Infertility Awareness

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     When I found out that this was National Infertility Awareness Week, I felt strongly that I should take the time to acknowledge it in this blog. Why address infertility in a weight loss blog? Because this is an issue that many of us in the weight-loss fight have faced, and in fact has been one of the biggest motivating factors in weight loss for some of the most powerful success stories I have ever heard.

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     I’m hesitant to try to speak on this subject. Since being diagnosed with PCOS in my twenties I have become increasingly aware of the prevalence of infertility and the devastation it leaves in its wake. I have known countless couples who have struggled to conceive and I ache just thinking about the unfulfilled longing this creates. The good news is I also know many for whom that longing has been fulfilled. For some, like myself, God provided children in our lives through other means such as adoption, fostering, and step-parenthood. For others, children were born into their lives after long struggles that ended in success with IVF or surrogacy. Still others were able to work closely with their fertility specialists to make positive changes in their health and circumstances and have children born miraculously into their lives. I personally know several women who were told they were unlikely to conceive, but as a direct result of weight loss and health improvements they were able to reverse PCOS and have seen their dreams come true. This is the reason I think it is important to take a moment in this weight loss blog to recognize the problem, send love support and prayers to those  in the battle, and address the love and care those individuals need and deserve.

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     There are many causes of infertility. Please don’t think I am trying to make it all about weight. However, that said, there are many of us for whom weight was a direct factor. In addition to issues like Polocystic Ovarian Syndrome, recent research is showing that for some weight might be more of a factor than we realized. A study  led by Dr. Van der Steeg, a medical researcher at the Academic Medical Center in The Netherlands, shows that even women who experience little or no irregularity with their cycles but who have  a high Body Mass Index have a lower than normal chance of becoming pregnant. In fact, they found that the more overweight a woman was, the lower her chances of becoming pregnant.  The obesity epidemic in our country may be affecting us in more ways than we realize.

     Please take a few moments to visit the link below and learn how to be sensitive and supportive to those in the fight against infertility. If you yourself are suffering, please know that there is help and hope and we in the Slimdown With Sandee support group are here to encourage and support you in any way that we can. May God’s blessings travel with this blog and be upon each reader as we take the time to mourn losses, rejoice in successes, and continue in hope.

Click here to learn more about how to lend your love and support.

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