IUI & Trigger Shots: Better Together?
IUIs and trigger shots: Do they go together? Well, it depends.
Meet Medical Assistant Susan Lake
Susan Lake is one of the newest team members at Southeastern Fertility. As a registered medical assistant, she helps serve both our general clinic and National Embryo Donation Center (NEDC) families. This is your chance to get to know her better!
Failure: A Valuable Teacher
When it comes to IVF, failure isn’t necessarily final. Something valuable can always be learned.
Southeastern Fertility in Knoxville, TN explains why taking shortcuts in fertility treatment is a bad idea.
A Slippery Slope
There are good reasons Southeastern Fertility doesn’t get involved in procedures like PGT. As a couple recent lawsuits illustrate, it’s a very slippery slope that can potentially lead to embryos being viewed as products.
About That Channel 10 Report’
Southeastern Fertility Co-Director Dr. John Gordon is offering a little friendly pushback to a media appearance he made on Wednesday, July 6, 2022. Bottom line: Despite so much of the media’s seeming determination to press the storyline, we believe fertility patients have nothing to fear from post-Roe v. Wade trigger laws.
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).
Learning God's Hard Life Lessons
Infertility is so hard to bear. Yet, seen through the eyes of faith, it can become redemptive. Jacob & Beth say the lessons they learned through infertility and the premature births of their twins prepared them to deal with other, longer-term trials in life. Through it all, they’ve come to trust God more and learned to serve others well. Be inspired by their journey in this episode of Southeastern Fertility’s “Hope, Faith, & Infertility” podcast.
A Three-Strike Approach
Baseball isn’t the only realm in which you get three strikes. Southeastern Fertility Co-Director Dr. John Gordon unpacks why he thinks it’s wise to take a “three-strike approach” to fertility treatment.
What Are You Learning?
As with anything, knowledge is power when it comes to reproductive medicine. So, what are you learning on your journey?
When Is It Time To Move On?
When is it time to move on? That’s always a hard question, but especially when you’ve been going through a particular course of fertility treatment without the hoped-for results. In this video, Southeastern Fertility Co-Director Dr. John Gordon and IVF Coordinator Lynda McCollum are helping you think this topic through.
Will Eating Pineapples & Fries Help Your Embryo Implant?
Could eating pineapple really help your embryo implant? What about wolfing down some french fries from Mickey D’s? We’re looking into those fertility-related superstitions (and many more).
Welcome to the Team, Lisa!
Our nonprofit partners at the National Embryo Donation Center are welcoming new NEDC Patient Coordinator Lisa Koszan to the team!
We did Embryo Adoption. We're Back for More!
Embryo adoption parents Zach and Heather Mulling are joining Southeastern Fertility Co-Director Dr. John Gordon and IVF Coordinator Lynda McCollum to share how their journey led them to our nonprofit partners at the National Embryo Donation Center. Now they’re coming back for a sibling!
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.
Better Than Winning It All With The Vols
When Andre and Jessica got married, they were blending two families. Next came the faith-testing challenge of trying to have a child together. In this episode of our Hope, Faith & Infertility podcast, learn about their journey and how Southeastern Fertility was privileged to come alongside them. This couple has enjoyed great success in business and athletics -Andre was actually a member of the legendary 1998 Tennessee Volunteers national championship football team!- but they say welcoming Tyson to their family tops it all.
Why We Can't Always Be Doing Transfers
Wouldn’t it be nice if it was always “go time” and we could be doing frozen embryo transfers all month long? Southeastern Fertility Co-Director Dr. John Gordon & IVF Coordinator Lynda McCollum are explaining why we can’t. It’s actually to your benefit that we don’t!
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.
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!
I Feared Multiples Deeply. Then Came the Triplets.
Erin used to dream she had triplets and woke up considering those dreams to be nightmares. She didn’t think there was any way she could parent so many kids at once. It took actually having triplets for her to realize she was wrong.
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!
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.
A Prayer for the Brokenhearted
At Southeastern Fertility, we believe in the power of prayer. Families going through trials are on our hearts constantly, and we’re genuinely praying for them regularly. In this video, you’re invited to pray with us and learn how we pray for our families.
Where The Embryos Are
Southeastern Fertility Co-Director Dr. John Gordon and IVF Coordinator Lynda McCollum are talking 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: This is where the embryos, and treatment tailored to you, are!
Pray More, Worry Less
Control: It’s something we all want, but in actuality none of us totally has, especially when it comes to battling infertility. But at Southeastern Fertility, you always have a prayer! It is our medical team’s high privilege to pray with and for you during your infertility treatment if you so desire.
We Didn't Go All The Way To IVF
Jennifer and Matt had their first child very easily, then encountered the heartache of secondary infertility. They wondered if the dream of growing their family would ever become reality. In this episode of our Hope, Faith & Infertility podcast, Jennifer explains how that dream came to life. It’s an encouraging journey that didn’t require them to go all the way to IVF.
The Waiting Game
Tom Petty was right. The waiting is the hardest part! Here are some reasons why waiting can be necessary and wise when battling infertility.
Here We Grow Again!
We’re expanding in 2022! Here’s a sneak peek of our new space. Plus, can you spot the photoshopped team member on our Christmas card?
A New Face, An Abundance of Donuts
We have a new member of the Southeastern Fertility team! Meet IVF Nurse Brooke Huguenard.
Bravely, Prayerfully Pursuing Parenthood
Kendra and Eric knew Eric’s spinal cord injury, which left him a paraplegic, could make having children difficult. In this episode of our podcast Hope, Faith & Infertility, hear the story of how this couple is bravely and prayerfully pursuing parenthood, including driving several hours from home to find a fertility clinic that aligns with their values. You’ll also learn about Hannah’s Heart, a radio show Kendra has begun to help those struggling with infertility or grieving miscarriages.
Why We Got Into Patient Care
Find out why our dynamic front office duo of Taylor & Kristy chose the careers they did, and why they work so well together to serve you!
Experience matters! Especially when addressing infertility. Take it from Southeastern Fertility Co-Director Dr. John Gordon (between him and Dr. Keenan, they’ve piled up close to 60 years of experience!) and longtime phlebotomist Sherry Schoolfield in this video.
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.
Redeeming Your Infertility Struggle
Would you be willing to help others by sharing your story on our new podcast? Let us know by emailing email@example.com. Southeastern Fertility Marketing Director Mark Mellinger has more in this video, including a recommendation on a great new book that could reshape how you see God in a really helpful way!
A Stinky Story
If anyone can turn a skunk story into a little COVID vaccine advice, it’s Southeastern Fertility Co-Director Dr. John Gordon. He’s putting that Ivy League education to good use in this video!
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 this video!
These People Refreshed Us!
Frozen embryo transfer (FET) cycle weeks are busy times at Southeastern Fertility & The National Embryo Donation Center (NEDC). We’re incredibly grateful to the generous folks at Christ Presbyterian Church Knoxville, one of the NEDC’s church partners, for taking a week each quarter to provide the team and some of our families with lunch every day. As St. Paul wrote to Philemon, they are bringing much joy & encouragement and refreshing our hearts by serving in this way.
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 this video, Southeastern Fertility Co-Director Dr. John Gordon responds to a patient who’s wondering if Natural Cycle IVF might be right for her.
Don't Let Dr. Google Freak You Out!
It’s easy to become unnecessarily alarmed when you read about fertility treatment online. But Southeastern Fertility Co-Director Dr. John Gordon and IVF Coordinator Lynda McCollum urge you to not just let “Dr. Google” determine your course of treatment.
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.
One Last Shot: Jon & Kristie's Southeastern Story
Sometimes one last shot at a dream is all you have. And sometimes that’s enough. Jon and Kristie Weaver are living proof. Here’s how they had their twins through IVF at Southeastern Fertility.
Oooh, That Smell’
Sometimes, when it comes to your pursuit of parenthood, things just stink! We’re here to listen, and help you potentially find an answer.
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.
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. Here are some examples of backup plans to consider while going through fertility treatment.
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.
Just Looking for Someone Who'll Listen?
Everyone wants to be listened to, especially during the trial of infertility. That’s exactly what you can expect at Southeastern Fertility in Knoxville, Tennessee.