Physician and writer Dr. Christiane Northrup has amassed legions of fans (including Oprah) inspired by her message of connecting mind, body and spirit to issues of female reproductive health. While critics claim her New Age-y views veer from oddball to dangerous, others consider her a visionary. Northrup has more than four million books in circulation in 24 languages, including the best-selling Women's Bodies, Women's Wisdom. Here, she shares with Relaxnews her insights on a hot-button issue: female fertility.
Dr. Christiane Northrup ©Charles Bush
Relaxnews: What do you think is a common misperception about female fertility?
Christiane Northrup: Contrary to popular belief, a woman's fertility is not determined by her age or the number and quality of her eggs alone. Fertility is a lifelong relationship with yourself. Beyond anatomical issues such as blocked fallopian tubes, fewer labels are more damaging to a woman than being told her eggs are too old or that she is infertile. And I believe too many couples are medically advised too quickly to move to IVF, which can increase the risk of birth defects. For me, the essence of the mind-body connection is when you truly believe that you are a highly fertile, sensual, sexual being with a great deal of love and nurturing to give to others, and that it is your birthright to have a child should you so choose, you will get pregnant when you want it to be.
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