Posted by Brigham and Women's Hospital April 25, 2013
National Infertility Awareness Week (April 21-27) aims to educate the public about a condition that affects over seven million Americans of all ages, races, and incomes. Today’s post features a summary of HealthHub posts addressing infertility, with insights from physicians at Brigham and Women’s Center for Infertility and Reproductive Surgery.
As a couple, you’ve been trying to conceive for several months without success. Should you keep trying or should you see a fertility specialist? The correct answer is that it depends. Dr. Elena Yanushpolsky, an infertility specialist at Brigham and Women’s Hospital (BWH), discusses when it’s time to see a specialist.
Dr. Antonio Gargiulo and Dr. Serene Srouji, reproductive surgeons at BWH, have performed over 600 major robotic gynecologic procedures. They are convinced that the precision of robotic surgery enhances their patients’ fertility while helping patients recover more quickly.
Endometriosis occurs when the cells that normally line the inside of the uterus are found in other parts of the body. If undiagnosed or untreated, endometriosis can result in fertility problems. BWH reproductive specialist, Dr. Marc Laufer, explains treatment options for women with endometriosis.
Obesity has long been associated with fertility problems. With one-third of all American women of childbearing age battling obesity, it is a major barrier for many trying to build a family. Researchers at BWH have now discovered a possible link between obesity and egg quality.
Cancer treatment can impact a woman’s fertility; however, women with cancer have several options to preserve fertility. Read how one young woman took steps to plan for her future while undergoing cancer treatment.