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.

The More You Know…

When combating infertility, as with any medical treatment, educating yourself is a big key to success. There are all kinds of resources through which you can do that. Southeastern Fertility Co-Director Dr. John David Gordon and IVF Nurse Lynda McCollum explore a variety of options 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.

Infertility: Education is the Key

Who’s the Ivy Leaguer now? Lynda schools Dr. G in this week’s Talk Fertility. (Plus some helpful info about how to educate yourself on fertility matters.)

Posted by Southeastern Center for Fertility and Reproductive Surgery, PLLC on Friday, October 9, 2020

In Fertility Treatment, U-turns are Allowed

Once you’ve decided upon a particular course for fertility treatment, is it okay to change your mind and change direction? Southeastern Fertility Co-Director Dr. John David Gordon and IVF Nurse Lynda McCollum discuss U-turns in infertility, 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.

Fertility Treatment: U-turns Allowed

U-turns are totally allowed in fertility treatment. More from Dr. G and Lynda, in this week’s Talk Fertility.

Posted by Southeastern Center for Fertility and Reproductive Surgery, PLLC on Friday, October 2, 2020

Possible Side Effects of Fertility Medication

Anytime you begin new medication, it’s only natural to wonder about the possible side effects. Certainly it’s very reasonable, when you enter the brave new world of infertility treatment involving medication, to ask about potential side effects. Southeastern Fertility Co-Director Dr. John David Gordon and IVF Nurse Lynda McCollum address possible side effects of some of the most common fertility medications 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.

Possible Side Effects of Fertility Medication

What side effects can accompany fertility medication? Answers, plus some nice yarn-spinning from Dr. G, in today’s Talk Fertility.

Posted by Southeastern Center for Fertility and Reproductive Surgery, PLLC on Friday, September 11, 2020

Just Reach Out…

You may remember the old TV commercials from AT & T back in the 1980s encouraging you to “reach out and touch someone.” They were memorable because they highlighted the irreplaceable power of human connection. Unlike the ’80s, when a phone call was often the only way to reach someone quickly, today’s options for reaching out and connecting are virtually limitless. Discover some of the easy ways you can connect with Southeastern Fertility 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.

Looking for a new set of eyes on your journey to parenthood? There are so many ways to get in touch with the team at Southeastern Fertility! Lynda and fill-in host Mark Mellinger unpack some of them in today’s Talk Fertility.

Posted by Southeastern Center for Fertility and Reproductive Surgery, PLLC on Friday, September 4, 2020

Turning the Corner in Your Fertility Journey

Our mission is to compassionately help you turn the corner in your fertility journey. That’s why we say HOPE starts with a conversation. We want to get to know you and listen to your preferences, desires and comfort levels, then come alongside you in your journey, not dictate what the next steps should be. That will require some deep thinking and, if you’re a person of faith, probably considerable prayer on your part. Southeastern Fertility Co-Director Dr. John Gordon and IVF Nurse Lynda McCollum unpack this delicate balance of setting goals and boundaries below on 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.

Turning the Corner

Helping you turn the corner in your fertility journey is what we’re all about. Here’s how we do that, and how you can lead the way!

Posted by Southeastern Center for Fertility and Reproductive Surgery, PLLC on Friday, August 7, 2020

Trigger Shot or No Trigger Shot…That is the Question..

Author: John David Gordon, MD & Ciera Roberts, MSN, APN, WHNP-BC

One of the questions that patients often ask us in the office here at Southeastern Fertility is whether or not to use an HCG trigger shot for the timing of an intrauterine insemination (IUI). So is it better to use a trigger shot than to use an at-home ovulation predictor kit? The answer is (drum roll please): There isn’t one correct answer.

We aim to do an IUI at the optimal time in a treatment cycle. The optimal timing of an IUI is at the time ovulation occurs; therefore, it is important to be able to accurately predict that time frame. Ovulation is triggered by a surge in luteinizing hormone (LH), which is released by the pituitary gland, when the ovarian follicle or follicles become mature. The egg is released from the follicle about 36 hours after the LH surge.

When we plan to use an HCG trigger shot, the patient is monitored via transvaginal ultrasound and hormone blood tests at intervals until the ovarian follicle or follicles are determined to be mature. Once we estimate that the follicle is ready (usually when it measures 18-22 mm in average diameter), an injection of HCG is administered. HCG is very similar to LH and thus the trigger shot serves as the LH surge, and IUI is scheduled accordingly anticipating that the egg(s) will be released about 36-42 hours following the HCG injection.

How does this compare to using an at-home ovulation predictor kit (OPK)? Well, in most patients the LH surge will be detectable in the urine after the surge is noted in a blood test. Usually the egg is released the day following a positive OPK. So, an IUI is ideally performed the morning after a positive OPK. Patients will typically begin testing on cycle day 12 and test every day until the test is positive.

Current research indicates no significant difference in either clinical pregnancy rates or live birth rates when comparing home monitoring of ovulation with OPKs to ultrasound monitoring and HCG triggering. Therefore, the choice is patient specific.

If your schedule doesn’t allow the time commitment for multiple ultrasound visits and lab draws, and you are confident in your ability to do in-home monitoring, then OPKs may be the best option for you. However, if you have had difficulty interpreting OPK results in past cycles, or you’re simply afraid that you might miss the positive result, then ultrasound monitoring and HCG trigger shot may reduce your anxiety and uncertainty. Using a trigger shot also takes some of the guesswork out of the timing of an IUI, and may be beneficial if there are potential scheduling conflicts near ovulation (such as you or your spouse leaving town on a business trip).

The bottom line is that there is no right or wrong answer, and you should talk to your doctor about what is going to be most beneficial for you.

To schedule your free 15-minute telemedicine consult with Southeastern Fertility 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.