As founder of InSeason Mom, dedicated to supporting as well as dispelling misconceptions about pregnancy over 35 and 40, I have become concerned—no, I have grown tired of the thousands of Get Pregnant/Fertility scams targeting want-to-be moms over 35. It doesn’t matter to me if the con artists run a “Get Pregnant Quick Today” scheme earning several million dollars a year or if they run a scheme earning only few thousand a year. Both share the same goal: steal money by preying on women who desperately want to have babies .
Here are my 3 tips to avoid these con artists:
1. Realize you are a target
Research shows women 35+ who have given birth to at least one child and women seeking to give birth to their first baby have doubled in the past few years. We are among the best educated and earn the highest income. Yet, our desire to become moms/mums/mamas is strong and almost unbearable at times. Unfortunately, this desire + income = perfect target for money-seeking con artists.
Con artists in the fertility industry feed on our vulnerabilities. Before you send your money, enter the product’s name with the words “scam” in Google. Don’t just check out what comes up on the first page but look at other pages as well. I encourage women if they have found a pregnancy product/service defective based upon the claims of the seller, don’t be afraid to challenge the seller or ask for a resolution. Most importantly, share your finding with others and don’t forget to write a bad review for the product/service.
2. Realize one size doesn’t fit all
When examining any fertility product or service, don’t let your heart lead your head in your purchase. Take a minute to consider the reason you think the product is right for you. What are your expectations from the product? Just because every woman in the seller’s advertisement claims she had success with the product/service doesn’t mean you will. Unfortunately, many of these women’s success testimonies are false. Do not limit your research to the claims made on the seller’s website.
3.Run/Stay away from promises of pregnancy within a short time or guarantees
The advertisements would be plain crazy (as my daddy would say) if they didn’t set out to deceive women when they are emotionally weak. The women have been trying for months or even years to conceive. They are drawn to crafty ads, which proclaims:
“Get pregnant within hours of purchasing (insert product name). Get pregnant quicker, faster and easier.”
The truth is no product, service or person can guarantee when you will conceive. Dr. Edward Hughes, a McMaster University Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology and Fertility, echoed this same idea when it comes to age and fertility. “Biology isn’t black and white. Everybody is different. Individuals can have fertility declines earlier or later( than age 40).”
I’ve met women over 35 who conceived within a few months after getting married. And, I met a woman who conceived naturally in her 40s after 25 years!
You can find tips to help you through your journey in my ebook, Trying to Conceive in Your 40s Coping Tips available https://gumroad.com/l/hfaIs