WMSN FOX 47
 

FOX 47 - Health News

MADISON (WMSN) -- For many parents, the journey to getting pregnant is smooth sailing.


For others, it's a long road of struggles and hardships - all in the quest to have a baby.


27 News spoke to a Madison family who shared their 5 year journey this National Infertility Awareness Week.


For Madison residents Jessie and Jim Dushek - it's been a long journey to get where they are today with their nearly 4-month-old daughter Joanie.


Jessie began trying at 27-years-old.


After a year with no luck - they went to the Wisconsin Fertility Institute in Middleton.


"The diagnosis for me was that my eggs weren't strong enough to produce a child so we thought about it and decided to go the donor egg route," said Jessie Dushek, Madison Resident.


With the donor egg, they used in vitro fertilization, or IVF.


"We were fortunate to get pregnant with Joanie, it makes you wonder why you didn't start sooner," said Jessie Dushek.


As their doctor, Elizabeth Pritts an OBGYN and Reproductive Endocrinologist tells us - the longer you wait, the harder it gets.


"Once we hit 30 years old, the quality of our eggs decline. By the time we're 43 years old only 10% of us can, so our fertility really weighs quickly, the clock is ticking," said Dr. Pritts.


About 1 in 8 couples are living with infertility. What many of you may not realize is how many men make up that number.


"The male factor is about 50% of the time the other part is a female problem. Most of the time we're not really sure why, and there's not much we can do to fix it unless we use IVF," said Dr. Pritts.


There are many ways to figure it out - if you get to the doctor sooner than later. For Jessie and Jim their advice is to stay hopeful.


"Be supportive of her and be ready for anything that comes your way," said Jim Dushek.

Madison couple share five year journey to have a baby

Video List

Sun. - Fri. on FOX 47 News at 9!

Top Health Headlines (foxnews.com)

Prepackaged caramel apples linked to 4 deaths
Health officials are warning consumers to avoid prepackaged caramel apples because they are linked to four deaths and more than two dozen illnesses in 10 states.

Amputee able to control prosthetic limbs through thought
By simply thinking about moving his prosthetic limbs, a Colorado man is regaining control he’s missed since he lost his arms in an electrical accident 40 years ago.

Texas woman paralyzed from waist down after trampoline accident
When Grace Quiroz signed a liability waiver at a Dallas, Tex. area trampoline about three weeks ago, she didn’t think much of it. But, little did she know, she was signing away her right to receive financial help in the event of an injury, khou.com reported.

Watch cat videos, raise money for cancer on new website
Thanks to a new non-profit website, that cat-video-watching habit does more than just entertain— it helps raise money for cancer research, Bustle reported.

Salt Lake City woman diagnosed with rare disease that caused enlarged heart during pregnancy
When 26-year-old Elisha Bowers noticed she had gained 10 pounds during her last week of pregnancy, the Salt Lake City medical assistant knew something was wrong.

Advertise with us!

Tonight on FOX 47

5:00pm Two and a Half Men
5:30pm Big Bang Theory
6:00pm Modern Family
6:30pm Big Bang Theory
7:00pm Masterchef Junior
8:00pm Hells Kitchen (Finale Encore)
9:00pm FOX 47 News at 9
9:35pm Modern Family
10:05pm Mike & Molly
10:35pm Mike & Molly
11:05pm Two and a Half Men
11:35pm The Simpsons
12:05am Community


Complete FOX 47 Schedule

To FOX.com

Advertise with us!
IE6 Float Fix