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, 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.

“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 below.

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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.

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 on the debut episode of our new podcast Hope, Faith & Infertility!

Rate, review and subscribe to Hope, Faith & Infertility wherever you listen to podcasts. You can also enjoy the video version of each episode by subscribing to our YouTube channel!

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.

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.

There can be many reasons for cancelling the embryo transfer portion of a cycle, including:

-A woman’s body is unresponsive to the medical protocol.

-A fibroid or polyp develops and needs to be removed.

-The uterine lining just doesn’t develop properly.

-A woman’s body is overly responsive to the medical protocol.

But if any of these happen to you, all hope is not lost. A successful transfer cycle may still be very possible, and could be just ahead in the near future. Southeastern Fertility Co-Director Dr. John Gordon and IVF Coordinator Lynda McCollum unpack all of this in detail in this 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.

Embryo Cheating

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!

Southeastern Fertility Co-Director Dr. John Gordon and IVF Coordinator Lynda McCollum explain, with their trademark brand of fun thrown in, in this video. By the way, what do you think of Dr. Gordon’s new Management Resolution Device?!

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 Put Too Much Stock in Embryo Grading

Frozen embryos are like… a box of chocolates? With apologies to Forrest Gump, there’s actually some truth to the notion.

When it comes to infertility treatment like IVF, there can be a tendency for some patients to place too much value on the grades of their embryos. Don’t get us wrong- embryo grading has its place. But, like Forrest’s proverbial box of chocolates, you never know for sure what you’re going to get when it comes to frozen embryos. As Southeastern Fertility Co-Director Dr. John Gordon and IVF Coordinator Lynda McCollum explain when you click the video link below, embryos with poor grades can become beautiful babies.

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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.

Your Fertility Team Gets Caught by Surprise!

Join Southeastern Fertility nurses Lynda McCollum and Kaylee West below as they take you on a tour of the Southeastern Fertility and National Embryo Donation Center offices, catching team members by surprise along the way. This will give you a look into sides of the team you’ve never seen before!

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.