A Custody Battle Over Embryos

Feb 06, 2017 | Fertility Care
Read about Dr. Mimi Lee's  journey. She has lessons that only someone who has gone through something this difficult can teach. She shared her story with the Atlantic in this poignant essay published today.  

Super Bowl Sunday PSA

Feb 05, 2017 | Fertility Care
This is a public service announcement about alcohol, fertility and pregnancy on a day when Americans are known to drink 325 million gallons of beer! The title of this article basically says it all but what you should know is that there is no amount of alcohol that is acceptable or okay in pregnancy. If you are buzzed  then imagine how your baby must feel. I know, I know, they do it in Europe and your mom did it when she was pregnant with you but no, that doesn't give you a pass! If you are feeling buzzed, then your baby is trashed. Now what about if you're trying to conceive? Alcohol in moderation does not seem to cause fertility issues or future issues in pregnancy. Danish researchers found that women who drank fewer than 14 alcoholic beverages per week did not have reduced fertility. We do know that binge drinking is bad for your fertility for both men and women. I ask my patients to abstain after their IUI and embryo transfer procedures. If you're trying to conceive, alcohol in moderation won't hurt your fertility. Avoid binge drinking and as always, ask your doctor about your particular situation. There...

Let’s be Blunt: The lowdown on Pot and Fertility

Jan 31, 2017 | Fertility Care
Now that recreational marijuana use is legal in California some may see this as an opportunity to light up. It isn't against the law, right? It should be good for your health since it's legal, right? Marijuana is supposed to cure everything, right? Well, it's all smoke and mirrors when it comes to fertility. The truth about pot and fertility is that you should put the weed down for now. I know, your friends smoke pot  and they had no trouble getting pregnant. I hear this all the time. I'm not picking on you or singling you out but the truth is that it may hurt your fertility and here's how: 1. Men who smoke pot more than once a week may see a dramatic reduction of up to 29% in their sperm count compared to light smokers. 2. It could affect the viability and maturity of the egg. 3. Once the sperm and egg meet in the fallopian tube, embryo transport may be affected and the embryo may never end up landing in the uterus. 4. Once the embryo does land in the uterus, the ability of the embryo to implant ie stick and grow could also be compromised. Go to this...

The Emotional Impact of Miscarriage and Recurrent Pregnancy Loss by Dr. Lora Shahine

Jan 30, 2017 | Fertility Care
Must read article by Dr. Lora Shahine  published today in the Huffington Post.

How does Acupuncture Work?

Jan 30, 2017 | Fertility Care
Fertility acupuncture is an important part of fertility treatment. Here's a great article that describes how it works. I recommend this book to all my patients who want to learn even more:

5 Things you probably didn’t know about PCOS

Jan 27, 2017 | Fertility Care
Do you have PCOS? Here are 5 things you probably didn't know: 1. Fitness guru Jillian Michaels has PCOS. She has spoken publicly about her fertility issues and she's the perfect example of how you can be fit and have PCOS too! It takes a lot of work but your hard work will pay off by helping you control your PCOS symptoms. (more…)

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