Infertility FAQ's
What is infertility?
  • Infertility is defined as the inability to get pregnant after six months of trying for women aged 35 or older and after one year of trying for women under the age of 35. Women who have been pregnant previously and have been trying for six months also fall into this category.
When is it time to see a doctor?
  • If the above definition of infertility describes your situation, it may be time to see a reproductive endocrinologist. Women with a history of irregular periods, endometriosis, pelvic surgery or infection, as well as previous radiation or chemotherapy should not wait 6-12 months prior to seeking care from a fertility specialist. In addition, men with a history of testicular cancer, radiation or chemotherapy, as well as other medical conditions, should seek evaluation.
What happens at that first patient visit?
  • You'll meet with your reproductive endocrinologist, who will ask about your medical and family history, as well as how long you've been trying to conceive.
  • The doctor will perform a pelvic exam and vaginal ultrasound to evaluate your uterus and ovaries, and tell you about additional testing, such as blood work, a semen analysis and a procedure to assess your fallopian tubes.
  • If you decide to pursue evaluation, you can have your testing completed within four weeks of your first visit, at which point you will meet with your doctor again to design a plan for you.
  • That plan could include using medication to boost ovulation coupled with Intrauterine Insemination (IUI) or require a more high-tech approach like In Vitro Fertilization (IVF).
To read more common FAQ's regarding Infertility, see the full article here

The Importance Of Breastfeeding Around The World

Breastfeeding has many benefits to both mother and child, benefits that have been well studied and consistently shown for decades. Babies who are breastfed have lower rates of respiratory illnesses, gastrointestinal and ear infections, as well as lower rates of allergies, SIDS, diabetes and many other illnesses that can impact their life-long health. Breastfeeding mothers also experience health benefits, from decreased postpartum bleeding and depression to long term decreases in diabetes and breast cancer.

While infant formula has been improved over the years and offers an alternative for women who are unable or choose not to breastfeed, even in the best circumstances it has disadvantages. Formula is expensive and can cost families several thousand dollars a year in direct costs. Increased illnesses in formula fed babies also result in higher healthcare costs and loss of wages for parents who have to miss work to take care of their child. By increasing breastfeeding to optimal rates in the US, up to $13 billion a year could be saved on these indirect costs, according to analyses by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Food Assistance and Nutrition Research. As a result of the importance of health and economic benefits, the American Academy of Pediatrics urges that breastfeeding be viewed as "a public health issue and not only a lifestyle choice".

The impact of formula feeding on poor and developing countries can be even more profound than what is seen in the United States. Many women in these countries are malnourished and falsely believe they would be unable to produce milk with adequate nutrition for their children. Aggressive marketing by the formula industry, a multi-billion dollar industry, often focuses on poor areas and promotes this and other inaccurate information about the benefits of formula. 

Continue reading about the importance of breastfeeding here

DermaCenter Medical Spa at the Rittenhouse Women's Wellness Center would like to invite you to our Center for our  exclusive injectable party!

Dana Shanis M.D. is available for Juvederm and Voluma injections. She has been injecting at our practice since she joined and has completed an advanced injection training which trained her on intricate filler solutions around the jaw and other locations that are cutting edge at aesthetically enhancing your appearance. 

Allison Andrews WHNP  is a board certified women's nurse practitioner. She is available for botox injections. For more information on Allison,  click here. 

Catherine McGinty MSN, FNP-BC is a board certified family nurse practitioner. She is available for Botox injections. For more information on Catherine  click here

 *Must sign up for Brilliant Distinctions program in order to receive discount. 

Welcoming Our Newest Partner:
Yoga &  Meditation

 When Emily leads you through a custom meditation designed to help with your specific circumstances that uses your favorite imagery (favorite scent, season, color, childhood memory), it brings you into a state of pleasant tranquility. Emily can't wait for the day when meditation will be as common as getting a massage, spa treatment, or acupuncture! 
It's heaven. 

Offering our members... 

20% OFF Customized Meditation Sessions!

Read Emily's full description of her company  InsprirenJoy on our website here. 

As a healthcare facility, we would like to encourage our employees and patients to exercise more while also promoting health related charities. Our next health walk(s) we will be attending:

Philly Mayor's Cup
August 11th, 2018
Starts 9:15am
Philadelphia, PA 19130

Belmont Plateau Hall of Fame Classic
August 25th, 2018
Starts @ 8:45am
Belmont Mansion Road and Army Road
Philadelphia, PA US 19131

3rd Annual "Race to Graduate 5k & Fun Run"
August 29th, 2018
Starts 6:30pm
427 W Crystal Lake Ave
Haddonfield, NJ 08033

We look forward to seeing you there!

Our Registered Dietitian Beth Auguste now accepts Cigna, Highmark, Medicare, and United Heathcare insurances. 

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