October 1, 2010

Birds and Bees Part I

OCTOBER IS BIRDS AND BEES MONTH IN BOSTON

When a baby is desired, success is expected immediately. However the natural ability to conceive a baby is only 20% per month. For women under age 35 after trying to conceive for a year or for women over 35 after trying for six months their chances of success without help drops to less than 4% per month. Infertility affects 1 of 8 couples trying to have a baby and unfortunately many are too embarrassed or afraid to talk about their fertility issues. Many others suffering infertility do not know where or how to seek help.

The Birds and Bees campaign sponsored by EMD Serono is designed to help de-stigmatize infertility by taking a lighter approach to educating couples about how to increase their chances of conceiving by seeking help from a Board Certified Reproductive Endocrinologist and Infertility Specialist as soon as possible.
This weekend (Oct 1-2), “Birds and Bees” couples will visit popular locations around Boston to help bring this common yet all too often stigmatized topic into the open and to encourage people to seek help.

Infertility is more common than often realized. The Birds and Bees campaign will hopefully encourage couples trying to conceive that it is important to overcome the emotional hurdles and take action. Fertility does decrease with age, so the sooner a fertility specialist is consulted, the sooner a problem can be properly identified and successfully treated.

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Joseph A. Hill, III, M.D.

Joseph A. Hill, III, M.D. Board-Certified in Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility