Infertility: a common battle

A woman who is faced with infertility may often feel that no one understands what she is going through.

According to the National Center for Health Statistics, 7.3 million women in the U.S. aged 15-44 had difficulties getting pregnant in 2002. That's approximately 12 percent of all women in that age group.

Doctors say that many factors can contribute to a woman's inability to conceive, including male infertility, age, stress, diet and even alcohol consumption.

The good news is that many options are now available for these women, ranging from pharmaceuticals to surgery to artificial insemination. A new nutritional supplement was recently shown by researchers at Stanford University to be effective in increasing pregnancy rates.

For many, Assisted Reproductive Technologies (ART) are the last remaining option. A popular ART choice is In Vitro Fertilization (IVF) - the combination of a couples' egg and sperm outside the body. The fertilized egg (an embryo) is then transferred into the woman's womb.

Another option for couples to consider is Embryo Adoption. This process allows couples to "adopt" remaining embryos from another family's IVF treatment and use them in their own attempt to achieve a pregnancy.

Many families have successfully built their families through embryo adoption. You can learn more about this fascinating adoption alternative at www.embryoadoption.org.

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