How to Improve Your Egg Quality

Mar 31, 2019 | Fertility Care
Which egg quality and sperm quality supplements are best for you? I’m here to share with you what I often tell my patients. My hope is that regardless of where you live and who your doctor is, that this is helpful information you can apply to your situation. Let’s start with egg health. Imagine this, you are born with a set number of eggs (swimmers) that sit and wait in your ovaries (locker room) until every egg is gone. Every month there are lots of eggs that line up to swim a race. Only one wins, and that’s the egg that ovulates. The eggs that don’t ovulate go away (get out of the pool and never go back to the locker room). What picks the egg that ovulates? A signal — FSH hormone —which is secreted by the brain and talks to our ovaries. It’s just enough for one, or sometimes more than one egg, to ovulate. That’s how you get pregnant with twins. With fertility treatment, if you’re taking fertility pills, then you may ovulate 1–2 eggs. This is why fertility pill cycles have between an 8–10% chance of twins associated with them. So if you understand my swimmer...

How to Get Pregnant in 3 Months or Less, With Science

Mar 31, 2019 | Fertility Care
“Dr. Aimee, how soon will I be able to get pregnant?” This is the most common question I get from my patients. I get it. By the time you come to see me you’ve been preparing for pregnancy for a year, three, sometimes longer. I appreciate how emotional and tiring it can be to have a dream to start a family and encounter roadblocks to making it a reality. It’s one of the reasons I do what I do as I love helping people create the family of their dreams. With pregnancy and getting pregnant there are simply no guarantees. The reality is it can be very hard for a lot of people. No matter what happens……I want you to remember that it’s going to be okay. That said, I do want to share with you my strategies for giving my patients the best chance at pregnancy. I want you to know about the The Egg Whisperer D.I.E.T (Diagnosis, IVF, Endometrial Testing, and Transfer) and the importance of self-care and assembling your Fertility T.E.A.M. This includes finding trusted resources for Therapy, Exercise and eating, Acupuncture, and Mind body support through mindfulness, and meditation. Patients have the option to do acupuncture...

10 Things to Stop Doing if You’re a Fertility Patient

Mar 31, 2019 | Fertility Care
As a fertility doctor, I help my patients create the family they want, or preserve their fertility for whatever the future may hold. Part of why I love what I do is that I get to understand the whole person that I treat. Not just their body, but their emotional well-being too. We can’t look at humans with tunnel vision. Nor can we look at fertility that way either. The act of going through fertility treatment is as emotional as it is physical. If you’re going through it this is something you already know. You may be shaking your head and thinking, “duh—yes, Dr. Aimee, I know this. I live this.” If that’s the case then the next 10 things you read may seem like common sense, but it’s worth me repeating them. When you are a fertility patient you need to take care of yourself. Sometimes you need some reminders on what that looks like. Here are 10 things to STOP doing if you’re a fertility patient Going to Baby Showers Have you ever heard of a man forcing himself going to something he doesn’t want to? No! Please do something for yourself. It’s okay to say no to things...

Getting the Most Out of Your First Visit with a Fertility Doctor

Mar 17, 2019 | Fertility Care
Regardless of who you see for fertility care, you deserve the best—personalized treatment. I realize that not everyone can come to see me, and I won’t be around forever. This information is a valuable resource as you begin your fertility journey, whoever it is with and whenever it takes place. The inspiration behind this topic? Well—it started with some snooping. Several times each day, I hear my receptionist answer the phone and new patients on the other end asking what they can expect at a new patient consult. Well, my friends. The mystery is about to be revealed! Let’s go through what the first visit to a fertility doctor entails and how you can get the most out of it. Get to the doctor’s office early. If you’re like me and you’re directionally challenged, first — I’m sorry, and secondly, plan ahead for your visit! I strongly encourage you to leave ample time to find the office and to even arrive a bit early. (Sidenote: I joke that my name AIMee means I can AIM the catheter in the uterus, but that’s about the only direction I know. Go ahead and laugh, I know you want to. I would too!) If...

#TUSHYTalk Twitter Party tonight at 7PM

Jan 31, 2019 | Fertility Care
Join Dr. Aimee tonight at 7pm on Twitter for the first ever #TUSHYTalk Twitter Party! To join in the fun: 1. follow the hashtag #tushytalk at this link starting at 7pm 2. tweet your questions and tag Dr. Aimee @_EggWhisperer and #tushytalk 3. keep twitter open and watch the questions and answers scroll by

How to Best Prepare for IUI

Jan 29, 2019 | Fertility Care
Watch the show: Intrauterine insemination (IUI) is a procedure commonly done in fertility clinics around the world. We place the sperm inside the uterus, close to the fallopian tubes, to increase the chances of conception. If you’re going to do IUI treatment, you want it to work. Read along as I break down the steps to give you the best chance of success at IUI. I’ll take you through what I typically do with my patients to give you insight into what you can expect! First things, first: The TUSHY Method: As you may know, my approach to fertility medicine is simple; understand your fertility diagnosis BEFORE treatment. There are five easy steps to figure to determine if IUI is the right treatment plan for you. Tubes: We do a hysterosalpingogram (HSG) to make sure the fallopian tubes are open. This is an x-ray of the cavity of the uterus and fallopian tubes. If one tube is blocked and one tube is open you can still do IUI, but you want to make sure you’re monitoring which side you’re ovulating from. Why? Your body does not evenly ovulate on each side. It’s literally a flip of the coin on which side you’ll...

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