Top 6 Infertility Awareness Week eye openers, compiled by our Los Angeles fertility doctors
USC Fertility is frequently asked to weigh in on infertility issues that keep us awake at night. Will I have trouble getting pregnant if I wait too long? Will my family history of endometriosis affect me, too? When will I know that it’s time to see a fertility specialist?
As we recognize National Infertility Awareness Week, our board certified reproductive specialists each contribute a key point to remember as you optimize your own fertility and support friends and family who may struggle with this disease.
Our Los Angeles fertility doctors champion this cause
Here are the 6 key facts and life skills our Los Angeles fertility doctors wish to communicate this week.
- Dr. Richard Paulson, director of USC Fertility, reinforces that age and infertility are linked; but don’t lose hope. While fertility peaks in a woman’s 20s and 30s, there are options for women who wish to preserve fertility or those of advanced maternal age. Dr. Paulson was instrumental in helping the oldest woman [at that time] achieve a successful pregnancy.
- Dr. Karine Chung, the director of the USC Fertility Egg Freezing and Fertility Preservation program, points to the breakthrough technology of vitrification. It is now possible for women to take control of their reproductive future by freezing eggs.
- Dr. Kristin Bendikson, a noted clinician and researcher, is passionate about equipping women with data that can help them make informed decisions about their reproductive health. She is a strong advocate for the USC Fertility Don’t Guess, Assess! campaign. The USC Fertility Diagnostic Testing program can provide a clear picture of a woman’s fertility potential with a few simple tests.
- Dr. Aline Ketefian, known for her work with PCOS, advises women to pay attention to troubling symptoms. Infertility-related syndromes can manifest in subtle ways—irregular cycles, pain during intercourse, and in the symptoms of PCOS, including increased facial and body hair and adult acne.
- Dr. Marsha Baker, adjunct clinical professor of obstetrics and gynecology, is passionate about supporting women during infertility. “The journey to parenthood can challenge not only the body, but also the mind.” Take proactive steps to mitigate stress during infertility treatment.
During National Infertility Awareness Week—and every day of the year—it is critical to know that after 6 months of trying to get pregnant with no success, or 6 months if you are over 35, you should partner with a fertility specialist. Contact our esteemed Los Angeles fertility doctors for a consultation.