How to Best Prepare for IUI

Jan 29, 2019 | Fertility Care
Watch the show: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vzqTKxbneTs&t=3s Intrauterine insemination (IUI) is a procedure commonly done in fertility clinics around the world. We place the sperm inside the uterus, close to the fallopian tubes, to increase the chances of conception. If you’re going to do IUI treatment, you want it to work. Read along as I break down the steps to give you the best chance of success at IUI. I’ll take you through what I typically do with my patients to give you insight into what you can expect! First things, first: The TUSHY Method: As you may know, my approach to fertility medicine is simple; understand your fertility diagnosis BEFORE treatment. There are five easy steps to figure to determine if IUI is the right treatment plan for you. Tubes: We do a hysterosalpingogram (HSG) to make sure the fallopian tubes are open. This is an x-ray of the cavity of the uterus and fallopian tubes. If one tube is blocked and one tube is open you can still do IUI, but you want to make sure you’re monitoring which side you’re ovulating from. Why? Your body does not evenly ovulate on each side. It’s literally a flip of the coin on which side you’ll...

The Only D.I.E.T Your Fertility Needs in 2019

Jan 16, 2019 | Fertility Care
Happy New Year! A New Year is a chance to be a new you, right? Or maybe you’re just thinking about your health. I’m here to tell you about what you can do for your fertility health. What if your fertility and chances of IVF success could improve through a diet? One that’s actually easy to stick to. I call it my, “Egg Whisperer D.I.E.T.” You can take the ingredients of this diet and apply them to whatever your situation may be. The four parts of the D.I.E.T are: Diagnosis IVF Endometrial Receptivity Transfer D is for Diagnosis: I always want to know what the fertility factors are for my patients. There may be something I can do to improve the situation so when we do IVF we have the highest chance for success. If you know why you need IVF in the first place, then you’re better prepared for the number of cycles you’ll need or have a better understanding of what the right protocol is for you. How do I do this? Through the TUSHY method. It’s a simple way to remember fertility screening steps. Take this to your doctor. Discuss it with your OBGYN. Know the testing options available to...

Year in Review: The Most Inspiring Fertility Stories of 2018

Dec 28, 2018 | Fertility Care
Fertility was all the news in 2018. Huge strides were made this year in lifting the shroud of shame surrounding fertility. You can almost say that doing IVF is now presidential! Here is my take on the top fertility stories from 2018 that are worth talking about: Michelle Obama Makes IVF Presidential The former first lady made history when she spoke openly of her fertility struggles. She suffered a miscarriage. Both of her daughters were conceived through IVF. This was the most important moment for fertility in 2018. In a single interview, she seemed to single-handedly give women of the world permission to own their truth. Women can now hopefully feel more comfortable speaking up and out to share their fertility struggles and stories of conception. She ripped the blanket off of fertility—which has been hiding under it in shame. It’s been a topic most women don’t dare discuss. Well, hello 2019—thanks to Michelle Obama fertility talk is out and ready to be heard. Time for all women to talk to each other to heal, feel less alone, and most importantly to find a solution to conceive. There is no shame in getting your fertility levels checked or getting help!...

The Most Commonly Asked IVF Questions

Dec 21, 2018 | Fertility Care
I get asked questions about IVF daily. From my patients and from those seeking treatment elsewhere in the United States and beyond. While the steps involved in IVF are generally the same, the factors to consider and the patient’s needs are all unique. While I can’t cover all scenarios in a single show (or blog post), I do want to recap some of the most common questions I get and answer some specific inquiries that were emailed to me. There’s a chance you have the same question as someone else. I hope this is helpful, and if you still have a lingering question you’ll find my email at the end of this article. Please send me a note! I’d love to hear from you. For now, here is the recap of my IVF Q+A show: Question: What is IVF? Answer: It stands for, “Is Very Fun”…okay, so I’m kidding. It stands for In Vitro Fertilization. In simplistic terms, it’s the process of taking an egg and a sperm and putting them together thereby creating an embryo inside a lab. Things to expect while preparing for IVF: As estrogen rises, you can expect your body to react the same as it would...

Did Michelle Obama spearhead the #FertilityMeToo Movement?

Nov 17, 2018 | Fertility Care
I sure think so! And I spoke about it on my last Egg Whisperer Show. While on Good Morning America, the former first lady got personal. She courageously spoke about her own struggles with fertility and the choice to do IVF to conceive both of her daughters. Her story is a victory for fertility. By sharing her story Michelle is imploding the stigma associated with fertility. And I could not be happier about it. Plain and simple fertility and everything that comes along with it needs to be talked about more. This is especially true when it comes to infertility. Isn’t it interesting that when people share a secret—something deeply personal—that there is a good chance you can relate on some level? Or know someone who can? The same is true for fertility. And now, the same is true for Michelle Obama! That’s right -if you are struggling with fertility or did IVF then you have something in common with this fabulous lady! Pretty cool club to now be part of, huh? I’ve said this once or twice before (wink) and I’ll say it again until someone finds a way to make a bumper sticker out of it; There is no...

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...

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