Fertility doctor reveals reason why people are struggling to have babies
In the opinion of Dr Marie Wren, a fertility expert, postponing starting a family has negative implications. The image is courtesy of Getty Photos/Tetra images.
Dr. Marie Wren, 63, has been at the forefront of fertility treatments for more than 30 years, assisting thousands of people in their quest to start a family.
She is now the Deputy Director of the Lister Fertility Clinic, and she is widely regarded as one of the leading specialists in the United Kingdom on in vitro fertilization (IVF) and fertility treatments.
During our conversation, she discussed why celebrities' late pregnancies are deceiving, how frozen eggs have offered women more alternatives, and hearing from the infants she assisted in the creation of.
Is it true that more people are having difficulty having children these days?
Despite the fact that fertility challenges are not new, I believe there is a widespread notion that delaying establishing a family has no implications. Some things have changed since then.
When compared to 50 years ago, it appears that men's sperm count has decreased significantly. And I've heard from single women that many guys these days don't appear to be interested in starting a family. However, waiting until you're 40 to start a family may not be the best idea.
Is it possible that celebrities having children later in life are giving women false hope?
We're all rational enough to see that people don't end up looking like Barbie dolls unless they undergo cosmetic surgeries, and we should treat their late pregnancies with the same level of skepticism.
If a celebrity becomes pregnant in their 50s, it is likely that they have used donor eggs to do so.
Dr. Wren works with couples who are having difficulty conceiving (Picture: Mark Mercer)
You must find it quite fulfilling to assist couples...
When you are able to assist a couple who has desperately wished to start a family in having a successful pregnancy, it is one of the most rewarding experiences of your life.
Additionally, you make the couple's own parents pleased, as well as their own children. I receive emails from overjoyed grandmothers who express their gratitude by writing, "Because of the therapy our daughter received at your clinic, I am now a grandma." That's a happy feeling.
Dr. Wren's best piece of advice for fertility doctors
'Be honest with your patients about their situations. Tell them that if they're attempting to start a family and it hasn't happened yet, they should be tested right away or they'll find themselves three years older than they thought.
So, what role do you play in the process of creating children?
Science is responsible for developing embryos and freezing them; administrative staff handle front-of-house duties, nurses take care of day-to-day patient care, radiographers and doctors perform ultrasound scans; and as a doctor, I devise a plan, collect the eggs, transfer the embryos, and see patients during their first trimester of pregnancy, among other things. Likewise, there are some who have had a disappointing conclusion.
Is it true that IVF separates couples or that it brings them closer together?
Our staff of therapists has surely witnessed couples who were unable to make it through this arduous path, which is why we encourage people to seek help from us. However, I know many couples who have been drawn closer together, regardless of whether they are successful.
Fertility troubles are extremely difficult to deal with. Despite the immense emotional devastation it causes, persons who suffer from it do not receive the same level of sympathy as those who suffer from other ailments.
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