How Thinking Like a Zombie Can Kill Your Fertility Fears

Coral Tolisano

What are you afraid of? Like me, you might have answered spiders or clowns, taxes or dentistry. But what this all boils down to, is the loss of control we feel when our expectations change and things don’t proceed in the directions we had hoped for. Suddenly dreams can seem powerful and terrifying and simple things like children’s toys can conjure up a whole host of nightmarish panic. Where you may have expected a bucolic amble towards a romantic getaway, you might now feel the need to plan your escape from a confusing set of mysterious threats trapping you in a new wilderness. So, when it comes to facing the frightening possibility of infertility, remember a few value tips from classic horror films to help you survive.

Beware the power of the unseen monster. It’s lurking in the shadows, it’s chasing you in the dark it’s, it’s…. If you don’t know then it’s terrifyingly unmanageable. What makes mysterious, off camera drama more powerful, is the allowance of endless versions of possible problems to creep in. Not knowing when or where or even if fertility complications will rear their ugly head, can leave you vulnerable. Gathering information, staying healthy and getting screened for additional risk factors like premature ovarian aging, can help you turn the light on to potential risks before it’s too late.

Sometimes the moon’s pull on our bodies can bring out alarming discoveries about our genetic possibilities. Not unlike spouting fangs and unruly body hair, shifts in your reproductive cycles can cause pain and confusion. While you probably didn’t inherit werewolfism, the reality is that certain genes can affect the duration and abundance of your generative capacity and for some, that’s just as scary. Dealing with these changes can make you want to tear your shirt and run howling through the hills, but learning to manage your stress and planning ahead for these shifts can help your chances of staying in control.

And please, don’t go in there alone. We’ve all seen it, the unsuspecting girl who walks into the dark to investigate and gets overwhelmed by what she finds. Whether or not you’re thinking about repopulating the earth now or later, you don’t need to face the issue of fecundity alone. Finding support can be vital to success. Talking with friends and family and finding the right team of doctors to help you understand and manage your options is like finding the two-way radio that keeps you in contact with your future. If you’re part of the CDC’s estimated 6.7 million women in the US who experience impaired fertility, you should know that you aren’t alone. Simple steps like joining an online community or talking with people who can understand your concerns can make a big difference in how you cope.

Written by Coral Tolisano

Coral TolisanoHaving experienced fertility complications in her own family, Coral is now focused on helping young women stay healthy and better plan their reproductive options. Raised in New Mexico, Coral currently works as a writer in New York City, where she continues to investigate the role of science and nature in our everyday lives.

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