Hopeful Couples Turn to Over the Counter Fertility Kits

Is there another baby boom?

It seems every celebrity magazine cover features a birth announcement.

For many couples, getting pregnant is a challenge, and help can be expensive and emotional.

That is why a lot people are stopping by the drugstore before the doctor trying the do it yourself approach.

For many, it is a lifelong dream. “It is something I always dreamed about,” says George Dillard.

That does not always come true, naturally. His wife remarks,
"Its very scary when you are anxious and not able to get pregnant."

It is a problem many couples try and tackle on their own says Fertility Specialist Dr. Sameh Toma.

Who heads the North Carolina Center for Re productive Medicine.
Fertility Specialist, Sameh Toma says, "Eith the internet now people are very much in the know."

Today, there is a wide range of at home tools on the market.

Everything from fertility tests, to ovulation calculators and a kit, that includes a cap designed to keep sperm close to the cervix.

Dr. Toma says when it comes to do-it-yourself conception. Reading, following instructions and keeping realistic xpectations are key. "S third of the time its the wife a third of the time its the husband and a third of the time we don't know."

Dr. Toma says home kits can't diagnose or overcome many of the problems that contribute to infertility. "By the time they see me they've used a lot of products."

If you cannot get pregnant after trying for a year, you should see a doctor.

For older woman and second time mothers, the recommended time is six months.

Everything from age to illness can affect fertility.

If you do decide to try the home tests, do your homework.

Products are reviewed for safety, but most are not backed by extensive research.

Home kits can run anywhere from ten to a few hundred dollars.


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