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Where Have All the Storks Gone? A His & Hers Guide to Infertility

Summary: Author Michelle Miller shares her personal story of her (and her husband's) infertility struggles.
Air Date: 11/12/14
Duration: 10
Host: Mike Smith, MD
Guest Bio: Michelle Miller, Author
Michelle MillerMichelle Miller lives in Austin,TX, with her husband Chris and their three children. After a long-time struggle with infertility, she is passionate about educating and encouraging other couples going through the difficult process.

Together with Chris, she co-authored Where Have All the Storks Gone?A His and Hers Guide to Infertility. Michelle is also the author of several children's books, including The Angel Guardian, an illustrated children's book specifically designed to be read at bedtime to help kids fall asleep and stay asleep quicker.
  • Book Title: Where Have All the Storks Gone? A His and Hers Guide to Infertility
Where Have All the Storks Gone? A His & Hers Guide to Infertility
If you've reached a point in your life where you and your partner are ready to have a child, it can be an exciting time. You may also feel nervous, because if you've never tried to conceive before, you might wonder if you and your partner are fertile.

Infertility is known as the inability to get pregnant, even though you and your partner have been having frequent unprotected sex for at least six months to a year. According to Resolve, the National Infertility Association, one in eight married couples has trouble getting pregnant or sustaining pregnancy.

Why does infertility happen?

There are a number of reasons why you and your partner are experiencing infertility. It can be a single cause, or a combination of reasons from both you and your partner, that is preventing you to conceive.

What can cause infertility in men?

If you and your partner have been trying to conceive for over a year, it may be time to seek professional help. Usually, your doctor would first want to test the male's semen, because it is a less invasive procedure and can determine his sperm count.

If an abnormal analysis comes back, your doctor will explore further testing. If a man is infertile, it could be from a medical condition like diabetes, unhealthy lifestyle habits like heavy alcohol use, or another medical issue.

What causes infertility in women?

In order for a woman to be able to conceive, she needs a healthy reproduction system. This includes healthy and normal functioning ovaries, eggs, fallopian tubes and uterus. A woman also needs to be having a normal ovulation cycle. If something in your reproductive system is off, or you're not ovulating normally, it could be contributing to your conceiving troubles.

Where Have All the Storks Gone, written by Chris and Michelle Miller, a couple who has gone through it all, offers a unique "his and hers" format that gives readers a perspective as to what struggling with infertility is like for both men and women.

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