I recently enjoyed afternoon tea with Bobbie Thomas, (Style Editor for NBC's TODAY show) and Dr. Owen Davis (President of the American Society for Reproductive Medicine (ASRM)) in connection with National Infertility Awareness Week (April 24-29).
Note: I was invited as media to this event. However any personal views expressed are always 100% my own.
During out tea time we discuss the topic of infertility, some myths surrounding this issue and how women (and their husbands/partners) can become more informed about their health.
Bobbie shared about the issues surrounding her infertility (body image, relationship stressors, being in the public eye while going through something so personal) and how she felt facing the treatment repeatedly until the success of having her son.
“When my husband and I decided to start a family, I didn’t anticipate how difficult it would be. I planned for so many things in my professional life, but it hadn’t occurred to me to plan for my personal dreams as well,”.
“It’s never too early to start having conversations about fertility and to find a trusted doctor who can provide you with the real facts and help you make the best decisions, whether you’re planning to start a family now, or think you may want to in the future.” Bobbie Thomas said.
While I knew that some women faced infertility, like many of you, I didn't know exactly what caused it or what these woman could do. Some people say having a baby later in life is easy, if you’re healthy and in good shape.Or, that issues with fertility are usually the woman’s fault.
There's SO many old wives tales and misconceptions surrounding fertility.
To help me learn fertility facts, I spoke with Dr. Owen Davis about some myths/misconceptions. Dr. Own stressed that more people should become informed. Ask your doctor questions, speak with other women and couples dealing with fertility concerns and above all gets the facts!
To help those looking for REAL answers to the infertility questions, Ferring Pharmaceuticals has launched Fertility Facts: Know More. Start Asking, campaign (www.myfertilityfacts.com) which features:
- An interactive quiz to test fertility knowledge
- Information on common fertility myths and the actual facts infographic
- Tips for speaking with doctors about fertility
- Resources to support a friend or loved one facing infertility
- A behind-the-scenes look at what happened when Bobbie invited two women diagnosed with infertility to receive style makeovers and to talk candidly about their experiences
The Fertility Facts campaign was created in collaboration with the American Society for Reproductive Medicine (ASRM) and RESOLVE: The National Infertility Association, and encourages people to learn the important facts about fertility by establishing an open dialogue with a trusted physician on the topic.
If you or someone you know wants to learn more about Fertility, I hope you'll use this resource.