PCOS – is it all in your head?

Apr 30, 2010 | Fertility Care
Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS) is a very common problem – affecting about six million women in the United States. Polycystic ovary syndrome is defined as having two out of the following three signs or symptoms: irregular or even absent periods, evidence of high androgen or male hormone levels (acne and hair growth are a couple of signs); and/or polycystic appearing ovaries – this refers to multiple, small follicles seen on the ovary. (more…)

4 Common Myths about using Donor Eggs

Apr 25, 2010 | Fertility Care
Depending on your fertility challenges, you may be considering using donor eggs. I counsel many women about using donor eggs and here are 4 common myths: Myth #1: My risk of miscarriage is high even if I use donor eggs. This isn't true. Your risk of miscarriage is related to the age of the donor egg. Myth #2: If my eggs are "old" this means my uterus is "old" too. I can't carry a pregnancy since my eggs are "old." This isn't true. Your ability to carry a pregnancy using donor eggs is related to your health and the health of your uterus. (more…)

5 Things to watch out for with IVF Refund Programs

Apr 25, 2010 | Fertility Care
As if going through an IVF cycle isn't daunting enough, couples are often overwhelmed by the price tag associated with a procedure that isn't guaranteed. This is  why many insurance companies are hesitant to cover IVF. Imagine going to a surgeon to have your appendix taken out and the surgeon says, "Well, there's a 50% chance that I won't be able successfully remove your appendix." When a patient goes through IVF treatment, depending on the fertility challenge, the success rate may be as high as 80% or as low as 5%.  There are no guarantees. That's what makes paying for IVF so frustrating. The sound of having a sort of cash back guarantee is very enticing but this what you should know: 1. If you're young and have a good fertility prognosis, you should get pregnant in your first or second fresh IVF cycle. So paying up front for several cycles for a "money back guarantee" only benefits the clinic. (more…)

Why Isn’t Your Wife Pregnant Yet? And are you paranoid that it’s all your fault?

Apr 20, 2010 | Fertility Care
by: Greg Williams Published in MSN.com Your testicles are outside your body for a reason, and the reason is this: It’s good for your sperm. Your swimmers develop best at temperatures two to three degrees cooler than the rest of your anatomy, hence the evolution of the unseemly bag of skin and muscle that you lug around all day with your Treo and iPod. Reptiles don’t have to do this, nor do birds, their reproductive organs being discreetly tucked away, like Murphy beds, inside their bodies. (more…)

Birth Rates Rise Among Women over 40

Many of us have seen the recent headlines regarding the drop in birth rates in 2008  among women in their teens, twenties, and thirties. What caught everyone's attention was that the 40-to-44 age bracket saw a 4 percent increase in birth rate. For those of us in the fertility world - this wasn't a surprise at all. My average patient is 39 years old. Most of my patients doing IVF are 39 and older. They are doing IVF because they don't have time to wait for the economy to pick-up. (more…)

Femara in the News

You may have seen the recent coverage regarding Femara – a commonly prescribed medication in the fertility world – it induces ovulation. http://www.reuters.com/article/idUSTRE6384DN20100409 3 in 10 women take the drug femara to increase their chances of getting pregnant. Femara is a medication that is FDA-approved for breast cancer prevention. Like many drugs, it may cause birth defects when taken in pregnancy. When taken pre-pregnancy, it does not increase one’s risk of birth defects. It is not illegal for doctors to use medications “off-label.” I’ll give you an example of a medication that we use off-label (more…)

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