The 8 Lessons I’ve Learned in Ten Years of Fertility Care

Oct 13, 2018 | Fertility Care
I started my medical practice ten years ago after graduating from UCLA School of Medicine, completing my OB-GYN residency at Harvard Medical School and a fellowship in Reproductive Endocrinology & Infertility at the University of Michigan. My sister always teases me that my job title means that I spent 15 years studying how a sperm and egg make a baby. It’s true! With new tests, the diagnosis of “unexplained fertility” is really a thing of the past. I’ve seen so much change in the field of fertility medicine in the past ten years. From transferring embryos during IVF day 3 to day 5 to Preimplantation Genetic Screening and frozen embryo transfers, the way we do IVF is continuously evolving and improving so I can help patients more than ever. Even diagnostic testing has changed. With new tests, the diagnosis of “unexplained fertility” is really a thing of the past. On the September 19th Egg Whisperer show, I shared the lessons I’ve learned in the last ten years. Lesson One: Education is the Key to Your Best Fertility Choices I first started throwing Egg Freezing Parties in 2014 because I wanted to empower women (and men) about their fertility in a fun way. Too many...

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Oct 13, 2018 | Fertility Care
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How to Navigate Your Relationships When Facing Infertility

Oct 12, 2018 | Fertility Care
A conversation with Andrea Syrtash, the Founder of Pregnantish. Andrea Syrtash, author, TV personality, and relationship expert recently joined me on The Egg Whisperer Show to share the news about her new web magazine, Pregnantish. Syrtash has spent seven years going through infertility. At the end of January 2017, she decided to share her experience on Facebook and admits it was one of the most vulnerable steps she ever took. “I’m writing this not to overshare but because I know many of you who are reading this are going through infertility or know someone who is,” she wrote. “You’re not alone. I’ve had so many shots that my stomach is black and blue, but it’s my heart that is the most bruised. Don’t judge a Facebook by its cover.” The response to her emotional vulnerability relieved some of her pain. It also made her see that there are so few resources available to support the emotional and psychological aspects of the infertility journey. “The content out there is largely medical and clinical, which is very important,” she told me. “But there’s a whole other side of this process. Infertility is as much a relationship issue as a medical one.” The experience motivated her...

Your Egg Thawing Party: What Happens When it’s Time for the Big Unfreeze?

Oct 11, 2018 | Fertility Care
Lately, so many women are talking about whether or not to freeze their eggs for the future. But we often don’t dive into that future: what happens when it’s time to thaw them and make a baby? That was the topic of my August 22nd Egg Whisperer show. It’s a good idea to look out for yourself because your eggs are precious and you only get one chance to thaw them When I first started throwing egg freezing parties in 2014, I did so because I wanted to empower women (and men) about their fertility. (See The Egg Whisperer Is On A Crusade To Make People Aware Of Fertility Issues And Solutions) Too many women in their late 30s and 40s were coming into my office struggling with fertility and wishing they had known more about it when they were younger. Had someone told them to get their fertility levels checked and to consider the option of preserving their eggs they most certainly would have. My main lesson is simple: age is the number one factor that affects fertility. The older we get, the more the quality and quantity of our eggs decrease, and this begins most dramatically after the age of 35....

9 Myths About Fertility that You Should Stop Believing

Oct 09, 2018 | Fertility Care
As a reproductive endocrinologist, I help people who are having trouble getting pregnant every day. Basically, that means figuring how to make sperm meet egg in the best way, and then growing a baby in the most optimal environment. Sometimes the solutions are simple. For example, one of my patients was using KY lubricant during sex, which is known to kill sperm. As soon as she and her husband stopped the KY, they got pregnant with their son. Other cases are more complicated and end up with my patients having to do IVF, use donor eggs or a gestational surrogate. I always tell my patients that even if your route to pregnancy isn’t your romantic ideal, the minute you hold your baby, it makes all the extra steps worth it. I love to help people avoid fertility challenges by sharing my fertility advice, especially when it comes to busting the myths that I hear all day from patients. I also love to help people avoid fertility challenges by sharing my fertility advice, especially when it comes to busting the myths that I hear all day from patients. So the week of August 29th, I devoted The Egg Whisperer show to the nine myths about...

Pregnancy After IVF: Now What?

Sep 20, 2018 | Fertility Care
Congratulations! You’ve graduated. You’re likely beaming with joy while at the same time trying to keep negative, worrisome thoughts in check. Am I right? I hope I’m wrong, but if you’re like so many of the fertility patients I see, then you may be hyper-aware of your body, emotions and sensitive to the what-ifs of pregnancy post your IVF treatment. This was the topic of the August 16th Egg Whisperer show. Now you’re pregnant, and yes, you may have dreamed of this moment for quite some time. But it’s okay not to love every second of being pregnant You are not alone! And you do not have to manage these feelings by yourself or with the help of Google. In fact, please make a pact with me right now that you’ll do your best to avoid Google. Instead, save yourself the heartache and talk to me, your OBGYN or read articles from trusted sources like this blog if you can’t have a conversation with a doctor. I also recommend that patients seek out help from a mental health professional if needed. Get all of the help and support you need during and after pregnancy, and especially during this first trimester! Not Feeling...

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