The group meets the second Tuesday of each month in the banquet room of Citizens Baptist Medical Center in Talladega.
At the heart of Hutto’s awareness mission is polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS), a condition that causes a woman to have an imbalance of female sex hormones than can lead to a number of problems, mainly infertility.
“I just want others to realize that it is a real problem, it is a real disorder; it’s important to get checked out if you aren’t getting your period,” Hutto said.
“With PCOS specifically, I want people to know it plays a big part to those diagnosed with it.”
Hutto was diagnosed with PCOS in November 2006 and went through a lot of headache and heartache trying to understand what the condition was.
“You have that first diagnosis and you go through a number of emotions,” Hutto said.
What followed was a rigorous period of testing, and cocktails of various vitamins, prenatal pills and medications to regulate her body from the hormone imbalance of PCOS.
“I remember at one time I was on at least six types of medication a day,” she said. “It was very overwhelming. When you try to get pregnant you don’t think that’s going to be a problem.”
In Hutto’s case, the condition was hereditary.
She has had the condition since birth but did not know she had PCOS until she was trying to start a family.
Before Hutto started her group, there was only one infertility support group in the state, which was in Hoover.
Hutto also participated in a research project with the University of Alabama at Birmingham from January to June that allowed them to learn better ways to treat PCOS.
“There’s just not enough research,” she said. “It’s one of the most undiagnosed diseases in infertility.”
Through the group, Hutto hopes to give women suffering from infertility conditions a safe place to learn and grow.
“There’s a lot of grief,” she said. “There’s a lot of stress involved, a lot of tedious tests you have to go through.”
The group is apart of RESOLVE National Infertility Association, a non-profit organization that promotes reproductive health and supports both men and women who suffer from infertility.
“It’s a resource for all things about infertility,” Hutto said.
Hutto has advertised the group in newspapers all around the state and created flyers and T-shirts to spread awareness to the community.
“One of the main things we discuss on a regular basis is helping other people,” she said.
Hutto said it is often that after marriage women with PCOS or other infertility issues are bombarded with questions about starting a family.
“Some people have no idea, so I feel it’s important to tell people what infertility is,” Hutto said.
For more information, contact Hutto at 256-649-0282 or e-mail her at firstname.lastname@example.org.