“Lisa, secondary infertility is a medical diagnosis. Compare it to this - say someone gets cancer at age 25. They did not have cancer at age 24 but they are no less a cancer patient. Infertility is a disease which can occur at various times in a person's life.”
Mar 11, 2011 at 13:04:12
“Hi Kate, fun article. I am the Program Director for The American Fertility Association. The AFA wishes more women were aware of their bio clocks, no matter what their solution to that issue is. Towards that end we travel to Universities nationwide to talk to men and women about infertility prevention. We will be at University of Baltimore next week as a matter of fact. Couple things re you, however. Egg freezing is great but not an insurance policy. There is no iron clad guarantee. Egg freezing also does not address the ability of your (aging) body to carry a baby so do keep that in mind as you age. Also, on the guy side, while men can continue to father children later in life, the rates of Down's Syndrome, autism, birth defects and lowered IQ all escalate in children with fathers over the age of 54. The bottom line is, guys don't get a go pass on the bio clock thing either. Thanks again for your article.
Corey Whelan email@example.com”
“Hi Hillary thank you for your article. Two points I would like to mention - starchy vegetables are a no go for women with pcos with the exception of small amounts of sweet potatoes, possibly peas. White potatoes and corn, considered by many to be vegetables, are simply not good nutritional choices for women who experience insulin resistance. On another note, I think it is important for women to be aware that that while pcos may be inherited and does sometimes run in families, it can in fact be inherited from asymptomatic men in your family, such as your father, as well as from your mom.
Corey Whelan, Program Director, The American Fertility Association”
Hillary Wright on Jan 30, 2011 at 20:22:40
“Hi Corey - Thanks for the feedback. In my practice I educate women to view starchy vegetables as starches when meal planning, (like we already do with potatoes) and as long as they limit their portions and "count" them as carbs I find they can handle them OK. I totally agree that many women inherit this condition from their father. I often hear mention of paternal aunts with the problem.”
Jul 16, 2009 at 14:32:48
“Mr. Appel, as Program Director for The American Fertility Association I deal with the heartbreak of infertility on a daily basis. As emotionally connected as I get personally with the men and women who contact us, I continually circle around a specific criteria. What is in the best interests of the child? It may be a child not as yet conceived, or a child living in an orphanage or in the foster care system; each story, and individual, is different. I think very highly of Dr. Sahakian and Pacific Fertility, but he himself has expressed discomfort with this situation and did so prior to Maria's death. It is very hard to say that no, these two little twin boys should not have been born. But still. My own personal opinion is that Maria, despite the fact that she had so much love to apparently give, should have restrained from jumping through all the hoops required for her 66 year old body to bear children. I myself carried twins at 39 and it was no picnic at that age. I can't imagine what it must have been like for her as a 66 year old. She did endanger herself and her health. She did endanger the health of the boys. That has nothing to do with the fact of her dying. It had to do with the fact of her living and conceiving at an inappropriate age.”