Angels of Hope, Inc., wishes to increase awareness of the loss of fertility through advocacy
and public education with the hope of offering positive support during times of need.
Infertility is a disease of the reproductive system that impairs
one of the body's most basic functions: the conception of children.
No one can be blamed for infertility any more than anyone is to blame for diabetes or leukemia.
In rough terms, about one-third of infertility cases can be attributed to male factors, and about
one-third to factors that affect women. For the remaining one-third of infertile couples, infertility is caused by a combination of problems in both partners or, in about 20 percent of cases, is unexplained. Couples are generally advised to seek medical help if they are unable to achieve pregnancy after a year of unprotected intercourse.
Most infertility cases -- 85 to 90 percent -- are treated with conventional therapies, such as drug treatment or surgical repair of reproductive organs. IVF has received a great deal of media attention since it was first introduced in 1978, but it actually accounts for less than five percent of all infertility treatment in the United States . The average cost of an IVF cycle in the United States is $12,400. In 2002, approximately one in every hundred babies born in the United States was conceived using some form of assisted reproductive technology. Below are links associated with Infertility Awareness or visit our Assistance/Support page for more resources:
Fertility Treatment and Information
National Fertility Association
American Society for Reproductive Medicine
Council on Infertility Information Dissemination
The Network for Infertility Treatment
Fertile Dreams is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization focused on the problems and issues surrounding infertility established in 2004 by Mark P. Trolice, MD, a fertility specialist in Orlando, Florida. The organization is dedicated to offering hope to couples who desperately want to start a family through the Paths To Parenthood Conference and the Embracing Hope Grant Program which offers grants toward an IVF cycle or adoption services for deserving couples to use at any clinic of their choice in the United States. www.FertileDreams.org