Colorado Fertility Doctors-National Infertility Awareness Week Draws Attention to Disease Affecting Millions of Americans

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Colorado Reproductive Endocrinology doctors are offering free phone consultations in honor of National Infertility Awareness Week April 22-28

Doctors at Colorado Reproductive Endocrinology, seeking to help inform the public about the disease of infertility, are offering free telephone consultations to anyone who has been trying to have a child without success.

Dr. Diane Woodford, a fertility specialist at CRE, said that many couples just assume they will be able to get pregnant and are taken by surprise when they start trying to have a family but are unsuccessful.

“The need for an increased awareness about infertility is critical,” Woodford said. “If patients better understand the basics of fertility and reproduction, they will increase their chances of successfully having a baby.”

The causes of fertility problems can rest in the man or the woman, and are sometimes entirely unknown. Genetics, age, environment, and a patient’s health history are often contributing factors.
Too commonly in the past, women were blamed for infertility and often made to feel ashamed for an inability to have a family. Women should instead be aware that they are not alone - millions of people suffer from infertility and many treatment options are available.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, “About 10% of women (6.1 million) in the United States ages 15–44 years have difficulty getting pregnant or staying pregnant.”
The CDC adds that times have changed and many women are waiting until they are in their 30s and 40s to try to have children, and nearly 20% of American women are now having their first child after age 35. This means that advanced maternal age may be a growing cause of fertility problems.

Resolve, the National Infertility Association, a non-profit group established in 1974, has chosen the theme “Don’t Ignore Infertility” for 2012’s National Infertility Awareness Week. According to Resolve, this year’s theme was chosen because, “every voice that speaks out about the realities of infertility, and every act that acknowledges infertility as a medical condition with far-reaching social and emotional implications, helps tear down the wall of ignorance and silence that surrounds this devastating disease.”

According to the National Institutes of Health, “Although not getting pregnant is an indication of possible infertility, only a health care provider can provide a diagnosis of infertility. Those who suspect they are infertile should see their health care providers.”

“An infertility diagnosis can be devastating to anyone, and most people are unaware of how common it is and how many families it affects,” CRE reproductive endocrinologist Dr. Susan Trout said. “We are offering these phone consultations to anyone who thinks they may be infertile so that questions can be answered and treatment options, if needed, can be explained clearly.”

Led by doctors Susan Trout ( and Diane Woodford (, along with CRE’s multidisciplinary team, Colorado Reproductive Endocrinology has provided personal, individualized care to thousands of couples in Denver and along the Colorado Front Range. The CRE lab, operated by embryologist Jonathan Van Blerkom PhD, was once named by U.S. News and World Report as one of the nation’s top-ten laboratories dealing with advanced reproductive technologies. For more information, contact Colorado Reproductive Endocrinology at 303-321-7115, or visit our website at

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