From a young age, we create a story of what our lives will look like, which for most includes children. However, life is an unpredictable journey. While there are many beautiful sights on the path, there are also many bumps and detours that we did not predict. During these times, we may need some extra support to help us find the courage within ourselves to continue on our own journey.
If social media is to be believed, which it isn’t, the world is filled with pregnant women, smiling babies, and adorable pregnancy announcement. However, infertility affects 6.7 million women in the U.S. — about 11% of the reproductive-age population (Source: National Survey of Family Growth, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention [CDC] 2006-2010). Additionally, early pregnancy loss happens in about 10% of known pregnancies (American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, FAQ090, August 2015). Difficulties becoming pregnant and having a baby are rarely talked about leaving many women and men feeling alone. However, you are not alone!
Courageous Path Counseling, PLLC works with women and men struggling with infertility and other perinatal issues. The process of becoming pregnant is not always an easy one and often filled with difficulty and heartbreak. Women and men can experience a roller coaster of emotions including sadness, anger, shame, anxiety, and many more. My hope is to help people work through their emotions and gain peace no matter where they are in their reproductive journey.
Facts about Infertility
• A couple ages 29-33 with a normal functioning reproductive system has only a 20-25% chance of conceiving in any given month (National Women’s Health Resource Center).
• Infertility affects men and women equally. (ASRM)
• 7.4 million women, or 11.9% of women, have ever received any infertility services in their lifetime. (2006-2010 National Survey of Family Growth, CDC)
• Approximately one-third of infertility is attributed to the female partner, one-third attributed to the male partner and one-third is caused by a combination of problems in both partners or, is unexplained. (ASRM)
• Most infertility cases — 85% to 90% — are treated with conventional medical therapies such as medication or surgery.
Dr. Kuhlman is a proud partner with RESOLVE: The National Infertility Association and member of the American Society of Reproductive Medicine.