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. In fact, many of you have probably already met her!

The video below, first posted as part of our popular “Facebook Friday” series, is your chance to get to know her a little better.

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.

Failure: A Valuable Teacher

When it comes to IVF, failure isn’t necessarily final. Something valuable can always be learned.

When IVF is unsuccessful, the failure will generally come down to one of three factors: the transfer itself, the lining of the uterus, or the embryo(s).

Reviewing the attempt with your physician is a valuable experience because it gives you and the doctor the chance to explore important questions related to those factors.

Some of those questions could include:

Were there difficulties accompanying the transfer?

Was there inflammation in the lining?

How did the body respond to medication or stimulation?

Unpacking the answers to these and other questions can go a long way toward impacting how (and whether) you move forward with more treatment in the future. The lessons learned can give you real hope.

Southeastern Fertility Co-Director Dr. John Gordon and IVF Coordinator Lynda McCollum have more in this video, originally posted on social media as part of our popular “Facebook Friday” series.

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.

No Shortcuts

Yes, fertility treatment can be a long climb.

It’s tempting to want to take shortcuts. (For instance, many embryo adoption patients will ask us why they must have a trial embryo transfer.)

But shortcuts during fertility treatment are a bad idea, as Southeastern Fertility Co-Director Dr. John Gordon and IVF Coordinator Lynda McCollum unpack 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.

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.

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

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.

About That Channel 10 Report…

In the video below, 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.

To view the ASRM analysis of state trigger laws for yourself, check out this link: State Abortion Trigger Laws | ASRM .

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.

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).

To view the ASRM analysis of state trigger laws he mentions, check out this link: State Abortion Trigger Laws | ASRM .

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.

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. Some helpful time stamps are below:

1:00 Running into PCOS, infertility

2:15 Finding fertility answers with Dr. Keenan at Southeastern Fertility

5:25 How the premature births of Jacob & Beth’s twins tested their faith

11:40 How Jacob & Beth’s infertility struggle helped prepare them to deal with Jacob’s chronic pain, and how all of it has drawn them closer to God

14:35 How God uses perseverance and hard things to mold and shape us; how to deal with hard realities that don’t make sense to us

17:30 How struggles have made Jacob & Beth better listeners & encouragers who can help others

20:00 The life perspective Jacob & Beth are trying to pass along to their kids

21:40 God’s faithfulness isn’t contingent on whether He answers our prayers the way we want

Rate, review and subscribe to “Hope, Faith, & Infertility” wherever you listen to podcasts.

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.

A Three-Strike Approach

Baseball isn’t the only realm in which you get three strikes.

In the video below, Southeastern Fertility Co-Director Dr. John Gordon unpacks why he thinks it’s wise to take a “three-strike approach” to fertility treatment.

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 Are You Learning?

As with anything, knowledge is power when it comes to reproductive medicine. So, what are you learning on your journey?

More on that -and the wild return of Dr. G’s skunk adventures!- 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.

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 the video below, Southeastern Fertility Co-Director Dr. John Gordon and IVF Coordinator Lynda McCollum are helping you think this topic through.

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.