No, Overturning Roe Doesn't Endanger IVF
Don’t worry that the overturning of Roe v. Wade is going to wipe out fertility treatment, no matter what you’ve heard from the media. Southeastern Fertility Co-Director Dr. John Gordon is setting things straight in this video, complete with evidence from the American Society for Reproductive Medicine (ASRM).
This video is all about rescue missions. When it comes to frozen embryos, we do them all the time here at Southeastern Fertility!
Checking Out The New Digs
We’re expanding to serve you better! Southeastern Fertility Co-Director Dr. John Gordon and IVF Coordinator Lynda McCollum are taking you on a tour of what’s completed so far.
Counting the Cost of Fertility Treatment
When you’re going through fertility treatment, counting the financial cost is crucial. In this video, Southeastern Fertility’s Mark Mellinger & Lynda McCollum are joined by Christa Carter (from our nonprofit partners at the National Embryo Donation Center) to discuss some common fees that may be involved in your process, but could escape your attention on the front end.
We Love Seeing Our Patients!
We love seeing our patients and their babies! So much so that it actually contributed to our missing the weekly social media video post last week. Not too fear- Southeastern Fertility Co-Director Dr. John Gordon and IVF Coordinator Lynda McCollum are back, talking about drop-in visits!
Mind-Boggling Cold, Awe-Inspiring Work
Southeastern Fertility Co-Director Dr. John Gordon and IVF Coordinator Lynda McCollum are in a small room with about 4000 precious souls, taking a step back in awe of what (actually, who) is all around them!
Family Building Blocks
Southeastern Fertility parents, our awesome keepsake baby blocks can be yours IF you are willing to help us out a little!
A Flexible Approach
There are times in life when we all fail to plan adequately, and it leaves us in a bind. That can certainly happen when battling infertility. Fortunately, Southeastern Fertility offers a flexible approach in some key areas that gives you options going forward, which means you’ll hopefully avoid getting caught in a jam. Co-Director Dr. John Gordon and IVF Coordinator Lynda McCollum explain, with an illustration from Dr. G’s real life shaggy dog story.
“Infertility Can Make or Break Your Faith”: Madison & Toby's Story
First a miscarriage, then infertility. It hasn’t been an easy road for Madison and Toby. Hear how the stretching of their faith has strengthened their faith as they pursue embryo adoption, in the latest episode of our Hope, Faith & Infertility podcast.
Ingrid's Story: A Natural Cycle FET Christmas Gift
Ingrid traveled hundreds of miles to Southeastern Fertility to have the physician she trusted perform her Natural Cycle Frozen Embryo Transfer (FET). Now she’s expecting the best Christmas gift possible. Be inspired by her story of infertility and faith.
Why Your Cycle Might Get Canceled or Delayed
Life has its share of setbacks and disappointments. Unfortunately, cancellations or delays of embryo transfer cycles during fertility treatment can sometimes be among those unpleasant hiccups.
In the normal course of reproduction, an embryo makes its way into the uterus on Day 5. It then usually attaches and implants on Day 7. However, when it comes to IVF and frozen embryo transfers, it’s actually possible to “cheat the system”- and it still works!
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”, in this edition of our Internet show “Talk Fertility.”
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.
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. Meet her in this video.
Hollywood & Battling Infertility
Real life isn’t like the movies very often, and it’s important to make peace with that when pursuing fertility treatment. How will you respond if the hoped-for Hollywood ending doesn’t work out?
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.
Mini-Stim IVF, NC IVF: Factors to Weigh
Stimulated Cycle IVF seems to dominate the list of potential options when couples are undergoing fertility treatment. Certainly that can be a good and fruitful option for many, and we’re happy to offer it at Southeastern Fertility. But it’s not the only IVF option out there. Southeastern Fertility also offers the choices of Natural Cycle IVF and Mini-Stim IVF. So why might these be more attractive options for some patients? Here are four possible reasons.
Dr. G & Lynda for the “Block”
Don’t be alarmed if you get a call from us seeking info on your baby! It’s legit, and may even come with a free memento.
Everybody Has a Story
Everybody’s story matters! That’s why it’s so important to talk to your children, whether they were conceived using fertility treatment or not, about how they entered this world.
What to do When the Lab Result, Phone Call or Email Hasn't Come
What should you do when you haven’t gotten a call about lab results, or you’re waiting on an email response about your fertility treatment? Southeastern Fertility’s Dr. John Gordon says to start by trusting the process.
Know When to Fold 'Em
When it comes to a scheduled embryo transfer cycle, sometimes you’ve got to know when to fold ‘em. Heartbreaking and frustrating as it can be, there are sometimes good reasons to put the brakes on a cycle. Doing so does not mean all hope is lost. It likely just means the timing isn’t right at a particular juncture, and your hopes of achieving pregnancy have a better chance of becoming realized down the road during a rescheduled cycle.
Blinded by the Light(s)?
When battling infertility, couples can develop a one-track mindset, investing all their hopes in one approach. On the other hand, some can become so frustrated that they just scrap all treatment. Neither of these extremes constitutes the sort of balanced view that often leads to success in conquering infertility.
Musical Embryo Transfers
Believe it or not, this is one musical reference that gives you a little keen insight into science and medicine!
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?
The More You Know’
When combating infertility, as with any medical treatment, educating yourself is a big key to success. There are all kinds of resources through which you can do that.
Egg-Freezing Q and A
Egg-freezing is an increasingly popular fertility preservation option. So what are the possible pros and cons? Who might be a good candidate?
About Sibling Embryo Transfers’
How does it work when you come back to Southeastern Fertility for a sibling embryo transfer?
Possible Side Effects of Fertility Medication
Southeastern Fertility Co-Director Dr. John David Gordon and IVF Nurse Lynda McCollum address possible side effects of some of the most common fertility medications below in this edition of our Internet show “Talk Fertility.”
Is Stimulated Cycle IVF the Right Choice for you? Factors to Consider.
While many patients find the lower expense and fewer medications of Natural Cycle or Mini-Stim attractive, Stimulated Cycle IVF is still an option to consider; one that will prove to be the optimal choice for many couples.
Why You Need a Full Bladder for Your Embryo Transfer or Trial Transfer
Southeastern Fertility Co-Director Dr. John Gordon and IVF Nurse Lynda McCollum explain why you need to have a full bladder when you come in for embryo transfers and trial transfers.
Turning the Corner in Your Fertility Journey
Helping you turn the corner in your fertility journey is what we’re all about. Here’s how we do that, and how you can lead the way!
What to Expect at a New Patient Visit
Southeastern Fertility Co-Director Dr. John Gordon and IVF Nurse Lynda McCollum outline the main things to expect at a new patient visit.
How We Handle “Extra” Embryos
Learn why you will never have a dilemma about what to do with remaining embryos when you go with Southeastern Fertility.
Keith, Amanda, River and Emmaline: A Southeastern Story
Keith and Amanda half-jokingly sum up life as parents this way: “They both have stolen our hearts, and all of our time.” And they wouldn’t trade it for the world.