December 18, 2014

10 Tips to Help You Stop Obsessing About Becoming Pregnant

For sure, it seems nearly impossible to stop obsessing about pregnancy while dealing with infertility. Babies are all around you. You spend countless hours in the doctor’s office checking this, assessing that – all in the hopes of having the sperm meet the egg. Here are some ideas for how to get pregnancy off your [Read more]

December 16, 2014

Autism and Assisted Reproductive Technology (ART)

With autism spectrum disorder (ASD)  on the rise  patient’s often ask about the risk of autism with fertility treatment.   The prevalence of this disorder in US children between the ages of 6 to 17 is estimated to be 1 in 50.  While the etiology of this devastating disease remains unknown there is thought to be [Read more]

December 11, 2014

Fertility Testing: Laparoscopy

What is a Laparoscopy? Laparoscopy is a surgical procedure your doctor may use to look at your uterus, ovaries, and fallopian tubes. If any problems are diagnosed, your physician may be able to address or correct the issue during this procedure. Laparoscopy is a fertility test that can help your doctor diagnose fibroids, scar tissue (adhesions), [Read more]

December 9, 2014

Role of Breast Milk in Influencing Behavior

There was a recent article in the NY times, “In a Mother’s Milk, Nutrients, and a Message, Too,” that I came across and thought it worth sharing. The article detailes an elegant study with monkey’s demonstrating a mother can communicate with her infant through her breast milk. That breast milk actually acts like a pheromone.   RESOURCES: NY Times [Read more]

December 4, 2014

Report suggests SGA females are 2x’s more likely to have infertility as adults

A recent article printed in Science Daily, “Girls born small or underweight twice as likely to be infertile in adulthood,” suggests long term consequences for female infants who are small for gestation age (SGA) or have low birth weight (LBW), including infertility.  Double Embryo Transfer (DET), as well as embryo transfer’s (ET) when the endometirum is exposed [Read more]

December 2, 2014

Please Bother Me – the fertility doctor

I recently had a day off and I was struck by how many times people apologized for “bothering” me. “Sorry to bother you,” an e-mail from a nurse began, followed by a question about one of my patients and what the next step in her treatment should be. “I forgot it was your day off. [Read more]

November 25, 2014

30 of the Best Responses to “When are you going to have kids?”

We’ve all had the moment where someone asks the question, “When are you going to have kids?” Depending on the person and the day, we may feel anger, frustration, sadness or uncertainty. Whether the question is expected or it comes as a complete surprise, it’s helpful to think ahead about how we might respond. If [Read more]

November 20, 2014

Another reason to avoid Double Embryo Transfer (DET)

An article recently published in the NY Times earlier this month, “Low Birth Weight Tied to Hip Replacement in Adulthood,” highlights a report that is IN PRESS in the journal Arthritis Care & Research. The study reports the Low Birth Weight of infants were found to have a 250% increase  in Hip Replacement later in life.  Double [Read more]

November 13, 2014

Celiac Disease and Fertility

“Can Celiac Disease Affect the Brain” – this intriguing title appeared on a recent article in the New York Times by Moises Velasquez-Manoff. Celiac disease is a condition that is usually thought of as affecting the gastrointestinal (GI) tract.  It is caused by the ingestion of gluten, which is key component of wheat, rye and [Read more]

November 4, 2014

The Uterus Transplant: a risky procedure in search of an indication

There has been an extraordinary amount of media attention on what at first glance seems like an amazing medical breakthrough: the first baby born after a uterine transplantion. While there is reason to celebrate this medical breakthrough, some of the enthusiasm may be overstated. A recent news story from the UK, for example, reported that [Read more]