We recently spoke with fertility therapist and 4x (soon to be 5!) surrogate, Ariel Taylor of Carried With Love, all about mental health when it comes to fertility. Here's what we learned:Team Ovry | Wed, May 18, 22
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.
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.
We had the pleasure of speaking with fertility doctor (and Ovry Board Advisor!) Dr. Prati Sharma all about fertility health. We polled you, our community, ahead of time and asked her all of your burning questions for a fertility doctor. Here’s what she had to say:
Building a family looks different for everyone, but it always requires love and dedication. While non-carrying partners tend to take on more supportive roles throughout the TTC process, they go through their own, unique set of challenges and struggles, which also deserve care and attention.
The Body Mass Index (BMI) might not be a familiar concept to everyone, but it continues to influence the way medical professionals assess their patients’ health, and the type of care we receive as a result.
Recently, we spoke with someone who underwent a bilateral salpingectomy. She shared her story and details about the procedure, the process, and the factors that helped her make this decision.
Jena Mathews is a family and newborn photographer based in Golden, BC. After a long journey of trying to conceive and loss, she and her husband are taking a break from trying to start a family, to focus on enjoying other parts of life. We asked Jena a few questions about her story for the following Q&A. Here’s what she had to tell us!
Endometriosis is often a very painful, isolating condition, and when conception and pregnancy come into play, the stress and uncertainty associated with this chronic illness can intensify. If you are someone on this journey, you already know how difficult it can be. After speaking with people who are going through it, or are on the other side of it, here are some important takeaways.
Endometriosis is an often-painful inflammatory disease in which misplaced tissue (similar to the lining of the uterus) builds up outside the uterine cavity. It breaks down and causes bleeding inside the pelvis, which leads to inflammation, swelling and scarring. It affects over half a million Canadians, and approximately 176 million people worldwide.
Allie Conway is one half of the dynamic duo that is @allieandsam, an IG page dedicated to the same-sex couple’s life (which includes their extensive fur-family). Allie is a journalist, photo enthusiast and proud wife to the love of her life, Sam. In this Q&A she discusses her journey in conceiving with Team Ovry.
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.
Navigating fertility and trying to conceive for the first time can be daunting–Where to start? What's the timeline? What can I do now? Dr. Danielle Commisso, ND answers the top 10 fertility questions she gets asked in her practice.
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!”.