September 1, 2011
ANOTHER SUN WITHOUT PLANETS:
Are You as Fertile as You Look? (TATIANA BONCOMPAGNI, 9/01/11, NY Times)
FORTY may be the new 30, but try telling that to your ovaries.
With long brown hair and come-hither curves, Melissa Foss looks -- and feels -- fabulous at 41. "I've spent hours of my life and a lot of money making sure I was healthy, and that my hair was shiny, my teeth were white and my complexion clear," said Ms. Foss, a magazine editor in New York City.
So when it came to conceiving a child with her husband, a marketing executive, Ms. Foss wasn't at all worried. After all, she noted, those same traits of youth and beauty "are all the hallmarks of fertility."
Fifteen unsuccessful rounds of in vitro fertilization later, Ms. Foss now realizes that appearances can be deceiving. "I'd based a lot of my self-worth on looking young and fertile, and to have that not be the case was really depressing and shocking," she said.
Maybe she should have based her self-worth on raising a family instead of cosmetics? Posted by Orrin Judd at September 1, 2011 8:09 PM