PFC Infertility Doctor Blog

The Infertility Blog

February 21, 2012

I grew up on a farm in Kansas to parents who set education as a very high priority. Our small farm never provided any financial security.  It was in the 7th grade when I knew I wanted to be a doctor.  I credit this to two important people who were very influential to me; the local primary care doctor, who was my hero, and our veterinarian. 

Knowing I wanted to become a doctor so early in life allowed me to plan, which was a gift, and everything was focused thereafter.  That is why I made the move from the small farm community to the big university, which was the University of Kansas.  This is where I ultimately met my future wife, Beth, during junior year music history class.  On our first date, I was able to tell her I had delivered over 100 babies. What she didn’t realize was that they were baby cows and pigs back on the farm.   

February 17, 2012

Miscarriage, which is the loss of a pregnancy before 20 weeks of gestation, is a common outcome of human pregnancy. Spontaneous pregnancy loss (a “pre-clinical” miscarriage) can happen very early, sometimes before a woman even knows she is pregnant or can occur later, with heavy bleeding or cramping or loss of recognizable fetal tissues. Sometimes a lost pregnancy is discovered by ultrasound exam when there is no viable fetus. When including early pre-clinical and clinical pregnancy losses, approximately 31% of all pregnancies are lost prior to birth1. The vast majority of pregnancy losses are sporadic, unpredictable and can occur for a variety of reasons. About 1% of couples experience recurrent pregnancy loss, which is the loss of 3 or more consecutive pregnancies. Recurrent pregnancy loss can be due to more than one problem, but it is less likely

February 09, 2012

Among the most common questions we get as fertility physicians from patients trying to conceive a pregnancy are: how much alcohol is safe to consume and when? Should I stop having any caffeine altogether? How much exercise is safe while trying to get pregnant?

Because comprehensive, high quality studies to address these questions really don’t exist, we try to come up with reasonable advice based on the best data we have as well as data from studies on already pregnant patients, plus just medical common sense. That said, even amongst the six PFC physicians, we vary, albeit only slightly, in the individual advice we give our patients. In this article, I have tried to come up with a consensus opinion based on a poll of the advice all of us give to our own patients.

January 30, 2012

Meet with a Registered Dietitian and:

  • Receive an individualized plan based on your specific needs and goals
  • Improve your health and prepare your body for pregnancy
  • Separate nutrition and fertility fact from fiction
  • Correct any nutritional deficiencies

Nutrition consultations consist of:

January 19, 2012

My husband and I never thought having a family would be a struggle.  His siblings and my cousins were all VERY fertile… why shouldn’t we be the same?  Little did we know, as we said our “I Do’s”, that a condition called endometriosis was wreaking havoc on my reproductive organs.

Such was its devastation, that our 1st pregnancy was an ectopic, resulting in the rupture of one of my fallopian tubes.  Had we not gotten to surgery in time I could have died.  My husband still reels from the memory of me handing him my wedding ring as they wheeled me into surgery. 

My doctor at the time didn’t see my other symptoms, (missed menses, constipation, heavy menses) and the ectopic as a problem.  The solution therefore was to put me on Clomid.  After a year of trying, a family member recommended finding a new doctor.