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Hosted by health journalist, Christopher Springmann. Chris explores everyday health news and issues using a journalistic, probing approach to his interviews. Sometimes politics and health cross paths, and he delves into the heart of the matter with expert guests from all corners of the globe. Authors, physicians, advocates… Chris’s interactions have the same mission in mind – encouraging you to make healthier choices in order to help you stay well.
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Can't Get Pregnant? Determining if IVF Is Right for You
Mar 27 15
If you've been struggling to get pregnant with no success, what are your next options?The following is a transcript of an interview between host Christopher Springmann and guest, Dr. Alyssa Dweck... Christopher Springmann: Thanks for joining us today on Body Language on RadioMD. It is always a joy, Dr. Dweck. Dr. Alyssa Dweck, MD: Thank you for having me. CS: Let’s talk about fertility and infertility, and how you do a workup and treat folks. And much of this was inspired by an article that was carried throughout the world the other day quoting Italian fashion designers Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana … AD: Right. CS: They were quoted in the Telegraph saying, “I oppose gay adoptions. The only fami-ly is the traditional one with no chemical offsprings or a rented uterus.” An interesting phrase. “Life has a natural flow and there are things that should not be changed. You are born to a fa-ther and a mother, or at least that’s how it should be. I call these children ‘children of chemistry,’ ‘synthetic children,’ with semen chosen from a catalog.” Needless to say, that didn’t play very well to the larger population. But it’s an interesting segue into our discussion about fertility issues. Tell me about your practice and what you see and hear in terms of your patient population about fertility issues. Because frankly, Dr. Dweck—and, of course, you are the author of V is for Vagina: Your A to Z Guide to Periods, Piercings, Pleasures and So Much More—this is a whole new world out there in terms of conception. AD: Yes, it really is. Look, I don’t like to make any political comments and… CS: Oh, go ahead. AD: …share opinion. CS: Jump right in. AD: However, yes, I see all comers in my office. So I will see your traditional male-female couples who have attempted pregnancy for, you know, by definition, more than a year without success, which is when we really start to get more aggressive into looking they into why they’re not getting pregnant. And I do also see gay female couples who are looking to be pregnant. So we deal with both. But just to talk about the general fertility workup. The standard definition of infertility is trying to get pregnant for a full year without success. And once you reach that point, it’s very reasonable to consider a workup. A lot of women, particularly in my community, get a little bit impatient, and will come in after four to six months of trying religiously without success, and that’s just fi