Interested in learning more about in vitro fertilization? Dr. Anate Brauer, SGF New York’s Director of IVF, who sees patients in our Manhattan office, joined the That’s Total Mom Sense podcast to discuss the fertility treatment process. With her warm and friendly nature, Dr. Brauer gave listeners an in-depth look inside the fertility journey, testing, and different treatment types, from more basic options to everything you need to know about IVF.

Listen to the episode:

A Preview of Dr. Brauer’s IVF Interview

Host: What is infertility?
Dr. Brauer: Infertility is defined as the inability to achieve a pregnancy after 12 months of unprotected intercourse.

Host: Who’s a candidate for fertility consults and treatment?
Dr. Brauer: Pretty much anyone is a candidate for a fertility consult. Whether you are 40 years old and you’ve been trying for 2 years, or you’re 29 and just trying for 6 months, it never really hurts to have a consult with a fertility specialist. The doctor can review your history, let you know if you need any fertility testing, which usually includes an evaluation of egg quantity, status of the Fallopian tubes whether or not they’re open or closed, anatomy of the uterus, and a semen analysis, which looks at sperm count and quality.

Being a candidate for treatment really depends on testing. For example, a young 26 year old, if her testing is completely normal, I would usually recommend that she try for a total of a year before coming back for treatment, unless there’s something wrong like low egg quantity or a blocked tube or low sperm count. Whereas in the case of a 40 year old, even if her testing is completely normal, she would qualify for treatment simply based on age and efficiency to pregnancy.
Every case is different, and the first step is consulting with a specialist to develop a plan.

Other Fertility Topics Discussed:

  • What is fertility testing?
  • What does a fertility journey look like for a patient?
  • Are women born with all of the eggs they’ll ever have?
  • How has COVID-19 impacted fertility treatment?
  • What are the biggest advancements in the field of reproductive medicine?

More Podcasts with SGF Experts

Dr. Tomer Singer on Egg Freezing and Affording Treatment

Dr. Lauren Roth on the Fertility Workup, Treatment Options and Success Rates

Dr. Paul Shin on Male Factor Infertility

Sharon Covington, LCSW-C on the Emotional Impact of Suffering a Miscarriage

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