Facing infertility

Lowcountry Parent Magazine, September 2015

First comes love, then comes marriage, then comes a baby in a baby carriage. Or at least that's how the old playground song goes. But according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, it's not that simple for an estimated 1.5 million married women in the United States who struggle with infertility.

By definition, infertility refers to the inability to conceive naturally after a period of 12 months. What many people don't realize is that infertility is actually a symptom, rather than a diagnosis. It also affects women and men equally. With numerous potential causes, the only way for couples to find the root of infertility is to undergo a fertility evaluation. But sometimes the problem cannot be explained; the cause of infertility cannot be identified in an estimated 20 percent of cases. Read more...