40 is NOT Old - Fertility Notwithstanding
Fertility and Age
Forty is not old. Forty-five is not old. Fifty is not old.
If you're trying to become pregnant, with your own eggs, and you are forty, I bet you feel old.
Twenty-six is not old. Thirty-nine is not old. Thirty-two is not old. Twenty-one is not old.
I guarantee if you're trying to become pregnant and it's not happening, you're feeling your age and time ticking away.
We become so fearful around this; scared that we have missed that magic moment when pregnancy was possible.
Making Decisions During Infertility
Making decisions from a fear-based place does not always mean a wise decision. If you are stuck, in the middle of infertility (just simply not becoming pregnant), you may delay or speed along, out of desperation.
If you are feeling old, you may feel that there's no time to consider, rationally and sanely (remember those two feelings?); what is best for me? You may hold onto emotion and fear as a way of staying on a course of treatment that is not appropriate or insist on a fertility cycle treatment that is not necessary.
It is hard to listen when fear is roaring in your ears.
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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.