Hey Guys, Is It Hard?

Is it hard for men? hard-august-16! πŸ’ͺ

YES it’s hard!Β It is reallyΒ hard to get people to engage and learn about fertility – especially when they might not be experiencingΒ it themselves (yet). πŸ’€πŸ’€

However, I was at a wedding this weekend with some of our closest friends from residency. The topic of my “new blog” came up. It was (of course) the women who wanted to know if they should freeze eggs or how long they should keep trying to get pregnant before they seek help.
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Tobacco Kills Human Eggs

Does smoking decrease fertility?!


If you need that little extra nudge to kick the habit – know that:

Women who use tobacco go through menopause 1 to 4 years earlier than those who don’t (likely by decreasing the numbers of eggs in the ovaries). In addition, the chances of pregnancy in any given month are significantly decreased when you use tobacco. ❄️❄️❄️

The good news?! If you stop – within one year of quitting – these effects appear to reverse! 🍾🍾🍾

Save those eggs ladies πŸ’ƒπŸ³

A Pregnant Woman’s Lucky Charm

helen-hartThis is my baby girl, Helen Hart. πŸ’š

When I was pregnant with her, I had just started my fellowship in Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility. I was really, really nervous about being pregnant and working with women who were coming to see me for infertility.
Would they want a doctor who was pregnant? I wore loose clothes and tried not to touch my belly at work. πŸ‘—

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Size DOES Matter!

does-size-matter-august-10One of the most important questions I ask my patients is – how big do you want your family to be? How many children were you hoping for? πŸ‘«πŸ‘«πŸ‘«πŸ‘«

Often we are focused on treating the immediate issue (having ONE child) – and we forget to ask about the big picture. But ultimately, we’d like to help patients achieve their ENTIRE family goal. πŸ‘¨β€πŸ‘¨β€πŸ‘¦πŸ‘©β€πŸ‘©β€πŸ‘¦πŸ’« When I’m determining what treatment option is best, an important question is whether the couple wants a big family. If so, I might be more apt to recommend IVF over IUI (intrauterine insemination). πŸ€”
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There’s More Than One Way To Build A Family

Families come in alipstick-comes-in-more-than-1-colourll mixes, matches, colors and variations. They are also made in more than one way. πŸ‘©πŸ»πŸ‘¨πŸ½πŸ‘©πŸΏπŸ‘¨πŸΌπŸ‘ΆπŸΎπŸ‘¦πŸΌ

What I love about my job is that I help make families for people who want them more than anything. πŸ‘«Β Whether it’s a heterosexual couple that has been trying for years, a same sex couple that needs donor sperm or egg, a situation where someone wants to avoid passing on a hereditary disease, or a single female that doesn’t have a partner but wants to start a family on her own ~ everyday I help bring people together to create families. πŸ’š

It doesn’t matter if you adopted an embryo, underwent IVF, used donor sperm – or had a gestational carrier. What matters is the love, effort and energy you put into making your family yours. 😍

Your family is by definition – what you want it to be, and nobody should tell you otherwise. πŸ’‹

How Much Sex Should You Have?

how-much-sex-do-you-haveWhy do we ask the questions we ask?!

Everyday I ask questions that make most patients uncomfortable, including “How much sex do you have”? I see them glance sideways at their partner and shrink into their seat.Β Is it ok to be saying it out loud?! πŸ™ŠπŸ™ˆ

YES! Please do!

We need to ask very direct, personal questions. It helps us to decide what diagnostic tests and treatment plan is best suited to your unique situation.🎈

When I ask my patients how much intercourse they have – what I’m really determining is if it is frequent enough to give the sperm and the egg a chance to meet!

If trying to get pregnant, how frequent is enough?!?!

Answer: 1-2 times per week (on most weeks) if you are not using ovulation predictor test kits or tracking your cycles.

Thirty is the New Twenty!

30isthenew20How many women out there are like me? You are career oriented but want a family too?! πŸŽ“πŸ‘¨β€πŸ‘©β€πŸ‘§β€πŸ‘¦

Women of today want it all – and we’re willing to work for it! πŸ‘ βš’

But, when it comes to having a family – our ovaries are in charge.

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Can Super Sperm Eat Through Birth Control?

Super SpermMy husband (left) once told me we didn’t have to worry about having babies… Because he had Super Sperm. ✌️ πŸ‘Š

The definition of Super Sperm (for those of us who aren’t familiar πŸ™„) : “The ability to conquer any birth control method – including the Mirena IUD”. He further informed me that Super Sperm “eat” their way through IUDs.

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Best Day To Have Sex?!

best day for sexWomen are busy. We have grant proposals, election campaigns, interviews and ladies’ nights. πŸ’₯

πŸ’‹ Sometimes people just want to know – what is the best day to have sex ?!

In the fertility world, we define “best” as the days with the highest chance of conception. The BEST day is the day of ovulation. Second bests are the 5 days BEFORE ovulation.

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My name is Brianna!

Screen Shot 2016-09-02 at 4.33.23 PMMy name is Brianna!

I just turned 33 years old.

I am a fertility physician.

Sometimes I feel like my life will fall apart if I don’t have ALL of the children I planned on having. My husband (and reality check) tells me this is not the case. But, the idea of having the family I have always wanted is what drives me to do what I do. I get up every day to help people make families — now or plan for them in the future.

I absolutely love what I do!

The best days are when I get baby pictures (or my personal fave – “bump” pictures). I get so attached to couples – I feel like I am always rooting for the best team. Not every day is a good day. Some of the worst days are when I have to tell a woman her ovaries don’t have any eggs left. These are the times I realize there needs to be more fertility awareness.

I was inspired to start this forum so women have a place to interact, ask questions and get real answers. Whether you are already a mom (but panic that your ovaries will fail before you can have more children), you know you want children, but just aren’t ready or you’ve been trying for a baby and wonder when you should see a specialist.

Follow along and ASK, ASK, ASK about fertility, egg banking, making a family as a single woman or same sex couple, measuring your reproductive lifespan – or any question you want to ask, but just don’t know where to find the answer.

Women of today want a career AND a family – and if we are proactive and plan for it, we can literally have it all.