BONUS 88: The Emotional Impact of Advanced Reproductive Age

February 3, 2017

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Today’s bonus episode guest is Dr. Maria Rothenburger, a psychotherapist who specializes in infertility. If you haven’t already listened to it, she shared her personal infertility story in Episode 18.

Dr. Rothenburger and Heather discuss everything you need to know about the emotional impact of advanced reproductive age:

  • We are going to discuss some of the emotions a woman of advanced reproductive age might feel while battling infertility. We’ll tackle each one individually — what is it, why it might be happening, how to recognize it, specific times when it might happen, how to plan for and manage it.
    • Guilt
    • Worry/anxiety
    • Frustration
    • Jealousy/envy
    • Depression
    • Grief
  • We’ve talked about donor eggs and adoption in multiple episodes before, but starting with donor eggs, how can couples approach this option? What do they need to be prepared for emotionally? What do you advise they do when this route has been recommended?
  • Moving on to adoption, how can couples approach this option? What do they need to be prepared for emotionally? What do you advise they do when this route has been recommended?
  • Is there anything else you’d like to add?

BONUS: Check out BONUS 17 for a discount code for some of Dr. Rothenburger’s services.

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