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...

Did Michelle Obama spearhead the #FertilityMeToo Movement?

Nov 17, 2018 | Fertility Care
I sure think so! And I spoke about it on my last Egg Whisperer Show. While on Good Morning America, the former first lady got personal. She courageously spoke about her own struggles with fertility and the choice to do IVF to conceive both of her daughters. Her story is a victory for fertility. By sharing her story Michelle is imploding the stigma associated with fertility. And I could not be happier about it. Plain and simple fertility and everything that comes along with it needs to be talked about more. This is especially true when it comes to infertility. Isn’t it interesting that when people share a secret—something deeply personal—that there is a good chance you can relate on some level? Or know someone who can? The same is true for fertility. And now, the same is true for Michelle Obama! That’s right -if you are struggling with fertility or did IVF then you have something in common with this fabulous lady! Pretty cool club to now be part of, huh? I’ve said this once or twice before (wink) and I’ll say it again until someone finds a way to make a bumper sticker out of it; There is no...

10 Things to Avoid if You’re Trying to Conceive

Nov 11, 2018 | Fertility Care
Last year in the United States a baby was born every 8 seconds. That‘s roughly 3.8 Million babies born last year alone! You don’t have to be a fertility doctor to know what that means. Millions of people just like you were trying to conceive. Research tells us that most couples conceive within six cycles of timed intercourse, but many others (roughly 10% of couples) are struggling with fertility. Here’s the funny thing about what I do. I don’t actually want you to be my patient. Of course, there are exceptions to that statement. (Like if you want to be proactive and preserve your fertility). But in general, I’d much prefer to share with you what I’ve learned about preparing for pregnancy in hopes that it makes your journey to parenthood easier. A journey that goes without needing to see me. So here it is, the 10 things to avoid when looking to start a family (watch the Egg Whisperer Show on this topic here). 1. Avoid Ignoring The Obvious If you see a sign, odds are you should pay attention. What is your body telling you? Are you taking the time to listen to it? There are both physical and...

Everybody is Talking About Sperm, But is what they’re saying True?

Oct 30, 2018 | Fertility Care
Does sperm really matter? It’s a question I explore further in my latest Egg Whisperer show and recap for you here. Sperm is in the news, and it’s not all good. Nor is it all real. Sensationalized headlines are inciting fear and clicks. There’s nothing that bothers me more as a doctor than to see what I’ll call, fertility clickbait. It is not only misleading, but ultimately harmful misinformation for the men and women planning for their future family. Here are a few articles that have caught my eye that I must address and set the record straight! Fertility Clickbait #1: Penis Sized Linked to Fertility No. Just no. There is not a fertility clinic anywhere in the world that measures penis size. Flat out, it does not happen. Asking a man the size of his penis is the equivalent to asking a woman her bra size and somehow making a fertility diagnosis. Size means nothing. It is beyond comical to make this link. Fertility Clickbait #2: Welcome to the Era of the Penis Panic The “penis panic”? This is news to me! To be clear, there is not a penis panic nor are any fertility doctors referring to male genitalia this way. The penis panic is...

Exactly How To Talk To Your Doctor About Fertility

Oct 30, 2018 | Fertility Care
Dr. Aimee's Tushy Method featured in Women's Health Magazine! Read more about it here.

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