Monday, July 25, 2011

The things we don't talk about


I just finished reading this article and it brought to light a conversation I have been having recently with my girl friends. It seems like there are certain things that us women just do not talk about. We are ridiculously verbose when it comes to some topics, like our menstrual symptoms, our cravings, the latest birth control we've tried, and intimacies of our sex life, but then all of a sudden when we get to talking about actually making some babies we totally clamp up.

I find this very fascinating, and actually quite sad. As a sisterhood of women, we go through some hard times with our bodies, and it makes me sad that there are so many women struggling with the same issues, but they do not talk to each other about it.

Like, for example, did you know that approximately 25%-30% of pregnancies end in miscarriage? Or that when you are 30, your chance of getting knocked up each month is only 20%, and that it takes most people between 6 months to a year to get pregnant? Or that many are using fertility treatments and that twins don't actually run in their  family?

Ladies (and gents), we should be talking about these things between ourselves. Miscarriages happen, they are normal, and they are scary to go through alone. It does take most people more than one drunken night to get pregnant (especially as we get older).  It amazes me that when I ask people about their road to pregnancy they are so willing to open up, but only AFTER all is said and done. Never before.

So, let's start talking about it. Who knows, just discussing it can relief stress, which as we  know makes a huge difference in our reproductive health.

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