When it Comes to Your Fertility: What is Fact vs. Fiction?

Apr 25, 2019 | Fertility Care
The week of April 22nd is National Infertility Awareness Week. It also happens to be my birthday week. Coincidence? I think not. I love talking about fertility. You could even say it’s “in my blood” to practice this type of medicine as my Dad and Grandfather did too.Watch this show here. I thought what better way to celebrate the week than to have a little fun talking about what’s fact vs. fiction when it comes to your fertility. Please bear with me as I got a lot of joy in planning this show and my jokes will crack me up but are not guaranteed to have you in stitches. That’s okay. As long as you’re learning something then it’s okay by me. Okay, let’s get into it! Fact or Fiction… It’s easier to get pregnant after your first delivery. I call this a fertility fiction. This is perpetuated by well-intentioned doctors that tell patients that after their pregnancy a second will be easy. That is not always true. I have so many patients come to me with a condition called, secondary infertility. That’s a very common condition and so many patients have it and it’s likely attributed to the age...

How to Improve Your Egg Quality

Mar 31, 2019 | Fertility Care
Which egg quality and sperm quality supplements are best for you? I’m here to share with you what I often tell my patients. My hope is that regardless of where you live and who your doctor is, that this is helpful information you can apply to your situation. Let’s start with egg health. Imagine this, you are born with a set number of eggs (swimmers) that sit and wait in your ovaries (locker room) until every egg is gone. Every month there are lots of eggs that line up to swim a race. Only one wins, and that’s the egg that ovulates. The eggs that don’t ovulate go away (get out of the pool and never go back to the locker room). What picks the egg that ovulates? A signal — FSH hormone —which is secreted by the brain and talks to our ovaries. It’s just enough for one, or sometimes more than one egg, to ovulate. That’s how you get pregnant with twins. With fertility treatment, if you’re taking fertility pills, then you may ovulate 1–2 eggs. This is why fertility pill cycles have between an 8–10% chance of twins associated with them. So if you understand my swimmer...

How to Get Pregnant in 3 Months or Less, With Science

Mar 31, 2019 | Fertility Care
“Dr. Aimee, how soon will I be able to get pregnant?” This is the most common question I get from my patients. I get it. By the time you come to see me you’ve been preparing for pregnancy for a year, three, sometimes longer. I appreciate how emotional and tiring it can be to have a dream to start a family and encounter roadblocks to making it a reality. It’s one of the reasons I do what I do as I love helping people create the family of their dreams. With pregnancy and getting pregnant there are simply no guarantees. The reality is it can be very hard for a lot of people. No matter what happens……I want you to remember that it’s going to be okay. That said, I do want to share with you my strategies for giving my patients the best chance at pregnancy. I want you to know about the The Egg Whisperer D.I.E.T (Diagnosis, IVF, Endometrial Testing, and Transfer) and the importance of self-care and assembling your Fertility T.E.A.M. This includes finding trusted resources for Therapy, Exercise and eating, Acupuncture, and Mind body support through mindfulness, and meditation. Patients have the option to do acupuncture...

10 Things to Stop Doing if You’re a Fertility Patient

Mar 31, 2019 | Fertility Care
As a fertility doctor, I help my patients create the family they want, or preserve their fertility for whatever the future may hold. Part of why I love what I do is that I get to understand the whole person that I treat. Not just their body, but their emotional well-being too. We can’t look at humans with tunnel vision. Nor can we look at fertility that way either. The act of going through fertility treatment is as emotional as it is physical. If you’re going through it this is something you already know. You may be shaking your head and thinking, “duh—yes, Dr. Aimee, I know this. I live this.” If that’s the case then the next 10 things you read may seem like common sense, but it’s worth me repeating them. When you are a fertility patient you need to take care of yourself. Sometimes you need some reminders on what that looks like. Here are 10 things to STOP doing if you’re a fertility patient Going to Baby Showers Have you ever heard of a man forcing himself going to something he doesn’t want to? No! Please do something for yourself. It’s okay to say no to things...

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. 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, but that’s about the only direction I know. Go ahead and laugh, I know you want to. I would too!) If...

#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 https://twitter.com/hashtag/tushytalk 2. tweet your questions and tag Dr. Aimee @_EggWhisperer and #tushytalk 3. keep twitter open and watch the questions and answers scroll by

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