Infertility has been on the rise in recent years and many healthcare professionals are struggling to understand why. While medical science in treating infertility has continued to improve, more and more women are experiencing complications associated with fertility and family planning. If you have developed a complication within conception, it may be important to speak with your doctor about the risk for infertility and, even more importantly, determine if you have developed a metabolic disorder.
Metabolic disorders, commonly clustered and referred to as metabolic syndromes, are on the rise in women. Characterized as the presence of abdominal obesity, more and more women are finding their blood pressures increasing, there is a marked increase in fatigue and muscle pain, and the presence of heart disease and high cholesterol. When the conditions are present, a diagnosis of metabolic syndrome may be appropriate leading to the creation of secondary complications involving fertility.
If, after treating for infertility, you are blessed with a pregnancy, there are health risks that can develop if you have metabolic syndrome. While it is not clear how a developing fetus is adversely affected by metabolic syndrome, it is believed that the intrauterine tissue is adversely impacted when your weight, sugar levels, and your cardiovascular health are impaired. Therefore, before even beginning a fertility program, you may want to work with an endocrinologist to address your metabolic disorders.
Fertility treatments can be costly. For women who are at-risk for a metabolic syndrome complication, expending the cost for fertility treatments may be deferred until a health weight, lowered cholesterol, and normal blood sugar levels can be attained. Rather than expending costs, and possibly placing your unborn child at risk, your fertility specialists will usually recommend deferring fertility treatment but, in some rare cases, may proceed. As a woman desiring to have children, it will be your responsibility, ultimately, to ensure your health is normalized so as to ensure your body is given every opportunity to successfully conceive.
Infertility has become an increasingly more common condition among young women in the United States. Because there has also been a marked increase in the weight gain and cardiovascular disease in women, many fertility specialists will request testing to rule out, or confirm, the presence of a metabolic syndrome. If you are considering fertility treatment, be sure your doctor addresses these healthcare concerns as, ultimately, they may impact your success as becoming pregnant and carrying an infant to term.
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