Franklin Woods Community Hospital to host free seminar on fertility


JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. – Approximately one in eight couples has a hard time having a baby, according to the National Center for Health Statistics. Despite its prevalence, infertility often causes couples to feel isolated and anxious. Many are unsure when is the right time to seek the help of a specialist, and inevitably, they have many questions.

Franklin Woods Community Hospital will host an open house and free seminar on fertility options on June 13 from 6 to 7 p.m. Dr. Norman Assad, a Johnson City fertility specialist, will lead the discussion and answer questions.

“Any woman over 35 who has been trying to get pregnant for more than 6 months should talk to her doctor to find out what might be causing fertility problems,” said Assad. “For women under 35, the appropriate time period is one year. If you’ve been trying to get pregnant for longer than that, it’s time to have a conversation.”

Couples often delay seeing a specialist for fertility issues because they are concerned about the potential cost, but Assad said very few couples who seek care end up needing high-level intervention like in-vitro fertilization (IVF).

“Only about 5 to 10 percent of infertile couples need IVF,” Assad said. “About 60 to 70 percent are able to get pregnant with very simple methods. Our goal is to help couples get pregnant in the quickest and most cost-effective way possible.”

For more information about the free seminar on June 13 or to register for the program, call 423-302-1120. Franklin Woods Community Hospital is located at 300 Med Tech Parkway in Johnson City.

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