We learned today of the first case of sexually transmitted Zika virus in Dallas County. I have had dozens of patients email/call about the virus and their travel plans. My recommendation to all has been to avoid travel but one important scenario now to consider is this: If let's say hypothetically you have a family wedding you were going to attend, it would be important for both you AND your sexual partner to stay home during your pregnancy. As always, check with the CDC for the latest guidelines and updates as we continue to learn more and more everyday.
Watch my interview last week here with Kron 4's Vicki Liviakis re: the Zika virus. See your OBgyn to learn more and find out the latest updates from:http://www.cdc.gov/zika/pregnancy/index.html before you travel. If you have traveled during a current pregnancy to one of the listed countries, let your ObGyn know. There are 2 reports of possible sexual transmission (not confirmed). The best prevention is to avoid travel to the Zika-Affected areas. http://www.cdc.gov/zika/
I went into fertility medicine to help women who suffer from loss. Women with loss are often given the most inefficient advice and little guidance. The 12 things listed in this article are important for women to hear, especially what's described at the end of this article: "it's not your fault......there was nothing you could have done differently."
Beautiful fertility story out of Redbook magazine. Many families can relate to the last paragraph of their story "those six embryos are still sitting in a freezer 20 miles from our house. Every three months I get a bill for the storage, and even though it's a waste of money, I keep paying it. Somehow, those embryos represent the only hope I have left of that big family gathered for a lively celebration, and even though that dream will never be realized, I'm still not quite ready to let it go."
Read Emily Bennett Taylor's beautiful fertility story about a young woman whose life was forever changed by a cancer diagnosis in 2012. Watch her give a powerful speech at the World Conference on Lung Cancer. She shares her fertility story starting at the 10 minute mark: Vimeo.com/139345074
We know that multiple pregnancies (twins, triplets etc) are associated with prematurity which is linked to developmental problems. This recent study will continue to give IVF patients reassurance that IVF treatment does not cause developmental problems. Read the article here.