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Fertility reality check in the Wall Street Journal

Seattle Plastic Surgeon comments on Wall Street Journal article about the realities of fertility.

If you are over 32, your clock is ticking.

If you are over 32, your clock is ticking.

This morning there was an article in the Wall Street Journal about the realities of female fertility and the conflicts that reality can create for the modern woman.  I hope this article gets into circulation among the young and fabulous and indecisive.

I always ask cosmetic breast patients about their child bearing plans and often hear “I haven’t decided yet” and it often comes from women well into their thirties.  I try to educate patients, in the nicest way possible, that it just may be time to decide.

Back in 2001, The American Society for Reproductive Medicine ran a public education campaign urging women not to wait too long to bear children.  I remember very well how this campaign was taken as an attack on the modern woman by many and how Dr. Michael Soules, the society’s president at the time was vilified.  I just shook my head at the push back that resulted from Dr. Soules and his group just  presenting the cold, hard facts of life.  And I knew what a gentle, skilled and kind physician Dr. Soules was.  He was one of my fertility doctors way back then.

I am glad that the Wall Street Journal is shining the light again on this topic.  It’s as if age related infertility is a topic that must never be discussed by the ambitious and well educated and liberated woman.  But it should be.

I’ll end this blog with the words of one of the doctors sited in the article : “There’s never going to be a perfect time.”

Thanks for reading.  Dr. Lisa Lynn Sowder


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