Your Guide to Picking an Egg Donor, Sperm Donor, and Gestational Carrier

Jun 15, 2019 | Fertility Care
I’m doing this topic because I have so many patients that need to use a donor. Wherever you are I hope that this show is helpful to you. Take the information, discuss it with your doctor, and apply what’s useful to your journey in order to reach your family goals in the smoothest way possible. Watch this show here. Egg Donor When it comes to finding an egg donor, this is what I discuss with my patients. You have the option to use either fresh or frozen eggs. Here’s the difference: When you’re using a fresh egg donor and you’re going through an agency you are picking a profile of a woman who is going to go through an IVF cycle. What this means is she’s going to take drugs, the same fertility shots that you would have if you were going through IVF. She’ll do this for about ten nights and then undergo egg retrieval. On the day of the retrieval, they’ll mix the egg and sperm together and then you have the option of freezing the embryos, genetically testing them or transferring them fresh. Regardless of the method you choose, at some point, you will need to get...

What You Wish You Knew Before Starting Your Fertility Journey

Jun 15, 2019 | Fertility Care
A few weeks ago I put out a call to social media and asked all of you to share your stories with me. What do you wish you’d known before starting your fertility journey? I got back lots of responses, so thank you. Watch this show here. I’m doing this show in part because it’s also what I want you to know before going down the path of starting a family. Thank you to everyone that’s helped contribute to this show, and for sharing what you’ve learned so that everyone on a fertility journey can benefit. Here’s what you shared with me: Many people wish they knew if their fallopian tubes were open before they spent precious time trying to conceive. They would have liked if someone had told them that being diagnosed with chlamydia, endometriosis or undergoing surgery for a ruptured appendix could have compromised their tubes. If the tubes are blocked you can’t get pregnant naturally. If one is open and one is blocked it doesn’t mean that you have a chance to get pregnant every other month either. The side you ovulate on is as consistent as heads or tails with a flip of a coin. You could ovulate...

Your Complete Guide to Fertility Testing

Jun 15, 2019 | Fertility Care
Struggling with fertility is not easy. It’s important to stay positive. For example, I like to think of you being IN-fertile. As in you’re “in” the club vs. infertile meaning you’re “not” fertile. Call me crazy, but I truly believe in the fertility of everyone who walks through my door. Nobody is a number or FSH or AMH level. Watch my show on this topic here. What do those things even mean? That’s what I want to talk to you today. Nobody gets married and says, “I can’t wait to meet Dr. Aimee!” If this article helps at least one of you then my mission is complete. I want to encourage everyone to do their best to find a positive mental attitude. Easier said than done, right? I think one of the biggest things associated with fertility, or struggles with it, is stress. If you’re in my office it’s not unusual for me to ask you to find your happy place. Close your eyes. Find it. When you’re going through something stressful like fertility testing or treatment you can go to your happy place and maybe it won’t feel as bad. We don’t have a reliable test for stress. If...

One Patient’s Story of Finding Purpose After Fertility Pain

Jun 15, 2019 | Fertility Care
If you’re struggling with your fertility it may help to know that you’re not alone. My former patient and friend, Mary Kennerly, shares her long and winding fertility journey with Beat Infertility Podcast. Watch my interview with her here. It’s a story that details of heartbreak—recurrent loss, decreased ovarian reserve and autoimmune disease. However, it’s also one with a fairytale ending. Today Mary and her husband Wes are a family of four and Mary has launched a first of its kind business venture, Delivering Hope, which helps families navigate the path of surrogacy. I urge you to listen to the podcast and read more about Mary’s story here. Mary Kennerly of Delivering Hope LLC Mary’s story in her words: I always knew I wanted my own biological children, but I had no idea it would happen through surrogacy. Like so many of my girlfriends today, I focused on my career, met Wes who was “the one”, got married and then enjoyed married life just the two of us. When we tried for children and it didn’t happen we were surprised. My Mother had no problem getting pregnant. Celebrities 15 years older than me were having babies. Why not me? That’s when our emotional...

Are You Too Old to Have a Baby?

Jun 15, 2019 | Fertility Care
If you’re hoping to get pregnant at some point, a question on your mind may be, “how old is too old to have a baby?” It’s a question I get all of the time, and so I want to shed some light on factors to consider when it comes to age and your fertility. First things, first: Get Your TUSHY Checked Regardless of your age, it is smart to get your fertility levels checked. We now live in a world where tests that can help paint a picture of your fertility levels and diagnosis are both more accessible and affordable. It’s for that reason that I recommend to anyone that thinks they may want a family someday to get their TUSHY checked. And what does this have to do with your age and determining if you’re too old to get pregnant? How do you know if your eggs are too old? FSH: is a hormone secreted by your brain Estradiol: (estrogen) is a hormone which is secreted by your ovaries When we get these levels checked we do so around cycle day number 3 and they give us an idea of how hard your brain is working to talk to your...

My Company Doesn’t Offer Fertility Benefits: 6 Steps You Can Take Right Now

Jun 15, 2019 | Fertility Care
As a fertility doctor, I get excited when I see headlines like this one from TheWall Street Journal last February, The Latest Way to Woo Workers: Fertility Benefits. Articles like this signal that companies are finally getting it. There is a sea of change in our most significant life events. We are investing in our careers, getting married later, and because of this the age of parenthood is rising. In 2017, for the first time in history, more women in their 30s than their 20s had children. The National Infertility Association reports that cost is the number one reason families struggling with infertility don’t seek treatment. And yet, our biology has stayed the same, and your fertility is fleeting. Because of this social trend and biological reality, more than 8 million babies have been born worldwide from IVF, and infertility is now the third largest worldwide public health concern. This modern reality is why it’s so important that everyone, no matter your financial status, sexual orientation or marital status should have access to resources to understand your fertility, and to the advanced reproductive technology that will let you test, track, and preserve your fertility or conceive your family. In 2018 over 250 U.S. employers now offer...

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