Passion for women's health is the starting point for many professionals who work in the OB/GYN speciality — but they also enjoy the multifaceted aspects of the work. Dr. Sinem Karipcin, who is a reproductive endocrinologist at Conceptions Florida, tells Bustle, "I love being able to help people start families. There is a new world of hormones and genes which is so scientific, and yet we experience the joy of watching an embryo grow."
Dr. Nina Resetkova, who's a reproductive endocrinologist and infertility specialist at Boston IVF, agrees. Her work, she says, is far-ranging. "I perform reproductive surgery, IVF, IUI (Intrauterine Insemination), and egg freezing, among other fertility related technologies," she tells Bustle. "I also work on clinical research related to fertility outcomes, fertility preservation for transgender patients, and how to provide more cost-effective, patient-friendly medical care. I also work with an amazing team at the Harvard Stem Cell Institute on new technologies to improve laboratories’ ability to select embryos for use in IVF."
For Resetkova, the passion came early. "I couldn’t see myself doing anything else," she tells Bustle. "I did a lot of volunteer work for causes related to women’s health starting in high school and throughout my medical training. I realized early on that building strong families and communities isn’t possible without a dedicated focus on access to women’s health services."
Dr. Sophia Yen, co-founder of Pandia Health and an Associate Professor of adolescent medicine at Stanford Medical School, had a similar experience. "As a young woman," she tells Bustle, "I realized that if I got pregnant, I would want to be able to decide whether or not to continue the pregnancy. So I took a personal interest in reproductive health and reproductive rights and access. I also thought as a teenager that I (and all other teens) should have the right to get confidential reproductive health care to prevent unplanned pregnancies, HIV and other sexually transmitted diseases. I like science, I like helping people. so I decided to become a doctor."
For Dr. Margie Corney, head of Women First Gynecology in Virginia, her reasoning had another facet: representation. "As of 2015 the Bureau of Labor Statistics stated that in the U.S. the percentage of African-American physicians was only 5.5 percent, even though African-Americans made up 14 percent of the population that time," she tells Bustle. "Well, in 1973, when I earned my undergraduate degree, that percentage was even more minute. There were, near my university, entire urban areas that were overwhelmingly African American but had very few, if any, Black doctors. And good luck being a Black woman and finding a Black female obstetrician or gynecologist." Her conclusion? "My people just were not being served. There was absolutely a need."