This is a very important article for me to comment on as a fertility doc. It's important because I don't want women thinking after reading this that there is such a thing as an "egg cliff." Society and the media makes us feel like there is and it just isn't so. We are born with all the eggs we'll ever have and we SLOWLY lose them over time. Your rate of egg loss is determined by several things: genetics, environment and lifestyle. Nothing happens all of a sudden at age 35. There isn't this "egg cliff" that women should be scared/worried about as described in this article. There are women who sadly run out of eggs even in their 20s. It didn't happen to them overnight. It is a process that takes approximately a decade. Think of it this way: Most of us go through menopause at the age of 50 or so. It's really hard to get pregnant for the 10 years leading up to that age. That's why it's so hard to get pregnant over 40: because the eggs we have left tend to be less viable and unable to turn into a healthy pregnancy. Rather than...
We learned today of the first case of sexually transmitted Zika virus in Dallas County. I have had dozens of patients email/call about the virus and their travel plans. My recommendation to all has been to avoid travel but one important scenario now to consider is this: If let's say hypothetically you have a family wedding you were going to attend, it would be important for both you AND your sexual partner to stay home during your pregnancy. As always, check with the CDC for the latest guidelines and updates as we continue to learn more and more everyday.
Watch my interview last week here with Kron 4's Vicki Liviakis re: the Zika virus. See your OBgyn to learn more and find out the latest updates from:http://www.cdc.gov/zika/pregnancy/index.html before you travel. If you have traveled during a current pregnancy to one of the listed countries, let your ObGyn know. There are 2 reports of possible sexual transmission (not confirmed). The best prevention is to avoid travel to the Zika-Affected areas. http://www.cdc.gov/zika/
I went into fertility medicine to help women who suffer from loss. Women with loss are often given the most inefficient advice and little guidance. The 12 things listed in this article are important for women to hear, especially what's described at the end of this article: "it's not your fault......there was nothing you could have done differently."
Beautiful fertility story out of Redbook magazine. Many families can relate to the last paragraph of their story "those six embryos are still sitting in a freezer 20 miles from our house. Every three months I get a bill for the storage, and even though it's a waste of money, I keep paying it. Somehow, those embryos represent the only hope I have left of that big family gathered for a lively celebration, and even though that dream will never be realized, I'm still not quite ready to let it go."
Read Emily Bennett Taylor's beautiful fertility story about a young woman whose life was forever changed by a cancer diagnosis in 2012. Watch her give a powerful speech at the World Conference on Lung Cancer. She shares her fertility story starting at the 10 minute mark: Vimeo.com/139345074