Sunday, 4 August 2013

Hope from the Daily Mail. Again!

Yesterday's cashew and herb pesto on toast
Normally I avoid the Daily Mail with its fixation on scandal, celebrity "baby bumps" (Is she?/Isnt she?) and doom and gloom for 40+ fertility.  It just bums me out.  I'm sure there didnt used to be such a focus on pregnancies and babies in the media when I was growing up.  Or maybe in the absense of the internet, I just didnt have access to such stories in the media that made it into my home.

In any case, only a couple of weeks after its last story of hope, this one hit my attention with a classic Daily Mail headline: 'Is everything we thought we knew about older women and fertility WRONG?'.  It tells the stories of a number of women who had children naturally later in life and highlights a not-so-new book by researcher Jean Twenge, 'The Impatient Woman’s Guide To Getting Pregnant'. It cites the fact that Twenge discovered the oft quoted research regarding the decline of women's fertility as they age was based on church birth records in rural France in the 18th century.  I'm sure my lifestyle is very different from that of the women studied.

I certainly did not get pregnant within 6 months of trying in my late 30's, but I did get pregnant twice in my early 40s and hope that I can do again.

It kind of makes me want to buy the book... which is probably the whole point of the article in the first place.

I'll post a review if I do.


1 comment:

  1. Very interesting. I find that when I go below the surface of research headlines, it often turns out to be a load of crap (poorly designed study or flawed conclusion). Research is never proof and the last sentence of every study is usually 'more research is needed..."


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