Rosa Gonzalez’s day isn’t that much different from other IVF nurses’ who are cycle coordinators. In the mornings she performs blood draws, and provides instructions to patients regarding fertility drugs. In the afternoons she emails and talks with patients to update them on their blood work results and IVF cycles. New patient education is also in the mix.
I struck gold with my second fertility doctor, who was recommended by a high-risk pregnancy specialist who had just informed me I had miscarried for the second time. And while it’s too late now to go back and choose him first, I sometimes wonder what might have been different had I been under his care from the beginning.
Finding the right baby-maker is arguably the most important decision someone considering ART (assisted reproductive technology) will make. So, from someone who has “been there, done that," here are five things to consider.
Dr. Richard Paulson, a fertility doctor with USC Fertility in Los Angeles explains how the hormones estrogen and progesterone can prepare the uterine lining for implantation of an embryo, even in women who have had ovarian failure or in menopause.
For people struggling with infertility, summer can be a particularly challenging time. Baby reminders are everywhere—at the beach, cookouts, on vacation, family parties, etc. Often there are summer family reunions where relatives often announce new pregnancies and make inquiries into your baby plans.
In the world of fertility treatment, there seem to be clear-cut tips and treatments for remedying female fertility, but not as many guidelines for improving male fertility. This can leave male partners feeling uninvolved in the family building process.
When a couple decides to officially try to have a baby, the initial part of the process can be a lot of fun. Suddenly thinking about baby names is no longer the equivalent of a school girl doodling her fantasy married name in a notebook, but a within-reach reality. The birth control and condoms go flying out the window, and in their place come hope and sex with a purpose. There are periods in a month where you know that no matter how rough your day at work is, when you get home you're having sex. Not only is sex this great, fun thing you get to do strictly for a few moments of pleasure, but it's actually a down payment on a life goal. It's like waking up one day and finding out that raw chocolate chip cookie dough is actually going to make you thinner.
Following IVF treatment, model Chrissy Teigen is pregnant with her first child with her husband, singer-songwriter John Legend. She has been facing backlash on social media since she announced that they chose to have a girl by transferring a female embryo. "Not only am I having a girl, but I picked the girl from her little embryo,” Teigen told People magazine.
Written in Partnership with HRC Fertility, December 29, 2015
You’re a woman over the age of 35. You’re fertile. You’ve had one child and you want to have to have at least one more. But you know that fertility declines with age. You might want to consider “advanced family planning.”
Advanced family planning, as Dr. Michael Feinman calls it, is in essence fertility preservation for couples who want to have several children. “These women are over 35, they’re not infertile and they want more than two or even three children. They reason that if they get pregnant now, by the time they try again they could be too old to get pregnant. So they store PGD tested embryos that they created with their husband,” says Feinman, a fertility doctor with HRC Fertility in California.