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Infertility: Disease Or Symptom, Crisis Or Opportunity?

WOODSTOCK, N.Y., April 3, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- On Wednesday, April 24, at 8:30 p.m. EDT, www.FertileHeart.com founder/author Julia Indichova will honor Infertility Awareness Week with a free webinar/teleconference addressing the challenges linked to the catchall diagnosis of infertility.



Participants are welcome to register for the call through the events page of Fertile Heart at http://www.fertileheart.com/calendar-3/.

Infertility Awareness Week, initiated by Resolve, a consumer advocacy group, is meant to raise awareness about infertility as a disease that affects 7.3 million people in the US. With this massive affected population, a deeper understanding of the root causes of reproductive issues is central to the unfolding story of assisted reproduction and the role it plays in shaping our healthcare, medical research and the allocation of government funds for the treatment of fertility related issues. 

In full support of a public dialogue, Fertile Heart founder, Julia Indichova says, "Increased awareness must begin with addressing the inherent challenges linked to a catchall diagnosis of infertility."

Infertility is defined as the inability to conceive after a year of unprotected, "well-timed" intercourse. Women over 35 are advised to seek medical testing after six months of attempting pregnancy.    

Although the threat of childlessness is for many couples indeed as devastating as a life-threatening disease, infertility is not a disease in the usual sense.

While there may be particular barriers to conception and a full term pregnancy that may be medically resolvable, such as fibroids, endometriosis, low sperm count, or a hormonal imbalance, the catchall diagnosis of infertility usually refers to the expected course of events not happening within a specific timeframe.

"In close to two decades of counseling and teaching," says Indichova, "I found that the missing pieces of the puzzle were sometimes rooted in physical causes such as undiagnosed Celiac disease or a latent nutritional deficiency. These imbalances would allow individuals to function but would impede the more challenging task of implantation, gestation and birth.

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