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.

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.

Southeastern Fertility Co-Director Dr. John David Gordon and IVF Coordinator Lynda McCollum explain below in this edition of our Internet show “Talk Fertility.” P.S.- Don’t miss Dr. Gordon’s excellent (-?) Yoda impression near the end!

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.

Blinded by the Light(s)?

It’s the time of year when many of you are unearthing the Christmas decorations and lights from the attic or garage. As Dr. John David Gordon can attest, what follows is often a frustrating experience. Invariably you seem to find a strand of lights that no longer works, right?

So what lessons does this hold for your infertility journey? For starters, Dr. Gordon could’ve saved himself a lot of frustration on the light strand if he would’ve stepped back and taken a broader view of the situation. (It took a suggestion from his daughter to get him to do this.) He was blinded by the lights, so to speak.

This can happen with fertility treatment, too. 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.

Dr. Gordon goes into more detail with IVF Coordinator Lynda McCollum below in this edition of our Internet show “Talk Fertility.” They also discuss an important lesson to be gleaned from the historic news about Molly Everette Gibson, the 27-year-old frozen embryo who successfully came to birth through the work of our nonprofit partners at the National Embryo Donation Center. We’re thrilled for Molly, big sister Emma, and parents Ben and Tina!

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. Gordon’s Thanksgiving List

What does a leading fertility expert have to be thankful for as we approach the Thanksgiving holiday?

For Reproductive Endocrinologist Dr. John David Gordon, Co-Director of Southeastern Fertility, five things come to mind now that he has his first complete year in Knoxville under his belt.

Some of the items on the list: Faith, family, staff and the successes of those who have battled infertility (many for a long time) and finally achieved pregnancy with the help of Southeastern Fertility. 2020 even brought about the births of Southeastern Fertility’s first two Natural Cycle IVF babies. NC IVF is still a relatively new service at the practice. It and Mini-Stim IVF are two options that arrived along with Dr. Gordon last year.

Check out the video below as Dr. Gordon and IVF Coordinator Lynda McCollum work their way through the list of blessings. By the way, we’ll add that there’s something we’re thankful for: Dr. G’s good humor! You’ll notice a Blues Brothers-style hat and shades appearing on him intermittently, and you can chalk that up to a settings error on the smart phone used to shoot this; an error that wasn’t picked up by the staff until it was too late. Thanks for rolling with the punches, Dr. G!

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.

Musical Embryo Transfers

Why the late, great Sam Cooke is always in the procedure room with Dr. Gordon during each frozen embryo transfer, in this edition of our Internet show “Talk Fertility.” Believe it or not, this is one musical reference that gives you a little keen insight into science and medicine!

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.

What’s Your Backup Plan?

Once you’ve decided upon a particular fertility treatment, you naturally envision everything going according to plan. Of course, life just doesn’t work that way. In this edition of our Internet show “Talk Fertility” at the link below, Dr. John David Gordon and IVF Coordinator Lynda McCollum highlight the importance of having a backup plan and walk you through some examples.

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.

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What if I pee on the doc? (And other fertility fears.)

What if I pee on the doctor during my embryo transfer? What if, after struggling for so long to get pregnant, I become too pregnant? These are some of the more common fears among fertility patients. Southeastern Fertility Co-Director Dr. John Gordon and IVF Coordinator Lynda McCollum unpack six of those fears -and have a little Halloween fun- at the link below in a fresh 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.

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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.

Is it Too Late for my Ultrasound?

You’re doing Natural Cycle IVF. Is Day 5 too late to call in to schedule your baseline ultrasound? What would IVF Nurse Lynda McCollum say? She and Southeastern Fertility Co-Director Dr. John David Gordon tackle that question, plus start a new game show of sorts, in this edition of our Internet show “Talk Fertility” 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.

Is It Too Late to Schedule My Ultrasound?

You’re doing Natural Cycle IVF. Is Day 5 too late to call in to schedule your baseline ultrasound? What would Lynda say?

Posted by Southeastern Center for Fertility and Reproductive Surgery, PLLC on Friday, October 16, 2020