Questions you should ask your infertility doc before you leave the office

Dec 06, 2009 | Fertility Care
So you’ve spent about a year trying to get pregnant and you’ve now found yourself in a very overwhelming situation – you have to take fertility drugs. You always thought getting pregnant was going to be easy for you…..but you’re now having to inject yourself with medications that have names that you can’t pronounce with 5 syllables and you have no idea why you’re taking them. Empower yourself. The more you know about what you’re doing and why – the more successful your treatment will be. Ask your doc the following questions: What is my infertility diagnosis? (more…)

Basic Infertility Evaluation – What you should know

Dec 05, 2009 | Fertility Care
This is what I tell everyone who comes to see me for their first infertility evaluation, “It takes three things to get pregnant: 1. Sperm 2. Tubes that are open (this includes a normal uterus) and 3. Ovaries that are working.” If you remember those three things and look into possible problems with the three areas I just listed – you will know (most of the time) why things just aren’t working. So the question is: How do you know if there is a problem? 1. Let’s talk about sperm. The magic number for sperm is a total motile count of 40 million. If you have a total motile count that is less than 40 million, your chances to conceive are going to be reduced. There’s more to sperm than just the count and the motility and a lot of people miss this very important point. So not only are we looking for a total motile count of 40 million – take the % normal morphology (this is the percentage of sperm that are normally shaped) and multiply it by the total motile count – if it is > 40 million – you may not need my help. If it...

Possible Reasons for Infertility

Maybe you and your partner are wondering if something is wrong. After all, you may have been trying to conceive for a while without any luck. It may be helpful to review some basic biology of fertility and conception. Or maybe you're not having intercourse at the right time during the female partner's reproductive cycle. Monitoring the basal body temperature (BBT) or cervical mucous changes will help to pinpointovulation times. On the other hand, something physical may be wrong. What follows is an overview of conditions that may negatively affect the fertility of males and females. As you read, don't jump to conclusions and self-diagnose. If you suspect something, you should talk to your healthcare provider orfertility specialist. Female When it comes to fertility, the hormonal control of the menstrual cycle can be extremely complex. Below is a short list of conditions that can cause fertility problems. If you're concerned that one of them may affect you, speak to your healthcare provider. The good news is that treatments may be available for many of these conditions. Ovulatory problems Approximately 33% to 50% of all infertile women have problems with ovulation. The normal ovarian cycle is so complex that even small changes may disrupt the cycle...

Understanding Infertility & Achieving Results

Join me as I host a seminar on Understanding Infertility & Achieving Results. Presented by Dr. Collin Smikle and Dr. Aimee Eyvazzadeh Wednesday, February 3 at 6:00pm Sutter Gould Library 1700 Mchenry Ave # 60B Modesto, CA 95350 Phone (888) 442-3888 Refreshments will be served

Holiday Fundraiser

Dec 02, 2009 | Fertility Care
Acupuncture Kitchen and Laurel Fertility Care invite you to a holiday fundraiser and art opening featuring creations by Alison Kendal and Claire Bowers. This festive mingling of community support and tasty bites will benefit The Homeless Prenatal Program, a San Francisco-based nonprofit that helps create opportunities during pregnancy and parenthood to end the cycle of homelessness. (more…)

Ask the Infertility Doc

Nov 26, 2009 | Infertility Treatment
Ask me a question about infertility. See what others are asking! (more…)

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