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Melanie Wender of Curtin & Heefner. Melanie Wender of Curtin & Heefner.

I have reached that age where it seems that every doctor’s appointment starts with the question “do you have children.” The answer is no, which usually results in further discussion with my medical provider. I’ve been told by doctors that my fertility rate is declining, that it is very possible that I will struggle to conceive, and the worst, that should I become pregnant, it will be a geriatric pregnancy which could come with complications. When the doctor mentions “geriatric pregnancy,” it feels like cold water is suddenly thrown on my face. First, I think I am far from “geriatric” and find that phrase offensive. Second, and most importantly, it is that comment which suddenly grips me back to reality about my fertility. I never truly thought would have any issues with conceiving. When I want to have babies, the babies will appear. However, with more and more women working and making their careers a priority, more and more women are delaying pregnancy. Suddenly, we are all 35 years old and starting, for the first time, to consider having children and then being told by the doctor that it might be more complicated than we originally expected.

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