Let’s Stop “Only Child” Shaming

Apr 07, 2015 | Fertility Care
It really doesn't matter how many kids you have, you will inevitably be asked at some point, "are you going to have another?" According to a  2013 CDC report, 3 million women suffer from secondary infertility. My prediction is that the numbers will continue to rise as women become moms later in life. The Census Bureau Fertility data released today suggests that as well. The report showed that number of women age 40 to 44 who had only one child roughly doubled between 1976 and 2014. Our society has a tendency to shame parents who have "only one" child. Let's do what we can to stop "only child" shaming. If you have one child, and you're asked if you're going to have another, answer a question with a question. Simply ask, "Did you know how many benefits there are to having one kid?" Many of my patients who come to me with secondary infertility are worried their child is going to get mad at them or blame them for not having a sibling when they are older. My patients don't know what to say when their child asks for a sister or a brother. This is how this author answered her...

What’s YOUR natural conception Rate?

Apr 07, 2015 | Fertility Care
I think women are generally unaware of their natural conception rates based on their age. Most 30 year olds think they can wait until they're 35 to get pregnant because they are under the impression that bad things happen after age 35. Conception rates based on age tell a different story. Most of my patients are surprised when I share natural conception rates with them. Fertility peaks at age 30 and declines from there. Be sure to know what your fertility indicators say about you so you can figure out the best plan for you and your future family. This CDC website has a lot of helpful FAQs.    

Divide in Scientific Community over Men’s Underwear

Apr 07, 2015 | Fertility Care
The online article published this morning titled, "Fertility Issues Caused by Men's Underwear Divide Scientific Community," totally cracks me up. I can reassure you that men's underwear has NOT divided the scientific community. Fertility docs agree that anything you can do to keep things cool down there can only help. But in my search of finding the coolest underwear, I thought I'd put together this list of what I  call "gear to keep things cool." 1. Snowballs: Yes, they exist. Personal cooling underwear. Not the kind of balls you were probably thinking of! 2. Anti Ball Crushing (ABC) shorts and pants: I thought it was a joke when I heard about this. Totally not a joke. I've heard they're super comfy. 3. Other types of keeping it cool underwear: Naked Shop underwear, and underwear with Coolmax technology. Hope this helps!  

Stopping SIDS

Apr 06, 2015 | Fertility Care
One Seattle Children's doctor thinks he's close to stopping SIDS This doc gets hero status in my book. The pain of losing a child is like none other. May his research efforts give us the answers we need to end such a tragic disease.  

“Weird” Science

Apr 06, 2015 | Fertility Care
I enjoyed reading this article this morning. I like the frank, easy to read way the author discusses what's going on today with IVF science. The Weird Ways Science is Trying to Improve Fertility  

Happy Passover and Easter

Apr 05, 2015 | Fertility Care
Our mammalian, soft furry friends,  have long been recognized as symbols of fertility and rebirth, hence their association with spring and Easter. There are only a few days of the year around this season during which I can share my desire for humans to be more like rabbits with my patients :) Why? The rabbit is the most fertile animal in the world.  

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