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Infertility a growing problem in Canadian couples

Catherine McDiarmid-Watt | Sunday, July 15, 2012 | 0 comments

Infertility a growing problem in Canadian couples
Infertility is diagnosed when, after one year of unprotected intercourse, conception is not achieved.

Over the last 20 years the rate of infertility in Canadian couples with a female partner age 18-29 has risen from five per cent in 1984 to 13.7 per cent in 2009-10.

Some experts blame the infertility rate on women waiting to start a family until they are in their 30s or 40s. High tech fertility treatments have a failure rate of 90 per cent in 40-year-old women and older.

Certainly in my practice I have helped young couples with infertility get and maintain a pregnancy with naturopathic approaches alone.

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Image: Ordinary Miracles: A Journey through Primary and Secondary Infertility, by Krissi Marie McVicker. Publisher: (March 27, 2012)-Ordinary Miracles: A Journey through Primary and Secondary Infertility
by Krissi Marie McVicker

-- We had trouble conceiving and it was shocking news. When we found out that in-vitro fertilization would most likely be our only chance for success, our anxiety grew. But, with the help of my husband's amazing insurance, after three cycles, we were able to have our daughter, Ella.

And after three more cycles, our twins Logan and Mia graced us with their presence and we were truly blessed. I know that we were one of the lucky couples. Many people can't afford one IVF cycle, let alone six. And, I've never taken that for granted.

After my daughter was born, I started writing Ordinary Miracles. I wanted to share my story with others because I remember hearing success stories when I was in the midst of my struggle and it inspired me to believe that if it could happen to them, maybe, it would happen for me too.

After my twins were born, I started my blog: Stress Free Infertility. I wanted a place on the Internet where couples could go to and read about others, get solicited advice, and be inspired by other success stories; a place to ease the stress of infertility, at least a little bit.

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About Catherine: I am mom to three grown sons, two grandchildren and two rescue dogs. After years of raising my boys as a single mom, I remarried a wonderful man who had never had a child of his own. Unexpectedly, I found myself pregnant at 49!
Sadly we lost that precious baby at 8 weeks, and decided to try again. Five more losses, turned down for donor egg, foster care and adoption due to my age and losses - we have accepted that there will be no more babies in our house.

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