Secret Health Fears

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Angela Lyons

The fear: Infertility. After going off the Pill about five months ago, I find myself stuck in an inexplicable state of anovulation, a primary cause of infertility. At this point, my body may still be taking its sweet time to return to normal after nearly a decade of oral contraceptives. My doctor has already tested my estrogen, thyroid, and prolactin levels: normal, normal, and normal. More diagnostic tests await if nature fails to take its course in the next few weeks.

Reality check: A national survey conducted by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found that from 1995 to 2002, the percentage of female college graduates ages 22 to 29 who received fertility treatments doubled, to 23%. Women of any age can fail to conceive; according to the American Society for Reproductive Medicine, nearly 1 in 10 married women between the ages of 25 and 29 (Angela’s demographic) are infertile.

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