"Menopause Predictor" Another Setback for Women Struggling to get Pregnant

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The recent news about a "menopause predictor" that would read a woman's "biological clock" was greeted with wide acclaim. Now a world-famous fertility therapist explains why this new test is actually a setback for women who are struggling to get pregnant.

Whole Person Associates responded today to the hundreds of news stories about a new test of a woman's "biological clock". In a letter to its worldwide network of fertility specialists, WPA founder Niravi Payne described the new test as "another setback for women who are struggling to get pregnant".

"Every day for over 20 years I have worked with women who came to me because they had been unable to conceive a child and bring it to term. And rarely does the problem turn out to be biological. I'm very concerned that this notion of a menopause predictor that can read a woman’s biological clock is only going to increase their suffering."

"This new test is touted as a tool to help a woman schedule a first pregnancy later in her life, after she's established her career," Ms. Payne noted, "as though conception were just a function of how many eggs remain in her ovaries – a kind of roulette. The developers of this test claim that fertility can therefore be measured by weighing her ovaries."

"The truth is that fertility is the ultimate mind-body process. This is never more evident than when a woman is trying to conceive for the first time in her 30's, 40's, or even her 50's. Then the emotional factors have more to do with conception than the number of eggs left in the ovaries."

"In the 1970's and 1980's we began to see the first scientific studies of the mind-body connection to fertility. But for women struggling with infertility, these groundbreaking studies were overshadowed by the technology of in vitro fertilization (IVF). This mechanical approach was embraced by the conventional medical community."

"What most people don't realize is that the success rates for in vitro fertilization are discouraging – about 80% of the women who go into IVF don’t bear a child. From a holistic perspective, we aren't surprised, because IVF doesn’t deal with the underlying problem – the emotional factors that drive the hypothalamic/pituitary/gonadal axis, which is the hormonal backbone of fertility."

"We're seeing the whole cycle happening again. There was a breakthrough study released in April of this year suggesting that women may have follicle stem cells that allow the ovaries to make new eggs throughout a woman’s life. That overturns 80 years of conventional biology, but it got almost no publicity. By contrast, this theory about a 'menopause predictor', which is so misleading for women who are struggling to get pregnant, has generated a storm of publicity."

"As the researchers in the breakthrough stem cell study asked, 'if females are capable of renewing their egg cache, why don't they retain their fertility?' The answer is that fertility is a holistic process, in which the mind and body are inextricably linked. And the good news is that there are effective therapies to enhance that process so women can conceive."

For more information on the holistic approach to fertility, visit http://www.niravi.com .

Niravi Payne is a pioneer in the holistic approach to fertility. She founded Whole Person Associates over 20 years ago, and has helped thousands of women conceive even after years to struggling to get pregnant. Niravi wrote "The Whole Person Fertility Program", which has been published in three languages, and has lectured widely around the world. Now at 78, she has personally trained an international network of therapists in her program. For more information, visit her website at http://www.niravi.com , or call 239-463-5080.

Contact: Niravi Payne, Whole Person Associates, Inc., 200 Periwinkle Way, Sanibel, Florida 33957. Telephone 239-463-5080. E-mail Niravi@aol.com.

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