From disrupted schedules to financial instability, COVID-19 has reshaped our world in the past few months. With such blatant disturbance comes fear and an incredible amount of stress for everyone affected. Such stress is normal in times like these—we all look to our schedules and routine for stability and reassurance.
If you’re reading this, you or your partner are probably wondering if you should keep trying to conceive during the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. Starting a family is a big decision, and there’s a lot to consider—even in the best of times.
Deciding to have a baby is a big, exciting (and perhaps a little scary) decision. In the LGBTQ world, there’s quite a few options ahead of you, but if you’ve landed on this page, you’re probably at least toying with the idea of surrogacy.
Though culturally we tend to think of infertility as a woman’s issue, it’s as likely to occur in men as in women. Because of this, one of the first tests your doctor will order is a sperm analysis. The test will reveal many things about sperm health, including concentration (count), motility (its ability to move as it should) and morphology (the size and shape of the sperm), all of which are critical to conceiving.
Some couples get pregnant on the first try. For about 85% of couples, pregnancy happens within a year. For everyone else, the path to parenthood is a little more complicated.
The end of 2019 brings about the end of another year, and the start of a brand new decade. 2020 used to feel so far away, and now it’s here. You’ve been wanting to start your family and now you’re ready to take the next step, to start of the decade with a baby of your own.
Infertility is a clinical diagnosis that does not encompass the range of complicated emotions it brings with it. It isn’t talked about much and there’s little research on its impact on couples.
For the first time in history, gay men are able to have biological children and be listed exclusively on the birth certificate as the fathers. It’s not the only way to do it, but it reflects the time we’re in. If you are a gay couple looking to become parents, you can.
Struggling with getting pregnant? You’re not alone. Infertility is a common problem among couples, and though we talk about it as a women's issue, men deal with it, too. When infertility due to problems in men, it’s known as “male factor infertility.”
The legal status of marijuana is complex and varies by state. Federally, it’s still illegal but in 2015 the FDA approved research on CBD. Currently, CBD is regulated as a supplement which makes it relatively easy to obtain (easier than Marijuana) but makes it medically more ambiguous as supplements don’t have strict regulations about concentration, dosage, etc. As CBD becomes more widely acceptable and researched, more and more are looking to it as a viable fertility supplement.
So much is still unknown at this point. More research needs to be done. But here’s what we’ve learned so far about how CBD impacts fertility.