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|HEALTH FEARS| Doctor, A FAMILY HISTORY OF HEALTH ISSUES CAN MAKE YOU FEEL NERVOUS ABOUT WHAT THE FUTURE HOLDS. NOW IS THE TIME TO TAKE ACTION TO AVOID THEM T will I get it? errified of losing your mind in old age? Worried you’ll die prematurely of a heart attack? Everyone has personal fears about their health – anxieties borne out of your family’s medical history, extensive media coverage of certain diseases, or an awareness of your own lifestyle choices. And while these fears can sometimes be productive – if you know your grandmother and mother had breast cancer, for instance, it’s obviously especially wise to examine yourself regularly – they can also be debilitating. Chronic anxiety achieves nothing, but being aware of the facts of certain conditions can help you take appropriate action. 1 WORDS: Charlotte Maugham | PHOTOGRAPHS: Getty Images INFERTILITY With an increase in people choosing to have children later in life, infertility can become a concern. But there’s lots of help out there for couples who are having difficulty conceiving, whatever their age. WHO’S AT RISK? While women can experience problems getting pregnant at any age, fertility starts to decline very slightly after the age of 30, more quickly after 35, and dramatically after the age of 40. As a rough guide, you’re probably a little less than half as fertile at 38 as you were when you were 30. This means that it is going to take you, on average, more than twice as long to get pregnant, the longer you leave it. TAKE ACTION: The general advice to women who are experiencing problems conceiving is to wait a year before seeking help, but women over 35 would be well advised to see their GP earlier. Your doctor may feel you need to be referred to a specialist fertility centre. And if you do decide to go down this route, it doesn’t necessarily mean undergoing a course of in vitro fertilisation (IVF). There are other options that can be tried first, including taking hormones to stimulate ovulation at certain times. > JUNE 2013 | 137

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of At Home with Carol Vorderman 2013

Editor's letter
Carol's hello
Summer days
Rear of the year
Shades of citrus
Maxi moment
Good for the sole
Razzle dazzle
Swing by the sixties
All shapes and sizes
Steal her look
The swimwear round
A moment with Carol
Beaming with pride
Loose women
Forever friends
What men want
The D word
Fear not
Keep your flirt on
Sex on fire
Culinary classics
Food glorious food
At a pinch
Oiling the meals
Flaming hot
Under the grill
Raise a glass
Water works
Weight-dropping wonders
Tuck in
Home improvements
Holiday hazards
Proceed with caution
Warning signs
Down to the bare bones
Back on track
A sorry sight
20 under £20
How do they do it?
Rewind time
Lacklustre locks?
Pearly brights
Good job hunting
Old timers
The golden years
Cash in a flash
Money guru
Foster the love
Child's play
Easy as 1, 2, 3?
Summertime accessories
Those in glass houses
On the tiles
Home safe home
Savvy traveller
Holiday honcho
Port of call
Here come the girls
It's a numbers game
Book it in
Up, up and away!
Last word

At Home with Carol Vorderman 2013