Faith Rocks: AKA I’m Just a Nurse in Search of a Verse

Infertility is a journey of faith. Next time you’re at Southeastern Fertility, make sure to take a faith rock at the checkout window to remind you where your hope is ultimately found. Co-Director Dr. John Gordon has more to say about faith rocks, all while playing a special game of Name That Tune with the staff, 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.

Unbelievable!

Co-Director Dr. John Gordon has now been at Southeastern Fertility for almost two years. In the video below, he takes some time to reflect on a few things he finds unbelievable (in a good way) now that he’s had time to settle in. Plus, he points out a few things patients have told him they find unbelievable about Southeastern Fertility (again, in a good way). The list of unbelievables:

1. That he’s here! Dr. Gordon is amazed God led him to a life-affirming fertility center where he is able to practice in a way that aligns with his faith.

2. How nice everyone is here. Yes, Dr. Gordon loved his patients and practice in the Washington, D.C. area. But he’s been genuinely amazed at the kindness and laid back nature of the folks here in East Tennessee.

3. That we do Natural Cycle IVF. Patients have been relieved to find an affordable, ethical option for IVF that doesn’t involve all the headaches of fertility medications. Southeastern Fertility is pleased to be able to provide NC IVF.

4. That we listen to patients! We want to hear your story and offer personalized care that aligns with your values. Some patients have told us this can be relatively rare in the fertility industry.

5. That you actually see the doctor here! Again, many patients have been surprised that their physician is the one they’re able to actually see and consult with. We have terrific nurses who assist with that, but our doctors are involved in every aspect of the treatment process.

6. That Dr. Gordon’s family is here! There were certainly a lot of unknowns when the Gordons contemplated moving to Knoxville, and many family considerations to digest, including one child still in high school. Now that it’s happened, Dr. Gordon says the move has been a blessing for his entire family.

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.

Meet Patient Benefits Coordinator (& Triplet Mom!) Kristy Chhabria

Meet -and have a little fun with- our terrific patient benefits coordinator, Kristy Chhabria, in this video recorded on National Donut Day (and National Cheese Day!). As you’ll learn, Kristy can empathize with Southeastern Fertility patients. Not only did she battle infertility, she’s now a mom of four (including triplets)! Get to know her 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.

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.


Can I Do Natural Cycle IVF?

Natural Cycle IVF can be a preferable option for many infertility patients. It uses no fertility medications and results in a single egg and embryo. In the video below, Southeastern Fertility Co-Director Dr. John Gordon responds to a patient who’s wondering if Natural Cycle IVF might be right for her. Plus, Dr. G and Lynda McCollum bring their trademark fun and humor. Eagles fans, this one’s for you!

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 True or False

You might be surprised just how common fertility problems are among couples of child-bearing age in the U.S. If you’re having fertility struggles, there’s no need to feel alone, because you’re definitely not. Below is a little “Infertility True or False” from Southeastern Fertility to put a bow on National Infertility Awareness Week 2021.

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.

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.

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.