Choosing a fertility clinic is an important decision in your family-building journey, but it can feel like a daunting task. In 2007, there were nearly 500 fertility clinics operating in the United States. With all of those options, how can you choose the best fertility clinic for you?
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.
When trying to conceive, some days are more fertile than others
When you are trying to conceive, there are certain times in your menstrual cycle when you are more fertile than others. Fertile days occur around the time of ovulation, when your ovaries release a mature egg for fertilization. If you are trying to get pregnant, it is important to plan sex during your most fertile days.
Reported cases of STDs are on the rise, according to a recent CDC report. While treatable and preventable, some STDs can affect a woman’s chance of getting pregnant.
As part of a fertility workup, all women are tested for STDs, says Dr. Meike Uhler, a fertility doctor with Fertility Centers of Illinois. If a patient tests positive for any of these diseases, treatment follows the recommendations of the CDC.
For couples who are trying to conceive, knowing how to increase the chances of conceiving is very important. Many people do not realize there is a very short window of time when a woman is able to become pregnant. Maximizing your chance of conception allows for higher a success rate and the ability to grow your family faster.
If your goals for the year have more to do with adding a new addition to the family than losing weight or quitting a habit, it may be time to consult a reproductive specialist and discuss a customized plan to increase your chances of reproductive success. The medical issues that need to be addressed when a woman is struggling to conceive are real, and often require the assistance of an experienced reproductive endocrinologist. Focusing on small changes can boost your overall health, may facilitate conception and ease stress that often accompanies the fertility journey. Here are six steps that you can take to boost your chances of reproductive success.
As we enjoy the holiday season, we are often left feeling guilty about the consumption of food and alcohol at the numerous cocktail parties and gatherings of friends and family. There is, however, one indulgence that actually has numerous benefits and can be enjoyed in moderation … red wine.
Ovulation is one of the most important things to know about when trying to conceive. The window of opportunity for getting pregnant during a cycle is very small. A woman is only able to become pregnant the 24 hour period after she ovulates. After that, the egg is unable to survive. Being able to tell you're ovulating can provide the information you need to become pregnant.
Written in Partnership with HRC Fertility, July 17, 2015
While it might seem hard to believe, women are considered to be of “advanced reproductive age” if they are 35 or older. This is due to the decline in the number and quality of a woman’s eggs after the age of 35, says Dr. David Tourgeman. But fertility treatments can greatly increase the ability to carry and deliver a child in your 40s and even your 50s.
If you're TTC, learn more about these specialized fertility doctors
In more than seven years of medical school, internship, and residency (programs for doctors choosing to specialize in certain fields such as ob/gyn), doctors receive just a few weeks of training in infertility. That’s why women facing infertility should seek out a fertility doctor: a reproductive endocrinologist (RE).