What Are the Next Steps?

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Infertility happens to one in eight couples trying to have a baby. Many individuals feel lost or confused when faced with challenges growing their family and don’t know where to turn. Whether you are considering egg donation or surrogacy, we know that the choices may seem daunting and overwhelming. The Family Creations team is always available for all our clients. We have been in business for over 15 years, and our experienced staff are ready to help you in any way you need as you explore infertility treatment options. 

Things to Consider

Before embarking on the next steps for infertility and family planning, consider physical health conditions that may be impacting your ability to conceive. It’s important to remember that physical health affects fertility. Certain illnesses and ailments can interfere with the normal functioning of the reproductive system in both female and male partners. However, the good news is that many of these conditions that cause infertility have treatment options. 

  • Obesity: Obesity can interfere with ovulation and hormone production in women, leading to reduced fertility. In men, it can lower sperm quality and count.
  • Diabetes: Uncontrolled diabetes can cause erectile dysfunction in men, making natural conception difficult. Women with uncontrolled diabetes may experience irregular menstrual cycles, which affects fertility.
  • Thyroid Disorders: In women, both hypo- (under-active) and hyper- (over-active) thyroidism can cause menstruation to become irregular. In men, it can reduce testosterone levels and lead to lower sperm quality.
  • Cardiovascular Diseases: Diseases that affect the heart and blood vessels can reduce blood flow in areas critical for sexual functioning. Men may experience erectile dysfunction, while women may suffer from premature menopause.
  • Malnutrition: Poor nutrition can lead to weight gain or loss, negatively impacting fertility. It can also lead to deficiencies of vital vitamins and minerals that are crucial for reproductive health.
  • Substance Use: Alcohol and tobacco can contribute to poor sperm health in men. In women, it can contribute to a range of issues, from menstrual disorders to early menopause.

These are just a few examples of how health conditions can affect fertility. If you or your partner are trying to conceive, it is advisable to talk with a healthcare professional or fertility specialist about health conditions and medications that cause infertility and recommended treatment options. The next steps for overcoming infertility may be to address the pre-existing health conditions.

Exploring infertility treatment options can be tough on mental health.

The process of working with an egg donor or surrogate can sometimes be mentally taxing on the intended parent. The process can have many ups and downs, even when you have the best team in place. Our team suggests meeting with a mental health professional at least once before starting your journey. Some mixed feelings can come up when embarking on the egg donation and surrogacy process. It’s great to have a person to turn to, and many of our clients feel there is considerable value in having a mental health provider to talk with along the way. If you would like a referral for a mental health provider specializing in third-party reproduction, please contact our team; we will be happy to point you in the right direction.

Next steps for your infertility questions

Once you decide that it is time to take the next step, contact Family Creations. Our team will help guide you through the process as you explore infertility treatment options. You will never feel alone on your journey to growing your family; we are here for you every step of the way. Give our team a call to schedule your free consultation.

by Julia McConnell | Last updated on : January 11, 2024