Tia’s SoHo Clinic wraps you in a blanket of warm pink and oranges the minute you walk off the 2nd-floor elevator. The integrative women's healthcare practice has clinics in New York, California, and Arizona. As I step into the waiting room of their newest clinic in Soho, my eye catches the shelves of books with titles like, “Come As You Are” by Emily Nagoski and “How To Do The Work” by Nicole LePera. I immediately feel my shoulders relax; this won’t be like other OB/GYN visits.  Less than a year ago I was in a small,...

Vivian Nunez •Nov 7, 2022

As if you don’t already have enough things to worry about while trying to conceive, tacking your skincare regimen onto that list might seem a bit ridiculous, or annoying at best. The unfortunate truth is, certain chemicals found in skincare products can cause complications during pregnancy, so it’s best to avoid them while on your journey to conception.  But how do you know which products are safe and which ones to ditch? We’ve wrangled up some of the most important skincare guidelines to follow while trying to get pregnant so you can rest assured that you’re...

Brighid Flynn •Oct 31, 2022

For those of us trying to conceive, the world of nutrition advice can be a tricky one to navigate. The amount of “you HAVE to try this!” guidance from well-meaning friends and family (or, let’s face it, sometimes simply strangers on the internet) can range from the truly helpful, to “eh, it can’t hurt," to off-the-wall gimmicks with no factual basis in science or medicine. With that being said, it’s no wonder so many folks have a difficult time sifting through these suggestions trying to ascertain the facts from the fiction. But knowing what nutrients you...

Lindsey Williams •Oct 27, 2022

Reproductive diseases like polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS), interstitial cystitis, and endometriosis can make family planning more challenging. Another lesser-known condition many women face is uterine fibroids, which can not only cause pain and discomfort but can also lead to potential fertility complications.  Between 20-70 percent of women will develop fibroids during their reproductive years, and they're almost always harmless, but that doesn't mean you should ignore them. For patients with fibroids looking to expand their family, it’s essential to understand the potential risks that may arise before, during, and after pregnancy.   Here’s what you should know about...

Taneia Surles •Oct 27, 2022

After spending a good chunk of my adult life trying to get pregnant and failing, I was incredulous when I got pregnant from IVF with donor embryos. It had taken so long and required so much effort that pregnancy without assisted reproductive technology (ART) seemed impossible. Going through fertility treatments has a way of making pregnancy without intervention feel unthinkable.  Until my friend became pregnant when her IVF baby was one year old.  Surprisingly, this is not uncommon. What are the odds? How can it happen? What are the usual reactions to these unusual circumstances? And...

Kristin Diversi •Oct 22, 2022

If you’ve been trying to conceive for a while without success, you may have started looking at your daily routine with a much more discerning eye. If I begin eating organic, will it help me get pregnant? What kind of supplements should I be taking for optimal fertility? So much of this journey is out of our control, and it can feel empowering to make positive changes in hopes of increasing your chances of conceiving. We know because we’ve been there.   But what about the products we use every day in our homes? While most of...

Kristyn Hodgdon •Oct 18, 2022

Endometriosis affects 2 to 10 percent of American women – and for those of us in this percentage, we know its symptoms can be debilitating. Furthermore, according to the American Society for Reproductive Medicine, endometriosis can be found in 24 to 50 percent of women who experience infertility. Not only can endometriosis cause heavy, painful periods, but it can be difficult to treat – especially if you are trying to conceive.  The good news is there are treatment options for you to consider — from natural remedies to hormonal birth control; and some, like excision surgery, may...

Whitney Welsh •Oct 17, 2022

There are many nutrients that the body needs for optimal fertility. While many are produced or consumed naturally, some might be beneficial to pursue in addition to a healthy, well-balanced diet. If you have been trying to conceive for any extended amount of time, chances are good that you’ve heard of Coenzyme Q10 (CoQ10 for short). But what is CoQ10 exactly, and how can CoQ10 supplementation benefit fertility?  CoQ10 and Antioxidants Coenzyme Q10 is a biomolecule that exists in every cell. It can be obtained by consuming meat, dairy, and eggs. Dietary supplements, sometimes called ubiquinone,...

Kristin Diversi •Oct 13, 2022

Get good exercise — but not too much of this kind or that kind. Eat a lot of protein — but not that kind of protein. Keep your legs elevated after sex — but not that way. When you’re trying to conceive or getting ready for a fertility cycle, there is no shortage of advice as to what will help or harm you along the way. We’re always hearing about how something very specific helped someone’s cousin’s mom’s niece conceive. The trouble is, the longer you’ve been trying, the more willing you are to experiment. I...

Kristin Diversi •Oct 10, 2022

When you’re trying to conceive, any positive test result is met with a flurry of emotions—from relief to joy to nervousness. But not all early pregnancies can be carried to term, and some conditions, such as ectopic pregnancy, can be life-threatening for the birthing parent and negatively impact future fertility if not promptly treated.  Ectopic pregnancy is the leading cause of maternal mortality in the first trimester. While the condition is rare—according to Dr. Shawna Tonick, MD, an obstetrics and gynecology specialist at the UCHealth medical system in Colorado, ectopic pregnancies impact about 2 percent of...

Erin Skarda •Oct 9, 2022
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