Mysteries of the IVF Lab Revealed

Jul 24, 2018 | Fertility Care
Some people like mysteries and some don’t. When you’re going through IVF, I think it’s important to know as much as possible about the process — everything from how your body may react to each step to what exactly happens behind the scenes in the IVF lab. What happens after your eggs are retrieved? How are your eggs prepared for fertilization? How do embryologists perform assisted hatching? How are your eggs and embryos frozen? I recommend getting as much information as possible about the level of expertise of the embryologists with whom your fertility doctor works. I recently hosted Salu Ribeiro, an embryologist at UCSF on The Egg Whisperer show, in order to demystify what happens behind the scenes. Ribeiro studied for many years at UC Davis and the University of Leeds in the UK to become a board certified scientific expert in making sperm and egg meet in a petri dish, or invitro, the I in IVF. After I retrieve a patient’s eggs, Salu is the person who I hand them off to. He’s their first baby sitter. Not every embryologist is as well-trained as Salu, and I trust him because he has a very steady hand when he handles embryos....

More Women Between Age 40 and 44 Are Having Babies!

Jul 24, 2018 | Fertility Care
Why it’s more important than ever to understand implantation testing, sperm testing and decreased ovarian reserve. On the May 23rd Egg Whisperer Show, I took calls on some complicated fertility questions, mostly connected to older parents. The National Center for Health Statistics recently published a report that the fertility rate is the lowest it’s been in thirty years, which sounds very doom and gloom. But the reality is that the drop was only 2 percent. What’s more interesting is that the birth rate actually rose for the oldest group of women, those between the ages of 40 and 44. What this means is that society is changing, but our biology isn’t. I have no doubt that many of the women in this age group are needing to rely on some form of fertility treatment. Society is changing, but our biology isn’t. It’s why it’s so important for everyone, no matter your age, to know about fertility screening. It’s why it’s so important for everyone, no matter your age or whether you’re actively trying to get pregnant, to know about fertility screening. This is measuring your hormone levels to get ahead of your fertility, and maybe freezing your eggs. I also encourage families who are thinking...

Why the TUSHY Method is Preventive Fertility Medicine

Jul 24, 2018 | Fertility Care
Plus Five Important Questions Answered About Frozen Eggs, Frozen Embryos, the Role of Your Partner’s Sperm and Whether You Can Do IVF over the Age of 45. My May 16th Egg Whisperer show was devoted to my new passion, The TUSHY method. No, it’s not what you think. To learn more, I recommend reading this story I published last month, but the gist of it is what I believe needs to be the standard of fertility care?—?personalized fertility medicine that is easier and more affordable. It’s a new first step for every fertility patient that will ensure you are taking the right path and will experience the highest likelihood for a healthy pregnancy and baby. Many of us know it’s not always so easy to make sperm and egg meet We all like to watch telenovelas where making a baby takes a few glasses of wine and a romantic evening, but so many of us know it’s not always so easy to make sperm and egg meet. The basic idea of the TUSHY method is diagnosis before treatment, which will decrease the time it takes to get pregnant and therefore help you to achieve the family size that you want. “T” in TUSHY stands for...

How To Give Yourself a 100% IVF Pregnancy Rate

Jun 21, 2018 | Fertility Care
It’s a funny idea, I know. Because I’m sure no fertility clinic that you’ve ever talked to claims to have a 100% IVF pregnancy rate. But that’s actually the point: A 100% IVF rate doesn’t exist! There are, however, many steps you can take before you start IVF to increase your chances of having a healthy pregnancy and baby. The most important fact to know about human eggs is that the age of your eggs has everything to do with your pregnancy rate Step One: Become A Cat, Dog or Bunny! Yes, another joke! Every day 10,000 humans are born in the United States, 70,000 kittens and puppies are born, and, get this, bunnies can give birth up to twelve times a year! That’s because, unlike humans, bunnies don’t have a menstrual cycle. There’s no special window in which a pregnancy needs to happen. In fact, they are spontaneous ovulators, which means that intercourse actually stimulates ovulation. After 40 seconds of magic, an egg releases. Plan! Plan! Plan! Unfortunately, humans don’t reproduce as efficiently as bunnies, so planning is vital. Often this involves freezing eggs or embryos before you decide to get pregnant (Read about: Why I Throw Egg Freezing Parties)....

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How to Create Your Own Personalized IVF Plan

Jun 15, 2018 | Fertility Care
Have you ever used Google Maps and been redirected midway via a better route? Alternatively, maybe you’re proactive in managing traffic and go directly to Waze to get you from point A to point B in the most time effective way? These apps are well-loved and widely used because they remove obstacles out of an otherwise potentially painful process, and they do so with data. I bring the beauty of Google Maps into my fertility care by serving as a personal navigator for every one of my patient’s IVF care and talked about it here. We tell these apps where we want to go, they determine our starting point and formulate a plan. It’s not a one-size fits-all-route; it is customized and updated in real-time to avoid the proverbial bumps along the way. I would get lost daily without this personalized navigation. Personalized Navigation for Fertility I bring the beauty of Google Maps into my fertility care by serving as a personal navigator for every one of my patient’s IVF care. It’s the approach required for every IVF patient to have their best chance at getting to their point B, which is a healthy pregnancy. To be clear, I’m in no...

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