You’ve probably seen reports in the news about hot young celebrities freezing their eggs as a sort of insurance policy — if they don’t meet the right partner by the time they hit their 40s, they’ll still have the option to get pregnant by simply thawing their eggs and adding donor sperm.
While that sounds great in theory, their expectations may not be realistic. In fact, the “egg freezing parties” that are popping up all over the country, encouraging women to delay childbearing and prolong their fertility, may actually give some women false hope.
Most new moms call on their own mothers for advice and support when they have their first baby. But Dana Brown needed her mom’s special brand of expertise long before she came home from the hospital with her twin boys.
You see, Dana’s mother is Fertility and Endocrine Associates’ Nurse Practitioner and Clinical Director, Dr. Kit Devine. From an early age, Dr. Devine suspected it might not be easy for her daughter to get pregnant.
Infertility can have many causes, many of which are beyond our control. But there are some lifestyle changes you can make to increase your chances of getting pregnant. One of most important changes is losing weight, particularly for couples who are considered obese.
Obesity is most often measured by BMI (body mass index). To find your BMI, take your weight divided by height in inches squared, multiplied by 703. You are considered overweight with a BMI between 25.0 and 29.9, and obese with a BMI over 30. Morbidly obese is categorized as 40 BMI or above.
The holiday season can be a difficult time for couples who have faced challenges in their journey to start a family, whether that means they are unable to get pregnant, or they have suffered the loss of a pregnancy. It is normal to feel a heightened sense of emptiness and grief when you’re inundated with all the joyful faces of kids and families in movies, on TV and at the malls this time of year.
For many couples, grief is a natural byproduct of their infertility journey. When you hope for a pregnancy during a cycle of treatment and are disappointed, or when you experience the joy of conceiving a child only to lose the baby a few weeks later, you inevitably feel profound loss. With every unsuccessful treatment or miscarriage, your losses multiply and the grief can become overwhelming.
When Karen C. and Amanda C. decided to start a family together, they came to us for help. Here, Karen describes their journey to have a baby, and their positive experience with Dr. Krause during that process. We are so grateful to have been able to help bring a new life into this wonderful couple’s world.
I don’t wish anyone the physical, emotional and financial pain of infertility, but I wish everyone the experience of working with a medical staff as wonderful as the one we encountered at Fertility & Endocrine Associates.
Most couples who are struggling with infertility are aware of the basics of in vitro fertilization (IVF), where both an egg and sperm are removed from the body and used to create an embryo in a lab setting. In conventional IVF, the woman takes medication to stimulate egg production.