Freedom from the Frozen Embryo Dilemma

How can you have freedom from the dilemma of remaining frozen embryos? Southeastern Fertility Co-Director Dr. John Gordon and IVF Nurse Lynda McCollum explore that below in this edition of our Facebook Live show “Talk Fertility.”

To schedule your free 15-minute online consult with Dr. G, 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.

Freedom from the Frozen Embryo Dilemma

How you can have freedom from the dilemma of remaining frozen embryos, in today’s Talk Fertility.

Posted by Southeastern Center for Fertility and Reproductive Surgery, PLLC on Friday, July 3, 2020

Ordering Your Steps on the Infertility Treatment Escalator (or is it Escalaytah?)

How should you order your steps when it comes to infertility treatment? Take some quick pointers from Southeastern Fertility Co-Director Dr. John Gordon and IVF Nurse Lynda McCollum in this edition of our Facebook Live show, “Talk Fertility.”

How should you order your steps when it comes to fertility treatment?

Posted by Southeastern Center for Fertility and Reproductive Surgery, PLLC on Friday, June 26, 2020

To schedule your free 15-minute online consult with Dr. G, 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.

Hope for Those Dealing with Male Factor Infertility

Dealing with male factor infertility? Think you’ve explored all the possible solutions? There may be some potential avenues of help you haven’t investigated. Southeastern Fertility Co-Director Dr. John Gordon and IVF Nurse Lynda McCollum look into those in this edition of our Facebook Live show “Talk Fertility.”

Struggling with male factor infertility? Here’s some HOPE!

Posted by Southeastern Center for Fertility and Reproductive Surgery, PLLC on Friday, June 19, 2020

To schedule your free 15-minute online consult with Dr. G, 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.

Reasons to Choose Southeastern Fertility

Feeling like you’ll never reach your dream of getting pregnant? HOPE starts with a conversation…

How much of a difference would it make to get fresh eyes on your situation with personalized, compassionate, attentive care? In this edition of our Facebook Live show “Talk Fertility”, Southeastern Fertility Co-Director Dr. John Gordon and IVF Nurse Lynda McCollum go into a few factors that make Southeastern Fertility a unique place of HOPE.

To schedule your free 15-minute online consult with Dr. G, call 865-777-0088 or click here.

Reasons to Choose Southeastern Fertility

Feeling like you'll never reach your dream of getting pregnant? HOPE starts with a conversation…How much of a difference would it make to get fresh eyes on your situation with personalized, compassionate, attentive care? In this edition of our Facebook Live show, Dr. Gordon and Lynda go into a few factors that make Southeastern Fertility a unique place of HOPE.To schedule your free 15-minute online consult with Dr. G, call 865-777-0088 or go to "Contact Us" at southeasternfertility.org

Posted by Southeastern Center for Fertility and Reproductive Surgery, PLLC on Friday, June 12, 2020

To learn more about Southeastern Fertility, including our mission, values and team, click here. To learn more about IVF with Southeastern Fertility, click here.

Chet & Anita’s Natural Cycle IVF Story: A Southeastern Fertility Interview

It costs way less than Standard Cycle IVF, and there’s no need for all the medications. Southeastern Fertility now offers the little-known option of Natural Cycle IVF. It worked for Chet and Anita. Maybe it could be your answer, too. Check out the interview below to hear this couple’s inspiring story firsthand!

HOPE starts with a conversation. If you think NC IVF might be worth discussing when it comes to your own situation, call us at 865-777-0088 or contact us online to schedule a consultation.

Chet and Anita's Natural Cycle IVF Story

It costs way less than Standard Cycle IVF, and there's no need for all the medications. Southeastern Fertility now offers the little-known option of Natural Cycle IVF. It worked for Chet and Anita. Maybe it could be your answer, too. Check out this interview to hear this couple's inspiring story firsthand!Hope starts with a conversation. If you think NC IVF might be worth discussing when it comes to your own situation, call us at 865-777-0088 or go to the "Contact Us" section at southeasternfertility.org to schedule a consultation.

Posted by Southeastern Center for Fertility and Reproductive Surgery, PLLC on Wednesday, May 20, 2020

To learn more about Southeastern Fertility, including our mission, values and team, click here.

T.J., Megan, & Baby Carter: A Southeastern Story

Let’s be honest. Most high school romances, well, just don’t work out. Bring together two immature, relatively inexperienced people, and it’s no wonder the odds are stacked against them. That’s why high school sweethearts who turn into lifelong loves seem so novel. But it still happens. Just look at Southeastern Fertility couple T.J. and Megan Seiber.

“Megan and I first met in gym class our freshman year,” T.J. says. “We began dating during the summer going into our senior year and haven’t looked back since!” 

In fact, they actually did a lot of looking forward, right from the start. Both planned to become education majors in college and commit to a life of serving young people through teaching. They knew that wouldn’t be limited to the classroom, either. Children of their own were definitely in T.J. and Megan’s plans for the future.

“We loved watching our students grow, but, shortly after marriage, we knew we were ready to watch our own children grow,” the Seibers share. “Because of Megan’s previous PCOS diagnosis we knew that starting a family might take a little longer than normal, but were not expecting to be faced with infertility.”

However, after a year and a half of trying on their own without success, Megan’s doctor suggested they start taking a deeper dive to look for answers. That was when T.J. and Megan turned to Southeastern Fertility and Co-Director Dr. Jeffrey Keenan. “With the help of Southeastern Fertility we discovered that we had male factor infertility as well,” Megan and T.J. remember. “What we thought would take a few months to achieve ended up taking over three years.”

The infertility diagnosis came with so many agonizing questions that no one could answer. Having children seemed to come so easily for most young couples. Why did this have to happen to them?

Excruciating as the reality of their infertility was, Megan and T.J. never doubted they were in good hands. “The more we found out about Southeastern Fertility, the more we were drawn to the office,” they say. “We chose Southeastern Fertility because of their beliefs that every embryo is a life, Dr. Keenan’s incredible success rates, the kindness of the office staff, and the respect that was shown to us during our initial consultation.” 

Best of all, their treatment with Southeastern Fertility produced the long-hoped-for result: T.J. and Megan’s daughter, Carter Ray, who’s now six months old. “Carter is so full of joy. She has all the sass of a 16-year-old packed into her six-month-old self,” the Seibers say. “Her dramatic facial expressions will always show you how she is feeling. She loves to swing, chew on her lovie, and eat broccoli.  We never fully realized how big the holes in our hearts were until God filled them with Carter.”

Looking back on their long road, T.J. and Megan see Southeastern Fertility as not just a medical clinic. They see it as a place of hope where Dr. Keenan, Co-Director Dr. John Gordon and the entire team really listen and care. “If it were not for Dr. Keenan and Southeastern Fertility, we could still be working to start our family,” they share. “We absolutely love all of the office staff and nurses. We feel listened to every time we come in, and our questions are always answered. At the start of our pregnancy there were some concerning issues, and Dr. Keenan went above and beyond to make sure our baby was safe and continued to grow.” 

It’s humbling to be part of this inspiring new chapter in T.J. and Megan’s still-going-since-high-school relationship. After all, we’re not the ones writing the story. “Carter is more than we ever prayed for. We go to bed every night and wake up every morning full of gratitude for our little girl,” T.J. and Megan say. “Her story has blessed many of our friends and family and showed how God is always in control and is always on time. Hindsight truly is 20/20, and we now know that every hiccup was just part of God’s plan that led us to our daughter.” 

To learn more about Southeastern Fertility, including our mission, values and team, click here. To learn more about IVF with Southeastern Fertility, click here.

Getting Started with Southeastern Fertility

Just about ready to get started on your treatment with Southeastern Fertility? In this edition of our Facebook Live show “Talk Fertility”, Dr. John Gordon and IVF Nurse Lynda McCollum venture to the great outdoors to tell you what you need to know.

Getting Started with Southeastern Fertility

Just about ready to get started on your treatment with Southeastern Fertility? Dr. G and Lynda venture to the great outdoors today to tell you what you need to know.

Posted by Southeastern Center for Fertility and Reproductive Surgery, PLLC on Friday, May 29, 2020

IVF Minus the Hassle of Fertility Medication? It’s Possible, and We Offer it: Natural Cycle IVF.

Interested in conceiving, but without all the hassle of fertility medications? Natural Cycle IVF may be the choice for you! Hope starts with a conversation, and NC IVF is one of the topics Dr. G and Lynda are covering in this edition of our Facebook Live show “Talk Fertility.” Maybe you’ll want to reach out to start a conversation with us after you watch. You can set up a free 15-minute online consult at 865-777-0088!

Time to S-T-A-H-T Things up Again!

Interested in conceiving, but without all the hassle of fertility medications? Natural Cycle IVF may be the choice for you! Hope starts with a conversation, and NC IVF is one of the topics Dr. G and Lynda are covering in this week's Talk Fertility. Maybe you'll want to reach out to start a conversation with us after you watch.Plus, it's time to get things fully up and running at Southeastern Fertility again! Lots to cover this Facebook Live Friday!

Posted by Southeastern Center for Fertility and Reproductive Surgery, PLLC on Friday, April 24, 2020

Learn How to Talk Boston…I mean Talk Fertility…Fridays on Facebook with DrG

Author: John David Gordon MD

Several years ago Dish Network ran an entire advertising campaign featuring Boston as a Second Language. It was wicked funny. Trying to learn another language can be challenging….whether that language is Boston or Fertility.

The language of fertility revolves around so many acronyms and medical terms that it can be overwhelming. So overwhelming that I think that it deserves its very own series of Facebook Live video spots to help explain some of the terms that get used by those of us in the fertility world everyday.

Please join me on Fridays at 12:30 PM for your chance to learn Fertility as a Second Language. It should be wicked helpful as you try to navigate the fertility diagnosis and treatment maze!

Wicked Slippery

Author: John David Gordon MD

As many (? most…? all?) of my patients may realize, I grew up in Boston. My parents were lifelong Bostonians and both of them (especially my Mom) did have Boston accents. So where is mine? Dunno… Maybe just like Chris Evans (Captain America) and John Krasinski (Jim from the Office), all it took was moving “fahr awey from Hahvahd Yahd” to lose my accent…But as you can see from the amazingly funny Hyundai commercial that is currently on the air, you can take the boy out of Boston, but you may never really be able to take the Boston out of the boy…

Wicked is not an adjective that I hear very frequently here in Knoxville. Truth be told, I never heard it very often in Washington, DC either! But that is not the case in Boston, as is evident from the Hyundai ad and from the MassPort electronic bulletin board alerting drivers to the fact that the “Roads are wicked slippery!”

Wicked slippery is how I describe the fertility treatment process to some of my patients. You start out with a few months of infertility and then it becomes a few years. Then you see your Ob Gyn and then maybe you do some clomid. Then you end up in the office of the fertility specialist and before you know it you are shooting yourself up with Gonal-F in the bathroom at Longhorn Steakhouse… Once you start down the slippery slope it is hard to know how to stop….Should you do multiple stimulations? Should you fertilize as many eggs as you can? Should you do PGT-A (Preimplantation Genetic Testing) on all the embryos? And more and more until you find yourself at the bottom of that slippery slope looking up and wondering how did I get down here?

In my 23 years of fertility practice I have seen it over and over again. I think that there is a way to put some brakes on the rapid descent down that slope. I believe that IVF is an appropriate treatment option for our patients, but there needs to be consideration given to where the process can lead before ending up where you never wanted to be….especially finding yourself stuck with too many embryos on the one hand and a family that feels complete to you on the other.

The options of Natural Cycle IVF or Mini Stim IVF or Stim IVF with careful consideration of how many eggs to fertilize can all serve to mitigate the headlong plunge down the slippery slope. In particular, I love Natural Cycle IVF. One egg…one embryo…one baby. No fuss. No muss. Here at Southeastern Fertility, our Natural Cycle IVF is up and running. What can I say…I think that it’s wicked smaht!