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a blog by Eric Levens, M.D.

Welcome to my blog, The Fertile Future! I'm Eric Levens and I’m a board-certified infertility physician practicing at Shady Grove Fertility in the Washington, D.C. area. This blog will address many of the common questions and concerns that couples and individuals have when they consider whether to pursue fertility evaluation and treatment.

So let’s get started at the beginning! Many people are surprised to learn that infertility is a medical disease, defined as the inability to conceive after 12 months of unprotected intercourse (after 6 months for women ≥35 years of age).

For many having difficulties conceiving, one of the greatest hurdles is making the first step: Scheduling an appointment to see an infertility specialist. This is understandable, given so few other events in life are so deeply personal and, no-doubt, fundamental to our sense of self as our ability to reproduce.

As a result, making that first appointment to see an infertility doctor often seems like a gigantic leap. If you’re contemplating taking this step, it might be comforting to know the things that would likely occur at your first visit.

A blog by Chelsea Ritchie

My name is Chelsea and I’m just like you. I’m not a doctor, I am not a nurse. I have no medical training, although perhaps I could teach a shot injection class or two. I never saw infertility coming. When my husband Josh and I decided it was time to start a family over 5 years ago, we had no idea we would become the 1 in 8 couples who struggle.

a blog by Laurence A. Jacobs, M.D., Fertility Centers of Illinois

For everyone, stress and overeating can be a dastardly duo during the holidays. For infertility patients, the two can wreak havoc on your weight, your peace-of-mind and, yes, your fertility treatment.

It's no secret that patients who are at peak health and healthy weights — and are best able to manage the stresses of life and infertility — have more success with fertility treatment. That is why fertility practices such as mine partner with organizations such as Pullling Down the Moon to offer education on nutrition, exercise and stress management techniques— and how it all can impact your fertility.

Here's seven solutions to reduce your holiday stress and overeating.

I often get calls from prospective new clients who say, “I’ve never talked with a counselor before, but my doctor suggested I call you.” Knowing how difficult it must be to make this call, I want to offer some perspective on how I see it coming from the other direction.

a blog by Claire

October is Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness month; October 15th is National Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness Day.

Whether you know someone who has openly suffered loss or not, the truth is 1 in 4 women will suffer a loss via miscarriage, stillbirth, or infant loss at some point in their lives. It is difficult to find just the right words to help comfort the victim of loss, but the team here at Fertility Authority has compiled a list along with some suggestions from the I AM THE FACE campaign for helping your friends and loved ones observe the day:

a blog by Jay Pal,

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When I was in high school, I had a teacher whom I simply adored. I had heard through the typical town gossip that his daughter had been raped and murdered years earlier, but obviously this was something that was never discussed. One day, though, without him going into the details of the actual incident, he told me about his daughter's wake and how a well-intentioned family member said to him, “I can imagine how you must feel.” He told me that nothing made him angrier, as there was no way in hell they could ever know how he feels. The intensity in which my teacher relayed this story — and the lesson — has always stayed with me. Come to think of it, it’s almost haunted me. I’ve thought of it more often than you know.

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a blog by Ellen Glazer,

I’ve been working in the field of adoption for over 30 years so you’d think I’d understand how it works by now! Truth is that although there are some aspects of adoption that are pretty clear and straightforward, adoption is a confusing, ever changing (but ultimately wonderful) path to parenthood. This is the first in a series of blogs that I am writing for the FertilityAuthority about adoption. My focus today is on how adoptive parents and birthparents are “matched.”

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I know that pregnancies, miscarrying and the like are all personal issues, but some of these girls were good friends. I mean, really good friends. Why didn't I know they went through this? Sure, I couldn't have stopped it, but certainly I could have been a support for them. I could have prayed for them. I could have done something.

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a blog by Beth Hartog, M.D., Damien Fertility Partners

We did a radio show recently about polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS) and infertility. To summarize my PCOS radio show, the top 10 pearls to know are as follows:

    A blog by Anonymous*

    It’s been nearly three years since my last failed IVF cycle and I still don’t have a baby. You might think that sentence sounds kind of sad, I guess sometimes you would be right. But, oddly, you would also be wrong some of the time too, which is why I included the word ‘survivor’ in the title of my post.

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