Dr. Aimee’s List of Five Things Every Fertility Patient Needs

Jan 22, 2017 | Fertility Care
Every fertility patient needs these 5 things. 1.TEAM: Find your team. Think about everyone you need in your huddle to help you reach your goals. Grab a piece of paper right now and write down who you need on your roster to make this as easy and enjoyable a process as possible. Don't just think about your main huddle, think about who you need on your cheering squad too. For example: Do you have PCOS? Make sure your team includes: a personal trainer, nutritionist, acupuncturist and fertility doctor. 2.TRY: Having sex probably feels like a chore by now and depending on how long you've been trying, you might be skipping sex for months at a time. Sex on demand isn't fun or sexy. You aren't tearing each other's clothes off  like in soap operas, but try to get your groove back. See a sex therapist if needed. I know it sounds funny to think after being a fertility patient that you could possibly get pregnant naturally, but sometimes the impossible happens. 3.TRANSPARENCY: Be honest with yourself about your diagnosis. If you're over 40, your fertility issues are at least partially age related. Fertility isn't skin deep, you "can't put botox in...

Introduction to IVF

Jan 09, 2010 | Fertility Care
I wrote this article as a sort of “IVF for beginners.” Even if you’ve been through IVF before, reading this may help you understand why we do what we do. What is IVF? IVF is a type of treatment that involves taking eggs from a woman’s body, creating embryos with sperm and putting embryos into a woman’s uterus. That sounds kind of complicated, I know. I’m going to break it down in the simplest terms possible. IVF stands for in vitro fertilization. It means fertilization outside of the body or in a controlled environment. In vitro = within the glass (in Latin). Every woman has a set number of eggs that she can potentially ovulate every month. We ovulate 1 and the rest die. You can never use them again. Every woman’s “potential” number of eggs that she can ovulate declines as she ages. This number (more…)

IVF twins – are you at higher risk of delivering prematurely because you went through IVF?

Jan 03, 2010 | Infertility News
Most would think that the answer to the question above should be yes but researchers have recently found that the answer is no - IVF conceived twins are not at higher risk for prematurity compared to spontaneously conceived twins. Millions of healthy IVF offspring have been born which has proven the safety of this medical technique. Researchers have recently reported in the December 2009 edition of Fertility and Sterility, by Weghofer et al, that when you compare women of the same age with the same risk factors that the IVF twin pregnancies don't have a higher chance of delivering prematurely. There are several factors that can increase your chances of delivering prematurely: smoking habits and history of prior preterm birth are just a couple of them. My recommendation: talk to your doctor about the risks associated with twin pregnancies. Ask your doctor what your personal risk factors are and how you will be monitored during the pregnancy. Many doctors like to measure the length of your cervix through the first trimester followed by growth scans (ultrasound to measure the weight of the babies) in the second and third trimester along with monitoring the fetal heart beats and amniotic fluid in...

Coping with Infertility During the Holidays

Coping with Infertility during the Holidays The holiday season is a very stressful time of year. It can be even more stressful for those suffering from infertility. The holidays are filled with family get-togethers which can bring out a variety of emotions, especially if everyone is talking about their babies, children, and their pregnancies. You may even get pressure from family and friends, who do not know your struggle, to start a family. What can you do to get through this time with the least amount of emotional pain? (more…)