Ep 219: Tips to Fine Tune Hormonal Balance in PCOS Patients Using Inositol

PCOS affects a huge percentage of women undergoing fertility treatment and IVF. Supplementation with inositol may help with menstrual regularity, ovulation, and hormonal balance in patients with PCOS. In this episode, Dr. Mark Ratner, the Chief Scientific Officer of Theralogix, breaks down the science behind inositol supplementation and its benefits to patients with PCOS. Join Dr. Carrie Bedient from The Fertility Center of Las Vegas, Dr. Abby Eblen from Nashville Fertility Center and Dr. Susan Hudson from Texas Fertility Center as they play 20 questions with Dr. Ratner in exploring how best to utilize inositol in helping patients with PCOS. They also explore the potential advantages of inositol in patients with low ovarian reserve. They review the science behind products such as Ovasitol and how they influence hormonal pathways and potentially benefit patients undergoing fertility treatments. Listen in to our fact-packed episode on a hot topic area of fertility treatments.

Ep 218: Endometriomas, Adenomyosis, Receptiva: Questions You May Have About Endo

Endometriosis remains one of the great mysteries in infertility and questions about it abound. Join Dr. Carrie Bedient from The Fertility Center of Las Vegas, Dr. Abby Eblen from Nashville Fertility Center and Dr. Susan Hudson from Texas Fertility Center as they answer your inquiries about endometriosis. They cover questions regarding endometrioma management before IVF, treatment options for adenomyosis, and when Receptiva testing can really help. They dive into surgery versus medical management prior to transfer in a patient with endo, as well as options when endometriosis is just one component of a couple’s infertility. Listen in as the docs answer your questions! 

Ep 217: Hopeless to Hopeful Mama

Listen to guest, Emily Patel, founder of Hopeful Mama Foundation as she joins the Fertility Docs, Dr. Carrie Bedient from The Fertility Center of Las Vegas, Dr. Abby Eblen from Nashville Fertility Center and Dr. Susan Hudson from Texas Fertility Center share her fertility journey and how it led her to create the Hopeful Mama Foundation. Emily learned at an early age that she had premature ovarian insufficiency. For many years she never realized carrying and delivering a baby was still possible. She shares her story and coming to terms with a body that could not produce a child genetically her own. Ultimately, she was able to conceive using donor eggs and now has two young daughters. Her infertility struggle was the spark that led her to found Hopeful Mama. This organization was developed to help women in similar circumstances who are searching for answers by advocacy, education, and respect. Emily wants to provide opportunities for women who need financial assistance resources, and education. Check out this inspiring and informative episode.

Ep 216: Love and Science, Thriving Through Infertility

For those going through the diagnosis and treatment of infertility, the journey can be a challenge. This week, Dr. Erica Bove, an REI at the University of Vermont and founder of a fertility coaching practice called Love and Science, Thriving Through Infertility joins Dr. Carrie Bedient from The Fertility Center of Las Vegas, Dr. Abby Eblen from Nashville Fertility Center and Dr. Susan Hudson from Texas Fertility Center. Dr. Erica Bove discusses how to how to have authentic hope and self-compassion during the process. Dr. Bove also addresses relationships and boundaries in regard to the infertility journey.

Ep 215: Finding Your Soulmate: How to Choose Your REI

The fertility journey poses enough challenges without worrying about your teammates throughout the process. Join Dr. Carrie Bedient from The Fertility Center of Las Vegas, Dr. Abby Eblen from Nashville Fertility Center and Dr. Susan Hudson from Texas Fertility Center as they reveal the credentials needed for your Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility specialist. They delineate the differences in training between REIs, OB/GYNs, medical endocrinologists, urologists, and other professionals. The docs begin to dive into clinic success rates and nuances of those rates. They offer tips on when to obtain a second opinion and considerations for patients living in remote locations. Join us for a useful episode helping listeners make one of the most important decisions of their fertility journey!

Ep 214: Time to Tackle Your Questions About Low Egg Count

This week we turn our attention to your questions about egg reserve. Join Dr. Carrie Bedient from The Fertility Center of Las Vegas, Dr. Abby Eblen from Nashville Fertility Center and Dr. Susan Hudson from Texas Fertility Center as they take a deep drive into your ovarian reserve in an educational question and answer episode. They help listeners determine how decreased ovarian reserve is defined and what you need to consider when you get the diagnosis. You will understand what type of workup should be done by your physician and when to pursue ovulation induction and intrauterine insemination versus more aggressive fertility treatment. Find out why your age is important when fertility decisions are made. You will hear about conditions that can lead to decreased ovarian reserve and others that may be present if you have the diagnosis. The docs help you determine how to balance your goals for a family with treatments that will give you success in the most expedient way. If you choose to do IVF the types of stimulations aimed at producing the best results are teased apart by each physician. Come join us for this interesting discussion.

Ep 213: Funky Bleeding

While potential parents struggle to get pregnant, managing abnormal periods with irregular, heavy, or absent menstrual bleeding frustrates an already complicated process. Join Dr. Carrie Bedient from The Fertility Center of Las Vegas, Dr. Abby Eblen from Nashville Fertility Center and Dr. Susan Hudson from Texas Fertility Center as they explain how strange bleeding patterns influence and inform fertility treatment. They set the stage of normal menstrual bleeding patterns and the common disruptions to those patterns. They review how to approach light spotting and heavy bleeding from the fertility perspective. The doctors discuss reasons for extremely heavy or non-stop bleeding and how that influences getting pregnant, as well as reasons for very minimal or completely absent bleeding. “Ask the Docs” questions this week focus on flying with IVF medications and supplementing trying to conceive naturally with progesterone. Join us as we decipher the event that kicks off every round of testing and treatment during the infertility journey!

Ep 212: Listener Questions About Fertility Tests

Have you ever wondered why you need all of those tests? And why the timing of them is so important? Listen as the Fertility Docs, Dr. Carrie Bedient from the Fertlity Center of Las Vegas, Dr.Abby Eblen from Nashville Fertility Center, and Dr. Susan Hudson from Texas Fertility Center take a deep dive into the questions listeners have about fertility tests. These ladies will discuss the basic tubal assessment tests, like the saline sonogram and the hysterosalpingogram (HSG). You will hear about antimullerian hormone and the role it plays in treatment decision making. Tests more pertinent to in vitro fertilization are discussed such as the Reciptiva assay. The Reciptiva assay is a newer test that looks at an inflammatory marker in the endometrium and may be of interest if you have nad endometriosis in the past. Male partners are not left out. The Sperm QT has been available for a couple of years and may help determine if his swimmers have the right stuff.Check out this episode to hear about these tests.

Special Episode: Alabama Supreme Court Ruling

The decision regarding the status of embryos in the recent Alabama Supreme Court case threatens the future of reproductive medicine, fertility treatments, and IVF. Rebecca O’Connor, JD, the Director of Policy and Leadership for the American Reproductive Society of Medicine, explains how this case evolved and the potential repercussions of these decisions. The docs review the process of IVF and how embryo attrition happens in the real world, and what that means for patients undergoing in vitro fertilization. They also review the statistics of natural conception and how the fate of every potential embryo unfortunately does not result in a live birth. Join Dr. Carrie Bedient from The Fertility Center of Las Vegas, Dr. Abby Eblen from Nashville Fertility Center and Dr. Susan Hudson from Texas Fertility Center to learn how you can advocate for fertility care rights.

Ep 211: The Elephant in the Room: How Your General Health Conditions Impact Fertility

The fertility journey heavily focuses on the reproductive system, but every other system counts too! Join Dr. Carrie Bedient from The Fertility Center of Las Vegas, Dr. Abby Eblen from Nashville Fertility Center and Dr. Susan Hudson from Texas Fertility Center as they go head to toe reviewing how non-reproductive medical problems influence fertility. With emphasis placed on the heart, lungs, and GI system, they discuss how and why the rest of your body influences your fertility. They highlight particularly concerning conditions that require attention prior to becoming pregnant. Listen in for helpful information about your general health and how it relates to fertility.