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Infertility conference for Utah couples

Infertility touches the lives of every part of the population. I think that this article address the challenge that confronts people in populations or cultures where we all perceive that everyone has a large family. Dr Keith Blauer of the Reproductive Care Center (mentioned below) is a close friend and outstanding physician if you are in the Sandy/Salt Lake City Utah area.

Additionally, often people think that if a couple has one child that they should be happy and content. However, secondary infertility (infertility that occurs after a previous pregnancy) can be as emotionally difficult as primary infertility. Not everyone recognizes this fact.

Infertility conference for Utah couples this weekend

By HEATHER MAY

Kerstin Daynes knows what it’s like to be childless in a culture that emphasizes having kids.

The Lehi woman, who has written a book on infertility for Mormon couples, knows people are uncomfortable talking about that intimate part of their lives. Hoping to help couples learn they are not alone, she has organized a conference this Saturday called Utah Infertility Awareness.

Free to the public, it will include speakers from three of Utah’s infertility clinics: Reproductive Care Center in Sandy, Utah Center for Reproductive Medicine at the University of Utah, and Utah Fertility Center in Pleasant Grove.

Doctors will discuss ways to naturally enhance fertility, assisted reproduction technologies and the emotional aspects of infertility.

“When you are in the midst of not being able to have children, you feel like you’re living on the periphery of a community of people who are focused on family,” said Daynes. “My dreams, my hopes, everything I was told would be mine is not mine. This goes beyond an LDS environment. A lot of people feel that way.”

While Daynes’ book “Infertility: Help, Hope, and Healing” is geared toward LDS couples, she said the conference is not.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates 12 percent of people of reproductive age experience infertility, defined as not being able to become pregnant after a year of trying.

Utah data shows that from 2004 to 2008, almost 10 percent of women who had children said they received help to get pregnant. Treatment ranged from fertility-enhancing drugs to in vitro fertilization.

Daynes said she tried artificial insemination and IVF. After eight years of trying, she decided to stop. Then “out of nowhere,” she said she naturally got pregnant, even though appendicitis had “destroyed” her fallopian tubes.

Her son is now 4. She would like to have more children. “There are those days I am just upset that I can’t do what everybody else finds so easy,” she said. But she also finds “joy in the things that I have done in my life in the interim.”

hmay@sltrib.com

Infertility conference for Utah couples this weekend

Utah infertility conference

To register, go to www.utahinfertilityawareness.com . There are some spots left for the free conference, which runs from 9 a.m. to noon at the University of Utah’s Health Science Education Center.

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I am a Reproductive Endocrinologist who specializes in Infertility, Ovulation Induction, IUI, Assisted Reproduction (IVF), Donor Eggs, PGD, and Fertility Preservation.

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