I recently had a conversation with a friend who was sharing with me her period troubles. She has bleeding for about 14 days each month. As a Creighton Model practitioner teaching fertility awareness I know that it not normal or healthy. After years of experience teaching hundreds of women, I know that your fertility matters even if you’re not trying to get pregnant.
“I’m concerned about your fertility health,” I said.
“Oh, I don’t care about my fertility,” she replied, “I’m done having kids.”
Your Fertility Health Is Your Health And It Matters Even If You’re Not Trying to Get Pregnant
As women, we’ve been taught to think of our fertility as somehow separate from us. We almost seem to think of it as a switch that we can turn ON when we want to use it (get pregnant) and turn OFF the rest of the time.
Or maybe we just don’t think about our fertility at all.
The problem with this attitude is that your fertility health IS your health. Your fertility matters even if you’re not trying to get pregnant. For instance, estrogen receptors are all over your body. The ovaries produce estrogen. Healthy estrogen helps with brain function, healthy bones, and a healthy heart. Estrogen which is out of balance can lead to cardiovascular disease, osteoporosis, and certain cancers.
What About My Friend?
Finally, the good news is that I convinced my friend that she needs to pay attention to this. We discussed the questions she could ask her doctor in order to determine what is causing her excessive bleeding. I hope I helped her advocate for herself. Because I want my friend to be around for a long time, I care about her fertility health!