We’re now home to Nevada’s only female board certified fertility specialist
Our Las Vegas fertility center has a big announcement to make: Our own Carrie Bedient, M.D., recently became the state of Nevada’s only female board certified fertility specialist, or reproductive endocrinologist.
Board certification in reproductive endocrinology and infertility is awarded by the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology only after several years of advanced medical training and an intensive testing process, making Dr. Bedient one of a small number of reproductive endocrinologists nationwide who meets our nation’s highest standards for knowledge in this sub-specialty field.
What it takes to become a female board certified fertility specialist
Before becoming our state’s only female board certified fertility specialist, Dr. Bedient completed an intensive fellowship in reproductive endocrinology and infertility (REI) at Emory University, as well as a residency at Case Western Reserve University & Cleveland Clinic Foundation. We were proud to welcome her to our team of Las Vegas fertility specialists in 2015.
To earn REI certification, Dr. Bedient received extensive training focused on diagnosing complex reproductive disorders, as well as the latest advanced treatment options to help men and women grow their families. To become board certified, she passed both written and oral exams proving her knowledge of this complex and evolving field of medicine.
An award-winning physician and researcher, Dr. Bedient shares her knowledge as a clinical assistant professor at the University of Nevada School of Medicine.
Board certification is a tremendous accomplishment for any specialist, but it’s just one milestone in Dr. Bedient’s journey of lifelong learning. To maintain continuous certification, Dr. Bedient will pursue ongoing training, assessment and examinations, staying abreast of the newest developments in reproductive endocrinology and infertility. Her ongoing commitment to education places our team of Las Vegas fertility specialists at the forefront of our field.
We hope you’ll get to know Dr. Bedient and take full advantage of her expertise in infertility and reproductive endocrinology on your own journey to have a baby. To make an appointment with Nevada’s only female board certified fertility specialist, contact us today.
Get informed about infertility legislation
Once you become part of the infertility community, it’s hard not to become passionate about topics like access to care, insurance coverage for infertility treatment, and the effect of infertility legislation on whether or not people struggling with infertility are able to build their families.
Each year, RESOLVE brings the infertility community together in Washington D.C. for Advocacy Day, when thousands of people affected by infertility gather to meet with their elected representatives and make sure that their opinions are heard. Advocacy Day 2017 will take place May 18, and your Nevada fertility specialist hopes that some of our patients will represent our great state this year at our nation’s capitol.
Advocacy Day is hosted in partnership with the American Society for Reproductive Medicine, a renowned professional organization in which both Bruce Shapiro, M.D., Ph.D., and Carrie Bedient, M.D., maintain active membership.
Infertility legislation: Your opinion matters
For this year’s Advocacy Day, RESOLVE encourages participants to bring their representatives’ attention to two pieces of infertility legislation that affect access to important family-building options:
- The Women Veterans and Families Health Services Act, (Senate bill S 700 and House bill H. R. 1681): This bill will require the Veterans Administration to provide family-building options, such as IVF and adoption assistance, to veterans left infertile by wounds suffered in service to our country. This bill overturns the VA’s ban on IVF and expands family-building options for wounded veterans.
- The Adoption Tax Credit: Although the ATC is a permanent part of the tax code, tax reforms that will be debated in Congress this year could put this pro-family tax credit at risk.
RESOLVE provides all the training you need to make an impact, even scheduling your appointments for you. All you have to do is show up in Washington D.C. the day before Advocacy Day, start making friends, and learn how to most effectively share your message in conversations about infertility legislation.
Make your voice heard
It’s tough to work in a trip to D.C. during treatment, but you can still call your U.S. Representatives and follow the phone scripts provided by RESOLVE. We value the unique perspective that each of you brings to the national conversation about infertility and access to treatment. To schedule a consultation with a top Nevada fertility specialist, contact us.
Can You Be A Surrogate If You Have Diabetes?
By Elisabeth Almekinder RN, BA, CDE
Sam contacted TheDiabetesCouncil to find out if she could be a surrogate for a couple who couldn’t have their own baby while having Type 1 diabetes.
Can she legally be a surrogate for another couple having diabetes? We didn’t know the answer to this unusual question either, so we thought it would be a good idea to investigate the surrogacy process specifically for people with diabetes or for others who may have this same question.
In this article, we will explore the possibilities of whether or not you can be a surrogate if you have diabetes. We will also look at what might happen if you are already a surrogate and you develop gestational diabetes during your pregnancy. We will look at some of the legality in brief. Understanding that we are not lawyers at thediabetescouncil.com, it’s best and always recommended to seek legal counsel when you are entering a surrogacy situation and are not sure of the process around it.
Iconic singer and songwriter, George Michael recently passed away in his home from heart failure. Although this is a sad event to account, we’d like to spend time celebrating the kindness and charity he spread while he was living.
George Michael and Fertility Treatments
George Michael was a pop star in the 80s, performing with the band, Wham!, and as a solo performer. He won Grammys and inspired many with his talents. In the late 80s, he announced he was gay, and he then began working for LGBT rights and HIV/AIDS awareness.
After George Michael had passed this week, a British TV reporter went to Twitter to tell about the selflessness of Michael and a time he helped a woman in need. On the Deal or No Deal TV show, a woman announced she needed 15,000 Euros for an in vitro fertilization procedure. According to the reporter, George Michael called the woman the next day, agreeing to pay for her fertility treatment procedure in private, amounting to $18,435.
After the reporter’s announcement on Twitter, many other people began discussing George Michael’s kindness and his desire to always help people in need.
Need Help with Your IVF Cost?
The Fertility Center of Las Vegas Discount Programs
Unfortunately, not everyone has a guardian angel like George Michaels to cover IVF costs. For those patients who need fertility assistance but also need help paying for treatment, The Fertility Center of Las Vegas offers various discount programs.
Many people may qualify for IVF grants for veterans. Others can apply for our in-house discount programs for financial assistance. We believe nothing should get in the way of you starting your family. Contact our office to see what type of discount program can help you with fertility treatments, such as in vitro fertilization.
With each passing year, fertility specialists continue to make advancements in reproductive medicine. Every month this year, we want to keep you updated on the latest news in fertility treatments. To start, we’ll discuss everything you need to know if you’re considering egg freezing to preserve your fertility.
The History of Egg Freezing
Historically, the egg freezing process was meant for medical purposes. Doctors recommended cancer patients to freeze their eggs before undergoing chemotherapy or radiation. Such cancer treatments could possibly damage a woman’s eggs, causing infertility. But, with the choice to freeze their eggs, women could preserve their healthy eggs and use them at a later time after treatment. The process of freezing eggs for such medical reasons has been available for about three decades.
Advancements in the Egg Freezing Process
Some older egg freezing techniques were unsuccessful. The old freezing process caused crystals to form in the egg cell, which damaged the cell. After these eggs had been thawed, they were not useful in creating a pregnancy.
Lately, fertility specialists have started using a process called vitrification to freeze eggs. This process freezes the eggs so quickly the troublesome crystals cannot form. In 2012 after the advancement of this process, the American Society for Reproductive Medicine (ASRM) announced that egg freezing was no longer an experimental procedure. They also declared vitrified eggs were similar to fresh eggs in their ability to create a pregnancy.
Growing popularity of freezing eggs for later pregnancy
After this ASRM announcement, there became a higher interest in freezing eggs for later pregnancy. Specialists predict the process will become even more popular as technology continues to advance and the egg freezing cost begins to drop. Also, more companies, like Apple and Facebook, are offering their employees insurance coverage for egg freezing.
Throughout the last decade, the reproductive medicine community has made improvement in egg freezing technology, resulting in higher egg freezing success rates and more pregnancies. We can now offer egg freezing to women for elective reasons, as opposed to solely medical reasons. We are opening up the market to women concerned about their declining fertility—and not just cancer patients.
In 2013, around 4,000 women froze their eggs, which showed an increase of 2,500 from 2012. Women can have their eggs frozen for years until they’re ready to become pregnant. The egg freezing process is gaining popularity with women who are focusing on their career and single women who have not found a partner to start a family with.
Learn More about Our Egg Freezing Services
The egg freezing process can now not only help women undergoing cancer treatment, but also women who are concerned about their biological clock. Doctors claim the best age to freeze eggs is during your 20s or early 30s. To learn more about egg freezing at The Fertility Center of Las Vegas, read our online resources or contact us for a consultation.
Many people come to the United States from abroad for fertility treatments. Some countries do not allow certain treatments, like the surrogacy process, while others can’t offer the same advanced reproductive technology America does. Read about a new law Spain passed that recognizes the right to maternity leave for parents who used surrogacy, and find out how to start your trip to the US.
Complicated Laws in Spain
Spain is one of the countries where surrogacy is illegal. However, many patients forgo these rules by traveling abroad to get such treatments. But, with these international fertility treatments comes a little complication when the new parents return to their home country. For a long time, Spain has had very complicated rules on how they recognize children born from international fertility treatments when it comes to Social Security benefits.
New Laws Allow Maternity Leave after Surrogacy
For the first time in history, Spain’s Supreme Court approved a law to recognize a parent’s right to maternity leave after using surrogacy to have a child. Although using a gestational carrier is still illegal inside the country, the court ruled that “attention to minors” should take priority when it comes to Social Security benefits and allowing parents to stay home and care for the child.
They decided having a new child shows a real necessity for being able to take time off work. The court also ruled to allow a transfer of maternity leave to the father, which is great news for all new parents in Spain.
Why do people come to the United States for surrogacy?
The United States is a great place to visit for surrogacy. With access to the most advanced technology and high success rates, our fertility center can help you start your family in the way that works best for you.
Explore our website to learn more about how the surrogacy process in the United States works, in addition to finding resources for traveling. Visit The Fertility Center of Las Vegas from abroad, and we’ll offer special deals and services to make your trip go more smoothly.
Often, women receive a diagnosis that affects their ability to conceive a child on their own. Many women, like reality star Kim Kardashian, begin to research options that will allow them to start or continue their family, without risking a complicated pregnancy. See why Kim Kardashian, and other celebrities like her, are exploring surrogacy options.
Kim Kardashian’s Pregnancy Complications
36-year-old Kim Kardashian has had pregnancy troubles with both her children, North and Saint.
During her first pregnancy, Kim was diagnosed with preeclampsia, a condition that causes high blood pressure, swelling in the hands and feet, and pregnancy complications. Kim delivered North early at 34 weeks.
Doctors said complications during her first child could cause a higher risk for later pregnancies. But, she got pregnant with her second child, Saint, despite these warnings. Granted, the warnings did cause some anxiety for her during her second pregnancy. When she delivered Saint, she suffered from placenta accreta, a rare condition in which the placenta is stuck inside the uterus after delivery and needs to be removed by a medical professional.
Celebrities and surrogacy
Despite Kim’s complications during both pregnancies, she and her husband, rapper Kanye West, wanted to continue their family. In a teaser for the upcoming episode of “Keeping Up with the Kardashians,” Kim expressed an interest in exploring her surrogacy options. She has fears that carrying another pregnancy will be risky for both her and her baby’s health.
Many people, like Kim Kardashian, choose to use a surrogate to start or continue their family. With a surrogate, parents can use their own genetic material, or that of a donor, and not have to risk the possibility of a complicated pregnancy.
Get Started with Your Surrogacy Journey
At The Fertility Center of Las Vegas, we have many surrogacy options and resources. Schedule a consultation and we can answer any questions you have about whether surrogacy will work for your family.
With Thanksgiving around the corner, we know our patients are looking forward to the great food and fellowship with family. However, if you’re trying to conceive, it’s best you learn the relationship between nutrition and fertility. Find out the best and worst foods for your reproductive health.
Learning about Your Nutrition and Fertility
Foods that Decrease Fertility
Certain foods you eat may influence possible fertility issues. When you eat bad carbs, your body digests them quickly and turns them into blood sugar. To slow down your blood sugar level, your pancreas will pump insulin to your bloodstream. And when your insulin levels are too high, they could hinder the process of ovulation.
According to a recent study, women who consumed foods with a high glycemic load were “92 percent more likely to have ovulatory infertility than women” with a lower glycemic load. It is best to limit your intake of these foods that are a possible danger to your fertility:
- Sugary sodas and fruit drinks
- Red meat
- Trans fats
- Cookies and cakes
- White bread and white rice
Trans fats include processed baked and snack foods, animal products, french fries, and margarine. They can increase your insulin resistance, which could be detrimental to your health. Insulin moves glucose from the bloodstream to the cells. If there’s resistance, it’s harder to move those glucose cells. Your pancreas will keep pouring insulin into your blood, and this high insulin level can cause metabolism issues that affect ovulation.
Best Foods to Increase Fertility
This Thanksgiving, pay attention to what you eat. To protect and maintain your nutrition and fertility, you only want to put the best things in your system. Try incorporating complex carbohydrates into your diet. Eat foods with fiber like fruits, vegetables, beans and whole grains. Plant proteins are also great because they are full of healthy fats, and they’re low in calories. They’re especially helpful for weight loss. Plant proteins come from beans, nuts, seeds and tofu.
In addition to creating a fertility diet plan, you should also be mindful of your weight. Stay active and exercise while you eat right.
Stay up to Date with Fertility Info
This holiday season, don’t lose track of your goals. Keep up with the latest news and information about fertility by checking in with our blog every week. We post everything you need to know about your fertility treatments journey.
One of the best things you can do while pursuing fertility treatments is to stay educated about your sexual health. Here is all you need to know about the reproductive organs in the female and male body, in addition to the roles they play during conception.
Male and Female Reproductive System
Female Reproductive Organs
The female reproductive organs are probably one of the most important parts of the conception process. Together, these organs ready the female body for fertilization and house the developing fetus during pregnancy.
The vagina, also known as the birth canal, is the hollow canal that receives the penis during sexual intercourse and delivers a baby during childbirth. The ovaries are located on either side of the uterus and produce ova or the eggs. Every month, an egg is released into the fallopian tube, where it can meet up with sperm for fertilization. The fertilized egg then travels to the uterus where it will attach to the lining of the uterus. The uterus, or the womb, holds and nourishes a baby during pregnancy once the fertilized egg (embryo) is implanted.
Male Reproductive Organs
There are less male reproductive organs than female, but they are just as important in the process of conception. First, the penis is a cylindrical muscular organ that fills with blood during arousal. This erection makes it possible for penetration to occur during sexual intercourse.
The scrotum is a pouch-like sac that holds the testicles, or testes. The testicles are oval-shaped organs that produce sperm cells and testosterone. The sperm is released during ejaculation that happens during the male orgasm. During intercourse, the sperm travels through the vagina and past the cervix where it can meet with and fertilize the woman’s released egg.
Conception is dependent on the male partner’s sperm motility and sperm count, in addition to the healthy condition of the woman’s reproductive organs. Assisted reproductive technology can assist in the conception process if there is anything abnormal going on with the sexual organs.
Get Help with Advanced Reproductive Medicine
The Fertility Center of Las Vegas is here to help you start your family. If you have been trying to conceive for 6 months to a year with no positive results, consult our reproductive specialists. During a consultation, we will work to diagnose the cause of your infertility and start a treatment plan that works for you.
Many people turn to assisted reproduction to help start their family. Sometimes, the issue is genetic and cannot be avoided. Other times, like with our service men and women, infertility issues sprout from injuries sustained. This Veterans’ Day, we celebrate our military members and the new bill that was passed by Congress to help get fertility treatments for veterans.
Veterans with Disabilities
While serving during a war, many of our military members sustain injuries that impact them for life. Recently, more groups have been focusing their attention on the war injuries that have an effect on a service person’s intimacy, relationships and fertility. Sometimes, injuries that happen to the groin or genital areas can cause problems with infertility. Also, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) can cause depression and damper a person’s intimacy with their partner.
Fertility Treatments for Veterans with Bill HR 5325
Recently, Congress passed the bill, HR 5325, which will help veterans who have sustained injuries that impacted their fertility. It allows for the Veterans’ Administration to provide fertility counseling, adoption reimbursement and Assisted Reproductive Technology (ART) services to veterans who sustained injuries that impaired their fertility. This bill helps tremendously by helping provide fertility treatments for veterans and in some cases, IVF grants for veterans.
Previously, only active military members were given this service. However, together with RESOLVE, the National Infertility Association and many different veterans organizations, The American Society for Reproductive Medicine (ASRM) advocated for wounded veterans and their need for reproductive assistance and fertility treatments. One of the first things they will combat is the Zika Virus, which is spreading across many nations and could affect fertility.
Treatment Discounts for Active and Retired Military
The Fertility Center of Las Vegas is committed to those men and women who are committed to serving our country. To show our appreciation for the dedication and support of our active duty military and veterans, we are pleased to offer a special discount on IVF services. In addition to our clinic discount, many pharmaceutical companies offer discounts on fertility treatment medications. Visit our website for more information about the different discount programs we offer.
The Fertility Center of Las Vegas is Here for You
If you are looking to start your family with the help of fertility treatments, schedule a consultation with us. We will diagnose the cause of infertility and create a treatment plan that works for your family.