Fer­til­ity Cen­ter is Here!

The Star (St. Lucia) - - HEALTH - By Char­lotte Byrne and Keysha Pierre Char­lotte Byrne is a Fer­til­ity Ther­a­pist prac­ti­tioner at The Nat­u­ral Fer­til­ity Cen­ter.

In­fer­til­ity in Saint Lu­cia has up to now been a very taboo topic of con­ver­sa­tion. We are hop­ing to cre­ate aware­ness and help those strug­gling to start a fam­ily find hope, be­cause at the end of the day the prob­lem will not go away by it­self.

Per­sons need to be proac­tive and take care of their sex­ual health in the same way they would take care of their gen­eral health be­cause later down the line they may ex­pe­ri­ence prob­lems when try­ing to have a baby.

Presently there are men and women in St. Lu­cia who are try­ing to have a baby and it’s just not work­ing for them. Do they even know that we have fer­til­ity spe­cial­ists right here in St. Lu­cia to of­fer help, ad­vice, treat­ment and coun­sel­ing?

Here are some facts re­lat­ing to in­fer­til­ity:

What is in­fer­til­ity?

Fer­til­ity is the nat­u­ral abil­ity to pro­duce off­spring. Conception takes place when a woman’s egg gets fer­til­ized by a man’s sperm re­sult­ing in preg­nancy. For some cou­ples, hav­ing a baby is a fairly straight­for­ward process. How­ever, other cou­ples have dif­fi­culty con­ceiv­ing.

‘In­fer­til­ity’ refers to when a cou­ple is not suc­cess­ful with con­ceiv­ing af­ter hav­ing un­pro­tected sex for 6-12 months depend­ing on age. There are nu­mer­ous treat­ments that can be tried to as­sist with conception - time needs to be taken with a health care prac­ti­tioner to de­cide which is best for you and your part­ner.

In­fer­til­ity can be due to ovu­la­tion dis­or­ders: some prob­lems, such as poly­cys­tic ovary syn­drome (PCOS), stop women re­leas­ing eggs at all, and some cause an egg to be re­leased only dur­ing some cy­cles, but not oth­ers. PCOS is a con­di­tion that makes it more dif­fi­cult for the ovaries to pro­duce an egg. In­fer­til­ity can also arise from dis­or­ders of the uterus or fal­lop­ian tubes some­times re­sult­ing in scar­ring and block­ages; fi­broids are also com­mon. Age also af­fects fer­til­ity which starts to de­cline in women aged 35 years and over.

What about Male In­fer­til­ity?

In­fer­til­ity in men can be brought on by a lack of sperm, ab­nor­mal se­men, ejac­u­la­tion dis­or­ders such as ret­ro­grade ejac­u­la­tion, amongst other causes.

Is in­fer­til­ity a com­mon prob­lem?

Yes. About 10 per­cent of women in the United States aged 16-44 have dif­fi­culty get­ting preg­nant or stay­ing preg­nant, ac­cord­ing to the Cen­ters for Dis­ease Con­trol and Preven­tion (CDC).

How long should women try to get preg­nant be­fore seek­ing help?

Most ex­perts sug­gest at least one year. Women 35 or older should see their doc­tor af­ter six months of try­ing. A woman’s chances of hav­ing a baby de­crease rapidly ev­ery year af­ter the age of 30.

How will doc­tors find out if a

woman and her part­ner have fer­til­ity prob­lems? By per­form­ing a fer­til­ity checkup. This may in­volve blood tests, se­men anal­y­sis and pos­si­bly a phys­i­cal exam. The doc­tor will also ask for both part­ners’ health and sex­ual his­to­ries.

Can in­fer­til­ity be treated so one can go on to have chil­dren?

In­fer­til­ity can be treated most of the time with the use of sup­ple­ments, medicine, surgery, ar­ti­fi­cial in­sem­i­na­tion, or as­sisted re­pro­duc­tion. Some­times the cause of in­fer­til­ity can be psy­cho­log­i­cally in­duced so coun­sel­ing may be of­fered.

For women and men out there who are hav­ing is­sues con­ceiv­ing, please know that there is help for you. The Nat­u­ral Fer­til­ity Cen­ter St. Lu­cia, re­cently opened, of­fers fer­til­ity prod­ucts and ser­vices such as Man­age­ment for PCOS, conception pack­ages, IVF sup­port, womb cleansers, treat­ment for hor­monal im­bal­ance and menopause, cou­ples coun­sel­ing, fer­til­ity acu­pres­sure, plus a lot more. The Cen­ter is now here to help you on your jour­ney to be­com­ing preg­nant. You can con­tact the Cen­ter at the Cre­ative Health Cen­ter, Rod­ney Bay.

Ul­tra­sound scan of a de­vel­op­ing baby in the womb.

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