Age and Fertility – Kirstie Allsopp’s comments
Kirstie Allsopp recently commented that young women should try to ensure that they have children in their twenties rather than in their thirties and expressed concern for friends who had left having children later in life and found that it was then difficult for them to conceive successfully (www.dailymail.co.uk 2nd June 2014).
It’s understandable that she should feel this concern if she has seen how painful it can be for her friends who desperately want a family and who cannot seem to achieve this.
Kirstie warned of female fertility “dropping off a cliff” www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-27730752 and research has shown that, statistically, after the age of 34, a woman’s fertility can decline sharply. Kirstie had her two children in her early thirties. Kirstie is, of course, entitled to her opinion – particularly when considering the context in which it was expressed, but as many others have said in response, it is up to the women concerned to make such choices for themselves, although making them from an informed perspective would probably provide the best middle road between the two viewpoints. An informed perspective based upon calm and objective research rather than fear-driven anxiety which may have been partially at the root of Kirstie’s comments.
And it is important to remember that aiming to have children when you are young (late teens to mid-twenties) will not necessarily guarantee you will have them although, statistically, it increases the odds in your favour. Not all women are successful if they try to have children at a younger age as there are many factors to consider when assessing female fertility health issues, and age is only one of them.
I had my children when I was between 31 and 34 years of age. I didn’t plan it that way (I hoped to have them in my mid-twenties), I simply didn’t have them any earlier, although I was married at 23. I was fortunate not to have any identifiable fertility problems but, nevertheless, I still waited eight years for my children to arrive. In line with my research, I had my children when astrological factors indicated a high likelihood that I would.
18th June 2014.
Age and fertility
My research has shown that timing fertility treatment to personal astrological date indicators can increase likelihood of successful outcome and that this is still the case regardless of age for women up to the age of 44 – the oldest participant in my study. I began using my research to help women in 2006 and it has been of help to women older than 44 – in one case, a client who was in her very late forties conceived naturally with a successful outcome when astrological date indicators, at time of conception, suggested this would happen. Claire Harding, in a co-authored article, writes “In the US, 6% of married women aged 15 – 44 have issues getting pregnant and this has resulted in more women than ever seeking fertility treatment. In addition, in the UK, recent figures indicate that almost 50,000 women go through it once a year.” Find out more about this considered piece – see my links page under “Age and Fertility”.
Tesimonial from a client - SarahSarah felt that the consultation and support provided by Dr. Harris were extremely helpful during a very anxious time in her life: “Dr. Harris gave both myself and my husband a lot of faith and confidence ……she has been without doubt the one person who has been so accurate in her readings, in fact the only one. I have been so pleased with the way that Dr. Harris conducted her readings and how she gave me hope when I really needed it.”
Dr. Pat Harris, PhD, MSc., DFAstrolS, FAPAI
My research shows that there is evidence indicating that, whether you are attempting natural conception or conception through IVF or other forms of ART, timing your attempts to coincide with my researched astro-fertility dates will increase your chances of a successful outcome. The astrological patterns that locate these dates are unique to each woman and do not rely upon the lunar fertility cycle.
Welcome to astrologyfertility.com, founded by Dr. Pat A. Harris, PhD., MSc., DFAstrolS. There are different approaches to managing issues with fertility. Astrology is one of the more intriguing options, as Dr. Harris' research has shown. Her research findings can help you increase the likelihood of successful conception. She has nearly thirty years' experience as a consultant astrologer (having recieved her diploma from the Faculty of Astrological Studies, London, UK in 1982) and can provide help, advice and support, if you are trying to have a family.
Dr. Harris's research provides answers to questions like these:
Dr. Harris is the leading researcher and practitioner in astrology and fertility in the UK, offering a service to help you time your conception attempts with astrological factors that can increase the likelihood of your success.
Since Dr. Harris carried out her astro-fertility research between 2000 and 2003,sheI has looked at further cases and refined her understanding of how timing fertility treatment may boost a woman’s chances of successfully becoming pregnant and giving birth to a live baby. In her original research, success was potentially increased by up to 14%. With her further research, this has increased to 23% and she continuse to look at the data from new clients, all the time.
Her research does not just support the link between IVF, it also supports a link between other forms of fertility treatment such as GIFT, ZIFT, ICSI, FET, IUI and DI
But it is not all about succeeding. Her training and qualifications in both health psychology and astrology have helped her to develop an approach that can help with the development of coping strategies to manage the stress and handle the tensions through the whole arduous treatment process, whatever the outcome. Her research has shown that anxiety and depression can be relieved by an understanding and use of astrology and she has certainly found this to be true in her consultant practice. Tthe continuing support that she provides, following on from a consultation with her can be extremely helpful and reassuring regardless of the outcome of a treatment process.Her research to date has identified astrological factors that can increase your likelihood of successful conception through assisted reproductive technology by as much as 23%.
Dr. Harris's astrological approach, based on her research, has the potential to reduce the number of fertility treatment attempts necessary to succeed. This would also reduce the amount of stress and discomfort that women have to endure with each treatment they undertake.
Women should be free to choose the time at which they undergo fertility treatment. They need to be able to decide what month, for example, they would like to start a particular treatment process. For practical reasons, this is often not the case, although some UK consultants will consider a degree of co-operation where timing is concerned. Dr. Harris's research clearly indicates that choosing a particular time for embryo implantation can optimise chances of success so timing it right an important consideration when you choose to take the fertility treatment route.
Dr Harris is trained in and has practised counselling, with astrology, for more than fifteen years. She can offer help and support to women going through the fertility treatment process and those hoping to become pregnant in the normal way, including coping with the emotional challenges and pressures that women experience when trying to become pregnant.
Over the past twenty five years, many of Dr. Harris's female clients have asked her when they would have children. Using the astrological knowledge on which she eventually based her PhD research, Dr Harris was able to pinpoint the years when, as the astrological indicators showed, their children were eventually born. It worked so well for women without any fertility problems that Dr. Harris was determined to carry out her research to see if it would help, i.e., make a difference to those women who were having difficulty conceiving in the normal way and undergoing fertility treatment, and it did.
Her UK university based research with fertility clinic patients has shown which astrological factors are associated with successful conception.. As a result of this research, she can provide guidance and advice on how to use her unique astrological approach to increase your chances of having a baby. Her methods are based on her scientific research carried out for her doctorate in astrology and health psychology at the University of Southampton, UK between 2001 and 2005.
an NHS Consultant Gynaecologist and a Fellow of the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists, knows Dr. Harris’s research well. He says: “I believe Dr. Harris’s research to be worthy of further investigation. I am impressed with the efforts she is making to create a sound evidence base for her practice.” Mr. Dooley is a UK fertility treatment specialist who considers a number of different approaches to managing the fertility treatment process. He is the author of several books, among them:
Fit for Fertility
and Your Change, Your Choice: The integrated approach to looking and feeling good through the Menopause – and beyond
DF.Astrol.S. BSc.(Hons), Cert.ACG.Int. (Certified Astrocartographer, and founder of The Astrology Shop says:
"Dr. Harris is one of the foremost empirical astrologers in the field of research into the link between astrology and fertility."
Robert Currey is also the founder of the internationally respected astrological company, Equinox and has been a consultant astrologer, writer and teacher for over thirty years. He specialises in research and programming. He has followed Dr. Harris’s research during the last decade and considers her to be the world leader in the field of research into the link between astrology and fertility.
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