For more than 20 years, Dr. Rachel A. McConnell, assistant professor for the Department of Obstetrics & Gynecology at Columbia University Medical Center, has been in practice. Time and time again, she has listened as her OB/GYN patients trust untruths about what increases – and decreases – fertility for women trying to conceive. (more…)
Author Helen Keller wrote, “The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched; they must be felt with the heart.” It’s a recognizable feeling to many expecting parents: to love their unborn child before he or she enters the world. But what happens when their heart is weakened due to congenital heart disease (CHD)? Will they be able to live a long, healthy, and loving life?
“When are you going to have a baby?”
Chances are you will hear that question once – if not numerous times – during what is considered to be your “childbearing years.” And if you’re like many women in their late 30s and 40s who haven’t had a child, or would like to have another one in the future, the answer to this question can be worrisome as the difficulty of conceiving increases with age. But there’s good news.
It is a visual that has been passed down from generation to generation, from the time when you were a child to now as a parent: the classic photomontage hanging in the reception area of any pediatrician’s or obstetrician’s office. On display are the framed faces of children whom the physician has cared for – oftentimes spanning the patient’s entire adolescent life – capturing fragments of time, ranging from the first moment a baby enters the world to a photo of that same child graduating from high school.
In Vitro Fertilization (IVF) requires an egg and a sperm, of course. But if a woman is unable to produce a viable egg, she may also need to turn to egg donation. Here at CWRC, we work with such women to find just the right donor. (more…)
Many people assume that most fertility problems come from the female and that women are more likely than men to be the cause of not conceiving. Not so. Male factors cause or contribute to subfertility in 50% of cases, and men can be just as upset and frustrated by the process as women. (more…)
As the term implies, unexplained infertility is a type of infertility whose cause is unknown. (more…)
Angela Le, a licensed acupuncturist, says she has seen firsthand how better eating habits help women going through fertility treatment, and in her regularly scheduled Fertility and Nutrition workshop, she can show how you can benefit from a healthier diet too.
Dr. Mark V. Sauer and Dr. Janet M. Choi were both named in the New York Magazine Best Doctors List 2014. The new issue also lists 3 additional physicians who are faculty members from other divisions of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at CUMC. CWRC wishes to congratulate them all on this wonderful achievement.
Some couples facing infertility may need to consider using a surrogate or a gestational carrier. What is the difference?