From Privilege to Purpose: Championing Fertility Awareness on National Television

From being interviewed by Ellie Costello and Peter Andre for their breakfast TV show over the weekend, I had the privilege of shedding light on fertility awareness for women aged 35 and above, stressing the significance of egg quality over quantity. During the interview, I underscored the power of consistency on the trying to conceive journey, advocating for progress over perfection each time.

I firmly believe that staying committed and consistent is key on this path; it’s better to do 80% correctly for an extended period than achieve 100% momentarily. I am truly humbled and honoured to have been given this platform to discuss such crucial topics on national television. Advocating for fertility awareness and equity is not just an honour but a privilege.

Advocating for Fertility Awareness: A Vital Cause

When discussing fertility, the quality of eggs is a crucial piece of the puzzle, especially for women over the age of 35. On national television, I emphasised that while the number of eggs decreases with age, the health of the remaining eggs is paramount. It’s about understanding that fertility isn’t just a numbers game; it’s the vitality and resilience of each egg that can make the difference. Good egg quality increases the chances of successful conception, a healthy pregnancy, and the well-being of the future child. This is why advocating for awareness about egg quality is so essential. It’s not merely education; it’s providing a foundation for women to make informed decisions about their reproductive health, and possibly saving them from heartache. It’s time we shift the focus and ensure that the conversation about fertility is as much about quality as it is about quantity.

Consistency: A Crucial Factor on a TTC Journey

In any trying to conceive (TTC) journey, consistency emerges as a cornerstone for success. It’s about making continuous, dedicated efforts towards a goal that’s often shrouded in uncertainty. During my TV appearance, I stressed the importance of maintaining a consistent approach to fertility practices—be it in diet, exercise, or monitoring one’s cycle. Fluctuating between extremes is less effective than steady, consistent habits that create an environment conducive to fertility. It’s the daily choices, like choosing nourishing foods and managing stress, that accumulate and have a significant impact. This principle of regularity also helps in coping with the emotional rollercoaster of TTC. By fostering consistency, we encourage resilience and perseverance, empowering women to feel more in control of their fertility journey. It’s the small, consistent steps that pave the path to achieving the larger goal of a healthy pregnancy.

Engaging in Consistent Good Practice

The path to fertility is often a test of endurance rather than a sprint. Engaging in consistent good practice is about adopting habits that enhance fertility and sticking with them. It’s the routine intake of a balanced diet, the regularity of physical exercise, and the consistent pursuit of mental well-being. These practices aren’t just boxes to tick; they’re integral to creating a solid foundation for fertility. Sustaining these habits can be challenging, but it’s the commitment to consistency that often makes the difference. It’s not about being perfect every single day; it’s about making more good choices than bad ones, consistently over time. This approach builds resilience and fosters a sense of control, which is particularly empowering on a journey that can sometimes feel unpredictable and overwhelming. Consistent good practice isn’t just a strategy; it’s a lifestyle that supports the ultimate goal of a healthy pregnancy.

The Ebb and Flow of Motivation

Motivation on the fertility journey is like the tide; it comes in waves and sometimes recedes. It’s completely normal to have days brimming with hope and determination, followed by moments of doubt and exhaustion. This ebb and flow is a natural part of the emotional landscape when you’re trying to conceive. The key is not to let the low tides of motivation wash away your commitment. It’s about finding ways to anchor yourself during those times. Remember why you started this journey, celebrate the small wins, and lean on your support system. It can help to set small, achievable goals to maintain momentum and remember that every step forward is progress. Embracing the fluctuating nature of motivation can help build emotional resilience, keeping you grounded and focused on your path to parenthood.

Being a Friendly Advisor: Shaping the Conversation towards Fertility Fairness

In my role as a fertility advocate, I aim to be the friendly advisor who guides you through the noise and nonsense, towards a fairer understanding of fertility. It’s about creating a conversation that’s inclusive and free from judgment. I encourage open dialogue, where questions are welcomed and myths are debunked. We tackle the tough topics head-on, always with a foundation of factual, evidence-based information. It’s this approach that can shift the public perception and lead to a broader conversation about fertility that’s fair and equitable. By being approachable and relatable, I help to shape a narrative where every individual feels empowered to take control of their fertility journey, equipped with the knowledge to make informed decisions. It’s through these conversations that we can promote a more balanced and fair approach to fertility and reproductive health.

In conclusion

If you have made it this far – please let me tell you how far out of my comfort zone this interview was, and indeed, even talking about myself in this blog post so much. I have been challenged more than once recently to open up more, talk about myself, my passions and my quirks.

I really hope you have enjoyed this blog post, and indeed I hope you caught my segment.

Till next week