Infertility treatment isn’t always about success. I wish I could guarantee pregnancy for every patient who walks into my clinic. I can guarantee that I will do my best to give you your highest chance of pregnancy but helping my patients cope with negative results isn’t easy. I’m always looking for things I can do to help my patients cope with their sadness and live in the moment. I found this great article in the August 2010 SELF magazine. I’ve summarized some key points here. If you’ve ever gone to a party and opened up to someone about your struggles, you may have heard one of the following statements: "Don’t try so hard" "Maybe if you just worked less and took a vacation, you would get pregnant" "My neighbor’s friend’s cousin, had 4 miscarriages and is now pregnant again. I know you will be pregnant too someday." When you hear anything like that when out in public, it is so easy to stop talking and to isolate yourself. Researchers have shown that women who have difficulty getting pregnant can be as depressed as those who have major heart problems or cancer. But infertility doesn’t get the same media campaigns as...
A recently published study has shown that pregnant women who take antidepressants have a 68% increased risk of miscarriage compared with those who do not take the medications. Many women struggling to conceive have depression and take antidepressants so I’m glad that this study has come out and is contributing to both depression and miscarriage research. I don't think you should stop your anti-depressants because of this study. (more…)
Do you find that it's harder and hard to have sex when trying to conceive? Scheduled sex isn't easy for men or women. Here are some tips to help you make it easier: Things you may want to try: Visual aids Toys (more…)
A brand new study published in Pediatrics analyzed more than 2.4 million births in Sweden between 1982 and 2005, including 27,000 IVF babies. They found that 54 IVF children developed cancer versus 38 that that would be expected in other children of the same age. The most common cancers were leukemia and brain cancers. Should you worry about a 42 percent increased risk cancer? While it may seem that the risk is 42% higher in IVF babies, the overall risk is still much less than 1%. This is what you should know: 1. The reasons for the link may include unidentified trains in the parents that may be related to infertility and cancer risks. 2. The increased risk may be related to traits associated with increased cancer risks in found in other studies: prematurity and having breathing problems at birth. 3. Despite the results, the risk of cancer is still much less than 1%. Read more about the study here: http://www.time.com/time/health/article/0,8599,2004668,00.html
The price tag associated with fertility drugs in this country is quite high. I see jaws dropping when I tell some patients that the medication cost associated with their treatment cycle can run between five to six thousand dollars. Good news for many is hopefully right around the corner. We heard this past Thursday that Watson Pharmaceuticals and Itero Biopharmaceuticals will be working together to develop a generic form of recombinant Follicle Stimulating Hormone. For those of you who are familiar with the different fertility drugs on the market, this would be the same as generic for (more…)
Did you know that half of the nation's adult population takes vitamin supplements regularly, and about a quarter take herbal supplements at least occasionally? In 1994, Congress passed legislation allowing supplement makers to sell products without FDA approval. A vast majority of suppliers of supplement ingredients are now located in China where the FDA neither has the time nor resources to perform inspections. In late May, the NY Times reported that nearly all herbal dietary supplements tested in a Congressional investigation contained amounts of lead and other contaminants. 16 of the 40 supplements tested contained pesticide residues that appeared to exceed legal limits. (more…)