Be a Fertile Friend. Share that Free Fertility Testing is Being Offered!
If you are reading this and have friends, please keep reading.
If you have friends that have not had children yet, please keep reading.
If you have friends that have not had children yet and you are pretty sure that they want to, but not yet, please keep reading.
If you have friends that have not had children yet and you are pretty sure that they want to and aren’t trying to conceive yet, please keep reading.
If you have friends that fit all the categories above, please keep reading.
In other words, if you have friends, keep reading.
And here’s why.
Infertility is unpredictable.
How To Tell If You're Fertile, Or Not
Age is not an accurate or reliable predictor. Please don’t assume that because you are under 30 or 35 or 40, that having a baby will be a slam dunk. I am not trying to scare you. Still, we see a fair amount of 25 year olds who have fertility problems and don’t know it until they are trying to conceive and it doesn’t occur quickly or easily.
Regular menstrual cycles may or may not mean that you are ovulating regularly. Without ovulation, conception cannot occur. Even if you do get your period regularly, you (or your friends) may be having other problems that don’t prevent you from menstruating but will prevent you from ovulating or conceiving.
Your mother, your grandmothers, your sisters, your cousins and distant relatives may have gotten pregnant at the drop of a hat (not how you get pregnant, by the way) and that does not mean that you will. Or your friends will.
These are just a few of the things that do not prove fertility.
Am I Fertile? Find Out
You know how you can find out if you’re fertile or not?
Take a test. Take the Anti-Mullerian Hormone (AMH) fertility test. Take it free all summer long if you are a teacher or this Thursday, July 23, 2015 at Reproductive Medicine Associates of Connecticut’s (RMACT) new Danbury office, located at 103 Newtown Road, Danbury, CT. Click here for more information.
If you are reading this and are either a patient at RMACT or in fertility treatment elsewhere or are having a difficult time becoming pregnant and not in any kind of treatment at all and you have friends, share this.
In other words? Share this. Share it with your friends. And your work colleagues. And maybe even with people you don’t like all that much.
Be a Great Friend – Tell Others About This Fertility Test
If you’re worried that you might offend someone, consider how much more upset they might be to find out that their assumption that they would have children when they were ready was not correct. And that they could have known earlier and made different decisions about their family building.
And then imagine that your friends found out that you had this information but didn’t share it with them.
Of course you don’t have to. But they are your friends. And wouldn’t you want them to do this for you?
Be a good friend. Be a great friend. Share this information with them.
Let them find out what they need to know. If it’s good news, you get to rejoice with them because you are their friend.
If it’s less than good news, you will have been an even better friend than you already are.
About Lisa Rosenthal
Lisa has over thirty years of experience in the fertility field. After her personal infertility journey, she felt dissatisfied with the lack of comprehensive services available to support her. She was determined to help others undergoing fertility treatment. Lisa has been with RMACT for eleven years and serves as Patient Advocate and the Strategic Content Lead.
Lisa is the teacher and founder of Fertile Yoga, a program designed to support men and women on their quest for their families through gentle movement and meditation.
Lisa’s true passion is supporting patients getting into treatment, being able to stay in treatment and staying whole and complete throughout the process. Lisa is also a Certified Grief Recovery Specialist, which is helpful in her work with fertility patients.
Her experience also includes working with RESOLVE: The National Infertility Association and The American Fertility Association (now Path2Parenthood), where she was Educational Coordinator, Conference Director and Assistant Executive Director.