Marla Ahlgrimm, a retired hormone treatment expert and compounding pharmacist, explains that infertility affects up to 25% of all women of childbearing age. It is an emotional experience that can make you feel as though you are the only one of your friends without a bouncing bundle of joy. But, you are not alone. Here, Ahlgrimm discusses a few of the issues surrounding infertility and touches on celebrities who’ve dealt with this emotional coaster.
Q: What is infertility?
Marla Ahlgrimm: Infertility is the unfortunate circumstance that results when a woman is trying to conceive for a period of six months to one year, depending on age, and is unable. It is not, however, an uncommon circumstance, with as many as one in four women experiencing infertility to some degree.