Do you love to hear 'fertility restored' stories? I do! As a result, I have shared elsewhere examples such as ovarian function returns and premature ovarian failure pregnancy.
This audio and article below explores another case of fertility restored which feels important to disect with you. It was inspired by an article by Ian Sample of The Guardian in 2016. This is the gist of that column:
Moaza Al Matrooshi from Dubai, the heroine in our narrative, had her right ovary removed and frozen when she was just 9 years old. Because she was being treated for a condition that required chemotherapy and would damage her ovaries.
When she grew up and and was ready to have a baby, doctors transplanted "slivers of that ovarian tissue onto her left ovary, which had stopped working, and on to the side of her uterus". Her ovaries responded and, with her fertility restored, this 24 year old young woman went on to have a healthy baby boy!
But how can this happy story of fertility restored benefit you now? Especially, if 24 feels like aeons ago and you are thinking more along the lines of creating new eggs after 40 or 50? Well, I see lots of feminine wisdom jumping out of this for you....
The first relates to the fact that just "slivers of the ovarian tissue" were used to bring Moaza Al Matrooshi's remaining ovary back to life. This reminds me of a previous post I published exploring ovarian remnant syndrome - which sheds light on just how powerful the ovary is.
Even when it is not fully in tact. It's very important to understand this about your amazing feminine body if you are coping with infertility. Because most of us have another impression entirely about the ovary.
Our patriarchal, male biased world has drummed into us the idea that our ovaries are very limited - that their contribution becomes increasingly useless over time. We fear eggs running out, being too old to have a baby and, more significantly, believe that this attitude stems from an accurate grasp of our creative potential and value as women.
The patriarchal spotlight rarely shines on the feminine contribution to fertility restored or the amazing resilience and resourcefulness of the ovary. To the point that evidence of healthy eggs after 40 is viewed - almost - as female dishonesty. (See my post on ovulation after menopause).
So whether you have one ovary left or two, it will serve you to be aware now of the creative power in just a sliver!
But the part I really wanted to address in this article can be found in the following quote which reveals feminine wisdom you can draw on to transform infertility to motherhood:
"Al Matrooshi went from being menopausal to having the ovary function of a normal woman in her 20s."
Sara Matthews, Consultant Gynecologist, Portland hospital
Let me explain how that can support you. Because of our current understanding of age and fertility after 40, many of us - at this point in life - fear or feel that we are in a kind of menopause. Mentally, emotionally or physically - we can find ourselves in a place where we 'appear' not to be up to par (which is the patriarchal perspective on this stage of a woman's life). And we deduce that the end of our creative road is nigh.
But apart from providing us with more evidence that menopause reversal is possible and adding to our understanding of what menopause means, there is more feminine wisdom in this for you.
It took Moaza Al Matrooshi just 3 short months to evolve from being a woman in menopause to enjoying the normal ovarian function of a woman in her 20s. (I am reminded here of my article on the new fertility calculations in fertility over 50). Wow! That ovaries can transform and heal so rapidly is just phenomenal because if you recall, her ovary had stopped working.
And I want you to realise that this creative potential is part of your feminine being. Not alone do you have an amazing capacity to survive dangerous conditions (like patriarchy which has been dangerous for the feminine in so many ways!). That alone is worthy of note.
But feminine empowerment can happen in such a short period of time. This is something you need to hear now. Because it is whispering of the hidden potential of your ovaries that, thanks to these doctors and women like Moaza Al Matrooshi, we are only just beginning to glimpse.
In my view, this story demonstrates that your potential is activated by pouring your Creative Feminine™ into what you really want. As opposed to what you have been. Or what you have been told is possible for a woman of your age.
So I'm going to invite you two intend to put aside, even temporarily, the limited view of the ovary that we have been force fed. Instead, choose to connect consciously with your ovaries - especially the part of them that is so powerful and resilient.
Because that exists within you now. Even if it feels like it has been frozen for years. Allow this powerful perspective of your ovaries to embrace you. And decide that, from now on, you will direct your Creative Feminine™ only into what you desire most!
I would love to hear your thoughts on this exploration of fertility restored and invite you to comment below. Because your feminine contribution here really matters.
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