Fertility Specialists of Texas Gets its #GlowOn in Support of National Infertility Awareness Week April 25-29, 2016

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"I'm broken;" this is a sentiment shared by many who struggle with infertility. In honor of National Infertility Awareness Week, Fertility Specialists of Texas hopes to change the perspective on brokenness by adopting the glowstick as its emblem of hope, "sometimes we must break before we can shine."

Wouldn’t it be amazing if every person who’s struggling with infertility saw themselves as a glowstick? If they saw themselves as this amazing vessel full of purpose, potential, full of promise that needs only to be broken in order to shine.

Fertility Specialists of Texas (FST) is glowing in honor of National Infertility Awareness Week® (NIAW). The fertility center, with offices in Frisco, Dallas, Grapevine and Fort Worth, has adopted the glowstick as its symbol of hope and inspiration for the nationwide event.

“There’s this really great quote that speaks, in a fun, lighthearted way, to the brokenness that so many of our patients feel,” shares Tessa Falk, FST marketing director, who draws from personal experience with infertility. “It says, ‘It’s OK to be a glowstick, sometimes we must break before we can shine.’”

Hoping to flip the perspective on “feeling broken,” FST is distributing glowsticks across DFW and encouraging others to share their best tip for pushing through the heartache of infertility on their social media channels using the hashtags #NIAW and #GlowOn.

“Wouldn’t it be amazing if every person who’s struggling with infertility saw themselves as a glowstick?,” asks Falk. “If they saw themselves as this amazing vessel full of purpose, potential, full of promise that needs only to be broken in order to shine bright? We all need to know that we can glow, that there’s always hope.”

In support of this, FST is treating more than 60 women from across DFW to free Anti-Mullerian Hormone (AMH) fertility screenings in its offices this week. “This quick blood test provides a look at a woman’s ovarian reserve, or the number of eggs she has remaining,” shares Dr. Rebecca Chilvers, a reproductive endocrinologist with FST. “We’re born with all the eggs we’ll ever have and as we age, we lose them. Some people are born with more eggs than others and the rate of loss can differ between people.

“This free screening will give these women important information about their fertility so they can have informed, beneficial conversations with their OB/GYNs about their future families.”

Due to the overwhelming response to its post on Facebook about the free AMH screenings — it reached more than 25,000 people — FST was forced to pull the post down ahead of schedule.

“This illustrates how many people, in our community alone, are struggling with infertility,” says Dr. Jerald S. Goldstein, founder and medical director of FST. “It’s our hope, that by providing this test, participants will find some reassurance about the health of their fertility and realize there are options, if needed, and that they’re not alone.”

FST will continue to offer free AMH screenings at its monthly infertility seminars and during attendance at community events.

“It would be wonderful to see other fertility centers in the area join us in providing these screenings, free of charge, during National Infertility Awareness Week,” says Goldstein. “One clinic can only do so much, but imagine what we can do when we join together.”

About National Infertility Awareness Week® (NIAW): Founded by RESOLVE: The National Infertility Association in 1979, NIAW is a movement that raises awareness about the disease of infertility and encourages the public to take charge of their reproductive health. Each year the infertility community comes together for one week to focus on ensuring that people trying to conceive know the guidelines for seeing a specialist when they are trying to conceive; enhancing public understanding that infertility is a disease that needs and deserves attention; and educating legislators about the disease of infertility and how it impacts people in their state. In 2010 NIAW became the only federally recognized health observance for infertility by the Department of Health and Human Services. For more information, visit http://www.resolve.org/niaw.

About Fertility Specialists of Texas Fertility Specialists of Texas is considered to be a leader in the field of reproductive medicine in the Dallas/Fort Worth area, with offices in Frisco, Dallas, Grapevine and Fort Worth, as well as in Tyler, Texas. The practice specializes in IVF, donor egg IVF, LGBT-friendly treatments, egg/sperm freezing, tubal reversal and family balancing.

FST has a reputation for success, both in quality-of-care and in pregnancy and live birth rates. According to the most recent Society for Reproductive Technology (SART) 2014 data, Fertility Specialists of Texas has one of the highest IVF success rates in the state of Texas and is above the national average. For more information, visit http://www.fertilitytexas.com.

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