If you are having trouble trying to conceive or suspect you have infertility, you might be wondering which doctor is right for you: OB-GYN or Reproductive Endocrinologist (fertility doctor). As a former fertility patient myself and huge fan of my OB-GYN, I went through a wavering thought process before I made the call to my fertility doctor: “Why can’t I just work with my OB-GYN and take Clomid?”... “Ok, I know we can do this!”... “The thought of a fertility clinic is intimidating!”... “Does this mean I need to do IVF?”... “The fertility doctor will know how to treat us!”
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Kim Griffiths is a former fertility patient and mom of twins conceived via in vitro fertilization (IVF) with intracytoplasmic sperm injection (ICSI). Despite the confusing ups and downs of infertility, one thing was always apparent to Kim: she would get through this. Ever the optimist, Kim turned the negative of a long journey with infertility into a positive experience and opportunity to help others. Kim went on to volunteer with RESOLVE: The National Infertility Association, and became the patient spokesperson for an infertility awareness campaign in April 2012 beside Dr. Roshini Raj on television and radio stations across the country. Kim turned her passion and personal experience into a career with Fertility Authority where she helps couples connect with reputable fertility doctors and interviews some of the most fascinating doctors in the field.
Want to connect with Kim? You can find her on Fertile Thoughts as KimAtFertilityAuthority.
Did you know men have healthier sperm in the winter and spring? I didn’t, but I wonder if that is the reason my in vitro fertilization (IVF) cycle in April 2010 was successful.
A new study published in the American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology examined semen samples of 6,455 men, between January 2006 and July 2009, who were being treated for male factor infertility. Researchers found higher count, higher motility, and fewer men exhibiting morphology problems when the sample consisted of sperm made in the cooler months. A sperm production cycle takes approximately three months, so sperm produced in the fall was likely collected in the winter and sperm produced in the winter was likely collected in the spring. Sperm quality showed a steady decline into the summer and fall months, sperm which would have been produced in the spring and summer months.
a blog by Kim Griffiths, May 28, 2014
a blog by Kim Griffiths, November 5, 2013
The winter holidays are fast approaching and anyone who has struggled with infertility knows how difficult it can be to gather for child-centric holiday events with empty arms. Sadly, the holidays serve as a marker of time gone by without getting pregnant or bringing home a baby.
The Bethesda Fertility Center recognizes how difficult the holidays can be for those dealing with infertility and hopes to lessen the burden of infertility by offering a free IVF cycle to one lucky couple.
For the third consecutive year, Dr. Glen Hofmann and his staff are pleased to offer new and existing patients the opportunity to be entered into this IVF Lottery. Anyone seen for a consultation appointment between November 1, 2013 and December 23, 2013 will qualify for the free cycle. The drawing will take place on Christmas Eve, and the winner will be notified by Dr. Hofmann personally.