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)

Study finds potential problem in more heart valve implants
Doctors have discovered a potential problem involving implanted heart valves that hundreds of thousands of people have received — they don't always open and close properly, possibly because a blood clot has formed that could raise the risk of stroke.

Robot helps hospital-bound kids go on ‘virtual’ field trips
When children are diagnosed with cancer, their hospital rooms often become their new homes and they’re not allowed out because of their risk of infection. To help kids enjoy some normalcy, St. Louis Children’s Hospital is using a telepresence robot so they can virtually leave the hospital and explore in a new and unique way

Alkermes' schizophrenia drug Aristada gets FDA nod
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Monday approved Alkermes Plc's longer-acting injectable version of blockbuster schizophrenia pill Abilify, making the treatment available in two doses.

5 must-try autumn apples
Fall is prime apple season, your chance to sample different varieties of this delicious, super-healthy food that’s low in calories, rich in vitamin C and antioxidants, fat and cholesterol-free, and a great source of fiber.

Complex patients more likely to switch from Medicare Advantage
Medicare Advantage plans might not be meeting the needs of patients requiring the costliest and most complex levels of care, a new study suggests.

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 Grandfathered
7:30pm The Grinder
8:00pm Scream Queens
9:00pm FOX 47 News at 9
9:35pm Modern Family
10:05pm Mike & Molly
10:35pm 2 Broke Girls
11:05pm Two and a Half Men
11:35pm The Simpsons
12:05am Mike & Molly

Complete FOX 47 Schedule

To FOX.com

Advertise with us!
IE6 Float Fix