Educating Yourself on Fertility Issues and Your Options for Starting a Family
Bringing a child into this world can be a wonderful thing. For some, there is also some fear or nervousness at the uncertainty of what life will hold for the new little one, or insecurities related to the type of parent one might wonder that he or she will be for their baby. Largely, there is joy and love surrounding birth. But for some people, the process of conceiving and maintaining a successful pregnancy until accomplishing a healthy labor and delivery is much more complex and painful than it is for others.
The devastation of infertility
It has been estimated that around 7.4 million women, which is almost 12% of women, have consulted fertility experts or sought out related services at some point in their lives. One out of every eight couples have issues trying to conceive or sustaining a pregnancy. This can be devastating for those who yearn to be parents. Over the last few decades, advancements in technology and medicine have allowed more people to conceive and have healthy children than those who suffered from fertility issues in the past.
The fact that the rates are so high while the topic is not often discussed shows that there are major steps that we should be taking as a society to make things more manageable for those who have suffered through the pain of a miscarriage or the inability to get pregnant.
Planning a future for a growing family
There are some men and women who know all of their lives that they want to have their own families one day. Some people make the decision later on, and that is when the excitement of starting a family begins. Others choose not to have children, or to wait until they are older and have some of their life goals accomplished first. Contrary to what society would have many people believe just a couple of generations ago, and even in some circles today, there is no right or wrong way or time to start your family.
There are many issues that can arise, however, that delay the family growth process, and that is when it could be advisable to talk to a doctor or an expert at a reproduction clinic. Take for example, the fact that fertility in women begins to diminish around the age of 30, and declines more rapidly at the age of 35. This does not mean that every woman who wants to have a baby should do so by that time. It simply means keeping an open line of communication with your doctor or specialist to keep your options open and to stay informed.
Starting your own family should be a beautiful process. Educating yourself on the health of you and your partner, as well as on the risks and options available to you, can help the process be a much more enjoyable one.