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...

PCOS: Please Confirm this Ovary Syndrome

Sep 16, 2018 | Fertility Care
September is PCOS Awareness Month. It’s all about getting ahead of this condition to optimize your fertility and general health. What do Victoria Beckham, Emma Thompson and reality TV star Kate Gosselin have in common? Contrary to its name, having PCOS doesn’t mean your ovaries have cysts, but rather that your ovaries have a high number of follicles containing eggs Apart from their celeb status, these women belong to a particular group that wields an evolutionary advantage, which strangely enough comes disguised as a disease. They’ve all given birth, and they’ve done so despite having a condition that affects their fertility known as PCOS. Polycystic ovary syndrome is a hormonal disorder that can make it difficult for women to get pregnant. Contrary to its name, having PCOS doesn’t mean your ovaries have cysts, but rather that your ovaries have a high number of follicles containing eggs that are often unable to mature. Symptoms of the condition include irregular or absent periods, high testosterone, excessive hair growth (hirsutism), and acne. While it presents challenges, having PCOS does not mean you’ll never have children or that your eggs cannot produce a healthy, beautiful baby. You’re also not alone. The American College of...

Your 10 IVF Essential Must Haves

Sep 13, 2018 | Fertility Care
It’s been ten years since I started my fertility practice here in the San Francisco Bay Area. I’ve helped thousands of patients through the IVF process. I understand every nuance of how you might feel, both emotionally and physically, as you embark on your IVF journey. For this week’s Egg Whisperer Show, I shared the essential must-haves that my patients have really enjoyed in order to help make their experience and recovery more comfortable. I hope my Must Haves will help you have a smooth and safe IVF cycle. 1. Get Your Electrolytes This doesn’t mean having to drink sugary sports drinks. I recommend either Liquid IV or DripDrop. You just have to fill up your water bottle and add the powder. This is not only going to help you have juicy eggs, but also juicy veins so it won’t be a challenge when you have your blood drawn. 2. Stock up on Protein Shakes You’ll be feeling bloated, and maybe you’ll lose your appetite or find it harder to eat solid food. Protein shakes are really easy to drink and tolerate, and they’ll provide you with all the vitamins and nutrients that you need as a snack or meal replacement. They’re also great during pregnancy too. 3....

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