Dew in the grass, toes in the sand, a cold drink in hand, and a balmy breeze are some of the common images or memories that come to mind when you think about summer. While many people take advantage of the relaxed pace and welcoming weather to take a much deserved vacation, fertility issues never go on vacation. This can make summer another season of ongoing physical and emotional challenges for women and men struggling with infertility.
You Are Not Alone
We’ve said it before but it warrants repeating: you are not alone. In fact, 1 in 6 couples struggle to conceive. Beyond our borders, countries throughout the western world are coming to grips with staggering infertility statistics and considering whether government subsidies for In Vitro Fertilization (IVF) treatments are the way forward to preserve their population.
Summer Is a Great Time To Consider Your Options
If you are struggling with infertility, the slower pace of summer makes it a great time to take a holistic look at the fertility treatment options available to you. At CRM, this includes a wide range of treatments including:
- Intrauterine Insemination (IUI): This treatment can increase the number of sperm that reach the eggs in the fallopian tubes, representing a final treatment for some and a first step toward in vitro fertilization (IVF) for others.
- In Vitro Fertilization (IVF): The most well-known fertility treatment, IVF was the first procedure used to fertilize an egg outside a woman’s body. In fact, the first “test tube baby” recently celebrated her 40thbirthday, marking a milestone in the fertility field. At CRM, the success rates of our compassionate doctors are consistently higher than the state and national averages.
Depending on the circumstances, treatments can also be performed with the help of donor eggs as part of our donor egg program.
Summer Can Be a Difficult Time for Men Too
In a previous postwe talked about how difficult Mother’s Day can be for women who are struggling with infertility; a joyous day for many women can serve as a reminder of unrealized hopes and dreams during a difficult fertility journey.
The summer months can have a similar effect on men, as they experience another Father’s Day without a child, witness fathers playing with their kids at the park, or hear about coworkers taking their families on summer vacations or camping trips.
Learn more about infertility from the male perspective.
We’re Here For You Winter, Spring, Summer and Fall
There is no guaranteed outcome to a person’s fertility journey, but you can rely on the professionals at CRM to stand by you every step of the way as you pursue your treatment options. Contact us today to schedule an appointment at one of our convenient locations in Minneapolis or St. Paul.