Pelvic Ultrasound

Jan 13, 2010 | Fertility Care
If you have been trying to get pregnant and haven’t been able to, it’s time to have a pelvic ultrasound. Information gained during a pelvic ultrasound could tell you what the problem may be. The uterus is a pear-shaped organ that sits on top of the vagina. Embryos attach to the inside (also known as the cavity) of the uterus and grow. A pelvic ultrasound may tell you if you have a growth inside your cavity that is affecting the ability of a pregnancy to either attach and/or grow. What are the different types of abnormalities picked up by ultrasound? Fibroids (more…)

Introduction to IVF

Jan 09, 2010 | Fertility Care
I wrote this article as a sort of “IVF for beginners.” Even if you’ve been through IVF before, reading this may help you understand why we do what we do. What is IVF? IVF is a type of treatment that involves taking eggs from a woman’s body, creating embryos with sperm and putting embryos into a woman’s uterus. That sounds kind of complicated, I know. I’m going to break it down in the simplest terms possible. IVF stands for in vitro fertilization. It means fertilization outside of the body or in a controlled environment. In vitro = within the glass (in Latin). Every woman has a set number of eggs that she can potentially ovulate every month. We ovulate 1 and the rest die. You can never use them again. Every woman’s “potential” number of eggs that she can ovulate declines as she ages. This number (more…)

Egg Freezing – is this part of Women’s Liberation?

This is a very controversial topic. Fertility companies (I am one of them) are trying to get the message out there to women that they can freeze their eggs before it’s too late. Now that the average age of first birth in this country is quickly approaching 30, we know that many women who are trying to conceive in their 30s won’t be able to without assistance. Believe it or not, 10% of women in their 30s have ovaries that think that they are in their 40s. What I don’t want the message to be is that if you’ve frozen your eggs in your 20s, you can and should be pressured by society into delaying pregnancy. What if every woman planning to enter a long academic and career path (phD track, MD track, partner track at a lawfirm) as a college graduation present gets an “egg freeze?” Will we be even more prejudiced against women who decide to have babies in med school? The mentality could shift to be, “well, you froze your eggs before you started this path, why aren’t you having a baby in 10 years when your training is completed?” That just isn’t fair. A treatment that’s...

IVF Success Rates

Dec 29, 2009 | Fertility Care
How do you learn about success rates  for IVF programs? Go to this link and you will find  helpful information about success rates for programs in the US. http://www.sart.org/find_frm.html Just wanted to get this helpful info out there - I will let you know more about how to interpret the data later.

Dealing with Miscarriage, What are your choices?

Dec 28, 2009 | Fertility Care
Miscarriages aren’t easy. Having a miscarriage means different things to different people. Having a miscarriage means different things to men and women. When a woman becomes pregnant – she starts imagining kindergarten graduation, her child’s birthday parties, high school graduation, her child’s wedding…..many men don’t realize what a pregnancy really means until they are changing their first diaper. This is a huge over generalization just to show that pregnancy and miscarriage are do not mean the same thing to all of us. There are some men that grieve more than their female partners who are suffering from miscarriage. There are some women who don't grieve at all. Some women grieve as if it’s the death of a living relative. They remember the date they miscarried and remember the date every year and remember the date their child would have been on that day, referring to them by name. The way you choose to grieve during over the loss associated with miscarriage is the right way. Everyone is different. Physicians need to realize that every patient is different as well and some women need longer to cope with the news than others. We grieve differently, and we also want different things...

Finding an Infertility Clinic that is Right for You

Dec 15, 2009 | Fertility Care
Step 1: Find the infertility clinics in your area. How do you do that? The easiest way is to go to the following link: http://www.fertilitylifelines.com/ Scroll down to where it says “Find a fertility specialist” in the bottom right corner of the page. Enter your zip code and you will find the closest clinics to you. Step 2: Learn what your infertility benefits are before you see an infertility doctor. You can do this a few ways: 1. Contact your insurance company 2. Call this number: 1-866-LETS-TRY (1-866-538-7879) and they will do a benefits check for you. They have insurance advocates that will take down your insurance information and will call your insurance on your behalf. It’s confidential and free. 3. Most fertility drug pharmacies will also provide this service. So you can contact them to do the work for you as well. I recommend verifying any information you get from any of the sources above. Do 2 benefit checks, one through the free service and one on your own by calling your insurance company. What I’ve found is that your insurance company can tell you one thing when you call but a benefits check from an outside source can...

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