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Did we all jump into fertility treatments too soon?

Catherine McDiarmid-Watt | Monday, May 14, 2007 | 0 comments

When I was trying to conceive, I became the women's support group leader for my local infertility organization. I saw some very interesting results. Many of us got pregnant between treatment cycles! Here are some examples:
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Two women were told their FSH was too high and their only chance of success was to consider an egg donor. One of these women got pregnant while looking for the egg donor, the other got pregnant while trying to save up enough money for the procedure (last time I saw her, she was about 8 months pregnant with her second!)
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One woman (43) developed an ovarian cyst after being on fertility drugs. She was forced to take a break and got pregnant while on her "break" (she went on to have a normal pregnancy and delivered a healthy baby boy on her 44th birthday - a homebirth!)
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One woman finally adopted and shortly thereafter got pregnant, had a healthy baby boy and is currently pregnant again (just saw her at her son's first birthday party!)
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And...of course there's me, the "longshot" of the group - pregnant naturally with one tube and delivered normally at the age of 44.
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It's interesting that a group of women labeled "infertile" (by the medical definition) turned out to be quite fertile indeed! The BBC news published an article (also on my website) that seems to raise the question of whether or not some couples are really infertile or perhaps just impatient:

Undue IVF pressure put on couples (BBC News)

So, if you're considering fertility treatments, maybe you should consider a little longer. The best treatment may be no treatment.

- posted by Sandy Robertson at "Infertility-Fertility Over 40" - Overcoming Infertility, Miscarriage & Recurrent Miscarriage Over 40, Naturally

Source: http://infertility-fertility.blogspot.com/2006/06/did-we-all-jump-into-fertility.html





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About Catherine: I am mom to three grown sons, two grandchildren and two rescue dogs. After years of raising my boys as a single mom, I remarried a wonderful man who had never had a child of his own. Unexpectedly, I found myself pregnant at 49!
Sadly we lost that precious baby at 8 weeks, and decided to try again. Five more losses, turned down for donor egg, foster care and adoption due to my age and losses - we have accepted that there will be no more babies in our house.

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