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A Gift of Fertility
Give yourself a last minute holiday gift.
If you have been yearning for a baby and it has not happened in over a year if you are under 35 and in six months if you are over 35, then give yourself a gift. (I know 35 years old is not OLD. We all know that. When it comes to conceiving, carrying and birthing a baby, age matters. The magic number is 35. And we still need to remember that 35 is NOT old.)
Here’s the gift.
Make an appointment.
Have a consultation. Tell someone what’s going on. Someone who can help.
A board certified reproductive endocrinologist.
Find the ones in your area by looking on SART and the CDC. Be thoughtful and educated please. All fertility specialists are not created equally. Pregnancy rates are only one thing to consider. A very important thing to consider, absolutely, but not the only thing. For instance, does the fertility doctor that you are considering seeing only accept patients of a certain age or with test results with certain numbers?
I’m jumping ahead of myself here and I don’t want to confuse my message.
Give yourself a gift.
Why See a Fertility Specialist?
See a fertility specialist if you have been unable to become and stay pregnant. If you have not been able to give birth to a child or a second child within the timelines stated above.
It’s scary to consider that something is wrong. If you have not conceived within those time frames, chances are that something is not quite right. But before you go to worrying about big, scary fertility treatment procedures, please know that there are lots of lower technology treatments that work quite well with smaller challenges.
It may be a really simple problem and an adjustment. It may not be that easy. Either way, the fears of not knowing and dreading the truth are typically harder to handle emotionally than hearing what is really going on. A friend of mine once talked about shining the flashlight under the bed to see precisely how big the monsters down there are. Sometimes those monsters turn out to be dust bunnies. Sometimes they turn out to be a forlorn and forgotten sock. And sometimes they do have teeth and claws.
But isn’t it better to know? The stress of not knowing can be more crippling than you realize. Especially at the holidays, where you may hear a birth announcement or two. Or five. Or New Year’s, where you may have not so secretly hoped that there would be an announcement of your own to make. The champagne you were hoping not to drink this year.
I’m a dog with a bone.
Give yourself a gift.
Take the Next Step On Your Path to Fertility
Make an appointment. Most fertility programs take insurance. Most insurance covers an initial consultation. If yours doesn’t, make an appointment with your Ob/Gyn (Obstetrician Gynecologist) and start from there.
Find out what’s going on. Take a deep breath, pick up the phone and make the appointment.
This blog is called PathtoFertility.
Take the next steps on your path to having the family of your dreams.
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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.