IVF: 5 Things You Need to Know

Mar 15, 2018 | Fertility Care
Are you thinking about doing IVF? Maybe you’re in the midst of IVF right now? Or, have you just completed an embryo transfer? Great. Then these five things are for you. With over a decade of experience I have seen it all, and I want to distill what I’ve learned about IVF and what I want you to get clear on and know before, during, and after. I even dedicated a show to this very topic. 1. Clearly define why you’re doing IVF I know it sounds like a dumb request; you likely want a baby. But what is your underlying diagnosis and reason for pursuing that baby via IVF? I want to make sure that you’re doing everything you can to achieve scucess, and if it’s a health condition, that all angles for improving that condition have been explored before IVF. Let me paint a couple of scenarios for you. If you’re doing IVF because sperm count is low, then do a sperm fitness challenge before you start. See a urologist, take supplements, and consider advanced sperm DNA tests. After this, do you still need to pursue IVF? If you’re doing IVF because you are overweight and not ovulating regularly, then put together a...

9 Things that put your fertility at risk

Mar 15, 2018 | Fertility Care
If you know me, you know that I hate the word infertility. I believe that everyone who walks through my doors is fertile and can have the family they desire. Yet, fertility is often taken for granted. It’s precious. It declines over time, and there are some well studied factors, nine that I highlight here, that put it at risk. This topic is so important to me that I dedicated a show to it. 1. Your DNA Fertility is so much more than hormones. It’s why in addition to checking hormones I recommend an ultrasound, review of your fertility family history, gynecological history, and a DNA check. All of these help paint a more complete picture. As a society, we focus a lot on external factors that can contribute to disease, like nutrition, exercise, and stress. DNA testing provides clarity around something that we tend to ignore, namely the mutations inside of our bodies that can cause disease. Science can be a powerful tool. Use it! 2. Unhealthy BMI Your fertility isn’t skin deep. However, your body mass index (BMI) canimpact your chances of getting pregnant. A BMI that’s too high or too low can cause issues. A BMI < 19 can lead to problems ovulating and...

Kardashian Fertility

Mar 04, 2018 | Fertility Care
I have a lot in common with the Kardashian Family. I talk about fertility all the time, they talk about fertility all the time. So naturally, I’ve dedicated an Egg Whisperer Show to what 10 years of the Kardashians have taught us about Fertility. Lesson #1: Your Mom’s Fertility is Important                                                     Source: Kardashian 2017 Holiday Card The Kardashian Matriarch, Kris Jenner had 4 kids with her first husband and then two more over the age of 35 with her second husband. Is it possible she used fertility treatment to have the last two? Maybe, but we can only speculate. What does it remind us to do? Learn these three things about your family’s fertility: When did your mom experience menopause? Did your mom have any miscarriages or difficulty conceiving? If you have sisters, did they need fertility help? If so there’s a chance you may need it too. If your mom needed fertility treatment to get pregnant with you, this is a good thing to know! We inherit fertility genes (not the ones you wear) from both...

Pro Tips for How to Have the Best Egg Retrieval Experience

Feb 22, 2018 | Fertility Care
For the past 10+ years I’ve been retrieving eggs for people. A process that if you’re a new patient, can be daunting. You may be wondering, what exactly is involved? Just like any surgery it is serious business and a procedure that goes best when there’s careful planning. As a doctor who’s been doing this for over a decade, I want to give you my top 9 tips for how to be the most prepared patient. Why? Preparation will help set the stage for your best retrieval experience. Any why wouldn’t you want that?! My Top 9 Tips for Your Best Egg Retrieval Experience Pro Tip #1: Know where you’re going My general rule with all things is that if you know where you’re going you have a much lower chance of getting lost! (For the record: This is coming from someone who has absolutely no sense of direction except for when it comes to placing an embryo.) And when I say know where you’re going, I do mean literally. There are many clinics that have satellite clinics in different cities and the lab in another city. Make sure you know exactly where you’re going and if you have any anxiety...

Meet me in SF on February 26th at the Pregnantish Debut Event!

Feb 17, 2018 | Fertility Care
Join pregnantish for their debut event in San Francisco, at the Sketchpad Gallery in SoMA, on Monday February 26 for an inspiring and insightful evening of ART + Conversation: Real Talk About Fertility. Register today before tickets sell out at their eventbrite link: HERE. After the reception where we'll enjoy the gallery's 'Good Vibes' exhibit (because - we can all use good vibes these days, can't we?!), we'll sit down and hear from the esteemed panel on how to best navigate fertility. This conversation will be moderated by CNN and Glamour contributor Elissa Strauss, and will feature Relationship Expert & Founder of pregnantish, Andrea Syrtash, Reproductive Endocronologist Dr. Peter Klatsky from Spring Fertility, Fertility Specialist and the "Egg Whisperer" Dr. Aimee Eyvazzadeh and Wendie Wilson, CEO of Gifted Journeys and President at the Society of Ethics in Egg Donation and Surrogacy. Whether you're just starting to consider ART (Assisted Reproductive Technology) to start or expand your family, or you're many years into treatments, this expert panel will answer questions on how to best manage this (often stressful) process and maximize your success with it. All participants will be treated to the gallery exhibit, wine and cheese and a special gift bag. Our...

Breakthroughs in Reproductive Health: Leading the Way for Personalized Fertility Medicine

Feb 17, 2018 | Fertility Care
Over the last few decades, breakthrough advancements in the field of fertility has helped many infertile couples start a family successfully. Innovations like non-invasive tests that can identify genetic abnormalities and multi-gene panel tests have brought personalized medicine to reproductive health. Reproductive endocrinologist Dr. Aimee Eyvazzadeh, embryologist and founder of Celmatix, Dr. Piraye Yurttas Beim, and neuroscientist and founder of Episona Dr. Alan Horsager, were interviewed recently about technologies that can help physicians help their patients reach their family building goals in a more focused way. Listen to the incredibly informative informative interview here.    

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