The Fertile Heart Response to Serono Lab’s Educational Videos:
How, I wonder do the birds and the bees feel about the Birds and the Bees Campaign sponsored by EMD Serono, the pharmaceutical company that manufactures Gonal-f, a synthetic hormone that stimulates follicle and egg production?
Serono tells us the campaign intends to raise awareness about infertility and provide couples with the information they need to increase their chances of conceiving.
See the Specialist with the REAL ANSWERS
Each one of the series of videos they produced, ends with “see a fertility specialist now” The unfortunate wannabe Bird-Mom in the story tells us about all the useless action she has taken, such as yoga and acupuncture, and she has done every pre-conception detox in the book, but she has yet to see a fertility expert, the one with the real answers.
I guess the Serono team hasn’t heard my story about the five top- of-the-line fertility specialists I’ve consulted who did have the answer, an answer based on reductive science of charts and numbers:
The Limitations of Reductive Science
“With an FSH of 42 at the age of 42 you have no chance of conceiving a biological child.” That was almost 20 years ago. Now that inconceivable baby is getting ready for her senior year of high-school.
Sounds like they haven’t heard the stories of the millions of women who spent years injecting themselves with cocktails of Gonal-f and other creative combinations of stimulants and had nothing but cysts, bruised bodies, and in some cases, cancer, to show for it.
The Missing Stories
The stories of the three most high profile celebrities who died after years of fertility treatments, could be useful narratives to include in the Serono Birds and the Bees campaign. Liz Tilberis’s book, No Time to Die (ovarian cancer) or Gilda Radner’s book, It’s Always Something (ovarian cancer) or Wendy Wasserstein’s book, The Shiksa Goddess (Blood disease)
Interestingly, none of these beautiful, brilliant women talks about safeguarding their health during and after treatment. With supplements, nutritional support, radical detox after treatment. Why not?
Is it because all the fertility specialists told them to do is to have regular checkups?
Or maybe the Serono campaign could include the story of Holy Finn, the author of Baby Chase, who clearly followed faithfully the advice of the fertility experts. Holly tells us she’s had 15 rounds of unsuccessful IVF cycles. She also says:
“I was 39 when I started treatment; I am 42 now. And still I feel lucky. Unlike many infertile people, I have the resources, though they’re not endless, to keep at it.”
Holly also tells us that after she failed to conceive after a number of IVF attempts, when she asked her fertility specialist “whether a sane person would bother trying again?” he said there was nothing insane about what she was doing.
The Fertile Heart ™ Birds and Bees Campaign?
I’m thinking the birds and the bees are prepping for their own fertility awareness campaign, hoping we all can get our act together and start cleaning up the air and the water before we kill off not only the birds and the bees but countless other species. Maybe we could give them a hand with their campaign, what do you say?
Let’s cite a few real life examples on the importance of doing our own thinking. Let’s list a few examples of the answers we received from the expert fertility specialists and our experiences with the fertility treatments that Serono tells us will increase our chances or getting pregnant.
By all means, let’s consult a fertility specialist when the time is right, use the diagnostic tools they offer if we need them. And I get it, that some of you feel that you really, really must take the IVF road. But let’s remember to do our own thinking. and feeling and choosing. If you travel the IVF road, I hope you take it with your eyes wide open, so that you can do it when you’re ready, and not have to do it over. And over and over.
Just in case the next fertility expert doesn’t have all the answers we’re looking for, let’s keep educating ourselves about increasing our fertility by doing all we can to get as healthy and whole as we can. To do not only pre-conception detox but serious post-fertility-treatment detox and to continue to use food and plants as medicine for the rest of our lives.
Why me? Why you?
And maybe we can engage in conversation with the fertility experts who will listen to what we have to say. If you do find a specialist who’ll hear you, please let me know, our referrral list seems to be getting shorter these days.
I’ve seen the healing power of our incredible Holy Human Loaves and I say if a man-made drug can get you pregnant, chances are, with a little TLC from the Ultimate Mama maybe your body could pull it off without the help of EMD Serono.
I guess this is a continuation of the Why me? theme.
So that we would speak up. For the birds and the bees and the babies of future generations.
And for ourselves or course. That we don’t allow the Serono lab advertising team or any other sales team, to inject an image of ourselves as helpless victims scrambling to be rescued by the next wizard of baby making or the next magical drug.
Just to light a little more fire in your soul, here is an excerpt of what one of the leading fertility specialists, Dr. Norbert Gleicher, the Founder and Medical Director of the Center for Human Reproduction, President of the Foundation for Reproductive Medicine, had to say in response to Holly Finn’s story:
“I see women like her (and often older) daily at our fertility center. None of them really has reason to be down on herself, because, as individuals, women are mostly powerless in overcoming the major evolutionary developments, radically changing how we live, and, therefore, reproduce…”
Our choice is to “be down on ourselves” like Holly, or to be powerless like all those sad patients of Dr. Gleicher? We have no power to affect the evolution of our troubled species?
Is that true? Are those are only options?