Embryo Donation: 6 Things you need to Know

Dec 05, 2017 | Fertility Care
Recently on The Egg Whisperer Show, I talked with fertility psychologist, Dr. Allen about the emotional aspects of embryo donation. This is a relevant topic for three groups of people. Anyone considering IVF. Why? You may not need all the embryos you have for the family size you will want. The time to talk about this is before your IVF cycle. Consider creating only a certain number of embryos and simply freezing the rest of your eggs extracted during IVF. Doing this will mean you need not consider what to do with extra embryos if that is an emotional decision you’re not willing or wanting to make. Anyone that has gone through IVF and with extra unused embryos. For those considering starting a family, but unable to do so on their own. More specifically, this type of person likes the idea of using an already created embryo. Why might that be the case? If for example this person needs to use an egg donor and or sperm donor, or both, or doesn’t want to create new embryos when so many are already in existence. Embryo donation, when done right, is a beautiful exchange. It’s often a win-win scenario when a donating family can send off...

Stress and Getting Pregnant, The Top 10 Things You Need To Know

Nov 19, 2017 | Fertility Care
Stress and pregnancy go hand in hand. Heck, stress and living life go hand in hand! While some stress is healthy, and actually a helpful motivator to us, too much can send us into a mental (and sometimes physical) tailspin. Last night, on the Egg Whisperer Show, I spoke with Dr. Allen who is a fertility psychologist about this very topic. We covered how she defines stress, what it may mean for pregnancy, and ways to reduce it in your life. If you haven’t watched the show here’s the link to do so. For me, even hearing Dr. Allen talk was like a 30 minute meditation! Before I get into my top 10 list of things you need to know from the show, I wanted to touch on two of my favorite parts. I particularly liked her perspective on something I hear from patients time and again. “I want to get pregnant naturally”. Dr. Allen’s response was more perfect than any I’ve heard, and one I hope will bring you peace of mind should this be something you desire too. “It still takes all of the natural miracles to become pregnant. With fertility treatment, and all it entails you’re simply facilitating a natural process to happen....

Think Egg Count and Quality Doesn’t Matter? Think Again.

Oct 18, 2017 | Fertility Care
I was recently quoted in an article published by CNN detailing findings from a study that challenged the connection between egg count and fertility. Since then, I have seen several subsequent articles, with headlines that can be misleading, and down right confusing. You may have read one of these and thought, “Oh?—?I don’t need to get my egg count checked. It won’t have any bearing on my ability to conceive.” Wrong. Egg count and quality are important parts of a much bigger picture in understanding your fertility. But it’s not the only one. So it’s important not treat it as THE signal for fertility. Ultimately, I’m here to help clear the air from the confusion this latest study may have caused. I want each of you to be informed and make decisions for your own bodies and family plans according to the full set of facts, not based on one study. And so, in case you had any doubt. Please know that, yes. It is 100% smart, proactive, and recommended that you get your fertility (including egg count) checked. Here’s why: If you’ve seen any of my Egg Whisperer Shows, or been at one of my egg freezing parties, you’ll hear...

5 Things Gabrielle Union Teaches Us About Fertility

Oct 12, 2017 | Fertility Care
44 year old actress, Gabrielle Union has recently opened up about her fertility struggles. As a woman that once thought she never wanted kids, she now finds herself longing to conceive, and enduring a painful journey to bring love into the world. Years of failed IVF treatments and 8 or 9 miscarriages is heartbreaking. But it doesn’t just have to be a sad story, it can be one that inspires each of us to act.  If Gabrielle can be courageous enough to share with us her story, then it’s our duty to listen, and to take heed to understand our own fertility. I’m the Egg Whisperer and have made it my life’s mission to empower more women with fertility knowledge. Here’s what I want you to know from Gabrielle’s story: 1. Fertility isn’t skin deep: Gabrielle is beautiful both on the inside and outside. I’ve seen interviews of her and I have always said she’s someone I admire. She’s super healthy and looks no older than 30. She clearly takes care of herself. But self-care doesn’t guarantee fertility. That’s the most frustrating part of being a fertility patient. Your nutrition may be impeccable, your fitness level peak, and stress levels low, but...

The Extended Donor Family: It’s All About Connection

Jun 05, 2017 | Fertility Care
In Dr. Aimee's new Freeze and Share program, there are many different options for the Freezer / Sharer relationship. In this article, Dr. Mary Coleman Allen, explains how to make the best choices when it comes to egg donation. By Mary Coleman Allen, Ph.D., LPC Over the past fourteen years, I have worked with many families who have conceived their children with the help of egg donation, and I have worked with the egg donors who have helped families achieve their dreams of becoming parents. I feel very fortunate to have been a part of these amazing family building journeys. "the field of third party reproduction has been changing, leaning toward more of an “open” relationship between donors and recipients, as the voices of donor conceived children have been calling for more access to their genetic information." During my years of clinical practice, I’ve come to better understand the hearts and minds of the women who donate their eggs and the women who receive donated eggs. It is a continual learning process of how these roles play out for each individual. I have worked with egg donor recipients who have received eggs from sisters, friends and co-workers. I also have worked with egg...

Let’s Be Real About George Clooney’s Pregnancy

Apr 11, 2017 | Fertility Care
When the world found out that George Clooney, age 55, was going to be a father of twins, the internet literally swooned. Matt Damon almost started crying. My phone blew up with questions about whether I thought they did IVF or not. When Janet Jackson’s pregnancy news became public, the internet exploded but in a different way. Everyone was extremely focused on her age. Several articles were written about the dangers of pregnancy in women at 50. I was even quoted in articles and on news shows about her age too. Do you see where I'm going with this? Why is the world silent about George Clooney’s age? We had no problem labeling 50-year-old Janet Jackson as “old.” And then even before Janet Jackson had her baby, we learned about two other older male mega stars with pregnancy news and a delivery: Jay Z at the age of 47 is expecting twins with his 35-year-old wife Beyoncé, and Mick Jagger age 73 just had a baby with his 29-year-old girlfriend. It's awesome that celebrities are sharing their IVF stories but fertility doctors should take advantage of this huge opportunity and educate the public about the risks of advanced paternal age too. We should teach the public about pregnancy risks in older fathers in light of the recent celebrity pregnancies in the same way we educated people about risks in older...

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