It’s been long known that stress raises blood pressure. The (very intelligent) reason for this is that you’re not much good to fight, or run, for your life if your blood is all pooled deep within your internal organs. So, a stressful situation will trigger a rise in blood pressure to push blood upwards to your brain and sensory organs, and outward to your limbs and muscles. In other words, get ready to fight or run like heck.
I’ve started doing things I don’t usually do, going places I haven’t been to, and being open to the idea that a causal conversation in the Starbucks line could be something more. When you open your eyes to different possibilities, everything in your life could shift. While waiting to find “the one”, using medical technology like egg freezing and being open to other fertility options is one way to take control of the choices you can make now for your future.
As a recent medical school graduate, of course I had heard of fibroids. But I didn’t know about them until I was doubled over in pain in the MICU (Medical Intensive Care Unit). I wasn’t a patient though; I was a second-year Family Practice resident and was sitting at a desk trying to write a note on a patient.
Due to the recent announcement that Janet Jackson is pregnant two weeks shy of her 50th birthday, I have been flooded with questions about how women well after age 40 can get pregnant. Although it is common knowledge that age negatively impacts female fertility, many women still don’t grasp just when it is too late to get pregnant.
In the fall of 2004, I was 29 years old, and my life was progressing exactly as I had planned. Six months later I was divorced and staring down 30; major portions of my master plan having crumbled down around me. I could have curled up into a ball in mourning over the loss of the life I had envisioned, but that just isn’t me.