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Planning or Preventing Pregnancy: Lauren Roth, M.D. talks to Sass Magazine

In the spring issue of Sass magazine, the editors of the magazine for women of Frederick, Maryland, talked to Lauren Roth, M.D., of Shady Grove Fertility’s Frederick office to get her advice and tips for the article “Powerful Planning or Preventing” (pg. 56). The tip sheet lays out what women need to do during pre-conception and how to prevent pregnancy.

Pre-conception Advice from Dr. Roth

During pre-conception Dr. Roth advises women ensure they are in healthy physical condition. This includes beginning a daily prenatal vitamin, making sure medical records including Pap smear and immunizations are up to date, and ceasing activities like smoking and excess drinking that can harm a fetus. Dr. Roth suggests tracking your menstrual cycle to find the optimal time to conceive during your fertile window. She also provides guidance about when to see a fertility specialist based on age, medical history, and menstrual cycle length.

Preventing Pregnancy?

To prevent pregnancy, Dr. Roth describes a range of birth control options based on personal preference and medical history. There are two types of contraceptives: reversible and permanent. Reversible contraceptives include barriers such as condoms, hormonal methods like the birth control pill, and long-acting options like the intrauterine device. Permanent options for those who know they no longer want to have children include tubal sterilization for women and vasectomy for men.


If you are trying to conceive and would like to schedule an appointment with Dr. Roth or any of our other 38 physicians, call 1-877-971-7755.


At Shady Grove Fertility, we’re here to give you the caring support you deserve as you start or grow your family. As a leading fertility and IVF center of excellence, we offer patients individualized careinnovative financial optionsover 30 accepted insurance plans, and pregnancy rates among the highest of all national centers. We offer patients the convenience of 19 full-service and 6 satellite locations across Maryland, Pennsylvania, Virginia, and Washington, D.C. More than 1,700 physicians choose Shady Grove Fertility to refer their patients, and more than 96 percent of our patients say they would recommend Shady Grove Fertility’s 35+ physicians to a friend. With 10 Shady Grove Fertility babies born each day, your dream of starting or growing your family is within reach.


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