Age and Infertility - why we are having the wrong discussion!

 

Ladies,

There is so much noise out there on the internet, in the media, and at doctor's offices about our age and our declining fertility that I wanted to raise this question today:

Do we have a fertility crisis on our hands - and is it age-related? 

According to the American Center for Disease Control (CDC),  7 million women between the ages of 15 and 44 struggle to get and stay pregnant. 

(Please note: that does not mean that seven million women are infertile. It just means...

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Age - Is it really the #1 predictor of your fertility?

 

 

Today, let me tell you the story of Elise and Rita, two women yearning for their babies. Both women went to well-respected infertility clinics in New York City and Chicago, both were met with age-related stereotyping by their doctors. It's called HCST - age-based reproductive Health Care Stereotype THREAT - and it adversely affects a woman's mental and physical health.  Yes, this is so well known now, that we have a clinical term for this kind of stereotyping!

After...

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Stories of HOPE: Claudia had THREE kids in her 40s...

 

Months before I even had my son, a mama in her 40s made my ears perk up. I was listening to Dr. Christiane Northrup on her Hay House radio show, Flourish, when she had fertility coach and author Claudia Spahr on as a guest. The two women spoke eloquently about the fear and confusion around later motherhood, and Claudia, who had birthed all three of her naturally conceived children in her 40s, shared tons of solid advice about conception and pregnancy, as well as new data that she had...

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Age and Fertility - Part 2

Age and Fertility is such an important topic for all of us who have crossed the 35-year mark and made it into the "advanced maternal age" bracket. This is the second part (watch Part 1 here) on this super important topic.

Side note: Congratulations to my client, the beautiful Esmeralda, who is pregnant with a girl. Mom will be 43 when the little one arrives, yay!

Whenever I mentor a woman on her way to motherhood we always, always talk about age and fertility first, as this can be one of the...

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Age and Fertility - Part 1

 

 

I was sitting in the windowless tiny room on the awkward bed that folds up into a chair, staring at the glove dispenser - small, medium, lot of large, all purple - when the doctor finally came in. 

He was holding the lab results of my latest blood test. We went over all the details of my hormones, my vitals and the ins-and-outs of all the additional tests we did. I don't remember any of it anymore. 

What I do remember is this exchange:

"A natural pregnancy at 44 would be...

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Are You Younger Than You Think?

 

 

Have you been told that you're getting too old to conceive naturally? Or that you are too old to even have a baby? Or have you secretly wondered it yourself?

Today we are jumping into the world of anti-aging, of aging well, and - yes, true! - the possibility of aging in reverse. 

Since I started my journey of later motherhood six years ago (I conceived Hunter pretty much right now in 2013) I've been fascinated by the topics of health, fertility, brain and gut connection, vitality,...

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One Year Ago Today THIS Happened!

 

Today ONE YEAR ago something truly wonderful happened: my now bestselling book The Joy of Later Motherhood launched in bookstores all around the U.S.!

After years of hard work and a life long dream to write books, my "book baby" was born. This remarkable event (well, for me anyways) came at a time that was rather difficult as just one month prior to the launch I was diagnosed with breast cancer. Not just once, but twice. The timing of the diagnosis really sucked.... besides the ...

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Infertility in your 40s? Listen to Get Pregnant Naturally to get the scoop.

 

I recently dove into the world of podcasts (listening to them and being interviewed by top podcasters on their shows) and I am loving it. 

So I wanted to share this one today as you may love this podcast as well: it's my interview with Sarah Clark for the Get Pregnant Naturally Podcast. We are discussing topics like infertility in women and the expectation of having to do IVF - in vitro fertilization - when being of advanced maternal age.

This is a...

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Can your culture and where you live influence our fertility?

Your culture - and even the city you live in - has a massive influence on your beliefs and thus on your physiology.  If you live in the Western world as I do, you learn that your fertile window closes shortly after your 40th birthday -- if not sooner. In Chinese medicine, a woman is fertile until menopause.  

 

We Are All Products of Our Culture

Last time I asked you a provocative question: "Are you thinking yourself infertile? And is this even possible?"

If you...

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Are you thinking yourself infertile? Is this even possible?

(Dr. Christiane Northrup, board-certified OB/GYN, New York Times bestselling author, and women's health pioneer extraordinaire and I in her office in Yarmouth, Maine.)  

 

Your Mind Is Stronger Than Your Genes

A couple of years ago, in the dead of winter, I flew to Portland, Maine, and drove in my rental car to the small village of Yarmouth to interview a woman I’ve deeply respected ever since I read her bestseller, Women’s Bodies, Women’s Wisdom, a book that,...

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