10 Things to Avoid if You’re Trying to Conceive

Nov 11, 2018 | Fertility Care
Last year in the United States a baby was born every 8 seconds. That‘s roughly 3.8 Million babies born last year alone! You don’t have to be a fertility doctor to know what that means. Millions of people just like you were trying to conceive. Research tells us that most couples conceive within six cycles of timed intercourse, but many others (roughly 10% of couples) are struggling with fertility. Here’s the funny thing about what I do. I don’t actually want you to be my patient. Of course, there are exceptions to that statement. (Like if you want to be proactive and preserve your fertility). But in general, I’d much prefer to share with you what I’ve learned about preparing for pregnancy in hopes that it makes your journey to parenthood easier. A journey that goes without needing to see me. So here it is, the 10 things to avoid when looking to start a family (watch the Egg Whisperer Show on this topic here). 1. Avoid Ignoring The Obvious If you see a sign, odds are you should pay attention. What is your body telling you? Are you taking the time to listen to it? There are both physical and...

Everybody is Talking About Sperm, But is what they’re saying True?

Oct 30, 2018 | Fertility Care
Does sperm really matter? It’s a question I explore further in my latest Egg Whisperer show and recap for you here. Sperm is in the news, and it’s not all good. Nor is it all real. Sensationalized headlines are inciting fear and clicks. There’s nothing that bothers me more as a doctor than to see what I’ll call, fertility clickbait. It is not only misleading, but ultimately harmful misinformation for the men and women planning for their future family. Here are a few articles that have caught my eye that I must address and set the record straight! Fertility Clickbait #1: Penis Sized Linked to Fertility No. Just no. There is not a fertility clinic anywhere in the world that measures penis size. Flat out, it does not happen. Asking a man the size of his penis is the equivalent to asking a woman her bra size and somehow making a fertility diagnosis. Size means nothing. It is beyond comical to make this link. Fertility Clickbait #2: Welcome to the Era of the Penis Panic The “penis panic”? This is news to me! To be clear, there is not a penis panic nor are any fertility doctors referring to male genitalia this way. The penis panic is...

Exactly How To Talk To Your Doctor About Fertility

Oct 30, 2018 | Fertility Care
Dr. Aimee's Tushy Method featured in Women's Health Magazine! Read more about it here. https://www.womenshealthmag.com/health/a23320645/fertility-doctor-advice/

Matt and Doree’s Eggcellent Adventure

Oct 30, 2018 | Fertility Care
Dr. Aimee was a guest speaker at Wired25's summit in October during a live podcast recording for Matt and Doree's Eggcellent adventure. Be sure to listen to the show here: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/matt-and-dorees-eggcellent-adventure-an-ivf-journey/id1166358007?mt=2

Did Meghan Markle Do Fertility Treatment?

Oct 29, 2018 | Fertility Care
Like everyone else around the world, I woke to Meghan Markle’s pregnancy announcement this week. Because I’m a fertility doctor, whenever there’s news about a celebrity’s pregnancy, I get bombarded with questions about it. In this case, they asked, “How can a 37-year-old get pregnant so fast? She just got married!” Celebrity pregnancy stories can deeply affect how fertility patients feel, especially when the reports are disparaging like many of the headlines about Markle’s pregnancy. News agencies have published headlines like, “she’s a geriatric pregnant woman.” And then another one of my least favorites “her friends were all surprised she got pregnant so soon.” Hmm, I doubt those were real friends saying that. Given all of the questions I have received from patients, I thought I’d dedicate this post to her pregnancy announcement to help people understand: How can a 37-year-old get pregnant so soon after getting married? I hope the content of this article and show will help you learn that celebrity or not, we all have the ability to plan our future fertility. Here’s what we know about Meghan: 1. She got married at 36. Fertility rates are good at age 36. Over 50% of women at age 36 will...

Why a Fertility Screening is Vital Preventive Care

Oct 13, 2018 | Fertility Care
The future of reproductive healthcare starts with you If you’ve ever gone to an OB-GYN for an annual visit you’ve likely had a pap smear to check for cervical cancer. As a man, your test is less invasive but likely as uncomfortable in ruling out testicular cancer. These tests have become habitual parts of our health care routine. We come to expect them. It’s time for our healthcare system to catch up and make #fertilityscreening as standard as a Pap smear or a testicular cancer check As a reproductive specialist who has helped thousands of women and couples start families in the past 10 years, I believe the medical community has neglected the critical tests that inform and empower us about our reproductive health and potential: what I call fertility screening, which is using diagnostic tests to understand your fertility health and making sense of it with a doctor. It’s part science and part art. The Reality of Modern Family Planning Why is it important to get ahead of your fertility? We’re living in a new reality when it comes to family planning. In the past, there was no reason for doctors to encourage us to focus on our fertility because most...

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