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Mercyhealth Seeks to Raise Awareness of Infertility

April 18-24, 2021, is National Infertility Awareness Week, a campaign created to raise awareness around infertility and to help change the conversation.

Infertility is a common problem. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), about 7% of married women in the United States are unable to get pregnant after 1 year of trying. Also, about 12% of women have difficulty getting pregnant or carrying a pregnancy to term.

Infertility is generally defined as not being able to get pregnant after one year of unprotected sex. Most experts recommend visiting a fertility specialist at this point.

Because fertility in women is known to decline steadily with age, women who are 35 or older may consider seeking evaluation and treatment after 6 months of trying. According to the CDC, about 1 in 6 couples in which the woman is 35 and older have fertility problems.

Male and female infertility can be treated with medicine, surgery, intrauterine insemination, or assisted reproductive technology (ART).

If you would like to interview a Mercyhealth OB/GYN on infertility, please contact Cindy Tuminskas at (815) 971-6119.

About Mercyhealth: Mercyhealth is a multi-regional health system with more than 700 employed physician partners, seven hospitals and 85 primary and specialty care locations serving 55 northern Illinois and southern Wisconsin communities. Mercyhealth’s over 7,000 employee/partners care for over 2.4 million patient visits each year. As the top vertically integrated health care provider, they continuously work with a passion for making lives better for the people, families and communities they serve.