Fertility care: Get the treatment you Deserve

Jan 17, 2017 | Fertility Care
Imagine this for a moment: you just had a heart attack. What do you do? You go right to the emergency room where the doctors: will refer you to a cardiologist who will do an ultrasound of your heart, run blood tests, then based on the results, decide what treatments will you need. You may need surgery but you'll likely be prescribed drugs to keep your heart healthy so you can live a healthy life, chest pain free. Without the testing, they wouldn't know what was going on with your heart or how to best care for you. Now let's imagine this: you're having fertility issues. Your heart is breaking. What do you do? Shouldn't you go right to a fertility doctor? You should have an ultrasound of your uterus and ovaries, do tests to see where your fertility levels are, check your fallopian tubes and do sperm testing, then take drugs that are prescribed to help your fertility. Being a fertility patient hurts your heart. You should have the same level of testing that a heart patient gets when they suffer from a heart attack. Dealing with fertility issues is heart-breaking, depressing and wreaks havoc on your emotional and physical...

Working and IVF, how can you possibly manage both?

Jan 17, 2017 | Fertility Care
To work or not to work, that is the question. Depending on how stressful your job is, it isn't unusual for women to think through whether they should use vacation time so that they don't have to answer questions from co-workers about why they're leaving work often to make it to "doctor's appointments." Read about this one woman's experience and learn from what she did, what she wish she did and what advice she has to give to others going through fertility treatment while working.  

Progesterone, like water to a marathon Runner

Jan 17, 2017 | Fertility Care
A recent study published recently  showed how important progesterone is for women with a history of miscarriages. If you're a patient of mine, you've heard me say this: Imagine running a marathon. Then imagine no one offering you water during the race. But then maybe at the very end of the race, someone checks on you and says, "How about some water? You're not looking so good." Can you imagine? If you've ever run a marathon before, you would know that withholding water from a runner would be really unfair! Well, that's how I think of progesterone: it's like water to a marathon runner. Fertilization occurs in the fallopian tube. The embryo will then travel down the tube and land in the uterus where it will stick and grow. The time to support your embryo isn't after it has completed the race but during the race itself. If you haven't watched this video before, it's a must-see! It's an hour long but once you watch it, you'll understand how important it is to do all you can to support your embryo during its race. Everyone's situation is different. Just because you read something in a blog doesn't mean it's right for you....

The Two Week Wait: My tips for keeping your Sanity

Dec 21, 2016 | Fertility Care
The two week wait is the period of time between the embryo transfer and pregnancy test. My patients tell me that waiting is the hardest part of being a fertility patient: Waiting for IVF to start, for your embryo transfer and the hardest wait of all, for the pregnancy test results. My tips for keeping your sanity: 1. Going through fertility treatment and especially the two week wait can wreak havoc on your emotions. Make sure you have a fertility friend. If you don’t have someone you can share your feelings with, find someone! Find someone through an online support group, therapist, friend or family member. 2. Find a mantra and write it down and repeat it. One of my favorites: “Success is around the corner. I will have a baby one way or another.” Find a meditation program through:   Circle+Bloom 3. Find a great acupuncturist. They will also emotionally support you during this time. 4. Consider finding a really great therapist and a fertility coach. They can also be your “Fertility Friend.” 5. Pick out drawers to organize in your home. Go through and organize all your picture files. Both are great distractions. And my favorite distraction? Watching "cute...

Top 10 Fertility Stories of 2016

Dec 17, 2016 | Fertility Care
This has been a very exciting year in fertility medicine. Scientific advances allowed me to help patients this year that I may not have been able to help previously. Being a fertility doctor isn’t always about giving people good news. Most days are about giving people hope when they feel like all hope is lost. I’m looking forward to 2017 as another opportunity to continue to do all I can to help my patients achieve parenthood.   Here are the top ten fertility stories of 2016: 1. Zika virus and pregnancy: Embed from Getty Images When we first heard about the Zika virus, we knew there was very likely a link between the virus and birth defects like microcephaly but as we learned more we found out that Zika could also cause other problems: infertility in men, stillbirth, and miscarriages just to name a few. We also learned that the virus could be transmitted not only from a mosquito bite, but also possibly through sex and even human contact. According to the World Health Organization, Zika is no longer a world health emergency, but as far as fertility doctors are concerned, we continue to ask our patients to avoid traveling to areas...

7 Tips to help you prepare for your first visit to a Fertility Doctor

Dec 11, 2016 | Fertility Care
1. Bring all your medical records. It’s great to send them to your new doc ahead of time. But I love it when patients have their paper records printed out and with them in a folder. This way I can flip through them and make sure I’m not missing anything. If you're relying on another clinic to send things ahead of your visit, call before your visit to make sure they have arrived. Be Prepared! 2. Get tested! If you haven’t done the basic fertility work-up, get tested before your visit. After talking to your new doctor's office, see if they will order hormone levels like fsh, estradiol and AMH , semen analysis and a tube test (hysterosalpingogram). Bring in as many puzzle pieces as possible to your appointment so your doc can put the puzzle pieces together in order to solve the puzzle about what may be going on. 3. Know when your last period started and approximately when you ovulate. I can tell you that when I’m going to do the first pelvic ultrasound on a patient it’s really helpful to me if a patient knows approximately when her period started. This way I have a good idea...

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