Tag: support

Advice for Managing the Holidays with Infertility

The holiday season can be rough for those dealing with infertility. Emotions can run high, making it hard to talk to people who don’t share a similar personal experience. To be fair, most people are well-intentioned and truly want to be supportive. They simply may not know how to help. But when you need all […]

Reducing the Financial & Emotional Stress on Fertility Patients

July 25 marked the 38th anniversary of the birth of Louise Brown, the first baby conceived through in vitro fertilization, or IVF. Almost four decades ago, the field of reproductive endocrinology and fertility care brought new hope and solutions to those having trouble having a baby or staying pregnant. Since Louise Brown, it’s estimated that […]

The VIP | The Fertility Doctor

We’ve all heard about the VIP patient. She’s a professional athlete, or a movie star, or her father is the CEO of a major hospital. It’s not uncommon throughout medicine to make little notes or asterisks in the chart so everyone is aware that this patient is a “VIP” and should receive everyone’s best care. […]

Why Not Me?

There is nothing worse than desperately longing for a child while everyone else around you is getting pregnant. By accident. On the first try. And worse… unwanted. It’s like pouring salt into a 10 foot open wound. Jealousy is a natural feeling and you probably find yourself obsessing over the fact that you deserve a […]

Saying good-bye to your fertility doctor

The doctor-patient relationship is unique when treating infertility. There’s an intense period of diagnostic tests, counseling, frequent visits for blood work, ultrasounds, procedures – and then it’s over. Most of the time it ends on a happy note with couples being shepherded happily pregnant to an OB/GYN who can manage the rest of the pregnancy […]

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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 […]

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. […]

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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 […]