I always enjoy reading Lisa Belkin’s blog, “The Motherlode”. This week she is writing about “What is the Best Age to Have Children”. It’s a complicated issue, this business of when is the best time to procreate – with so many factors to think about. But for so many of us – this question of when is taken from our hands by infertility. My boys are born four years a part and it makes me giggle when folks say to me how smart I was to time my conceptions this way. As if I had any control at all from when my husband and I decided to have children and when I actually conceived them!
Age and conception is once again taking center stage in the news and at IVF Centers around the country. Take a look at this innovative financing program offered through Reproductive Science Center of The Bay Area that allows older, qualified patients up to the age of 49 to do multiple cycles of IVF at a reduced cost. And here on the east coast – Dave Kreiner, MD the founder and medical director of East Coast Fertility is working hard to get the word out about the need to restructure reproductive medical services and care around the country – stating that it is only through providing “Affordable IVF that we will see better patient outcomes”. I love it when IVF Centers actually look at their patients, and what they need to be able to realistically try assisted reproductive medicine. So hats off to my west coast friends at RSC of The Bay Area, and to the great team at East Coast Fertility for stepping up to the plate and working to do the right thing by patients trying to conceive!
Apparently there is an upsurge in “surprise” pregnancies in women over the age of 35, because they thought that they were no longer fertile! This according to a report out of England and Wales made by the Family Planning Association. A representative of the FPA, says that while the message of the decline of fertility with age is an important one – that it has been overplayed – and women are dropping the use of contraception too early to avoid unplanned pregnancies! Okay ladies – hold onto your diaphragms unless you really want a baby – even if you are in the years of the less fertile.
Valentine’s Day is fast approaching – so there has been a lot about sex, and romance for the fertility challenged and not so fertility challenged out there. You could jack into “Intimacy for Infertile Couples: Love Making or Baby Making?”, or Lisa Rosenthal’s blog “Infertility, Fertility Treatment and Sex; An Unlikely Trio”, and Kristian Magnacca most recent blog on Fertility Authority entitled “Love, Sex and Infertility”.
For me, everything about sexuality starts from the inside out. Candles are great if you are really feeling like you want to light candles. But not so great if you feel like you need to light candles. How do you start feeling sexy from the inside out? Just in case you missed them – check out some of my older blogs on the subject of sexuality, conception, and just feeling sexier inside! I hope that I inspire you. Here are some of my favorites Fertility Advocate sexuality blogs!