But when an unexpected journey through infertility became my reality, my professional and personal worlds were turned upside down. After two failed embryo transfers with five cycles of IVF and one egg donor cycle, I began to question everything I thought I knew.
The biological clock is a delicate subject for most. I found this out the hard way when I was in the early stages of launching my website eggsperience.com to help women educate themselves about their fertility at a younger age.
It’s normal for a woman to be curious about her ovarian health and wonder if she will have difficulty getting pregnant in the near or distant future. While it isn’t an easy question to answer, there are several tests that can help patients and doctors predict whether a woman has a biological clock that is ticking slower or faster than expected.
If you have difficulty conceiving, it’s comforting to know that in vitro fertilization is an option. That said, no one ever actually wants to go through IVF. The process involves money, hormones, self-administered shots (often in your butt or stomach), and a lot of emotional highs and lows. And it doesn’t help that people don’t really know how to act around you when you’re going through it.
It’s awesome that celebrities are sharing their IVF stories. Fertility doctors should take the same opportunity to teach the public about pregnancy risks in older fathers in light of the recent celebrity pregnancies in the same way that we educated people about risks in older mothers with Janet Jackson’s pregnancy news.