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...