EVERY woman over 40 who wants a family MUST watch Wendy Burch's interview with Valerie Landis' Eggsperience. She is a reporter with KTLA 5 News in Los Angeles who is sharing her fertility story using an egg donor. She thought it would be dishonest not to tell the truth to her fans and viewers about how she got pregnant. She talks about how much money she spent trying with her own eggs and what made her decide to change her path to pregnancy using a donor egg. She wants women to learn from her. Great story.
Dr. Mimi Lee, physician, breast cancer survivor, professional concert pianist: She lost her only hope of having biological children while we all watched. She's sharing her story so that "even though I won't be able to meet my babies, maybe I'll help someone else hold on to theirs." Watch her interview with Eggsperience's Valerie Landis. She shares where she is in the appeals process, what her future fertility plans are, the advice she has for IVF patients, and exactly what happened to her as she battled for her embryos in court. Despite losing her embryo battle, she is a winner. She continues to find the goodness in humanity and wants to empower YOU by sharing her IVF story. Click here to read her story and watch her interview: Dr. Mimi Lee's Personal testimonial.
RESOLVE Professionally-led general infertility support group forWOMEN Facilitated by Beth Jaeger-Skigen, LCSW This group meets in San Francisco at 1197 Valencia Street at 23rd Starting April 25, 2017 Tuesdays: from 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm The group requires a 6 week commitment What happens during this infertility support group? Members of this infertility support group come together to share feelings, concerns, and creative ways to cope with the challenges of infertility. Members help one another work through feelings of anger and depression, as well as support each other’s successes in their infertility journey. In a mutually caring environment, positive feelings of self-acceptance, perspective, and optimism can return. What are the logistics of this group? This infertility support group meets for an hour in duration. Licensed psychotherapist, Beth Jaeger-Skigen leads this group. To reserve your place in this group, payment is due prior to the first group meeting. Interested in joining this support group? Call Beth Jaeger-Skigen 415-317-4893 email email@example.com Cost: $360
I'm deeply and forever touched to have been included in this blog post by Sarah Kay Hoffman. If you aren't following Sarah on facebook, you should. Her journey and love for her daughter will fill your heart with joy.
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."