November 30, 2016

When should we start thinking about getting help like IVF?

We have been trying to get pregnant for over 1 yr, then I got pregnant in March and lost the baby in June. Had a D&C. One month later we were told to try again. We have been trying ever since but no luck. Since it took over 1 year for the first pregnancy I was [Read more]

November 21, 2016

What should I be doing to conceive?

I have been TTC (trying to conceive) for over a year. After getting my implant out I wasn’t having periods so they started me on metformin then found out my free testosterone is high so started me Spironolactone. I just don’t know how to tell if it’s working. Should I just start taking ovulation tests? Is [Read more]

November 18, 2016

The Modern Family: LGBT Paths to Parenthood Must Not be Obstructed

As a reproductive endocrinologist and fertility specialist, my day-to-day work, and indeed my passion, is to help individuals and couples alike start or grow their families through fertility treatment. As a gay physician, a particularly satisfying aspect of my job is working with LGBT patients who otherwise may not be able to have their own [Read more]

November 15, 2016

Will 2-3 hours of sleep a night affect me getting pregnant?

My husband and I are trying to have a baby but I seem to not be sleeping a full eight hours maybe getting 2 to 3 hours of sleep a night will that affect me getting pregnant? Reproductive age women should be getting 7-9 hours of sleep a night, according to the National Sleep Foundation. [Read more]

November 10, 2016

Can I be pregnant if I didn’t have implantation bleeding?

Vaginal bleeding can be common in the first trimester and occurs in approximately 30% of pregnancies. Implantation bleeding refers to a small amount of bleeding at the time of a missed menstrual period and is presumed to be related to implantation of the embryo in the lining of the uterus. In fact, it is actually [Read more]

November 4, 2016

When It Comes to In Vitro Fertilization, “Natural” Isn’t Better

All types of businesses and consumer brands have seized on the consumer’s desire for more “natural” products and services. Unfortunately, the word “natural” is often misused, in that it suggests that something “natural” is somehow better. But when it comes to fertility care — specifically in vitro fertilization, or IVF – data show that isn’t [Read more]

November 2, 2016

How long after no heartbeat is detected does miscarriage begin to happen?

Miscarriage is the most common complication of early pregnancy and occurs in as many as 20 percent of clinically recognized pregnancies. The most common risk factors for miscarriage are increasing maternal age (related to aging of the oocytes), history of prior miscarriage and smoking. The cause of miscarriage as it relates to maternal age has [Read more]

October 25, 2016

How long before you usually have a cycle after D&C?

The time to return of normal menses will depend to some degree on how high the pregnancy hormone levels were at the time of the D&C procedure. In order to return to normal menses the brain’s hypothalamus and pituitary glands need to return to regular communication with the ovary to induce ovulation and ultimately lead to a [Read more]

October 20, 2016

Could finding out at 4 weeks pregnant mean your having twins?

Could finding out at 4 weeks pregnant mean your having twins? Home pregnancy tests can vary in their ability to detect human chorionic gonadotropin (hCG, aka the pregnancy hormone). Some kits can be very sensitive and detect levels which are very low. Thus, it’s really more a function of the accuracy of the dating (menstrual [Read more]

October 13, 2016

Does Weekly Acupuncture Treatments During IVF Help?

Many patients seeking fertility treatment feel some sense of stress related to In Vitro Fertilization (IVF) and often mention feeling “stressed out” or anxious. Getting a handle on this stress can be important since prolonged periods of stress has shown an impact on elevated levels of stress hormone in your body. Research on acupuncture treatments [Read more]