“I was around thirty-five at the time, and the thought sent a shiver down my spine. Was I really getting past my prime for pregnancy? After all, I was healthy, Botox had ironed out the first signs of wrinkles, and I was confident that Mr. Right was right around the corner. Plus, we were having this conversation more than ten years ago, when egg freezing was still considered experimental by the FDA. But Dr. Sherry was ahead of her time. She looked to the future, and she knew egg freezing was going to be the answer for hard-working women like me, who, for whatever reason, put pregnancy on pause. Here’s the headline I want these lovely ladies to hear: Your celebrity diet, your skincare routine, or your favorite color of nail polish isn’t nearly as interesting as the path you took to get pregnant.”

-Wendy Burch, Emmy Award Winning Report & Anchor

 

In my line of work, I have the immense joy of delivering babies, and though I’ve delivered hundreds of them in my decades as an OB-GYN, I’m still awed by their entrance into the world. I’m also acutely aware of the effort and planning and consideration that go with making the decision to have a baby. For most couples, planning a pregnancy is simple: you have sex and—voila!—pregnancy. Unfortunately, that is not the case for many other couples or for single, 35-plus women with excessively loud biological clocks—for some over-forty women, the sound of those clocks is truly deafening.


Chapter Photos

Ovulation
Ovulation
Ovulation
Ovulation

During ovulation there is a clear “egg white” discharge seen on the cervix. This mid-cycle mucus helps the sperm find the egg during ovulation.

Ovulation
Ovulation
Ovulation
Ovulation

During ovulation there is a clear “egg white” discharge seen on the cervix. This mid-cycle mucus helps the sperm find the egg during ovulation.