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. 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,...

#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...

The Only D.I.E.T Your Fertility Needs in 2019

Jan 16, 2019 | Fertility Care
Happy New Year! A New Year is a chance to be a new you, right? Or maybe you’re just thinking about your health. I’m here to tell you about what you can do for your fertility health. What if your fertility and chances of IVF success could improve through a diet? One that’s actually easy to stick to. I call it my, “Egg Whisperer D.I.E.T.” You can take the ingredients of this diet and apply them to whatever your situation may be. The four parts of the D.I.E.T are: Diagnosis IVF Endometrial Receptivity Transfer D is for Diagnosis: I always want to know what the fertility factors are for my patients. There may be something I can do to improve the situation so when we do IVF we have the highest chance for success. If you know why you need IVF in the first place, then you’re better prepared for the number of cycles you’ll need or have a better understanding of what the right protocol is for you. How do I do this? Through the TUSHY method. It’s a simple way to remember fertility screening steps. Take this to your doctor. Discuss it with your OBGYN. Know the testing options available to...

Year in Review: The Most Inspiring Fertility Stories of 2018

Dec 28, 2018 | Fertility Care
Fertility was all the news in 2018. Huge strides were made this year in lifting the shroud of shame surrounding fertility. You can almost say that doing IVF is now presidential! Here is my take on the top fertility stories from 2018 that are worth talking about: Michelle Obama Makes IVF Presidential The former first lady made history when she spoke openly of her fertility struggles. She suffered a miscarriage. Both of her daughters were conceived through IVF. This was the most important moment for fertility in 2018. In a single interview, she seemed to single-handedly give women of the world permission to own their truth. Women can now hopefully feel more comfortable speaking up and out to share their fertility struggles and stories of conception. She ripped the blanket off of fertility—which has been hiding under it in shame. It’s been a topic most women don’t dare discuss. Well, hello 2019—thanks to Michelle Obama fertility talk is out and ready to be heard. Time for all women to talk to each other to heal, feel less alone, and most importantly to find a solution to conceive. There is no shame in getting your fertility levels checked or getting help!...

The Most Commonly Asked IVF Questions

Dec 21, 2018 | Fertility Care
I get asked questions about IVF daily. From my patients and from those seeking treatment elsewhere in the United States and beyond. While the steps involved in IVF are generally the same, the factors to consider and the patient’s needs are all unique. While I can’t cover all scenarios in a single show (or blog post), I do want to recap some of the most common questions I get and answer some specific inquiries that were emailed to me. There’s a chance you have the same question as someone else. I hope this is helpful, and if you still have a lingering question you’ll find my email at the end of this article. Please send me a note! I’d love to hear from you. For now, here is the recap of my IVF Q+A show: Question: What is IVF? Answer: It stands for, “Is Very Fun”…okay, so I’m kidding. It stands for In Vitro Fertilization. In simplistic terms, it’s the process of taking an egg and a sperm and putting them together thereby creating an embryo inside a lab. Things to expect while preparing for IVF: As estrogen rises, you can expect your body to react the same as it would...

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