Surrogacy: What You Need to Know

Jan 18, 2018 | Fertility Care
                                                           Image source: Google Surrogacy. It’s not just for the rich and famous. Hollywood may bring more awareness to the term, “surrogate”, but I want to make sure there’s more depth and understanding to what it really means. First things first. Surrogates are modern day super heroes. Truly, they are angels walking the earth among us. These are women that offer people, famous or not, the chance to have a family when they are unable to on their own. Surrogacy is an emotional path, it’s complex, and it’s a unique journey for each who take it. My goal here is not to over simplify, but to shed light on a few core things I’d like for you to know. Use this as a practical guide for what to expect, what to consider, and of course always consult with a professional (a real human being) to support you in your journey, whatever it may be. This is information dense, so I’m going to break down this post into three main areas: Area 1: What surrogacy is...

Patient Success Story

Jan 11, 2018 | Fertility Care
One Couple’s Incredible Struggle to Have Children After 5 years, 11 IVF cycles, and two attempts with a surrogate, here is what they learned. When Hazel and Vimal fell in love, they immediately bonded over their desire for children. “From day 1 we talked about having children, from when we first started dating. Now when I look back I’m like, really, you thought you would get pregnant on the day of, you know, the wedding.” - Hazel They did everything they were supposed to trying to get pregnant. She tracked ovulation, he got a semen analysis, and results looked normal. “She had to go through a battery of tests, just to see what might be going on with her fertility, where as for me it was just a simple semen analysis.” - Vimal They started trying IVF, but still nothing worked. They went to see a new fertility specialist Dr. Aimee Eyvazzadeh. She advised them that they would likely need a gestational carrier due to problems with Hazel’s uterus. “To me, surrogacy was so hard to reach, because we spent so much money already on this journey, and I couldn’t imagine spending more money, but at the same time I...

How to Tell You’re Fertile

Jan 06, 2018 | Fertility Care
Here’s my guide to avoiding fertility faux pas and getting real answers. Step 1: Take a selfie and send it to the egg whisperer (me) and I’ll tell you all about your fertility…. And CUT. Oh, if only it was that easy! Your fertility isn’t skin deep and for now you still can’t put botox in your ovary! (Sad, but true). But this is the thing, there ARE tests that you can do to find out if you’re fertile. I see so many patients and have for over 10 years now that say that they really didn’t know where to start. That they had no clue there were tests they could do or monitors they could buy to find out when they’re most fertile. And many think the reason they aren’t conceiving is because the “sperm is falling out.” No people, that’s called gravity. The swimmers swim up, the semen comes out. However, pro tip: I do tell patients to put a pillow under their bum for 10 minutes following sex and to then use the restroom to avoid a urine infection. But back to the topic at hand. Let me throw out a stat for you. Us women spend only about 25 years MAX...

Top 10 Fertility Stories of 2017

Dec 30, 2017 | Fertility Care
I started the Egg Whisperer Show in 2017. It’s momentous for me because my life goal is to be a fertility myth-buster . Women still come to me and say, “why didn’t anyone teach us this stuff.” That’s why I started the show. To teach women how to track levels over time, about ovarian aging and that fertility is a science and getting pregnant is in your DNA down to a cellular level and there are tests you can do to understand all these things and people need to know about them! We had so many epic fertility stories in 2017. I talked about them during my last Egg Whisperer Show of 2017. Here are my favorite 10 that can teach us so much about what I love to talk about most: FERTILITY! George Clooney becomes a father to twins: You probably were living under a rock (literally) if you didn’t know that George Clooney became a father in 2017 to twins. There have been stories swirling that he had a vasectomy to prevent pregnancy and that they needed IVF because of that and he went through a sperm aspiration and IVF for his wife to get pregnant. What I found fascinating is this:...

Why I Throw Egg Freezing Parties

Dec 24, 2017 | Fertility Care
If the idea of an egg freezing party terrifies you, it should. It’s a toxic combination of alcohol and surgical procedure that frankly I’m surprised is still legal. And, cut. This is a joke. I hope you are laughing, or at least slack-jawed. I’m obviously kidding here. But you’d be surprised, I have had women ask me if egg freezing happens at these shindigs. Alas, no. It most certainly does not. Nor will it ever. Egg Freezing parties are safe and surgery-free gatherings of women (and sometimes men) to learn more about the process of freezing your eggs (or sperm). Beyond that, we talk in general about fertility and how every woman (and man) can take a proactive role in preserving theirs. There is humor. There is honest talk. Most importantly, you will learn about clear steps you can take after leaving the party. This is not merely an information session with great drinks and yummy food, this is meant to inspire action! (Although, I do hope that you meet some new friends and leave with a full belly. I’m a good party host, or so I’ve been told.) I started Egg Freezing parties for a simple reason. Older women...

Fertility Sexting: Your Handy Guide to Fertility Abbreviations

Dec 23, 2017 | Fertility Care
The Egg Whisperer Show on Youtube Consider this your fun fertility glossary. MD: Medical Doctor…NOT Medical Deity. Remember doctors are dealing with human biology, and not playing the hand of God. Fertility treatment success rates are not 100%. We can only do our best with what we have. I don’t take credit for success, I celebrate it and if a fertility treatment isn’t successful, I certainly know that together we did everything possible to give you the highest chance of success. Infertility: You are “In” Fertility. When patients walk in my door they may think they are not fertile, but I see you as someone who is fertile and will become a parent. I see all of my patients as fertility patients. I don’t see them as infertile people, unable to conceive, quite the opposite. FSH: Forget “Follicle Stimulating Hormone”. I like to call it the, “False Security Hormone”. This can be checked between days 1–4 during the menstrual cycle. It’s a diagnostic tool that tells us about your egg quality but this is the thing: we don’t check it in isolation. We check it with the estrogen level too and if your estrogen level is high it’s masking a higher...

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