When Joyce was in her twenties she started working in the field of fertility and she often had conversations with friends about their bodies and their fertility.  At this time she read ‘Ourbody, Ourselves’ and felt it was a book that every woman should read, but she also felt that it did not cover all the topics a woman might want to know about.
Joyce started writing a book about women’s health in 1987.  At that time she knew a lot about fertility but was not an expert in the other key women’s health topics.  The idea of the book has been bubbling in Joyce’s thoughts for the last thirty years.
But first Joyce developed Global Women Connected. Through the years of working on Global Women Connected, Joyce has come to realize the topics that women want to know about.  But she also realized the limitations of a web site and so in 2016, she decided that she should finally write the book she thought of 30 years ago.

Your Fertile Years: What you need to know to make informed choices – out now

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The only guide you’ll ever need to understand how your body works, from the menstrual cycle to the menopause: no myths, no misinformation, no scare stories – just scientific evidence that shines a light on the facts you need to know.

How well do you really know your body? How easy do you think it will be for you to get pregnant – or NOT to get pregnant? You’ve probably never been educated about your reproductive years – perhaps you learnt everything you know from friends, or from the media, or online. You might be ready for a baby now; or, like so many women, you might want to delay the birth of your first child while you establish your career. Perhaps you’re thinking about freezing your eggs.

Professor Joyce Harper is an internationally recognized expert on female fertility and fertility education, and in 12 chapters she covers the full scope of your reproductive years, from your first period to menopausal symptoms. Her straightforward, scientifically based advice will give you all the information you need to make informed decisions about your reproductive choices. Only when you really understand how your menstrual cycle works can you optimise your lifestyle to get pregnant successfully – while being properly aware of how and when your fertility will decline.

Your Fertile Years answers all your questions about things like egg freezing and IVF, and debunks not only the myths surrounding fertility treatment, but also the misinformation and scare stories that surround conception and pregnancy, including the bottom line on supplements, diet and holistic therapies.

A short summary of each chapter can be found on the links below:
Chapter 1: Knowing Your Body; Understanding Your Menstrual Cycle And Fertile Window
Chapter 2: The biological clock, female fertility decline
Chapter 3: Optimising your reproductive health
Chapter 4: Everything you should know about sex
Chapter 5: If you do not want to become pregnant, how do you prevent it?
Chapter 6: How Can Sexually Transmitted Infections Affect Fertility?
Chapter 7: What you should know about pregnancy and childbirth
Chapter 8: Is egg freezing the answer to female fertility decline?
Chapter 9: What causes infertility and how we test for it
Chapter 10: Debunking the myths of fertility treatment
Chapter 11: The menopause is not far away
Chapter 12: What does the future hold for reproduction?

And videos to accompany the blogs on my YouTube Channel
Why I wrote Your Fertile Years
Chapter 1
Chapter 2
Chapter 3
Chapter 4
Chapter 5
Chapter 6
Chapter 7
Chapter 8
Chapter 9
Chapter 10
Chapter 11
Chapter 12

9 things you should know if you want kids in the future

Testimonials about the book:

‘So many women lack knowledge about how their body functions. Joyce Harper’s book fills an important gap to help understanding.– Professor Robert Winston

‘From the onset of periods to the menopause, women’s bodies are the contested theatre of a biological, psychological and social drama. This book, by an eminent reproductive scientist who has personal experience of fertility treatment, provides a unique window into understanding these years. Written in clear language with a factual yet upbeat tone, it manages to be both informative and inspirational. Recommended reading, and not just for women.’Professor Raj Mathur, Chair of the British Fertility Society

‘This is a superbly crafted and up-to-date “must read”, for anyone who wishes to understand the complexity of the female reproductive cycle in a straight-forward, evidence-based manner. Professor Harper demystifies misconceptions about your reproductive choices, whether you are trying to conceive or trying to avoid pregnancy. It is written for a broad audience seeking good information when making important decisions.’Professor Catherine Racowsky, Harvard Medical School, former chair of the American Society Reproductive Medicine

Essential reading for every womanProfessor Kypros Nicolaides

Professor Harper is a shining light in an all too often murky fertility landscape. Having experienced years of infertility, myself, Joyce was one of the first people I told when I fell pregnant against the odds. Her knowledge of embryology, biology and psychology make her best placed to offer a reality check and clarity for any woman struggling with her changing body and the hormonal balance that we all endure. I was never taught about infertility or menopause at school. I wholeheartedly support Joyce’s brilliant campaign for fertility education. Moreover, had this book been available to me in my 30s I would have lapped it up. Thank goodness I’ll have it in my 40s to better understand the next phase in my fertile life. Hannah Vaugh-Jones, CNN newsreader, https://twitter.com/HVaughanJones

If you want to know anything about female fertility and women’s health, just ask Joyce Harper! A force of nature, role model to women everywhere and a complete inspiration to me.  Jessica Hepburn, Founder of Fertility Fest, Author of ’21 Miles’ and ‘The Pursuit of Motherhood’, first woman to do the pond to peak challenge. https://twitter.com/JessicaPursuit

Joyce’s charisma, energy and great passion for her subject make her the ideal person to address so much misinformation about fertility. Her blend of kindness and no nonsense straight talking allow her to engage with many varied audiences. This work is so important and I can think of no-one better suited to ensure that we are all equipped to make more informed choices about our fertility, than Joyce. I only wish that I had met her years ago!  Sarah Esdaile – Theatre and television director

Professor Joyce Harper, a world leader in reproduction and fertility, is the ideal person to write this book due to her work and personal experience of IVF. She has educated women all over the world, alerting them to the problems they may face when it comes to their own fertility. It’s surprising how many women have little, if any idea of how their bodies work. Joyce is always completely honest in her outlook and never shies away from the truth. A woman with an authentic voice, never afraid to tell people how it is, Joyce has all the ingredients to make this a much needed read in 2020 and beyond, whether you want children or not. There have been plenty of books written about women and reproduction, but none will be as informative as this one, with schools and education at the forefront of Joyce’s curriculum. Shelley Silas – playwright


Joyce is performing at live events and company workshops to discuss topics from the book including the menstrual cycle, fertility, infertility, the menopause and wellbeing. The current two events are: “Wellbeing Over 40” and “Career and Motherhood”. The company workshop is on “Making 2019 fabulous”. Joyce also does school talks on the menstrual cycle, fertility, fertility education and reproductive science.

Wellbeing Over 40 involves discussion of the menopause, wellbeing, nutrition, exercise, sleep and ME time.

Career and Motherhood involves discussion of the menstrual cycle, fertility, fertility decline with age, infertility, wellbeing, nutrition, exercise, sleep and juggling career and motherhood.

Debunking the fertility myths – advice for women trying to get pregnant.

Making 2020 fabulous: happier, healthier and more successful. Does your company employ women? Would you like to host a workshop where women can work on how they can make 2019 the best year ever? Joyce has developed a three hour workshop to explore health, happiness and success. The workshop is in three parts: how to be healthier (nutrition, exercise and sleep), reproductive health (menstrual cycle, fertility and the menopause) and your vision (what will make 2020 the most successful ever).

Feedback from live events: Great evening and brilliant presentation Joyce. Very engaging. More Joyce! Could listen to her talk for hours. Thank you for a fabulous, very informative, thought provoking and fun evening. I came here hoping that it might spur me on to make some life changes. I feel certain it has. Very informative. I need to stop and think about my needs more and look into exercise and my diet. Thought provoking evening. Absolutely brilliant, thank you for leading this discussion, we appreciate you!! I love your presentation.