Giuliana Rancic’s recent diagnosis of breast cancer at age 36 has generated a lot of emotional support for the E! host — and some worries about the connection between fertility treatments and the disease. Despite the concerns, there has been no evidence linking IVF treatments to a heightened risk of breast cancer in healthy women, according to Dr. Mark Perloe, medical director at Georgia Reproductive Specialists. It’s even possible that IVF might be protective.
Dr. Alicia Huff was only 25 years old in 2009 when she was diagnosed with breast cancer. After negotiating with her school to allow her time off for treatment, the next issue she had to deal with was a potential loss of fertility because of chemotherapy. It was an issue she had to explore and one she thinks needs more discussion with young patients of childbearing age.
Freezing eggs for one's own future use has become a growing trend, with an estimated 5,000 women nationwide making use of the technology, according to Dr. Daniel Shapiro, medical director of the egg bank at Reproductive Biology Associates in Atlanta. but while freezing your eggs may be an insurance policy, it's an expensive one. It costs thousands of dollars (or in some cases, tens of thousands of dollars), and it doesn't always work.
Atlanta has come a long way since the early 1980s, when one of the first fertility clinics in the US opened its doors in Atlanta. Today, four major fertility clinics (including that first one) provide fertility treatments for Atlanta residents. Georgia residents can also find fertility clinics in Macon, Savannah, Columbus and Augusta.
Treatments for endometriosis can vary: laparoscopy, fertility drugs, IUI or IVF. Dr. David Keenan, a fertility doctor with Atlanta Center for Reproductive Medicine explains that fertility treatment for a women with endometriosis who is trying to conceive depends on her symptoms and diagnosis.
Dr. Pavna Brahma, a fertility Doctor with Reproductive Biology Associates in Atlanta, explains that FSH - follicle stimulating hormone - is a good measure of ovarian reserve. With high FSH, the ovarian reserve is depleted. By measuring FSH, your fertility doctor has a better understanding of what fertility treatment or protocol will be best for you.
There are a number of reasons a woman may not be ovulating or ovulating regularly - from thyroid issues to PCOS (polycystic ovarian syndrome). Dr. David Keenan, a fertility doctor with Atlanta Center for Reproductive Medicine explains how these conditions may be treated.