Mother’s Day and Father’s Day are wonderful holidays—but for anyone struggling with fertility problems, they can also be a reminder of unfulfilled dreams to start a family. At Newborn Advantage, we believe every intended parent deserves the opportunity to become a mother or father. Over the next two months, we’ll discuss female fertility, male fertility, and ways to boost fertility to increase your chances of getting pregnant. So, even if you’re not a mom or dad this year, perhaps the next time Mother’s Day or Father’s Day rolls around, you will be.

Fertility for Women

As reported by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), about 10 percent of women in the United States ages 15-44 have trouble getting pregnant or staying pregnant. Most problems are caused by ovulation difficulties, such as polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS). Advanced age, smoking, alcohol use, stress, diet, athletic training, being overweight or underweight and sexually transmitted infections (STIs) can also lead to fertility decline. Age is a major factor. Today, about 20 percent of U.S. women now have their first child over the age of 35. One-third of these women face fertility problems. Fortunately, there are many ways to increase fertility. You can boost fertility by working with a fertility specialist and using assisted reproductive technology (ART) methods like in vitro fertilization (IVF) with egg donation. Another approach is to work with a gestational surrogate carrier. Newborn Advantage can match intended parents with a surrogate in just two weeks—faster than most surrogacy agencies.

Fertility for Men

Male fertility is every bit as important as female fertility to ensure conception. The Mayo Clinic notes that one-third of fertility problems are attributable to male infertility—the same percentage attributed to female infertility. Male infertility can be caused by age (over 40), low sperm production, abnormal sperm function, blockages that prevent the delivery of sperm, illnesses, injuries, and chronic health problems. However, there are many ways to boost fertility for men, as well. Sperm washing can optimize results with IVF, and decrease the risk of HIV transmission for men who are HIV positive. Working with a gestational carrier as a surrogate can also be a solution for single men, gay couples, and couples with male fertility. We’ll share more about this topic in our Father’s Day blog, coming in June.

Learn More About Fertility Planning

Revisit our blog on Mother’s Day and Father’s Day to learn more about female fertility, male fertility, and how to increase your chances of becoming a parent. Of course, you can also feel free to contact us any time with your questions, or for more information about surrogacy. We look forward to hearing from you.