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Meet Our Researchers: Starting the discussion with your provider

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GRAPHIC SLIDE: Susan Taymans, Ph.D.

Dr. Susan Taymans and Dr. Stuart Moss on camera.
Dr. Susan Taymans: For women, I think it’s really important to begin the dialogue with your obstetrician/gynecologist about fertility when you are very young.
Dr. Taymans on camera. Dr. Taymans: Even if you think you might want to have children at any time in the future, you need to be aware of your potential to have children at each age. So, it’s a conversation that needs to occur starting in your 20s, and then each year thereafter to update your doctor on your overall health, on health risks that you know from your family, on lifestyle choices that you make that
Dr. Taymans and Dr. Moss on camera. Dr. Taymans: could affect your fertility, just because you want to be able to have maximum flexibility in having a child if you choose to do so, or your options if you need to go with fertility treatments.

And again, just to protect your underlying fertility because the timing of menopause is an important
Dr. Taymans on camera. Dr. Taymans: health variable because of the conditions that go along with postmenopausal women, serious conditions like osteoporosis and heart disease.
GRAPHIC SLIDE: Stuart B. Moss, Ph.D.

Dr. Taymans and Dr. Moss on camera.
Dr. Stuart Moss: So, I think in terms of male infertility, I would like to emphasize that infertility is not an isolated condition.
Dr. Moss on camera. Dr. Moss: It can be associated with other health concerns like obesity and cardiovascular disease. And again, to echo what Susan was saying, it’s important to have a dialogue with your clinician. If you come to him or her presenting with infertility problems, because it may be
Dr. Taymans and Dr. Moss on camera. Dr. Moss: associated with other health concerns that can be dealt with earlier on rather than later on.
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