Your 10 IVF Essential Must Haves

Sep 13, 2018 | Fertility Care
It’s been ten years since I started my fertility practice here in the San Francisco Bay Area. I’ve helped thousands of patients through the IVF process. I understand every nuance of how you might feel, both emotionally and physically, as you embark on your IVF journey. For this week’s Egg Whisperer Show, I shared the essential must-haves that my patients have really enjoyed in order to help make their experience and recovery more comfortable. I hope my Must Haves will help you have a smooth and safe IVF cycle. 1. Get Your Electrolytes This doesn’t mean having to drink sugary sports drinks. I recommend either Liquid IV or DripDrop. You just have to fill up your water bottle and add the powder. This is not only going to help you have juicy eggs, but also juicy veins so it won’t be a challenge when you have your blood drawn. 2. Stock up on Protein Shakes You’ll be feeling bloated, and maybe you’ll lose your appetite or find it harder to eat solid food. Protein shakes are really easy to drink and tolerate, and they’ll provide you with all the vitamins and nutrients that you need as a snack or meal replacement. They’re also great during pregnancy too. 3....

The Tushy Method

Aug 11, 2018 | Fertility Care
No two fertility patients are alike, which means that all fertility care should be personalized to your individual needs. This idea can sound expensive and daunting for both the patient and the doctor, but it isn’t. In fact, Dr. Aimee has seen firsthand that when she uses “The TUSHY Method,” a straightforward strategy for getting your fertility checked in 5 easy steps, her patients’ satisfaction with their care increases — and the time it takes for them to get pregnant decreases. It’s a new standard of fertility care that makes personalized fertility medicine easy and more affordable. Decrease Your Time to Pregnancy The TUSHY Check-up should be the first step every fertility patient takes. It will ensure that you are taking the right path to a healthy pregnancy and baby. What is The TUSHY Method? “T” in TUSHY stands for tubes (the fallopian tubes). In a tubal evaluation, a small amount of nontoxic dye is pushed through the uterus and tubes in order to determine if the tubes are open. What are fallopian tubes? These are the thin tubes where fertilization occurs. There is one on either side of the uterus. They enable the passage of the embryo into the uterus...

Delivering Hope: Pregnancy Through Surrogacy

Aug 02, 2018 | Fertility Care
An Interview with Mary Kennerly and Cat Dobbs, the founders of Delivering Hope. Like so many women today, Mary Kennerly launched her career as a clinical psychologist before starting a family. When she met Wes and got married, they wanted to spend a few years enjoying life as a couple before having children. When they did start trying, however, they discovered that Mary’s egg count was low. She also had the autoimmune disease Lupus, which contributed to multiple miscarriages after going through IVF. I finally told them that surrogacy would be their best option to have biological children. I reassured Mary that even if she couldn’t carry a pregnancy, the minute she held her baby in her arms; she would feel the same deep bond of any new mother. “We want to honor the mountain that the family has climbed, and if they are tired and don’t have as much hope as they did in the beginning, we want to be that hope for them because we know exactly where they’ve been.”—Mary Kennerly, Founder of Delivering Hope. She met Cat Dobbs through an agency, and within a few months, Cat became pregnant with Wes and Mary’s twins. Cat and Mary,...

Making Modern Families with Donor Eggs and Donor Sperm: A Conversation with Dr. Diane Tober

Aug 02, 2018 | Fertility Care
Dr. Diane Tober, a medical anthropologist and adjunct professor at the University of California San Francisco’s Institute for Health and Aging, joined me on the July 25th The Egg Whisperer Show to talk about her new book, a film she has in the works and her ongoing research into the role sperm and egg donation plays in the changing meanings of modern family. Dr. Tober has been researching egg and sperm donation for over 25 years, and in this time, she has seen the cultural landscape change—and the number of donor-conceived children increase as more single women, and LGBT couples start families with donor eggs and sperm. I was really interested in how people felt about donors, and how perceptions of genetics influenced donor choice In her new book, Romancing the Sperm: Shifting Biopolitics and the Making of Modern Families, she explores the intersections between the sperm banking industry, the men who provide sperm, and the single women and lesbian couples who use donor sperm to conceive their children. In the introduction to the book she explains: “This book situates women’s experiences creating families during the onset of the so-called “lesbian baby boom” and the rise of “Single Mothers by Choice,” but also ultimately...

Tonight’s Egg Whisperer Show at 7PM PST: Delivering Hope

Aug 02, 2018 | Fertility Care
Watch tonight's show LIVE at 7PM here. Learn about my special guests ahead of tonight's show:

Motherhood Reimagined: A Conversation About Fertility and Single Motherhood with Sarah Kowalski

Jul 24, 2018 | Fertility Care
The choice to have a baby on your own - either with a known sperm donor or one found through a sperm bank, is starting to become less taboo as more women tell their stories openly and publicly. Recently, the New York Timespublished an opinion piece entitled “Single at 38? Have that Baby!” by Emma Brockes, a journalist and author of the new book An Excellent Choice: Panic and Joy on my Solo Path to Motherhood. “It takes a certain amount of courage to have a baby alone, and the relief of reaching the other side has never worn off,” she writes. “Being a single parent pushes you outward. I lean on my neighbors to a degree I never would have in a two parent unit; my friends are family in deeper ways than they might otherwise have been. I have finally learned, at the age of 42, to ask for help.” “I think it’s important not to think of it as a Plan B,” says Kowalski. “I want to think of it as an amazing model of how to have a kid.” The Reality of Single Motherhood in America Sarah Kowalski, another amazing woman who made this choice, joined me on my July...

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