I made my annual rounds at the latest American Society for Reproductive Medicine (ASRM) conference, held this year in San Diego. I met with doctors, therapists, pharmacies and other agents involved in helping us build families. And, as a journalist, learned about new fertility research to help Choice Moms.
I am in San Diego for the annual ASRM convention for reproductive medicine specialists, to learn about the latest in fertility for the Choice Mom community.
A long-time tryer on the Choice Mom path is now scheduled for an embryo donation transfer in October — and is wondering whether the stress in the life around her right now means she should postpone her attempt.
Thanks to the woman on the Choice-Mom-Over-40 discussion board who gave me permission to reprint her advice to a 39-year-old woman whose ob/gyn didn’t think testing was needed and that she should "simply try" to conceive.
A newcomer on our Choice Moms Over 40 discussion board did 12 cycles of IUI before her clinic noticed that she had "fallen through the cracks" and suggested she try IVF instead. Unfortunately, this does happen. When women find their ChoiceMoms.org peers, it becomes easier to learn what to ask doctors in order to achieve motherhood.
A woman on the Choice Moms Over 40 yahoo group posted this weekend after learning from her doctor that the heartbeat of her 8-week baby in utero was gone.
3. It will be a relatively simple process for me to conceive.
"Women trying to conceive often forget the importance of taking care of themselves," said Dr. Lee Kao, of San Francisco-based Laurel Fertility Care. "We often see patients who are so focused on caring for everything else that they actually decrease their success by not focusing on themselves first."
I couldn’t get to Denver for the annual ASRM conference in 2010 which featured the latest findings in reproductive health. But I did compile some of the great information links that came out of it.
This audio library features clips from fertility experts I interviewed about several questions, featuring:
- Dr. Steven Nakajima, of The Fertility Center, University OB/GYN Associates in Louisville, Kentucky.Dr. Jim Toner of Atlanta Center for Reproductive Medicine and president of Society for Assisted Reproductive Technology (SART)