There was a news story today on The Guardian website.
To save you the bother of reading it, allow me to summarise:
Women today have no idea that the older they get, the less fertile they are. So Professor Bill Ledger of Sheffield University recommends a blood test for 30 year old women to check the state of their ovaries. Yes kids, for a mere £100 ($166.82), you too can check whether your egg reserves are depleted. This fertility MOT will sort the fecund from the fucked.
They go on to say that there is such naivety about infertility that folk should be taught about it at primary and secondary school.
I hardly know where to begin with this.
For a start, and bear in mind I am no professional here (just an interested amateur), I'm guessing that the blood test won't indicate whether the individual has blocked fallopian tubes, or if her partner has a low sperm count, or indicate whether as a couple they are going to experience that most wonderful of diagnoses 'unexplained infertility'.
I'm with the experts they wheeled in: this test may well cause some woman to rest on their egg-filled laurels and assume they'll be OK when they do decide to reproduce. Unaware of the countless other issues that might prevent them from popping out progeny.
But the proposal to raise awarness of infertility at schools?! The government and media at large have long bemoaned the increase in teenage pregnancies. Do they really think this is going to help?
But the crux of the matter is the state of paranoia this is likely to cause.
Considering the medical professionals (and just about everyone we meet) tells us we should just relax and then we'll get pregnant how the hell is this going to help?
Bringing it back to me (three years over thirty) - despite my numerous tests I do not know the state of my ovarian reserves. But what I do know is that the ovulation tests on Friday, Saturday and this morning gave me the blank dismal face indicating a complete lack of activity in my ovaries. Tomorrow morning I have a scan to see exactly what is, or isn't, happening. And maybe I'll get an idea of if and when this IUI is going to happen.