Laura Curtis uses her voice to tell stories through song and sound. She met her husband when she was 22 and he was 36. He’d had a vasectomy in a previous relationship, so when Laura expressed her desire to become a mum, he had a reversal. Easy peasy. After all, Laura was not infertile and, in fact, she had a healthy reproductive system. But things didn’t quite go as planned when the reversal didn’t work. Cue a few years of fertility treatment, and several embryo transfers and the couple were still no closer to the dream. They took a break, and a holiday, and decided to give it another go, and that’s when Laura was diagnosed with MS.
In this episode, I speak with Laura about the effects of infertility after a vasectomy, how it can wreak havoc on relationships and how Laura turned a personal devastation into a super fascinating research study on sex hormones and the voice. She has now embarked on a PhD on the impacts of infertility on female singer identity.
Check out Laura's Masters Thesis – The Effects of Infertility on Female Vocalist Identity – The Effects of Infertility on Female Vocalist Identity (uwo.ca)
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Produced by Jo Vraca