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Selling the Fertility Dream: Can You Really Start Your Family Today?

From the Show: HER
Summary: Once inside the alluring world of reproductive medicine, you are hooked as long as your bank account, health insurance and sanity hold out.
Air Date: 9/11/14
Duration: 10
Host: Michelle King Robson and Pamela Peeke, MD
Guest Bio: Miriam Zoll, author
Women's health advocate, Miriam Zoll, is an award-winning journalist, public speaker, and the author of the new memoir-expose,Cracked Open: Liberty, Fertility and the Pursuit of High-Tech Babies (Interlink- 2013). She is a longtime reproductive health and human rights activist, the founding co-producer of the Ms. Foundation for Women’s original “Take Our Daughters To Work Day,” and a member of the board of Our Bodies Ourselves, the global women and girl's  health and human rights organization.  She has worked for United Nations, the U.S. Government, Planned Parenthood and the International Women's Health Coalition. Her articles and papers have been published by The New York Times, AtlanticSlateBoston Globe, the United Nations and The Royal Tropical Institute, among others.
  • Book Title: Cracked Open: Liberty, Fertility and the Pursuit of High Tech Babies
Selling the Fertility Dream: Can You Really Start Your Family Today?
By 40, Miriam Zoll had traveled, had a great career and was finally ready to have a child. Miriam, much like many women who wait to have children, struggled to get pregnant naturally -- and eventually turned to infertility treatments. 

What she came to realize, however, is that the multibillion dollar fertility industry has promised her and millions of other couples far more than it can deliver.

Demand for assisted reproduction has been rapidly growing; a new lineup of investors are getting into the IVF industry, raising incredulous doubt about the trade-offs between profitability and patient care (Crikey).

But once inside the alluring world of reproductive medicine, you are hooked as long as your bank account, health insurance and/or sanity hold out. 

Women have a hard time accepting infertility when there are SO many developing treatments available. If there's a will, there's a way...

So, when do you accept the fact that the fertility treatments are just not going to work for you? Keep in mind, if you are trying to have a child in your late 30's early 40's you may not be considered infertile. Rather, you may have just missed your biological window of being able to naturally have a child.  

What are the taboos and myths surrounding infertility and science's ability to "cure" it? There is a lot of inflated hope and false advertisements that are being presented to couples trying to conceive. 

Miriam, an award-winning author, exposes the flip side of the fertility industry and what you should be wary of. 
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