Don't let infertility make you overlook other health concerns. Particularly if you are over 40 and in fertility treatment.
October is Breast Cancer Awareness month. It's also Infant and Pregnancy Loss month, specifically noted on October 15th.
Women's Health & Breast Cancer Screenings
It's a big month for women's health.
Breast cancer screening can be different for each woman and not all doctors (or organizations) agree on what testing needs to be done and at what age. Here's a link to the American Cancer Society, one reliable source of information. Depending on your family history, your age and your specific risk factors, you may need to be tested at a different age than you would expect.
Both The United States Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) and The American Cancer Society agree that after the age of 40, a mammogram should be done at least every other year. The American Cancer Society supports a woman having one every year if it's determined, based on her own risk factors, that is more prudent.
Please remember to consider all your health needs while in fertility treatment.
Infant and Pregnancy Loss
If you have had either a miscarriage or infant loss, you are unfortunately not alone. One in four women will experience that type of loss. If you have had a loss, you may have had little or no support for the grief that you may have felt or continue to feel. A loss of a pregnancy or infant is often handled poorly by even our closest friends and family, simply because people do not know what to say or do.
Many hospitals and other types of medical centers do facilitate and lead groups specifically for the loss of a pregnancy or infant. Being with other people who are grieving a similar loss can be comforting as there is a common understanding, even though each loss is unique and individual. No one can know exactly what you have gone through with your loss. Being able to speak and listen in a supportive atmosphere can be helpful and healing.
We know how all-consuming infertility and fertility treatment can be. And we want to remind you to take care of all of you– so make October your month to also check in about the other aspects of your health.
Topics: Women's Health