When is ICSI the Right Call?

When is ICSI, short for intracytoplasmic sperm injection, the right call for those battling infertility? Southeastern Fertility Co-Director Dr. John Gordon and IVF Coordinator Lynda McCollum have some advice, and a fun demonstration of sorts, in the video below.

To schedule your free 15-minute telemedicine consult with Co-Director Dr. John Gordon, call 865-777-0088 or click here. To learn more about Southeastern Fertility, including our mission, values and team, click here. To learn more about IVF with Southeastern Fertility, click here.

One Last Shot: Jon & Kristie’s Southeastern Story

Sometimes one last shot at a dream is all you have. And sometimes that’s enough. Jon and Kristie Weaver are living proof.

Jon and Kristie’s romance started years ago amid the sun and the sand. “Jon and I met at a sand volleyball game at a friend’s house in 2009. He played. I watched,” Kristie shares. 

Their relationship blossomed from there. Eventually, it led to wedding bells. Both Jon and Kristie longed to expand their joy by adding children to their home. So they became concerned after a year of trying to get pregnant with no success. “Our diagnosis was unexplained infertility,” Kristie says. “ I was 37 at the time, which made me ‘advanced maternal age’, I soon found out.“  

They weren’t sure exactly what to do next, but they knew where to go to look for answers. “We were referred to Dr. Jeffrey Keenan for a fibroid removal in 2016.  It only made sense to return to Southeastern Fertility when we struggled to get pregnant,” Jon and Kristie say. “After several cycles of IVF with Southeastern Fertility, we ended up getting pregnant using our last frozen embryo.  We found out at nine weeks that the embryo split and we were having twins!”

Indeed, that’s just what happened. A few months later, Kristie gave birth to Jones and Jackson. “They are the most amazing twins in the world.  They love to eat, laugh, listen to music, and play,” Jon and Kristie say. “They light up every room they enter and have filled everyone’s heart to the top with love and laughter.”

It sure wasn’t an easy road to get to Jones and Jackson, but Jon and Kristie are glad they hung on during their sometimes white-knuckle ride. Having the Southeastern Fertility team by their side lightened their anxiety during the most intense stretches. “Dr. Keenan, the nurses and the rest of the staff mean the world to us! I truly feel like we are family,” Kristie says. “I always had a hand to hold if my husband had to work, a shoulder to cry on if things didn’t go as planned, and words of encouragement when I needed it the most.  If they weren’t here I probably wouldn’t have my boys, and I would be missing out on all of the wonderful relationships I made during the whole experience.”

If this had been a baseball game, you could say the Weavers were down to their last strike with two outs in the bottom of the ninth. And then- a dramatic home run! It’s the kind of Cinderella story we at Southeastern Fertility can’t believe we get to be a part of. And yet, we’re mindful that we’re not ultimately the ones in charge of it all. Jon and Kristie agree, summing it up this way: “We cannot say enough nice things about our experience at Southeastern Fertility. The knowledge, skill, and expertise combined with the love, empathy, and encouragement of the staff made us feel like we were right where God wanted us.”

To schedule your free 15-minute telemedicine consult with Co-Director Dr. John Gordon, call 865-777-0088 or click here. To learn more about Southeastern Fertility, including our mission, values and team, click here. To learn more about IVF with Southeastern Fertility, click here.

Southeastern Fertility Earns Coveted Gold Seal from The Joint Commission for Patient Safety, Quality of Care

Southeastern Fertility has earned a coveted distinction recognizing its strong commitment to patient safety and quality medical care, becoming Knoxville’s only fertility practice with an IVF Laboratory accredited by The Joint Commission.

The Joint Commission has awarded Southeastern Fertility its Gold Seal of Approval® for Andrology & Embryology Accreditation. Southeastern Fertility received the accreditation by demonstrating continuous compliance with The Joint Commission’s performance standards. The Gold Seal is a symbol of quality that reflects a health care organization’s commitment to providing safe and quality patient care.

Southeastern Fertility underwent a rigorous review on February 2, 2021. During the review, a team from The Joint Commission evaluated compliance with standards spanning several areas, including embryology, andrology, embryo/oocyte/sperm cryostorage, and emergency management, among others.

The Joint Commission’s standards are developed in consultation with health care experts and providers, measurement experts and patients. They are informed by scientific literature and expert consensus to help health care organizations measure, assess and improve performance. The surveyors also conducted onsite observations and interviews.

“As the Medical Director here at Southeastern Fertility, I could not be more proud of our outstanding team and the excellent care that they provide to our patients,” says John Gordon, MD, Southeastern Fertility Medical Director. “As the only accredited IVF Laboratory here in Knoxville, we are happy to offer Natural Cycle, Minimal Stimulation and Traditional Stimulated IVF to couples in need of Advanced Reproductive Technologies (ART) and looking for a life-affirming fertility clinic that is anxious to support them in their journey.”

Dr. Gordon adds, “I know that our National Embryo Donation Center patients, who travel from outside of the Knoxville area in many cases, will be reassured of the quality of our IVF program.”

“We commend Southeastern Fertility for its continuous quality improvement efforts in patient safety and quality of care,” says Mark Pelletier, The Joint Commission CEO.

To schedule your free 15-minute telemedicine consult with Co-Director Dr. John Gordon, call 865-777-0088 or click here. To learn more about Southeastern Fertility, including our mission, values and team, click here. To learn more about IVF with Southeastern Fertility, click here.

Is it Okay to Get the COVID-19 Vaccine?

Many Southeastern Fertility patients have been asking if it’s okay to get the COVID-19 vaccine when pregnant or trying to become pregnant. Below is a statement addressing this question from the American Society for Reproductive Medicine (ASRM), along with corresponding thoughts from the medical team at Southeastern Fertility:

Southeastern Fertility Co-Director Dr. John David Gordon and Clinic Nurse Kaylee Zalewski offer more insight below in this edition of our Internet show “Talk Fertility.”

To schedule your free 15-minute telemedicine consult with Co-Director Dr. John Gordon, call 865-777-0088 or click here. To learn more about Southeastern Fertility, including our mission, values and team, click here. To learn more about IVF with Southeastern Fertility, click here.

Farragut Press Touts Role of Southeastern Fertility, Dr. John Gordon in Historic Birth

Our hometown newspaper, the Farragut Press, recently reported on the role of Southeastern Fertility in the historic 1,000th embryo adoption birth facilitated by our nonprofit partners at the National Embryo Donation Center. The NEDC is the first embryo adoption program in the world to surpass the 1,000-birth milestone.

Southeastern Fertility Co-Director Dr. John David Gordon had the honor of performing the transfer that resulted in the birth of Emmie Sue to proud parents Josh and Ashley Brookhart.

You can check out the article by clicking this link. We’ve also included the text of the article, which sheds good light on why Dr. Gordon moved to Knoxville to join Dr. Keenan at Southeastern Fertility, verbatim below:

Farragut’s own National Embryo Donation Center has become the first embryo adoption program in the world to reach the milestone of 1,000 births.

When Emmie Sue Brookhart, “adopted” as a frozen embryo, was born healthy Sunday, Oct. 18, in Davenport, Iowa, to parents Josh and Ashley Brookhart, she became the 1,000 birth facilitated through NEDC.

NEDC physician Dr. John David Gordon performed the successful frozen embryo transfer through the NEDC’s medical partner, Southeastern Fertility, earlier this year.

“I am just so happy to have been part of Josh and Ashley’s journey,” said Gordon, who joined the practice in 2019, partnering with Dr. Jeffrey Keenan, NEDC president and medical director. “Every single one of those 1,000 babies has their own unique story, and these successes are a result of the amazing team effort put forth by the NEDC.

“Embryo adoption is a fantastic option for many couples that struggle with the issues inherent in assisted reproduction. Since joining the team at Southeastern Fertility, I have an even greater appreciation for the outstanding work done by the NEDC to coordinate the embryo adoption process.”

“Starting and running the NEDC, in addition to an academic and clinical medical practice, has been a huge amount of work, but I would do it all over again without hesitation,” said Keenan, who brought Gordon on board to help with the SF workload. “I would have never predicted, 20 years ago, that the NEDC would turn into the largest, most experienced and most successful embryo adoption clinic in the world.

The NEDC opened in West Knoxville in 2003, forming as a direct result of a vision cast by Christian Medical & Dental Associations CEO Dr. David Stevens, who saw the need for a high-quality, scientifically and ethically sound way to honor the dignity of the human embryo.

Since then, the faith-based organization has gained distinction as a leading comprehensive non-profit embryo adoption program whose purpose is to protect the lives and dignity of frozen embryos that would not be used by their genetic parents and to help other couples build the families they have longed for via donated embryos.

Embryos have been donated to the NEDC from all 50 states, and couples have traveled to Knox County from all over the United States, as well as some foreign countries, for their embryo transfers.

Gordon’s start here

It was for these very reasons that Gordon, a third-generation physician, agreed to partner with Keenan in 2019.

He said as his reproductive endocrinology career unfolded, “Moral dilemmas came up regarding fertilizing embryos and what to do with them afterward,” Gordon said. “It became hard to wrestle with,” especially as he learned there are currently more than one million frozen embryos with unknown futures.

“When my patients ended up with too many eggs, there was the situation left with what should be done with them,” he added. “Do you continue freezing them? Destroy them? That was a huge dilemma for me.”

Already praying about the situation, meeting Keenan helped Gordon see what his next professional step needed to be.

While Gordon readily admits, “I don’t like change. My daughter even said to me that I hate to even change toothpaste brands,” he, his wife, Allison, and Susannah — their youngest of four children — moved from the Washington, D.C., area to Farragut last year.

To schedule your free 15-minute telemedicine consult with Co-Director Dr. John Gordon, call 865-777-0088 or click here. To learn more about Southeastern Fertility, including our mission, values and team, click here. To learn more about IVF with Southeastern Fertility, click here.

Should You Worry About Cramping & Spotting After an Embryo Transfer?

It’s not uncommon for women to experience a variety of physical symptoms in the days following an IVF embryo transfer. These symptoms can include cramping, spotting and more. So when is it time to worry, and which are probably no big deal?

Southeastern Fertility IVF Coordinator Lynda McCollum says mild spotting or bleeding is generally nothing to worry about. Cramping is also likely not cause for concern. In fact, these can all potentially be good indicators that the transfer is on its way to yielding the hoped-for results.

On the other hand, if you’re experiencing sharp pains or excessive bleeding, it’s time to call the physician’s office and let them know what’s going on. These are potentially troubling signs.

For more detail on what is generally cause for concern and what is likely not, check out this brief conversation below between Lynda and Southeastern Fertility’s Mark Mellinger.

To schedule your free 15-minute telemedicine consult with Co-Director Dr. John Gordon, call 865-777-0088 or click here. To learn more about Southeastern Fertility, including our mission, values and team, click here. To learn more about IVF with Southeastern Fertility, click here.

Chet & Anita’s Natural Cycle IVF Story: A Southeastern Fertility Interview

It costs way less than Standard Cycle IVF, and there’s no need for all the medications. Southeastern Fertility now offers the little-known option of Natural Cycle IVF. It worked for Chet and Anita. Maybe it could be your answer, too. Check out the interview below to hear this couple’s inspiring story firsthand!

HOPE starts with a conversation. If you think NC IVF might be worth discussing when it comes to your own situation, call us at 865-777-0088 or contact us online to schedule a consultation.

Chet and Anita's Natural Cycle IVF Story

It costs way less than Standard Cycle IVF, and there's no need for all the medications. Southeastern Fertility now offers the little-known option of Natural Cycle IVF. It worked for Chet and Anita. Maybe it could be your answer, too. Check out this interview to hear this couple's inspiring story firsthand!Hope starts with a conversation. If you think NC IVF might be worth discussing when it comes to your own situation, call us at 865-777-0088 or go to the "Contact Us" section at southeasternfertility.org to schedule a consultation.

Posted by Southeastern Center for Fertility and Reproductive Surgery, PLLC on Wednesday, May 20, 2020

To learn more about Southeastern Fertility, including our mission, values and team, click here.

T.J., Megan, & Baby Carter: A Southeastern Story

Let’s be honest. Most high school romances, well, just don’t work out. Bring together two immature, relatively inexperienced people, and it’s no wonder the odds are stacked against them. That’s why high school sweethearts who turn into lifelong loves seem so novel. But it still happens. Just look at Southeastern Fertility couple T.J. and Megan Seiber.

“Megan and I first met in gym class our freshman year,” T.J. says. “We began dating during the summer going into our senior year and haven’t looked back since!” 

In fact, they actually did a lot of looking forward, right from the start. Both planned to become education majors in college and commit to a life of serving young people through teaching. They knew that wouldn’t be limited to the classroom, either. Children of their own were definitely in T.J. and Megan’s plans for the future.

“We loved watching our students grow, but, shortly after marriage, we knew we were ready to watch our own children grow,” the Seibers share. “Because of Megan’s previous PCOS diagnosis we knew that starting a family might take a little longer than normal, but were not expecting to be faced with infertility.”

However, after a year and a half of trying on their own without success, Megan’s doctor suggested they start taking a deeper dive to look for answers. That was when T.J. and Megan turned to Southeastern Fertility and Co-Director Dr. Jeffrey Keenan. “With the help of Southeastern Fertility we discovered that we had male factor infertility as well,” Megan and T.J. remember. “What we thought would take a few months to achieve ended up taking over three years.”

The infertility diagnosis came with so many agonizing questions that no one could answer. Having children seemed to come so easily for most young couples. Why did this have to happen to them?

Excruciating as the reality of their infertility was, Megan and T.J. never doubted they were in good hands. “The more we found out about Southeastern Fertility, the more we were drawn to the office,” they say. “We chose Southeastern Fertility because of their beliefs that every embryo is a life, Dr. Keenan’s incredible success rates, the kindness of the office staff, and the respect that was shown to us during our initial consultation.” 

Best of all, their treatment with Southeastern Fertility produced the long-hoped-for result: T.J. and Megan’s daughter, Carter Ray, who’s now six months old. “Carter is so full of joy. She has all the sass of a 16-year-old packed into her six-month-old self,” the Seibers say. “Her dramatic facial expressions will always show you how she is feeling. She loves to swing, chew on her lovie, and eat broccoli.  We never fully realized how big the holes in our hearts were until God filled them with Carter.”

Looking back on their long road, T.J. and Megan see Southeastern Fertility as not just a medical clinic. They see it as a place of hope where Dr. Keenan, Co-Director Dr. John Gordon and the entire team really listen and care. “If it were not for Dr. Keenan and Southeastern Fertility, we could still be working to start our family,” they share. “We absolutely love all of the office staff and nurses. We feel listened to every time we come in, and our questions are always answered. At the start of our pregnancy there were some concerning issues, and Dr. Keenan went above and beyond to make sure our baby was safe and continued to grow.” 

It’s humbling to be part of this inspiring new chapter in T.J. and Megan’s still-going-since-high-school relationship. After all, we’re not the ones writing the story. “Carter is more than we ever prayed for. We go to bed every night and wake up every morning full of gratitude for our little girl,” T.J. and Megan say. “Her story has blessed many of our friends and family and showed how God is always in control and is always on time. Hindsight truly is 20/20, and we now know that every hiccup was just part of God’s plan that led us to our daughter.” 

To learn more about Southeastern Fertility, including our mission, values and team, click here. To learn more about IVF with Southeastern Fertility, click here.

IVF Minus the Hassle of Fertility Medication? It’s Possible, and We Offer it: Natural Cycle IVF.

Interested in conceiving, but without all the hassle of fertility medications? Natural Cycle IVF may be the choice for you! Hope starts with a conversation, and NC IVF is one of the topics Dr. G and Lynda are covering in this edition of our Facebook Live show “Talk Fertility.” Maybe you’ll want to reach out to start a conversation with us after you watch. You can set up a free 15-minute online consult at 865-777-0088!

Time to S-T-A-H-T Things up Again!

Interested in conceiving, but without all the hassle of fertility medications? Natural Cycle IVF may be the choice for you! Hope starts with a conversation, and NC IVF is one of the topics Dr. G and Lynda are covering in this week's Talk Fertility. Maybe you'll want to reach out to start a conversation with us after you watch.Plus, it's time to get things fully up and running at Southeastern Fertility again! Lots to cover this Facebook Live Friday!

Posted by Southeastern Center for Fertility and Reproductive Surgery, PLLC on Friday, April 24, 2020

Trigger Shot or No Trigger Shot…That is the Question..

Author: John David Gordon, MD & Ciera Roberts, MSN, APN, WHNP-BC

One of the questions that patients often ask us in the office here at Southeastern Fertility is whether or not to use an HCG trigger shot for the timing of an intrauterine insemination (IUI). So is it better to use a trigger shot than to use an at-home ovulation predictor kit? The answer is (drum roll please): There isn’t one correct answer.

We aim to do an IUI at the optimal time in a treatment cycle. The optimal timing of an IUI is at the time ovulation occurs; therefore, it is important to be able to accurately predict that time frame. Ovulation is triggered by a surge in luteinizing hormone (LH), which is released by the pituitary gland, when the ovarian follicle or follicles become mature. The egg is released from the follicle about 36 hours after the LH surge.

When we plan to use an HCG trigger shot, the patient is monitored via transvaginal ultrasound and hormone blood tests at intervals until the ovarian follicle or follicles are determined to be mature. Once we estimate that the follicle is ready (usually when it measures 18-22 mm in average diameter), an injection of HCG is administered. HCG is very similar to LH and thus the trigger shot serves as the LH surge, and IUI is scheduled accordingly anticipating that the egg(s) will be released about 36-42 hours following the HCG injection.

How does this compare to using an at-home ovulation predictor kit (OPK)? Well, in most patients the LH surge will be detectable in the urine after the surge is noted in a blood test. Usually the egg is released the day following a positive OPK. So, an IUI is ideally performed the morning after a positive OPK. Patients will typically begin testing on cycle day 12 and test every day until the test is positive.

Current research indicates no significant difference in either clinical pregnancy rates or live birth rates when comparing home monitoring of ovulation with OPKs to ultrasound monitoring and HCG triggering. Therefore, the choice is patient specific.

If your schedule doesn’t allow the time commitment for multiple ultrasound visits and lab draws, and you are confident in your ability to do in-home monitoring, then OPKs may be the best option for you. However, if you have had difficulty interpreting OPK results in past cycles, or you’re simply afraid that you might miss the positive result, then ultrasound monitoring and HCG trigger shot may reduce your anxiety and uncertainty. Using a trigger shot also takes some of the guesswork out of the timing of an IUI, and may be beneficial if there are potential scheduling conflicts near ovulation (such as you or your spouse leaving town on a business trip).

The bottom line is that there is no right or wrong answer, and you should talk to your doctor about what is going to be most beneficial for you.

To schedule your free 15-minute telemedicine consult with Southeastern Fertility Co-Director Dr. John Gordon, call 865-777-0088 or click here. To learn more about Southeastern Fertility, including our mission, values and team, click here. To learn more about IVF with Southeastern Fertility, click here.

Know Your Nurses: Lynda & Kaylee

Southeastern Fertility IVF Coordinator Lynda McCollum introduces you to Kaylee Zalewski, our clinic nurse who is now becoming our second full-time IVF nurse as we expand the team! That means Kaylee and Lynda will now be in charge of medical protocols for all IVF and frozen embryo transfers. Get to know Kaylee a little better in this short video.

To schedule your free 15-minute telemedicine consult with Co-Director Dr. John Gordon, call 865-777-0088 or click here. To learn more about Southeastern Fertility, including our mission, values and team, click here. To learn more about IVF with Southeastern Fertility, click here.

Don’t Let Dr. Google Freak You Out!

It’s easy to become unnecessarily alarmed when you read about fertility treatment online. But Southeastern Fertility Co-Director Dr. John Gordon and IVF Coordinator Lynda McCollum urge you to not just let “Dr. Google” determine your course of treatment. They have more below in this short edition of our Internet show “Talk Fertility.”

To schedule your free 15-minute telemedicine consult with Co-Director Dr. John Gordon, call 865-777-0088 or click here. To learn more about Southeastern Fertility, including our mission, values and team, click here. To learn more about IVF with Southeastern Fertility, click here.

We’re Now Doing Natural Cycle FETs!

The team at Southeastern Fertility is excited to announce something new: We’re now offering Natural Cycle Frozen Embryo Transfers (FETs)!

That means, in addition to medicated cycles, we will now offer the option to local IVF patients of doing FETs using the patient’s own natural cycle. (In case you’re wondering, the success rate is similar to that of a medicated FET.)

In practice, here’s how it will look. A patient will grow a follicle and receive a trigger shot, and the FET will normally occur about a week after the trigger shot is received.

During the time frame in between, ovulation will normally occur 36 hours after the trigger shot, and will then of course be followed by the egg collection procedure. The FET will then be the final step a few days later.

Why offer this option? There are many potential reasons a Natural Cycle FET could be an ideal route for some patients:

  1. It offers the opportunity to leverage the patient’s own hormones at a time when the uterine lining is naturally maximally receptive to implantation.
  2. Some patients with histories of blood clots may not be able to take the supplemental estrogen involved in medicated FETs.
  3. Some patients with histories of breast cancer are understandably uncomfortable with the idea of taking hormones.
  4. Other patients have already been through medicated cycles and are simply tired of all the hormone shots involved.

In order to be considered for a Natural Cycle FET, you must be a local patient with regular cycles. Our National Embryo Donation Center patients, the vast majority of whom are from out of town, will not be able to do Natural Cycle FETs.

Southeastern Fertility Co-Director Dr. John Gordon and IVF Coordinator Lynda McCollum unpack this topic below in this edition of our Internet show “Talk Fertility.”

To schedule your free 15-minute telemedicine consult with Co-Director Dr. John Gordon, call 865-777-0088 or click here. To learn more about Southeastern Fertility, including our mission, values and team, click here. To learn more about IVF with Southeastern Fertility, click here.

Making the Call: When is it Urgent?

When is it time to call Southeastern Fertility right away, and when can something wait a bit? Also, what are the best ways to get in touch? These are important questions if you’re a patient going through fertility treatment. Here are some quick answers to each.

When to call right away:

You’re experiencing bleeding after a positive pregnancy test. If this happens to you, definitely call as soon as you can! And in a case like this, it’s best to just call the front desk at 865-777-0088, ext. 1 or ext. 2. Taylor or Kristy will track down the nurse or team member best equipped to respond. Again, don’t dial the nurses’ desk and settle for voice mail in a situation like this! It’s crucial to get help from a live person quickly, and the front desk is your best route to receive that.

You’re having an ultrasound somewhere besides Southeastern Fertility, and you don’t have your order sheet. This could commonly happen especially with our National Embryo Donation Center patients, many of whom live out of town. If you’re at the medical facility and they won’t perform the ultrasound because there’s no order sheet, call right away and we’ll fax it to them. The front desk is also the best number to call in this situation: 865-777-0088 ext. 1 or ext. 2.

When it’s a lower-level issue:

Protocol questions are generally considered to be the next level down from the issues above in terms of urgency and priority. Now don’t misunderstand us on this one: If you’re on a medication protocol and it’s time for your dose, definitely call right away! But if it’s a question about when you need to start progesterone in oil or something similar and you know the protocol won’t start for about another week, that’s another matter. Sure, it’s a very important question. Yet it’s not imperative that you receive an immediate answer. In cases like this, just email IVF Coordinator Lynda McCollum or Clinic Nurse Kaylee Zalewski and they’ll work to get you a timely, though perhaps not instant, answer. (NOTE: One reason the nurses prefer you email them for less urgent questions rather than call is that it helps them tremendously to have something in writing for a point of reference.) Lynda’s email is ivfnurse@southeasternfertility.org. Kaylee’s email is clinic_nurse@southeasternfertility.org.

Lynda and Southeastern Fertility’s Mark Mellinger unpack all this -and have a little game show fun in the process- below in this edition of our Internet show “Talk Fertility.”

To schedule your free 15-minute telemedicine consult with Co-Director Dr. John Gordon, call 865-777-0088 or click here. To learn more about Southeastern Fertility, including our mission, values and team, click here. To learn more about IVF with Southeastern Fertility, click here.

Lost & Found

No one enjoys the feeling of being lost. Southeastern Fertility Co-Director Dr. John Gordon and IVF Coordinator Lynda McCollum unpack why infertility can make you feel that way, and how we can help to move you to “found”, below in this edition of our Internet show “Talk Fertility.”

To schedule your free 15-minute telemedicine consult with Co-Director Dr. John Gordon, call 865-777-0088 or click here. To learn more about Southeastern Fertility, including our mission, values and team, click here. To learn more about IVF with Southeastern Fertility, click here.

Endometrial Scratching: Why We Do It & When

When you’re struggling to have a baby, research suggests purposely disrupting the lining of the uterus could improve your chances of achieving pregnancy in some cases. Endometrial scratching, or endometrial biopsy, is a common fertility procedure used toward this end by Southeastern Fertility. The procedure is very safe and may be followed by mild, short-term cramping or bleeding.

There are three main circumstances in which our medical team performs endometrial biopsies:

  1. To test for chronic endometritis. This is a condition in which inflammation in the lining of the uterus could be hindering a woman’s chances of becoming pregnant.
  2. Before embryo transfers, prior to the start of a cycle. Though research on this has come to varying conclusions, there is evidence suggesting a biopsy can better prepare the lining for embryo implantation. Southeastern Fertility Co-Director Dr. John Gordon compares this to pruning rose bushes, asserting that there may be something in the reparative process that enhances chances of a successful implantation and pregnancy.
  3. To test endometrial receptivity. Sometimes our medical team will advise endometrial biopsies for patients who we feel probably should be experiencing successful embryo transfers yet are not. In these cases, an endometrial scratch can help determine whether a woman’s lining may be more receptive to an embryo transfer on one particular day over another during a given cycle.

Dr. Gordon and IVF Coordinator Lynda McCollum unpack this topic in more detail, with their trademark brand of humor and fun thrown in, below in this edition of our Internet show “Talk Fertility.”

To schedule your free 15-minute telemedicine consult with Co-Director Dr. John Gordon, call 865-777-0088 or click here. To learn more about Southeastern Fertility, including our mission, values and team, click here. To learn more about IVF with Southeastern Fertility, click here.

Space for a New Face

Southeastern Fertility is expanding to serve you better! Embryologist Sarah Atkinson is joining Lab Director Carol Sommerfelt on the embryology team for Knoxville’s only IVF program accredited by The Joint Commission.

Dr. John Gordon introduces you to Sarah, and checks in with Carol, in the video below. You’ll see they’re in the midst of the moving process, which can always be, well, messy. Might they unearth the Ark of the Covenant amid all the clutter?

To schedule your free 15-minute telemedicine consult with Co-Director Dr. John Gordon, call 865-777-0088 or click here. To learn more about Southeastern Fertility, including our mission, values and team, click here. To learn more about IVF with Southeastern Fertility, click here.

Everybody Loves Lynda: The Gift of Gratitude

A group of Southeastern Fertility/National Embryo Donation Center moms recently decided they wanted to surprise IVF Coordinator Lynda McCollum with a shower of thank you notes, gifts and gift cards for all her hard work on their behalf. Co-Director Dr. John Gordon presented Lynda with these tokens of gratitude on Southeastern Fertility’s weekly Facebook Live broadcast.

Watch the video to see Lynda’s reaction for yourself. It’s a moment that really drives home the close, caring relationships we’re privileged to form with our families.

To schedule your free 15-minute telemedicine consult with Co-Director Dr. John Gordon, call 865-777-0088 or click here. To learn more about Southeastern Fertility, including our mission, values and team, click here. To learn more about IVF with Southeastern Fertility, click here.