Mar 8, 2021
Afton Vechery joins us today as we’re digging taking a proactive approach to your fertility early in the journey.
In my teens, my periods were so heavy and I would bleed through the pads (it was especially mortifying during high school as I was always worried people could see the huge pad or that I was leaking!).
And then in my early 20’s, my periods disappeared altogether and I was placed on hormonal birth control and then diagnosed with premature ovarian insufficiency/failure at 28.
My body was desperately trying to tell me something and the first line of defense was not to discover WHY my periods were heavy and then disappearing – but to give me the pill.
The reason I share my story is so that other women do not have to struggle like I did – thinking that the only option is IVF and/or donor eggs.
If we intervene early and take a proactive approach with our fertility we can reverse the symptoms and get pregnant naturally. I’ve seen it over and over again. The body wants to heal.
I’m excited to welcome Afton Vechery to the podcast. Her company, Modern Fertility, offers an at-home hormone test—the same one given in fertility clinics, but for a fraction of the price so that we can proactively take charge of our own health and fertility.
In this episode you'll learn:
1) How the conversation around women’s health is changing and why fertility such a hot topic (especially for young women).
2) The conventional parameters around fertility testing and why this approach is outdated (i.e. TTC are told to wait 1 year or 6 months over 35). How to be your own advocate.
3) Which questions we should be asking our OB/Gyn so that we don’t waste time.
05:58- INTRO TO TODAY'S EPISODE AND AFTON'S BIO
07:03- AFTON’S PERSONAL STORY
10:00- THE TRENDS WITH WOMEN’S HORMONES AND FERTILITY
11:57- THE EDUCATION SYSTEM AND NORMALIZING WOMEN’S HEALTH
14:00- ISSUES WITH YOUR PERIOD AND THE PILL
18:33- RESEARCH ON THE MODERN STATE OF FERTILITY
20:46 PREMATURE OVARIAN DEFICIENCY
23:31- HOW DO WE TAKE A PROACTIVE APPROACH WITH OUR REPRODUCTIVE HEALTH?
25:08- WHAT TESTING AFTON’S COMPANY PROVIDES
29:06- RECOMMENDED RESOURCES
30:17- SUCCESS STORY
31:25- WHERE YOU CAN CONNECT WITH AFTON
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