In this post I would like to highlight a friend of mine who also happens to be a brilliant and passionate Reproductive Endocrinologist. I am writing about her not because she is a friend or because she is brilliant, but because she is on a mission very similar to what we are trying to do at OOTify. She is passionate about educating women and men about fertility issues and helping people who want to become parents make this happen. In providing education she is helping to dispell some of the myths about infertilty and break down some of the barriers to getting the help that is available.
Dr. Aimee Eyvazzadeh (pronounced A-Vaz-a-Day) and I were friends in undergrad where she was just as driven and focused as she is now. Dr. Eyvazzadeh has a regular show that airs on Youtube and is very active on social media, getting the message of reproductive health out to the masses. She reached out to me after seeing one of my social media posts about OOTify to talk about an underserved population that is in need of access to qualified mental health professionals - the aspiring parents of this world - the fertility patients that she serves.
As anyone who is a parent or is an aspiring parent knows, for some people, having children is not always as easy as others make it seem. It can not only be difficult, but it can be incredibly stressful and take a toll on the individuals and couples trying to make it happen. There are things that one must wrap their heads around and preconceptions that have to change when one is faced with fertility issues. When dealing with issues as big as becoming parents OR the possibility that one may never be able to be a parent in the way that they had envisioned for themselves, I would always recommend that they seek the caring ear of an understanding mental health professional.
This is a very real issue! An issue that can be faced and resolved with the help of gifted doctors like Dr. Aimee Eyvazzadeh (AKA The Egg Whisperer) and a good therapist to guide you through the process.
I plan to write more about this topic and to incorporate a lot of Dr. Aimee's content that is already on her own websites: draimee.org and eggwhisperer.com as well as her Youtube channel "Egg Whisperer Show". Today I will leave you with a link to her medium.com page and a post that she wrote about the effects of stress on fertility and her Egg Whiperer Show on the same topic. This is also a nice segway from my previous posts related to stress, trauma and burn out.