As the holidays are upon us, and everyone is rushing about, I find myself reminding my patients undergoing in vitro fertilization (IVF) that they need to take care of themselves during this busy time of year. Here are a few things you can do for yourself — or your significant other — when you are in the IVF process.
The most important thing to remember is to slow down and try to enjoy the holidays. Don’t go to the gatherings that you don’t want to go to or that make you uncomfortable, and enjoy the things that do make you happy. Your body and your mind will thank you for it!
Over the past few months, there has been much ado in the media about egg freezing for young women because of two developments in modern culture. First, young, career-oriented women in New York and California are being invited to “chill” and learn about the procedure over cocktails at egg-freezing parties. Then, in mid-October, Silicon Valley companies Facebook and Apple announced they would cover egg freezing as a benefit. The debate has been intense over whether women were being “sold” on the procedure and whether businesses offering egg freezing as a benefit were offering the next step in reproductive freedom or corporate control.
Scott Brown, director of client experience and communications at California Cryobank, Julie Tavoso of the Law Offices of Julie M.Tavoso, LLC, and I addressed a crowd of about 80 people at the "Gay Women's Gathering — An Evening to Learn about Lesbian Pregnancy" on August 6.
On behalf of Fertility Centers of Illinois, I have established the PCOS Center of Excellence, a center dedicated to the screening of women for Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS), as well as diagnosis and treatment. The center focuses on numerous fertility treatment options for infertility patients, as well as others who are not yet trying toconceive. We will also focus on lifestyle issues such as proper low carb/good carb eating habits, exercise and weight loss.
We will be producing a professional video in the near future. I am looking for one or two women willing to be interviewed regarding their experiences with PCOS signs and symptoms; methods for successful weight loss; and their fertility treatments and outcomes.
Please email me directly at firstname.lastname@example.org if you are willing to be interviewed. This PCOS program and video will help countless women suffering from infertility, as well as PCOS.
One of the greatest joys of being a fertility doctor is when a family has a successful pregnancy and birth. Even more wonderful is when I hear from them years later and find out more about how their life is going and any new developments.
Fertility Centers of Illinois Is still offering the Fertility Awareness Check-Up!
One of the most frequently asked questions among couples who are trying to conceive is: How do I know when it’s time to see a fertility doctor? (And what is a fertility doctor anyway?)