We started to interview “AMA” moms and kept interviewing them until the stories repeated. We drew out the themes and learned so much about this trend. I do mean literal trend—the only group in the USA, Canada, and most of Western Europe showing population growth are women over 35.
If we were putting together the alphabet as it relates to obstetrics and gynecology, the letter “F” would be for fibroids. It is not a glamorous topic, but it is important especially since 20% of reproductive age women are affected by it. Uterine fibroids affect some groups of women in higher proportion than others. Fibroids are most common in women aged 30–40 years, but can occur at any age. Additionally, fibroids occur more often in African American women (50%-80%).
Are you considering in vitro fertilization (IVF)? IVF is a process of fertilization where an egg is combined with sperm outside the body, then placed back into the uterus for gestation. If this is something you’re considering, then let’s discuss some do’s and don’ts of IVF.
For many people trying to have a baby in their late 30’s and early 40’s, the journey can involve a few unexpected twists and turns. The journey might involve multiple IUI and IVF cycles and eventually result in exploration of using an egg or sperm donor or surrogate. There are many questions and feelings to address while navigating this process.
Saying goodbye to something you never had is a grieving process; one with many stages and periods of acceptance. The loss of never having a genetically linked child of your own is very difficult for people to understand unless they’ve been through it. However, as I navigated through those feelings, my husband and I felt a renewed glimmer of hope in our chance to have a family.