HypoThyroid & Infertility
With conflicting treatment approaches to hypothyroidism, Dr. Wilshire explains how infertility specialists assess and treat hypothyroidism.
What is your thyroid? What does it do? Is it important with regard to fertility? In this video, Dr. Wilshire explains the basics about thyroid function, its importance, and how doctors evaluate thyroid function.
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The BIg IVF Add-ON Racket
Dr. Wilshire discusses the recent NY Times article: The Big IVF Add-On Racket.
The article may be found here: https://www.nytimes.com/2019/12/12/opinion/ivf-add-ons.html
You may have read that when you're trying to conceive, you need to wait before going to a fertility specialist. The standard recommendation is if you're under 35, you try for a year; if you're 35 or older, you try for six months - then you start the process of an infertility diagnosis. Sounds reasonable, except for some women (and men), waiting is wasting time. Dr. Wilshire explains the ten exceptions to waiting.
The ten reasons are:
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What Causes Endometriosis?
Unfortunately, the cause of endometriosis is not completely understood, though a number of possible reasons for the disease have been addressed. Possible causes of endometriosis include:
Genetics. Endometriosis appears to run in families, which suggests a genetic component to the disease.
Menstrual Fluid Backup Endometriosis may be the result of a backup of menstrual fluids. If menstrual fluids back up through the fallopian tubes, it is possible that the tissue can take root outside of the uterus. This backup (retrograde menstruation or Sampson’s Hypothesis) is undoubtedly a cause of some endometriosis. Birth control pills have been known to work in treating this type of endometriosis.
Problems with Lymph and Blood Systems Endometriosis may be caused by a problem with your lymph or blood systems. These systems are responsible for distributing endometrial tissues around the body. This may explain why doctors are occasionally surprised to see rare cases of endometriosis in the lungs!
Spontaneous conversion of pelvic lining cells This theory (called coelomic metaplasia) is gaining more traction in recent years. Stem cells within the tissues which coat the pelvic organs may develop a mind of their own and begin to behave like and convert to endometrial cell types. These cells may be particularly aggressive since they can make their own estrogen (that is, they can fuel themselves), and they may resist treatment with progesterone-like hormones. Surgery is typically used to treat this type of aggressive endometriosis.
Empower Yourself Each Day
Infertility treatment is never easy; in fact, it can be quite stressful. There are things you can do each day to help yourself feel in control and empower your thinking toward the positive and not the negative.
Practice Self Awareness: Know yourself, your limits, strengths, weaknesses, and most of all your values. When you feel run down, tired, or like you want to give up, rest and take care of yourself. Remember, it's also okay to say no if you don't feel like doing something.
Use Positive Self Talk: Be your own advocate. You are pretty freaking awesome - make sure you REALLY know it. If you don't believe it, say it to yourself, again and again; we tend to believe what we tell ourselves, so be sure you're using positive affirmations to yourself each day.
Strive to Learn: Learn something everyday. Lifelong learning is a way to keep our minds open, maintain our curiosity, and also not focus on negative things!
Seek to Understand People: We are all different, yet we are also all the same. So before you seek to be understood, seek to understand.
Live in the Present: Enjoy each and every day. Don't look back, that's not the direction you're heading - your going forward, into the future!
Don't Worry About the Future: Worrying does nothing, so let it go; see live in the present!
Don't Regret Your Past: Own it. Learn from it. Use it. and Let it go. Simple.
Don't Run Yourself Down: See Positive Self Talk above - you are AWESOME. End of Story.
Believe In Yourself: You've got this!
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February is Black History Month, so it's a good time to discuss an important issue with regard to infertility in Black women. We know infertility affects at least 15% of all women up to the age of 44, but studies suggest Black women may be almost twice as likely to experience infertility as Caucasian women. Yet only about 8% of Black women seek medical help to get pregnant, compared to 15% of Caucasian women.
Thankfully, more celebrities are opening up about their infertility struggles to help start the conversation. Below are 5 strong Black women in honor of #BlackHistoryMonth
TYRA BANKS - she was one of the first celebrities to open up about her infertility struggles. Her constant reminder that “you are not alone” is refreshing.
TIA MOWRY - "My Extreme Pelvic Pain Turned Out To Be Endometriosis" - Mowry opened up about her battle with endometriosis and fertility-related struggles in a Women’s Health Magazine article
REMY MA - Rapper and wife of Papoose, Remy Ma became pregnant after IVF in July of 2018. She has been very vocal about her struggles with infertility. To learn more about Remy Ma’s infertility journey, read about her in this Women's Health Magazine article.
MICHELLE OBAMA - Michelle Obama: In her book, Becoming Michelle Obama, she opened about miscarriage, IVF and marriage counseling. “I felt lost and alone and felt like I failed. Because I didn’t know how common miscarriages were.” You can watch her full interview on ABC News.
GABRIELLE UNION - She opened up about her 8 or 9 miscarriages, writing “For three years, my body has been a prisoner of trying to get pregnant –I’ve either been about to go into an IVF cycle, in the middle of an IVF cycle, or coming out of an IVF cycle.”
Remember, you are not alone.
Dr. Gil Wilshire performs an open surgery to remove a fibroid that was causing pain, heavy irregular bleeding, and infertility. The ability to remove these fibroid tumors without damaging the endometrium (cavity) of the uterus is clearly demonstrated.
In this video Dr. Wilshire will perform a laparoscopy on a woman in her late 30's, with Fitz Hugh Curtis Syndrome, which caused by a chlamydia infection that goes up through the uterus and tubes and into the abdomen, infecting the entire abdominal cavity.
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Surgery Day: Uterine Septum
The uterus is normally triangle-shaped and hallow on the inside, with a septum, there is a dip inside, called a septum, and it can cause miscarriages and other reproductive problems. In today's video, Dr. Wilshire performs surgery on a young woman who has a septum in her uterus.