnosed with “infertility” will leave fertility treatment pregnant and most of those people will go on to have a baby.
So not infertility. Sub fertility. A fixable problem.
What else is good news with what we are now calling sub fertility?
A low FSH. (Follicle stimulating hormone.)
A good range AMH. (Anti-Mullerian hormone.)
Good News – Fertility Testing is Possible
More good news – AMH testing can be done at any point in your reproductive cycle. Even if you don’t know where you are in your cycle. Even if you are on hormonal birth control (any version of the pill or IUD). AMH testing is a simple blood draw. Yes, that does include drawing blood, but given the wealth of information that it offers, it’s relatively non invasive. Next week, at RMACT (Reproductive Medicine Associates of Connecticut) will be offering free AMH screening at the Norwalk office – 761 Main Avenue, Suite 200. Please click here to register.
What else is good news on your quest to have a baby?
Having infertility insurance coverage. Being able to come for a consult with a board certified Reproductive Endocrinologist (fertility specialist). Finding out via testing that your fallopian tubes are open and functioning. Having sperm analyzed and hearing that they are motile, mobile and there are plenty of them.
All of these things are good news.
Even better news is that it’s ok if it’s not all good news. Pregnancy rates for treating sub fertility will vary depending on your diagnosis – there is no pregnancy statistic that works for everyone.
The good news is that even with some bad news thrown in, there are still ways of either fixing or circumventing the problems that are found in a medical work up. The even better news is that even with a lot of bad news, there are scientific and medical ways of becoming pregnant.
That’s a lot of good news.
The take away message? If you are committed to becoming a parent, you can receive a lot of bad news and still become a parent. A lot of bad news.
The good news is that you can take hold of this and if you hang on and hang in there, the likelihood is that you will become a parent.
That’s the good news about sub fertility.
Good News – There is Infertility Support
Ready for more good news? You do not have to do this alone. There are infertility support services that can help keep you in fertility treatment. Are you willing to try something outside of your comfort zone? The good news is that taking that step can make all the difference.
Even more good news is that you don’t have to wait until you are feeling desperate. You can try something new and see how it fits for you. Acupuncture, an appointment with a fertility counselor or nutritionist who specializes in fertility – these are the types of services that can help keep you from feeling desperate. It’s what they are designed to do. Try Fertile Yoga. Or Ladies Night In. (This week, Thursday in the Norwalk office - learn more about the event here!)
There’s a lot of good news with fertility treatment. If you’re laughing at the very idea that statement could be true, let us know. We’ll help you find some.
That’s why we’re here.
We’re here to help.
About Lisa Rosenthal
Lisa has over thirty years of experience in the fertility field. After her personal infertility journey, she felt dissatisfied with the lack of comprehensive services available to support her. She was determined to help others undergoing fertility treatment. Lisa has been with RMACT for eleven years and serves as Patient Advocate and the Strategic Content Lead.
Lisa is the teacher and founder of Fertile Yoga, a program designed to support men and women on their quest for their families through gentle movement and meditation.
Lisa’s true passion is supporting patients getting into treatment, being able to stay in treatment and staying whole and complete throughout the process. Lisa is also a Certified Grief Recovery Specialist, which is helpful in her work with fertility patients.
Her experience also includes working with RESOLVE: The National Infertility Association and The American Fertility Association (now Path2Parenthood), where she was Educational Coordinator, Conference Director and Assistant Executive Director.