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....

The Tushy Method

Aug 11, 2018 | Fertility Care
No two fertility patients are alike, which means that all fertility care should be personalized to your individual needs. This idea can sound expensive and daunting for both the patient and the doctor, but it isn’t. In fact, Dr. Aimee has seen firsthand that when she uses “The TUSHY Method,” a straightforward strategy for getting your fertility checked in 5 easy steps, her patients’ satisfaction with their care increases — and the time it takes for them to get pregnant decreases. It’s a new standard of fertility care that makes personalized fertility medicine easy and more affordable. Decrease Your Time to Pregnancy The TUSHY Check-up should be the first step every fertility patient takes. It will ensure that you are taking the right path to a healthy pregnancy and baby. What is The TUSHY Method? “T” in TUSHY stands for tubes (the fallopian tubes). In a tubal evaluation, a small amount of nontoxic dye is pushed through the uterus and tubes in order to determine if the tubes are open. What are fallopian tubes? These are the thin tubes where fertilization occurs. There is one on either side of the uterus. They enable the passage of the embryo into the uterus...

Delivering Hope: Pregnancy Through Surrogacy

Aug 02, 2018 | Fertility Care
An Interview with Mary Kennerly and Cat Dobbs, the founders of Delivering Hope. Like so many women today, Mary Kennerly launched her career as a clinical psychologist before starting a family. When she met Wes and got married, they wanted to spend a few years enjoying life as a couple before having children. When they did start trying, however, they discovered that Mary’s egg count was low. She also had the autoimmune disease Lupus, which contributed to multiple miscarriages after going through IVF. I finally told them that surrogacy would be their best option to have biological children. I reassured Mary that even if she couldn’t carry a pregnancy, the minute she held her baby in her arms; she would feel the same deep bond of any new mother. “We want to honor the mountain that the family has climbed, and if they are tired and don’t have as much hope as they did in the beginning, we want to be that hope for them because we know exactly where they’ve been.”—Mary Kennerly, Founder of Delivering Hope. She met Cat Dobbs through an agency, and within a few months, Cat became pregnant with Wes and Mary’s twins. Cat and Mary,...

Making Modern Families with Donor Eggs and Donor Sperm: A Conversation with Dr. Diane Tober

Aug 02, 2018 | Fertility Care
Dr. Diane Tober, a medical anthropologist and adjunct professor at the University of California San Francisco’s Institute for Health and Aging, joined me on the July 25th The Egg Whisperer Show to talk about her new book, a film she has in the works and her ongoing research into the role sperm and egg donation plays in the changing meanings of modern family. Dr. Tober has been researching egg and sperm donation for over 25 years, and in this time, she has seen the cultural landscape change—and the number of donor-conceived children increase as more single women, and LGBT couples start families with donor eggs and sperm. I was really interested in how people felt about donors, and how perceptions of genetics influenced donor choice In her new book, Romancing the Sperm: Shifting Biopolitics and the Making of Modern Families, she explores the intersections between the sperm banking industry, the men who provide sperm, and the single women and lesbian couples who use donor sperm to conceive their children. In the introduction to the book she explains: “This book situates women’s experiences creating families during the onset of the so-called “lesbian baby boom” and the rise of “Single Mothers by Choice,” but also ultimately...

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