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It’s never too early to learn more about your fertility, or ways to support those facing infertility.

See the information below and learn how to:

Take Action for Yourself


If you know that having a family is in your future, but you are not yet trying, it’s important to take the necessary steps early on, so that you are informed and prepared when the time comes.

Based on where you are in the family planning stage, consider having a preliminary conversation with your OB/GYN about what you need to know before you begin. Take a look below for resources specific to the various stages…

 

“Having a family is in my future, but I’m not trying to conceive just yet.”

For many of us, conversations on fertility in our early and teen years focused on avoiding pregnancy at all costs. During our child-bearing years, however, this conversation isn’t always balanced with education on fertility when many of us need it the most. If you think having or expanding your family is in your future, consider having a preliminary discussion with your OB/GYN about what you need to know before you begin trying. Start asking what steps you can take now to help your fertility potential and achieve a healthy pregnancy.


What questions should I be asking?

  • What aspects of my life can I modify now in order to optimize my fertility?
  • Are there any factors in my personal health history that may impact my fertility?
  • How long after trying to conceive should I consult a reproductive health specialist?
  • Are there tests I should take now to determine my risk of infertility?

 

Helpful Resources

 

“I’m actively trying to conceive.”

You’ve decided you want to start or expand your family. That’s an exciting decision! Now what? Once you’re ready to grow your family, it can be helpful to consult your doctor early in the process to learn how to optimize your fertility, and develop your unique fertility plan. They can answer any questions you may have – including when to see a reproductive health specialist if you’re having difficulty getting or staying pregnant – and can connect you with resources for each step of the process.


What questions should I be asking?

  • What steps can I take to improve my chances of getting pregnant? Is there anything that my partner can do?
  • At what point do I need to consult a reproductive health specialist?
  • Can I be tested to assess my fertility potential?

 

Helpful Resources

  • Ferticalm – FertiCalm™ is a FREE App which provides more than 500 custom coping options, for over 50 specific situations, which have a potential to cause distress throughout your family building journey. Compatible with iPhone® and Android. This App is owned by FertiCalm LLC and brought to you by Ferring Pharmaceuticals.
  • Optimizing Fertility – Outlines lifestyle modifications that impact fertility, and may help increase your chances of becoming pregnant.
  • Fertility Fact Sheets – RESOLVE fact sheets, written by fertility professionals, designed to help provide in-depth information on a variety of topics.
  • Educational Videos – Brief, educational videos developed by ASRM to address a variety of topics related to reproductive health.

 

“I’m actively trying to conceive, but am having trouble getting or staying pregnant.”

If you are having trouble conceiving, you should know you’re not alone. It’s estimated that 1 in 8 couples have trouble getting pregnant or sustaining pregnancy. There are a variety of resources available if expanding your family isn’t coming easy. You might consider seeking the help of a reproductive health specialist to learn more about the options that are available to you. Specialists can work with you to determine the cause of your difficulty conceiving and help you come up with a plan that works best for you.

What questions should I be asking?

  • What factors might be impacting my trouble to conceive?
  • Are there test that I/my partner can take to diagnose a problem?
  • Are there fertility services I should be considering?
  • Where can I turn for more information / support services?

 

Helpful Resources

  • My Fertility Navigator – My Fertility Navigator provides free personalized guidance to help you find your way. Depending on where you are in your journey, a live dedicated Fertility Navigator can help you take the next step with information tailored to your needs.
  • Ferticalm – FertiCalm™ is a FREE App which provides more than 500 custom coping options, for over 50 specific situations, which have a potential to cause distress throughout your family building journey. Compatible with iPhone® and Android®. This App is owned by FertiCalm LLC and brought to you by Ferring Pharmaceuticals.
  • About Infertility – Provides guidance on what to discuss with a reproductive health specialist once you have been diagnosed with infertility.
  • Find a Healthcare Professional – Find a reproductive health specialist near you to discuss fertility, and the options available to you.
  • Professional Societies and Organizations – A comprehensive list of professional organizations specializing in fertility and family planning.
  • State Infertility Insurance Laws – Outlines infertility insurance laws by state.
  • Background –

For additional resources, visit RESOLVE: The National Infertility Association, The American Society for Reproductive Medicine or speak to your healthcare provider.

Take Action for Others


Talking to a friend or family member dealing with infertility may seem overwhelming. You may not know what to say or may be afraid of saying the wrong thing. And yet, for those dealing with infertility, having a good support system is so important to navigating the many emotions that accompany the disease.
Making your support known can provide a spark of hope or inspiration during the challenging experience of facing infertility. As you think about how to broach this topic with your loved one, consider some of the following:


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