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Style expert Bobbie Thomas reacts to myths about infertility and shares her own fertility journey
If you are dealing with infertility you have likely heard your share of myths regarding what causes it and how to treat it. Bobbie Thomas, a fashion and beauty expert known by many as the Style Editor for NBC's TODAY Show, is joining Ferring Pharmaceuticals, the American Society for Reproductive Medicine (ASRM) and RESOLVE to share her story and educate others with the “Know More. Start Asking.” campaign.
Thomas said she didn’t have plans for a family until she was almost 40 after meeting her now husband. “I did not realize how difficult it would be to have a baby,” said Thomas. Through discussions with her husband and her doctor, she ended up pursuing in vitro fertilization (IVF) treatment, which ultimately led to the birth of her son, Miles, in July 2015.
Thomas said she had heard a lot of myths related to infertility. The campaign web site shares a video featuring Bobbie Thomas and two infertility patients discussing some of the more outlandish fertility myths and Dr. Richard Paulson, M.D. from ASRM provide some information on the facts.
A RESOLVE survey also identified three important topics where more education is needed. The survey showed that most infertility myths are related to:
• When to see or speak with a doctor about fertility.
• The impact of age on fertility.
• The cause of infertility.
The campaign website (www.myfertilityfacts.com) features a range of tools women and men can use to educate themselves on fertility. The site includes an interactive quiz to test fertility knowledge, information on common fertility myths and the actual facts, tips for speaking with doctors about fertility and resources to support a friend or loved one facing infertility.