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Hi there!

My name is Deborah Moore, and I’m a Performance Coach specializing in triathletes. More importantly, I’m a 40-year old woman coming to terms with secondary infertility and the emotional and physical impact this has on me as an athlete and as a woman.

Throughout my journey -- beginning with the difficulties in conceiving my now three year old daughter -- to my current two year struggle to conceive again, I have become increasingly fascinated and frustrated with the small amount of undefinitive research on the impact of exercise on fertility.

I hope that, through this blog, I can share my learning on the subject, and encourage dialogue on your own personal experience with exercise and infertility.

Please join me!



a blog by Deborah Moore, August 9, 2010

Goodbye, farewell, auf wiedersehen, goodnight!

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a blog by Deborah Moore, April 11, 2010

After some dithering and flip-flopping, my husband and I have finally decided to give IVF one shot. Since IUI did not work for us, and our secondary infertility is largely unexplained, we felt that we needed to give this procedure at least one chance so that we knew we had given it “our best.” We were reluctant to get to this level of involvement in fertility treatments because it is such a stressful one, not to mention various moral objections we had.

Our fertility doctor provided us with some solutions to overcome some of our moral objections. And so here we are, about to embark on what thousands of you have already endured for some time.


a blog by Deborah Moore, March 15, 2010

I saw a clip of the ladies from The View interviewing Giuliana Rancic, an entertainment reporter for E! News who married one of the Apprentices I think (I don’t watch reality TV!). She’s 35, and she and her husband have been trying for at least a year to get pregnant. They realized they need help and are preparing for the IVF process.

[Watch Giuliana and Bill on The View.]

While the majority of the interview was a civil and friendly discussion of the couples’ struggles, host Whoopi Goldberg ranted later that Guiliana just needed to “put on a few pounds,” with the implication that this would solve all their problems.


a blog by Deborah Moore, March 4, 2010

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a blog by Deborah Moore, Feb. 10, 2010

I've always been fairly driven, and until recently, this manifested itself in a drive to be fast, lean, fit, amongst the best in the world. Yes, I WAS an Ironman athlete. I trained up to 24 hours a week while holding down a job, and boy, was I in great shape. I loved being strong, fit and pushing myself through 100 mile rides.

Then my fertility doctor told me I needed to scale it back a bit. “Just how much are we talking, doc?” I asked with fear in my voice. Apparently, someone came up with an arbitrary level of four one-hour sessions at a moderate intensity for me. Apparently this was generous -- they knew I was an athlete.

My first reaction was scorn and anger. I demanded to see scientific evidence that exercise negatively impacts fertility, and that cutting back and taking it easy enhances one’s success rate. Unfortunately, there aren’t many studies that prove anything either way. And so I am stuck in in between, in no man’s land.