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...

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...

Aluminum Cans and Your Fertility

A recent Danish study published in American Journal of Epidemiology showed that men who drank more soda (equivalent to 4 sodas per day) had a lower sperm count than men who didn’t drink as much soda  - and when they compared caffeine intake – the difference didn’t seem to be related to caffeine. This totally makes sense – the guys who were drinking more sodas also ate more fast foods and ate less fruits and vegetables.  Of course their sperm counts are going to be lower – right? But what if it’s actually something linked to the aluminum cans? (more…)

Less Injections in Your Future

Mar 13, 2010 | Fertility Care
When choosing an infertility treatment option, your doctor may decide that you should consider taking fertility shots. You can take fertility shots in preparation for an IUI (intrauterine insemination) or in preparation for IVF (in vitro fertilization). Depending on the type of treatment regimen you and your doctor choose, you could end up giving yourself over 120 shots! That's no fun. Good news is coming our way. It has already come to Europe.  Elanova, is a new fertility drug (more…)

Physical activity and Female Fertility

Patients are always asking me, “Can I continue to run everyday while undergoing infertility treatment?” It isn’t unusual for a patient to say, “My Mom thinks that the reason why I’m not getting pregnant is because I exercise too much, is she right?” This is what we know: Women who exercise most days of the week have been shown to be 3 times more likely to have fertility problems than inactive women. (more…)

High amount of pollution = Increase in miscarriage risk

We are learning more and more  about the connection between environmental pollutants and fertility problems in both males and females. A recent study out of Brazil showed that women exposed to high levels of air pollution prior to conceiving had a much higher risk of miscarriage. What does this mean to us in the US? First of all, learn about the air quality in your area around the time you are planning on conceiving (more…)

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