DR. Aimee on KQED’s Forum: The Benefits and Risks of Egg Donation and Freezing

May 22, 2018 | Fertility Care
                                                          Dr. Aimee and Dr. Diane Tober discussed with Forum host Tanya Mosley There is a growing number of women who want to freeze their eggs and an increasing demand for donor eggs. According to the latest CDC data, in 2015 more than 72,000 babies were born in the United States from harvested eggs — either via egg donation or egg freezing. This shift brings up a lot new choices and dynamics for women and families that we all need to become more aware of in order to navigate them in healthy ways. In most cases, it’s really hard for women to get pregnant over the age of 37, and in the Bay Area most women are starting to try to get pregnant at 36. Every woman needs to know what the reality is. On May 4th, I joined Diane Tober, an assistant professor and medical anthropologist at UCSF School of Nursing and the creator of the upcoming documentary “The Perfect Donor” on KQED’s Forum to discuss the benefits and risks of both egg donation and egg...

A Simple Perspective for Better Fertility Care

May 19, 2018 | Fertility Care
Hi everyone: This post is going to be a bit different than most. I want to share with you a speech I recently gave at the Path2Parenthood Illuminations Gala. I am honored to have been awarded the Joyce M. Vargyas, M.D. Visionary Award.   Anyone that knows me understands how much I love what I do and the people that fill my days. While accepting the visionary in fertility award I was humbled and grateful to share my perspective on fertility health. What can we all do to make it better? It’s a lot simpler than you may think. Take a look at her speech introducing me and my speech via the Youtube link here, or read below for a transcript of what I shared. ----------------------------------------------- Thank you for this incredible honor and the work you all do in supporting fertility health. Whether you’re administering care in some way or sharing openly about the care you’ve received, thank you! Tonight I want to start be talking about one thing we all know to be true; everyone is ‘amped’ and stressed to the max. Today’s environment— physically and emotionally is a reproductive health toxin. And everyone here can do their part in changing the...

WAMA’s 1A Show: Why More Women Are Going for the Big Freeze

May 18, 2018 | In the Media
On May 16th, Joshua Johnson’s WAMA NPR show 1A included the topic of egg freezing as part of a week long series called Beyond Mother’s Day. I joined guests Sloane Crosley, the author of Look Alive Out There, in which she has an essay about her decision to freeze her eggs. Also on the show: Dr. Joshua U. Klein, the Chief Medical Officer of Extend Fertility, a company that helps women freeze their eggs and Dr. Marcy Darnovsky, the Executive Director at the Center for Genetics and Society, an organization that debates the implications of modern biotechnologies for children, parents and our public health. I believe that all women should have access to affordable fertility screening and know about egg freezing technology On the show, we talked about why more women are freezing their eggs and the reasons why so many are making the choice. We also debated the issue of whether we’re overusing this technology because of a lack of affordable child care options and child friendly workplace policies that make having children when we’re biologically fertile more difficult. I believe that all women should have access to affordable fertility screening and know about egg freezing technology, which is why I offer it in...

Does Your Man Have a Biological Clock? And Other Wisdom from The Sperm Whisperer on Male Preventive Fertility Care

May 17, 2018 | Fertility Care
The short answer is, yes! Absolutely. I don’t claim to be an expert on men’s reproductive health, but given it is 50% of the equation when it comes to getting pregnant, I care a great deal about it. Men are built for providing and not complaining. Our healthcare system isn’t preventative enough for them I get questions all of the time from patients about their partner’s sperm. My trusted go-to person for the latest information on those little swimmers is Dr. Paul Turek, who I like to call, “The Sperm Whisperer.” Dr. Turek was a recent guest on The Egg Whisperer Show. Here’s what you need to know about our chat, and answers to some of your most common questions. It’s time for a men’s movement in preventative healthcare Men are medically underserved. The typical man leaves a pediatrician and then in some cases doesn’t see a doctor again (absent of illness) until he is in his 40s or 50s. When it comes to men’s reproductive health, they differ from women in that they they don’t have a monthly cycle that keeps them in tune with their bodies. There is no motivation to see a doctor until there is a problem. If couples experience...

Introducing the TUSHY Method: A Novel Approach to Personalized Fertility Care

May 15, 2018 | Fertility Care
No two fertility patients are the same, which means that all fertility care should be personalized to each one’s individual needs. I know this idea can sound expensive and daunting for both the patient and the doctor. It’s a method I’ve been using for years that focuses on diagnosis before treatment That’s why I’m so excited to introduce a new standard of fertility care that makes personalized fertility medicine easy and more affordable. It’s a new first step for every fertility patient that will ensure you are taking the right path and will experience the highest likelihood for a healthy pregnancy and baby. It’s a method that I’ve been using for years with patients. I call it the TUSHY method and it focuses on diagnosis before treatment. What is the TUSHY Method? “T” in TUSHY stands for tubes (the fallopian tubes) “U” in TUSHY stands for ultrasound of uterus. “S” in TUSHY stands for semen analysis. “H” in TUSHY stands for hormone testing. “Y” in TUSHY stands for your genetic profile. My hope is that this mnemonic will assist all health care providers to remember the basic fertility screening tests to offer patients who they refer to Reproductive Endocrinology and...

Trimester Zero: Strategies for Your Best Preconception Health

May 15, 2018 | Fertility Care
In May, The Lancet published three papers showing scientific evidence of the vital importance of preconception care. These are the months and weeks before you decide to conceive, or what I like to call Trimester Zero. The papers show that both the health of men and women before they conceive can profoundly influence a pregnancy?—?this includes being overweight or underweight. There is also a direct connection between your health and its impact on your growing baby, including birth weight, brain development and the long-term risks of a child developing cardiovascular, metabolic, immune and neurological problems. It’s always a good idea to meet with a dietitian and nutritionist in order to optimize what you’re eating and know how to prepare food for pregnancy at least three months before you start trying It’s studies like these that led Judy Simon to start Mind Body Nutrition, a program that helps families take positive steps towards preconception health. In this interview, she offers advice on the type of people her program can help and the best nutrition strategies to support your fertility whether you’re thinking about getting pregnant in the future or going through IVF now. EW: How did you get interested in nutrition for fertility? Fifteen years ago I...

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