Women who are trying to conceive while struggling with substance abuse issues have a unique set of needs. If they’re already pregnant, they’ll need even more specialized care. Drugs and alcohol directly affect fetal development, so it’s important to seek help as soon as you are able.
What are the risks of substance abuse on fertility and pregnancy?
For women who are trying to conceive, drugs and alcohol can have negative effects on their menstrual cycle, egg quality, ovarian weight, and hormonal concentration. All of these effects can make it harder for women to conceive. During pregnancy, a pregnant person and their developing baby share a bloodstream. This means that substances are shared between the pregnant person and the developing baby. A developing baby doesn’t have enough enzymes yet to constantly detoxify their blood. Repeated exposure can lead to an elevated risk for various forms of stunted development, stillbirth, and Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASDs).
Getting help for substance abuse may seem daunting, but the effects of substance abuse make seeking support incredibly important.
ChampionX employees and their partners and dependents have access to a few different services when it comes to treating substance abuse.
If you’re enrolled in a ChampionX BCBSTX or SelectHealth medical plan, you’ll receive coverage for different substance abuse-related services and therapies.
ChampionX also offers an Employee Assistance Program (EAP) through Magellan to all employees.
Dealing with substance abuse, especially if you’re trying to conceive, you’re already pregnant, or if you have a young child is always difficult. EAP is here to help. You can give Magellan a call at 1-800-308-2608, or select the button to visit their website.
The ChampionX Benefits Center is available to answer benefits or enrollment questions. You can contact the ChampionX Benefits Center by calling 1-844-973-1295, Monday through Friday, 7 a.m. – 7 p.m. (Central time).