New technology offers hope for couples trying to conceive

New technology offers hope for couples trying to conceive

CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - This week is National Infertility Awareness Week. 

One in eight couples has trouble getting pregnant or sustaining a pregnancy, according to the Center for Disease Control. Infertility specialist Dr. Stephanie Singleton says new technology is offering hope for couples trying to conceive.

"It could be a sperm issue, a tubal issue, or even an egg-making issue," Dr. Singleton says. "It spans the gamut of what could cause infertility." 

Patient Ashley Marn says her joy of becoming a mother came with several trials. She never thought anything of her irregular menstrual cycle until she wanted to start her family.

"Even when we release an egg monthly and all the stars align, you only have a 20 percent chance of conception on any given month," Dr. Singleton says.

After six years of trying, Ashley had tests done and discovered that she had a very common issue causing her infertility.

The condition is called polycystic ovarian syndrome a hormonal disorder.

"It could be a major reason for infertility and can be fixed with medications and adjustments of hormones," Dr. Singleton says. 

For Ashley, it meant undergoing ovulation induction to help grow and release eggs each month. 

Next, intrauterine insemination was performed, which involves placing sperm inside the uterus for fertilization.

After two tries, the treatment was a success.

"You feel like you find love when you met the right man, but when you meet your child everything changes," says Marn says. 

Marn says she wants to urge other couples to seek answers for their infertility and not give up hope.

Your body is supposed to work a certain way and if it's not, you need to find a new doctor and new answers to give you a solution," Ashley says.

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