Everything You Need to Know About Being an Egg Donor

Jul 12, 2019 | Fertility Care
Whether you’re an egg donor now, if you’re considering it, or you know someone that is — I’m glad you’re here. Young women are donating eggs at the time they are most fertile, often times not realizing the implications of what that means. I’ve had patients come to me in their 40s without enough healthy eggs of their own to conceive. When they share with me that they themselves donated their young and healthy eggs in their 20s or 30s, but that none are available for them, I feel frustrated and sad for them. Frustrated enough that I’m doing something about it. Freeze & Share is a program that helps young egg donors save some eggs for themselves should they need them, while helping another family conceive when they can’t on their own. Suffice to say, I don’t want anyone to look back at their egg donation and wish they’d known more. Here is your chance — I want to give you all the information I have so that you’re equipped with the knowledge to make the best decision for your personal situation. Let’s start with the basics: What is Egg Donation? It’s not as simple as answering an ad on Instagram or...

A Journey to Love

Jun 29, 2019 | Fertility Care
As a fertility doctor, I like to think of myself as bringing love into the world. Children are love. It’s an irrefutable fact. Everyone’s journey to that love is different. In honor of Pride month, I wanted to share one of my patient’s stories and their decision to freeze eggs prior to transitioning. I hope this inspires you to act on your fertility and normalizes whatever fertility journey you’re on. There is no right way. There is no one way. There is only a loving way when it comes to creating the family of your dreams. CJ and her husband Pat struggled with fertility as many couples do. This led the couple to adopt and to later be part of another fertility journey that would bring with it the same kind of love. In her teenage years, their adoptive daughter Nicole came to learn that her inner gender identity did not match her outer appearance. With empathetic guidance from her parents, she took the steps to transition from female to male to honor his true self. However, prior to transition, the doctor handed CJ’s then daughter, Nicole, a pamphlet about the option to freeze her eggs. CJ’s adoptive child had a choice to preserve her fertility prior...

Everything You Need to Know About Menopausal Pregnancy

Jun 15, 2019 | Fertility Care
Menopausal pregnancy. It’s something celebrities have been doing for decades, but very few (if any) have talked about it truthfully. Watch my show on this topic here. It’s time to let the proverbial cat out of the bag. What is menopausal pregnancy? What does it mean for you? I’m tired of people being misguided, misled, fooled, and duped. What we see in the news and what we think we know about a celebrity pregnancy is often only half of the true story. Yet, sadly we many times take this to be the full story. I’m here to tell you the medical facts. To illuminate for you what is scientifically possible. My goal is to uncover the truth, and ensure the truth is what you let guide you in creating the family of your dreams. Let’s dig into this topic. Starting with what menopause is. Wait, isn’t menopause when you can’t get pregnant anymore? This is what people think. When I say, “menopausal pregnancy” it may sound confusing. Even impossible. This isn’t a diagnosis you’ll find in medical text books but something that is happening more and more and there’s no better time than now to talk about it. Those two words...

Fertility Support: Everything You Need to Know for Yourself and Others

Jun 15, 2019 | Fertility Care
Start with you. You’ve likely heard the in-flight safety bulletin prior to air travel that instructs an adult to put on their own oxygen mask before helping children or others. It may seem cruel. Selfish, even. But it’s far from it. Self-care is anything but selfish. It can come in the form of setting healthy boundaries in relationships, having clear communication or simply giving ourselves a break. As a fertility patient when we prioritize these things it helps us bring forward our best selves for every situation and makes the journey more supportive. In this Egg Whisperer show, I share suggestions for patients and friends and family members of patients to help their fertility journey be one where they feel supported and loved. My hope is that you’re able to apply this, no matter your situation, and find your fertility journey is better as a result. Are you the fertility patient? If so, consider this: Be direct with those you want to include in your fertility journey. What kind of support do you want from them? Tell them! Instruct them. Make it easier for them to give you what you need. Some questions to think through: Do you want to talk about treatments...

5 Things To Consider Before, During, and After IVF

Jun 15, 2019 | Fertility Care
When it comes to IVF you can never be too prepared. In this episode of The Egg Whisperer Show, I share with you the five key areas I ask my patients to consider. 1. Be Clear on Why You’re Considering IVF. Ask yourself these questions. Why are you doing IVF? What are the fertility factors that are playing a role in your case? Is there something else you can do to improve your chances? Let me give you an example. If sperm is the factor in your fertility struggles, then there are lifestyle factors that your male partner may be able to change in order to improve and enhance the quality of sperm. Find out what you can do to set yourself up for the healthiest pregnancy. I want my patients to understand all ways to optimize their chances at conception before pursuing IVF. Do IVF only after fully understanding your fertility diagnosis through the TUSHY method. 2. Realize Your Relationships May Change This is something I ask my patients to think about before, during, and after IVF. I want to tell you a bit about the story of Dr. Mimi Lee. She’s a wonderful woman who went through IVF with someone she was...

How to Get Pregnant The Egg Whisperer Way

Jun 15, 2019 | Fertility Care
What you learn from this show has the potential to change your life forever. I’m not talking about sex positions. Fear not, there will be nothing pornographic detailed in what’s to follow. To begin, I’m going to teach you something that I learned in my mid-20s. It has to do with asking yourself three questions. These apply to The Egg Whisperer way of getting pregnant, but they also apply to any topic in your life. Ask yourself: What do I want? Be specific. ex) I’m 32 years old and I want to have a baby. I want to do it naturally. What is it going to take to get what I want? ex) It’s going to take having a healthy lifestyle, taking prenatal vitamins, getting preconception tests done, and having sex. Am I willing to do it? If you’re not willing to do the things to get what you want, then you have to change #1. If at 37 someone says they want three kids and then I ask them what it’s going to take to get what they want. Some people know what it will take. Others may not. Is your plan reasonable? If I have someone that is 39 come in and...

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