Most of the work I do around miscarriage involves helping women recover, as well as helping women who have had miscarriages in the past with subsequent pregnancies. Research suggests that when women are well supported in subsequent pregnancies following miscarriage, it can improve pregnancy outcomes.
Dealing with Baby Loss, Miscarriage or Stillbirth can be incredibly physically and emotionally impacting. I have shared some further reading for you below.
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Following 1 ectopic pregnancy, 2 IVF miscarriages and a further 2 failed IVF attempts, Sam hit rock bottom. Her IVF doctor suggested she try acupuncture, referring her to me. Sam shares the rest of the story in her own words…
Nina was 41 years old and had experienced one miscarriage when she came to see Emma, hoping to conceive.
On the day I turned 40 I remember waking up with a terrible sinking feeling. It was not the fact I was 40, it was the fact I was childless and 40
Diagnosed infertility is not common although on the increase (perhaps due to greater awareness), Sub fertility is far more common. It is possible to not actually be diagnosed as infertile yet still struggle to conceive. Sometimes this is referred to as unexplained infertility.
No male factor infertility is on the increase. This is something that isn’t talked about too much, but something to always take into consideration.
From the time you get your period (menarce) until the time you cease (menopause). So long as there are no other presenting problems one could argue she remains fertile all this time. However, fertility declines with age mostly because the quality of the egg (and to some extent the sperm) declines with age.
Women have what is called a fertile window, which is a few days in the middle of the month when she produces an egg from a follicle in her ovary. Often vagina secretions change and become like egg whites. If you have a 28-day cycle then you ovulate around day 14 (but this varies), Emma states that increasing sex from day 8 is advisable.
Infertility is defined as the inability of a couple to get pregnant despite having regular unprotected sex over a period of two years (NICE, 2013)
Age, an ovulation (no ovulation), Male factor, Environment & Lifestyle. It may also be a case that we are more open and talk about it more, we have a higher expectation and therefore the whole fertility industry has increased.
This will depend on age. It’s never too early to sort out lifestyle issues and get a measure of your fertility. Much of Emma’s work is helping women preserve fertility naturally before they are ready to start trying!
These procedures are not fertility cure-all’s and the younger you are the more chance you have of becoming pregnant. So, relying on IVF to get you pregnant in your late 30’s is risky as the stats are poor in older women. Less than 20% per cycle late 30’s. With regards to egg freezing the younger you are when you freeze your eggs the better. But again it is individual.
Yes, fertility does decline but this is individual and will depend on each person