Trying to avoid pregnancy and trying to navigate the system to end an unexpected or unwanted pregnancy is beyond anxiety-provoking—it is a mental health crisis. When abortion, birth control and sex education are stigmatized, they live in the shadows, and this becomes a source of even more psychological pain.Team Ovry | Wed, May 11, 22
Our culture places undue pressure on women to become mothers, regardless of whether that is part of their plan. This often leaves those who have children, whether they desired to become mothers or not, burdened with the expectation that they execute family life flawlessly. We look at the intersection of motherhood and mental health through the lens of the film The Lost Daughter, alongside anecdotal stories from mothers in our own community.
Research suggests women actually grow happier as they age, but there are undoubtedly struggles we face as we get older that are relegated to the shadows, making our journeys more difficult. We are often taught to suffer in silence, to preserve the façade that everything is okay, to the detriment of our physical and mental health.
In a culture where women’s pain is treated differently than men’s, with less care and concern, it’s no surprise that the struggles some people face with intrauterine device (IUD) insertion are often minimized and disregarded.
Facing a global health crisis over the past two years has changed our lives, both individually and collectively, in a myriad of ways. Those undergoing fertility treatments during this time have been uniquely impacted. Struggling with infertility is an incredibly tough situation, which has been made even more challenging due to the spread of the virus and subsequent restrictions.
Many single women don’t want to wait to find a partner before starting a family. They’re not letting relationships dictate their ability to become parents. A growing number of them are opting to have children on their own, whether that means seeking fertility treatments, sperm donors or another person committed to starting a family as single partners. Their journeys to parenthood may look a little different, but the outcome is the same. Here’s what four women had to say about why they decided to become single parents by choice.
In Canada alone, one in three women will have an abortion before the age of 45. While women are faced with confronting this decision head-on, it is also an experience men must face, directly or indirectly. This leads to the question: where do men come in to the conversation about abortion?
In part two with Savannah Walsh, we explore postpartum care from the mom of 5 (soon to be 6!). Savannah didn’t set out to have so many children, but now can’t imagine her life without her small army of kids.
Savannah Walsh is a young mom in her seventh pregnancy, expecting her sixth baby. She didn’t always know she wanted to have so many kids, but an endometriosis diagnosis in 2016 changed the way she looked at fertility and having babies. She and her partner joke “we didn’t go looking for a life with a bunch of kids, it found us!”.
Fertility can be a touchy subject, especially for anyone who is worried or concerned about being able to conceive. We’ve rounded up some ways to approach the conversation with your partner in a meaningful and open way.
Most of the voices surrounding fertility in our society come from people with ovaries, while the other half of the equation is often silent. By sharing stories and perspectives from men, it removes the stigma and normalizes the conversation about fertility in general. Here’s what men had to say about their own experiences.
‘Tis the season (almost) to start gift giving, but that doesn’t mean you have to be wasteful. You can spoil your friends and family without spoiling the environment.
If you’re scrolling through social media right now, you might be dealing with an influx of baby announcements and sonograms. No, you’re not going crazy. It really is baby-making season.
We are beyond grateful that our community trusts us to share their personal stories. Collectively, we learn through shared experiences and it is an honour to provide a platform for your experiences to be affirmed and amplified. Thank you to this month’s community member for their honesty around being on the fence about wanting kids.
Forget the image of the glowing expectant mother with a tiny bump. Pregnancy is not picture perfect. But the standard of beauty is still thrust upon women, even when they’re carrying a baby.
If you’re not baby crazy, you aren’t alone. There are many people who either know for sure that they don’t want kids or who are on the fence about it. Fewer women and people with ovaries are deciding to become parents for a multitude of reasons.
With PCOS affecting 1 in 10 women, the chronic illness impacts the lives of thousands of Canadians every day. Each persons symptoms differ, and many go years without a diagnosis. We reached out to our community to pass the mic, and to share real people's stories living with PCOS. Laura graciously shared her journey with us, shedding light on getting her diagnosis and how she manages her symptoms.
Nat Segal is a professional skier, producer and writer from Melbourne, Australia now based in Revelstoke, BC. She generously shared with Ovry her journey through sport while menstruating and how her perspective of her period has shifted over the years.
It’s hard to navigate the world of fertility while also trying to focus on sustainable and environmentally-friendly options. If you’re trying to conceive, already pregnant, or simply want to stay in tune with how to be less wasteful, we’ve got some advice (and great brands) that can help you through your journey.
You might think, “Well, pregnancy tests can’t contribute THAT much to pollution!” But you’d be wrong. In fact more than 20 million at-home tests are sold each year since the 1970s—and that’s just in the United States.
We believe periods aren’t something to be ashamed of or hide—and these Canadian companies agree. That’s why they’re working hard to make your life easier with their products, whether it’s offering absorbent underwear that you can wear when Aunt Flow comes to town or an essential oil to soothe your cramps.
Haley is a 30-year-old kayaker from Calgary, Alberta, who is headed to the 2021 Tokyo Olympics as one of the first-ever women who will compete in Olympic canoe slalom. She spoke candidly to Ovry about her experiences with her period, how her cycle affects her training, and what it’s like to be a woman in the sport (and in general!).
While we have made great strides for women's health in Canada, there's still a lot of work to be done. The pandemic has added pressures to the lives of women and mother's especially.
There are many reasons why some people decide to have or not to have children. Although it’s a personal decision, it seems like the inevitable question (“Are you going to have kids?”) comes up in every conversation, especially around Mother’s Day. The thing is, there is no right answer.
For more than 3,000 years, humans have been coming up with ways to detect pregnancy. Now, there are dozens of options available - enter, the strip test.
Since the first at-home pregnancy test was patented in 1969, there have been major improvements when it comes to accuracy and convenience.
Trying to Conceive
There is an extreme dichotomy when it comes to showing reactions to positive and negative pregnancy tests in marketing and advertising, and popular culture.