April 25, 2017

Giving a talk

I’ll be giving a talk this weekend on my experiences of being one of the first (or maybe the only) doctor to allow patients to pay with Bitcoin.

A less-productive-than-usual journal club

Sometimes, you go shopping with the intention of bringing home a very specific item. Sometimes you go to the mall just to see what’s out there. There’s a similar principle for doctors when they pursue continuing education within their field. Sometimes, I’ll encounter a patient with a specific unique story that drives me to look […]

A successful IVF cycle can make the next cycle MORE stressful

I love being reminded when I’m making assumptions. A patient undergoing a frozen embryo cycle was telling me how stressful it was this time, even more stressful than her last cycle. I remembered that she had a lot of stress with her original fresh IVF cycle, which, by the way, resulted in her getting pregnant […]

Day one in Denver at ASRM

I’m currently attending the annual meeting of the American Society of Reproductive Medicine, where fertility specialists from all over the world come together, this year in Denver, to hear lectures and watch presentations. The first two days, there were small specific formal courses. Today is the first day of large general presentations. An hour ago, […]

Those Sunday morning ovulations

At 6:30 this Sunday morning, I found myself driving, wondering what percentage of the rest of California were still in their warm beds at this early hour, happily enjoying some pleasant dreams. In my still-groggy state, I toyed with the notion that maybe I was actually still in bed myself and merely dreaming and imagining […]

UCLA Journal Club MARCH 2010

Journal club is one of those things that I don’t look forward to, but which afterward, I’m glad I went. About once a month, I carpool all the way from Orange County near Disneyland, to a restaurant just a block from the UCLA campus. A fellow RE, an embryologist and I battle the LA traffic […]

First visit with a Reproductive Endocrinologist Part 3. The discussion

As you can guess, many of the tasks that we reproductive endocrinologists do throughout the day are highly repetitive, such as measuring follicles, performing inseminations, reviewing blood test results. Even the most critical tasks such as egg retrievals and embryo transfers are actions that we do over and over again. The one part of my […]

First visit with a Reproductive Endocrinologist Part 2. The paperwork

Not ready to get professional fertility help? Many times, the uncertainty of what to expect during the initial visit to a RE makes some people hesitant about taking that first step. So to help you out, here’s a typical example of the progression of events. Let’s picture that you want to be pregnant and have […]

First Visit with a Reproductive Endocrinologist

Before you take that first step and make an appointment with an RE, you might appreciate a preview of what to expect. The following describes this important first visit, which we officially call a New Consultation visit. In my practice, the couple will sit across from me and we’ll spend about an hour together. Sometimes […]

Checking up to see if patients are telling the truth

I had to be a little bit sneaky today. In the past week, three couples returned for a second baby. These three had similar stories in that all of them conceived with IVF within the past few years and were now back for another baby using their frozen embryos.  Two of these couples came back […]