Rosa Gonzalez’s day isn’t that much different from other IVF nurses’ who are cycle coordinators. In the mornings she performs blood draws, and provides instructions to patients regarding fertility drugs. In the afternoons she emails and talks with patients to update them on their blood work results and IVF cycles. New patient education is also in the mix.
I struck gold with my second fertility doctor, who was recommended by a high-risk pregnancy specialist who had just informed me I had miscarried for the second time. And while it’s too late now to go back and choose him first, I sometimes wonder what might have been different had I been under his care from the beginning.
Finding the right baby-maker is arguably the most important decision someone considering ART (assisted reproductive technology) will make. So, from someone who has “been there, done that," here are five things to consider.
When it comes to holiday hours, each fertility clinic operates differently. Some clinics close for a few days or even weeks during the winter holidays. Other clinics maintain morning monitoring hours, but schedule IVF lab procedures for after the New Year. Closing all or a portion of the facility allows treatment staff to spend much needed time with family, gives them the opportunity to catch up on paperwork, and offers down time to thoroughly clean the lab without risking egg or embryo viability.
Sometimes it’s the little things that can lead to bigger problems, such as male infertility.
“I think a lot of men are doing things in their lifestyle that will adversely affect their sperm,” says Dr. Arthur Wisot a California fertility doctor with Reproductive Partners Medical Group. He explains how everyday three toxins can cause male infertility, particularly the count and quality of sperm.
It's cold and flu season, and we want you to stay healthy. Here are our top six tips for staying healthy if you trying to get pregnant this winter.
1. Get a Flu Shot
A flu shot is recommended for everyone but it is especially important (and considered safe) for soon-to-be-pregnant women. Even though it's safe, if you are still uncomfortable, you can ask for the preservative-free flu shot which most doctor's offices or flu shot clinics carry.
Dr. Richard Paulson, a fertility doctor with USC Fertility in Los Angeles explains how the hormones estrogen and progesterone can prepare the uterine lining for implantation of an embryo, even in women who have had ovarian failure or in menopause.
For people struggling with infertility, summer can be a particularly challenging time. Baby reminders are everywhere—at the beach, cookouts, on vacation, family parties, etc. Often there are summer family reunions where relatives often announce new pregnancies and make inquiries into your baby plans.
In the world of fertility treatment, there seem to be clear-cut tips and treatments for remedying female fertility, but not as many guidelines for improving male fertility. This can leave male partners feeling uninvolved in the family building process.
When a couple decides to officially try to have a baby, the initial part of the process can be a lot of fun. Suddenly thinking about baby names is no longer the equivalent of a school girl doodling her fantasy married name in a notebook, but a within-reach reality. The birth control and condoms go flying out the window, and in their place come hope and sex with a purpose. There are periods in a month where you know that no matter how rough your day at work is, when you get home you're having sex. Not only is sex this great, fun thing you get to do strictly for a few moments of pleasure, but it's actually a down payment on a life goal. It's like waking up one day and finding out that raw chocolate chip cookie dough is actually going to make you thinner.