WAMA’s 1A Show: Why More Women Are Going for the Big Freeze

May 18, 2018 | In the Media
On May 16th, Joshua Johnson’s WAMA NPR show 1A included the topic of egg freezing as part of a week long series called Beyond Mother’s Day. I joined guests Sloane Crosley, the author of Look Alive Out There, in which she has an essay about her decision to freeze her eggs. Also on the show: Dr. Joshua U. Klein, the Chief Medical Officer of Extend Fertility, a company that helps women freeze their eggs and Dr. Marcy Darnovsky, the Executive Director at the Center for Genetics and Society, an organization that debates the implications of modern biotechnologies for children, parents and our public health. I believe that all women should have access to affordable fertility screening and know about egg freezing technology On the show, we talked about why more women are freezing their eggs and the reasons why so many are making the choice. We also debated the issue of whether we’re overusing this technology because of a lack of affordable child care options and child friendly workplace policies that make having children when we’re biologically fertile more difficult. I believe that all women should have access to affordable fertility screening and know about egg freezing technology, which is why I offer it in...

Introducing the TUSHY Method: A Novel Approach to Personalized Fertility Care

May 15, 2018 | Fertility Care
No two fertility patients are the same, which means that all fertility care should be personalized to each one’s individual needs. I know this idea can sound expensive and daunting for both the patient and the doctor. It’s a method I’ve been using for years that focuses on diagnosis before treatment That’s why I’m so excited to introduce a new standard of fertility care that makes personalized fertility medicine easy 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. It’s a method that I’ve been using for years with patients. I call it the TUSHY method and it focuses on diagnosis before treatment. What is the TUSHY Method? “T” in TUSHY stands for tubes (the fallopian tubes) “U” in TUSHY stands for ultrasound of uterus. “S” in TUSHY stands for semen analysis. “H” in TUSHY stands for hormone testing. “Y” in TUSHY stands for your genetic profile. My hope is that this mnemonic will assist all health care providers to remember the basic fertility screening tests to offer patients who they refer to Reproductive Endocrinology and...

Trimester Zero: Strategies for Your Best Preconception Health

May 15, 2018 | Fertility Care
In May, The Lancet published three papers showing scientific evidence of the vital importance of preconception care. These are the months and weeks before you decide to conceive, or what I like to call Trimester Zero. The papers show that both the health of men and women before they conceive can profoundly influence a pregnancy?—?this includes being overweight or underweight. There is also a direct connection between your health and its impact on your growing baby, including birth weight, brain development and the long-term risks of a child developing cardiovascular, metabolic, immune and neurological problems. It’s always a good idea to meet with a dietitian and nutritionist in order to optimize what you’re eating and know how to prepare food for pregnancy at least three months before you start trying It’s studies like these that led Judy Simon to start Mind Body Nutrition, a program that helps families take positive steps towards preconception health. In this interview, she offers advice on the type of people her program can help and the best nutrition strategies to support your fertility whether you’re thinking about getting pregnant in the future or going through IVF now. EW: How did you get interested in nutrition for fertility? Fifteen years ago I...

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...

IVF pregnancy rates decline with increased air pollution

May 13, 2010 | Fertility Care
In February, I wrote an article about how air pollution may increase your risk of miscarriage: https://draimee.org/high-amount-of-pollution-increase-in-miscarriage-risk/ I want you to know about a recent study which has shown that women exposed to air pollution have a significantly lower chance of pregnancy. You can see a nice summary of the study here: http://www.themedguru.com/20100513/newsfeature/air-pollution-linked-ivf-failure-study-86135116.html After reading the published study in Human Reproduction and the news coverage, this is what I think women and men  going through IVF should know: 1. The quality of air in the embryo lab makes a big difference. Ask the lab that you are using what they are doing to make sure that their air is of great quality. Make sure the lab you are going to is using a HEPA air filtration system. Ask about the quality assurance and controls that are used to make sure that the air quality during your cycle is ideal. (more…)

4 Common Myths about using Donor Eggs

Apr 25, 2010 | Fertility Care
Depending on your fertility challenges, you may be considering using donor eggs. I counsel many women about using donor eggs and here are 4 common myths: Myth #1: My risk of miscarriage is high even if I use donor eggs. This isn't true. Your risk of miscarriage is related to the age of the donor egg. Myth #2: If my eggs are "old" this means my uterus is "old" too. I can't carry a pregnancy since my eggs are "old." This isn't true. Your ability to carry a pregnancy using donor eggs is related to your health and the health of your uterus. (more…)

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