PCOS and Infertility

PCOS is the most common type of female endocrine disorder and one of the leading causes of female infertility. However, there is certainly hope for women with this condition and it is often an easy intervention. Sometimes we treat this diagnosis with Metformin, a medication that can help to normalize hormone levels. If this is unsuccessful, a few months of a pill called Clomid may help induce ovulation and then conception may occur. If all else fails, in vitro fertilization is extremely successful when used to overcome PCOS-related infertility....more

PCOS: How Control This Common Infertility Diagnosis

PCOS is the most common type of female endocrine disorder and one of the leading causes of female infertility. However, there is certainly hope for women with this condition and it is often an easy intervention. Sometimes we treat this diagnosis with Metformin, a medication that can help to normalize hormone levels. If this is unsuccessful, a few months of a pill called Clomid may help induce ovulation and then conception may occur. If all else fails, in vitro fertilization is extremely successful when used to overcome PCOS-related infertility....more

How many IVF cycles should I pursue?

What is the Right Number of IVF Cycles for You?With all of the emotional and physical hardships that accompany IVF (in vitro fertilization), patients often ask me how many cycles they should pursue. There is no one pat answer because each patient’s fertility issues are unique....more

Is Laughter the Best Medicine for Infertility?

A medical clowning organization will be conducting a followup study about the affects of laughter and IVF treatment. The original study, which shows a 15% increase in IVF success rates due to laughter, is definitely worth taking seriously. Laughter is known to affect the immune system, the heart and the lungs. These systems play a role in conceiving so there may be a realistic connection. In any case, at North Shore Fertility we believe laughter is good for all of us....more

Considering Adoption: Ten Things to Ponder

It's that time of year when many people start thinking about adoption. The holidays, families coming together, often are the impetus for serious discussions about adoption.  Frankly, sometimes I wonder why everybody doesn't adopt children. Other times, I wonder why anyone would. I'm not ambivalent, just multi-faceted....more

I WISH I WEREN’T A LIAR: ON TALKING ABOUT INFERTILITY as originally published on SammichesPsychMeds

Originally published on SammichesPsychMeds I wish I weren’t such a liar. I wish that I could lean in close to my best friend and tell her the truth when she asks if I’d like another baby. “Actually, there’s something I’ve been wanting to tell you.” I’d lower my voice, look around to make sure no one is within earshot, and say, “I would love another baby, but I just can’t do it.” “Why?” she’d ask. ...more

A New Number

 This time around, I promised I’d be easier on myself; not focus so much on the what ifs or dwell on the weight gain. This time I would pamper myself and spend the extra money on the prenatal massage and not be so concerned if I had two cups of coffee or ate a turkey sandwich – without heating the meat....more

Fertility and the Aging Woman: the Hollywood Phenomenon

It is a fact that women are born with all of the eggs they will ever have and this number decreases with age, along with fertility potential. The impact of this, however, is usually underestimated. Peak fertility potential is reached when a woman reaches her late 20’s. it decreases by approximately three to five percent each year past age 30, becomes more of an issue at age 35 and decreases dramatically in women over age 40. In the unfortunate event a woman has waited too long, the only feasible treatment modality available to help her start a family is the use of donor eggs....more

Infertility 101

What Does It Take to Get Pregnant?...more