Through my work and presence on social media, I hear the stories of many women who experience difficulty getting pregnant. If this is you or someone you know, one of the best things to do is to become more educated on the topic of (in)fertility. It’s not typically a subject readily talked about until one is experiencing it, but where should you go to find trustworthy information?
Endometriosis is a chronic disorder in which the tissue that normally lines the inside of the uterus, the endometrium, grows outside the uterus. Endometriosis typically also involves the ovaries, fallopian tubes, and the tissue lining the pelvis.
I am infertile. I have infertility. I am struggling with infertility. There…I’ve said it. It’s out there now. I can’t hide it, nor can I hide from it. I am a Maternal-Fetal Medicine specialist who delivers babies, takes care of pregnant women and who many friends turn to as soon as they get that positive pregnancy test.
I had just turned 39, and that ticking clock was louder than ever. We tried and tried…one cycle, two cycles, three and so on. After our 5th cycle and no pregnancy, my doctor sent my husband in for a semen analysis. It came back with good results so we discussed starting fertility treatments. I will never forget that phone call.
This isn’t all entirely news, but what you may not know is that Vitamin D is extremely important when you are planning to have a child. The relevance of Vitamin D in reproduction isn’t necessarily the first factor you think about when you’re planning to have a child, but it should be. Vitamin D is important for bone health, but is also important for healthy reproduction.