51 www. ReadMPM. com | www.MountPl easantMagaz i ne. com | www.MountPl easantPodcas t . com The Greatest Gift of All Unique Journeys Through Fertility According to the Centers for Disease Control, 19% of heterosexual American women aged 15 to 49 cannot get pregnant after one year of trying. .Per the Cleveland Clinic, approximately 10% of men in the United States suffer from infertility. However, families across the country are not letting these numbers stop them. Thanks to science constantly evolving, infertility now comes with various treatment options and, often, a favorable outcome. While the exact causes of infertility are not always understood, they often include hormone disruption or medical conditions. No matter the cause, the process of testing for infertility and undergoing treatments is physically and emotionally trying for those that embark on such a journey. Dr. Cici Carter married her college sweetheart Cody Cooper at age 29. Soon after, Carter went off birth control to prepare for pregnancy. She realized that she was BY I SABEL ALVAREZ ARATA charleston women Ci c i Car ter, husband Cody and son Co l ton . Photo prov i ded.