Fibroids and Frozen Eggs – Ask the question.

Should you freeze your eggs before you have your fibroids removed? The American Society for Reproductive Medicine has just declared that freezing your eggs prior to egg-destroying cancer treatments is no longer considered experimental.  However, they did not recommend that all women bank eggs for the future in case the right time to have a [...]

December 17th, 2013|Egg Freezing, Fertility Preservation, Health|

Serious Childbirth Complications on the Rise in the USA: What can you do?

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recently reported (Callaghan et al, Obstetrics & Gynecology, Nov 2012)  that serious complications during childbirth such as heart attack, stroke, hemorrhage, and kidney failure are up 75% (yes SEVENTY FIVE PERCENT) in 2008-2009 compared to a decade ago.  Post delivery complications rose 114% (one hundred fourteen percent) [...]

December 17th, 2013|Health, IVF, Pregnancy|

Can your weight affect your fertility?

Can your weight affect your fertility?  The short answer is YES.  Fat is an endocrine organ and if you have too much of it, or too little, it can affect your reproductive function in many different ways.  If you are overweight, the excess fat can lead to higher estrogen levels.  Some women will stop ovulating [...]

December 13th, 2013|Fertility, Health, Trying to Conceive|

Are Frozen Eggs the Fountain of Youth?

Should I freeze my eggs? Why are people talking about freezing their eggs now? Will this allow me to delay childbearing and still preserve my fertility? Even though the first in vitro fertilization (IVF) baby was born in 1978, and the first birth from a frozen egg was reported in 1986, it is only recently [...]

December 11th, 2013|Egg Freezing, Fertility, IVF|

SEX: timing is everything . . . or is it?

“Honey I’m ovulating!!!!  So what if you are tired exhausted, don’t have time, we have to do it – and we have to do it NOW!” This seems kind of stressful and not very romantic, but this is the norm for many couples who are trying to conceive. Did you know that timing is a [...]

December 9th, 2013|Health, Sex|

Baby In Your Belly?: Buckle Up!

Pregnant women often worry that buckling up their seat belts in the car may somehow harm the baby in their belly during an accident.  Now a recent study by Luley and colleagues published in the Americal Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology on February 25, 2013 debunks that potentially fatal myth.  The study demonstrates a significantly [...]

November 21st, 2013|Pregnancy|

Stress and Fertility: Don’t Clown Around!

As I perused a recent issue of the prestigious and widely-read, peer-reviewed journal of the American Society for Reproductive Medicine:  Fertility and Sterility, I came across an article that caught my eye, titled “The effect of medical clowning on pregnancy rates after in vitro fertilization and embryo transfer.” (Friedler et al. Vol 95, No. 6, [...]

November 17th, 2013|Fertility, Health|

Should You Freeze Your Eggs? “It Depends…”

The big news is that up until October 2012, Egg Freezing was considered experimental by Those in the Know.  Those in the Know being the ASRM - the American Society for Reproductive Medicine - a group of reproductive endocrinologists and other related professionals/experts in reproductive medicine. Why would egg freezing be considered experimental when the [...]