Does it seem you spent most of your twenties trying your darndest not to fall pregnant, only to discover that now you’re thirty-something the pipes aren’t as squeaky clean as you expected? You are not alone. This means that many women are now finding themselves in their thirties, trying to rewind the clock. It sounds so silly, we can get so caught up in getting ahead for the future, how do we get to a to b, where are we going for dinner? What are we wearing? Our work choices? We disregard the actual nuts and bolts of future – it’s modern living. Whilst sitting at the chiropractor today I read something interesting about preventative medicine. Whilst it is great that routinely we are offered ‘check-ups,’ are we failing to realise that wellness and prevention aren’t the same thing? Living well, takes a huge amount of effort, it isn’t simple – but it simplifies life once we get the hang of it. It’s a practice makes perfect (well almost) kind of thing. Because we know that no one is perfect, but our lives get closer to a sort of wonderful perfection as we work on what works for us.
As infertility and IVF rates climb, women are being forced to re-think the way we look at our health, specifically our fertility. It is important to remember that health and fertility are not separate entities, wellness and fertility are intrinsically linked. Women with Endometriosis, Poly Cystic Ovarian Syndrome and hormonal imbalances are very aware that their fertility is potentially being compromised by these conditions, and therefore they must using this diagnosis to their benefit. With the knowledge that comes with a diagnosis, women are then able to make treatment decisions that can make a real difference to their fertility future.
You might be in your twenties and having a baby is the last thing on your mind. You might be in your thirties but have fertility challenges caused by illness so think being on the pill is the answer to fertility problems. (you can read why it isn’t here and here). You might even be past the pregnancy phase of your life but know somebody who is young – that needs support and fertility education. The truth is as women we should never stop learning about our health, especially when it comes to reproductive function – it spans from our first menstruation way into the years after our last.
So how do we keep learning and keep healthy. Firstly we realise that healthy fertility does not have to mean you want a baby and you want it now –it means you want to be at your optimum health. The best start is being mindful that you are not superhuman and your body requires a constant level of care. Exploring your options and getting to the crux of health issues is vital to build a solid foundation, to serve yourself well for the year’s you and your body have ahead. We can’t always fall back on medications – they often fail to offer a solution to a broken body. Optimum health always comes back to simple wholesome lifestyle practices. Our twenty-something’s youth is the key to our thirties-something’s fertility.