Cook County Health Shines Light on Infertility

 
Elizabeth Pedersen, Cook County Health
Updated 4/24/2019 7:16 AM

For many women, finding out that they are pregnant is a joyous occasion, but what about those that take a test and find out they are not pregnant? This week, Cook County Health recognizes National Infertility Awareness Week to remind women in Cook County that they are not alone.

Infertility is more common than you would think. According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, more than 6 million women in the U.S. struggle with infertility. That's one in 10 women.

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The good news is that with modern medicine today, some women can get help overcoming their infertility. At Cook County Health, the Obstetrics and Gynecology department is equipped with a team of specialists dedicated to helping women become mothers.

Some of the most common issues that can cause infertility include:

• Age -- 20% of women in the U.S. have their first child after age 35.

• Smoking

• Heavy alcohol consumption

• Poor diet

• Excessive emotional and physical stress

• Extreme weight gain or loss

Cook County Health OB/GYNs recommend that women stay on top of their health with wellness visits each year. This includes Pap smears, getting screened for STDs, and maintaining a healthy lifestyle with a proper diet and exercise.

If you are experiencing infertility issues, Cook County Health physicians are here to help assist you.

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