Women's Health in October – Breast Cancer Screening & Infant/Pregnancy Loss
Don't let infertility make you overlook other health concerns. Particularly if you are over 40 and in fertility treatment.
October is Breast Cancer Awareness month. It's also Infant and Pregnancy Loss month, specifically noted on October 15th.
Women's Health & Breast Cancer Screenings
It's a big month for women's health.
Breast cancer screening can be different for each woman and not all doctors (or organizations) agree on what testing needs to be done and at what age. Here's a link to the American Cancer Society, one reliable source of information. Depending on your family history, your age and your specific risk factors, you may need to be tested at a different age than you would expect.
Both The United States Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) and The American Cancer Society agree that after the age of 40, a mammogram should be done at least every other year. The American Cancer Society supports a woman having one every year if it's determined, based on her own risk factors, that is more prudent.
Please remember to consider all your health needs while in fertility treatment.
Infant and Pregnancy Loss
If you have had either a miscarriage or infant loss, you are unfortunately not alone. One in four women will experience that type of loss. If you have had a loss, you may have had little or no support for the grief that you may have felt or continue to feel. A loss of a pregnancy or infant is often handled poorly by even our closest friends and family, simply because people do not know what to say or do.
Many hospitals and other types of medical centers do facilitate and lead groups specifically for the loss of a pregnancy or infant. Being with other people who are grieving a similar loss can be comforting as there is a common understanding, even though each loss is unique and individual. No one can know exactly what you have gone through with your loss. Being able to speak and listen in a supportive atmosphere can be helpful and healing.
We know how all-consuming infertility and fertility treatment can be. And we want to remind you to take care of all of you– so make October your month to also check in about the other aspects of your health.
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.