Check In With Us After Graduation

Southeastern Fertility Co-Director Dr. John Gordon and IVF Coordinator Lynda McCollum are talking about why we need to hear from you after you “graduate” from our care.

In the video below, they’re also joined by a mechanical chicken who’s sharing in their trademark brand of fun and good humor.

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 Let You Go at Your Own Pace

Starting fertility treatment can be sort of like learning to snow ski.

Most people will naturally bring a fear of the unknown to the experience, so it’s important to go at your own pace.

Here at Southeastern Fertility, we make sure to walk with you at whichever pace best suits your situation.

Southeastern Fertility Co-Director Dr. John Gordon and IVF Coordinator Lynda McCollum have more 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.

Where The Embryos Are

Southeastern Fertility Co-Director Dr. John Gordon and IVF Coordinator Lynda McCollum, as you’ll see in the video below, are cozying up next to the fire to talk about why people from all over the country (and even some foreign countries!) are willing to come all the way to Knoxville to build their families.

It boils down to this: When it comes to embryo adoption, thanks to our exclusive partnership with the National Embryo Donation Center, we have an incomparable number of embryos onsite right here in our lab. And almost all are remaining from successful IVF! In a nutshell, this is where the embryos are!

But there are other reasons people from hundreds or thousands of miles away turn to Southeastern Fertility. Some may want lower-cost IVF without all the usual fertility medications, in which case we offer affordable alternatives like Natural Cycle IVF and Mini-Stim IVF.

Others trust Dr. Jeffrey Keenan for tubal reversal surgery, knowing he is among the most respected reproductive surgeons in the nation.

Still others may just be seeking advice on battling infertility from a listening ear, in which case Dr. Gordon offers free 15-minute telemedicine consultations. 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.

The Waiting Game

Tom Petty was right. The waiting is the hardest part!

That’s certainly true when it comes to fertility treatment. Patients often anticipate taking part in a particular transfer cycle, only to endure the disappointment of finding out they’ll need to wait another month.

If results aren’t back from pre-transfer medical tests, it’s vital that physicians and patients not just jump right into an embryo transfer in order to stick to a certain schedule. Test results must be examined to determine whether the patient is in optimal health, which in turn leads to the best chances of a successful transfer.

Cysts, failure to stimulate, and numerous other reasons could cause a transfer cycle to be delayed as well. In this video, Southeastern Fertility Co-Director Dr. John Gordon and IVF Coordinator Lynda McCollum advise that while this is frustrating, decisions to delay a cycle are made with patients’ best interests in mind.

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.

The Times They Are A-Changin’

The tour of our ever-changing center continues as we dive head on into an expansion to serve you better, plus an idea from Dr. Gordon if you’re doing a Christmas gift exchange! Check out 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.

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.

Dr. G’s Current Thinking on the COVID Vaccine

A lot of our pregnant patients have been asking if it’s wise and safe to get the COVID vaccine. Southeastern Fertility Co-Director Dr. John Gordon is always studying the latest available medical evidence, and he spells out his current thinking in this video. (Short answer: Yes, get vaccinated!)

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.

Redeeming Your Infertility Struggle

Would you be willing to help others by sharing your story on our new podcast? Let us know by emailing info@southeasternfertility.org. Southeastern Fertility Marketing Director Mark Mellinger has more in the video below, including a recommendation on a great new book that could reshape how you see God in a really helpful way!

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.

How IVF Follicles Can Be Like Olympic Swimmers

Unlike Olympian Katie Ledecky, there are times in IVF when swimming ahead of the competition isn’t a good thing!

For instance, when it comes to baseline ultrasounds for Mini-Stim IVF or Stimulated Cycle IVF (in which multiple eggs is the goal), it’s not good to see one follicle “swimming ahead” of the others. Those other follicles can be left behind and fail to grow. Suppression is a necessary step in these cases, or else the cycle may not yield the hoped-for results.

Natural Cycle IVF, on the other hand, is a different story. In that situation, multiple eggs is not the goal, so “swimming ahead” isn’t problematic.

Southeastern Fertility Co-Director Dr. John Gordon and IVF Coordinator Lynda McCollum have more in a short video at the link below.

https://youtu.be/cfKDPkVm520

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.