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Getting pregnant isn’t always easy. 1 in 8 couples have trouble getting or staying pregnant. Get started with a fertility assessment, and we’ll figure the rest out together.
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Dr. Lynn Westphal
Lynn Marie Westphal, M.D., FACOG, graduated summa cum laude from Lawrence University, earned her M.D. degree at Stanford University, and did her residency training in obstetrics and gynecology at UCLA and Stanford University. She did a fellowship in molecular biology at Stanford University and completed her fellowship in Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility (REI) at UCSF and is double board-certified in Obstetrics and Gynecology/Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility. Dr. Westphal joined the full-time faculty at Stanford University in 1998 and was a Professor in the Department of Gynecology and Obstetrics, Director of the Fertility Preservation Program, Director of the Third-Party Reproduction Program, and Director of the REI Fellowship. Her interest in fertility preservation for cancer survivors led her to set up one of the first oocyte cryopreservation programs in the country. She has held numerous national leadership positions and was the President of the Fertility Preservation Special Interest Group of the American Society of Reproductive Medicine from 2008-2009. She was the Director of Women’s Health at Stanford from 2005-2012. In 2012, she co-founded the Stanford Center for Health Research on Women and Sex Differences in Medicine (WSDM) and served as co-director of the program for two years.
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Paths to Conception
The truth is, getting pregnant isn’t always easy. 1 in 8 couples have trouble getting or stating pregnant. This number increases to 1 in 3 after the age of 35. The good news is, reproductive healthcare can significantly improve your chances of conception. Learn more about IVF with Kindbody.
Did you know we are only fertile for 5 days every month? Our first step will be to help you try to conceive naturally by setting the stage for success using ultrasound and blood work monitoring (or even a home ovulation predictor kit) to properly time and engage in sexual intercourse.
Oral medications like Clomid
Clomid works by making the body think that your estrogen levels are lower than they are, increasing the amount of follicle-stimulating hormone (FSH), and luteinizing hormone (LH) in the blood. Higher levels of FSH stimulate the ovary to produce an egg follicle, or multiple follicles, that will develop and be released during ovulation. High levels of LH stimulate ovulation. Consult with one of our physicians to learn more.
Intrauterine insemination (IUI) is a fertility treatment involving artificial insemination where sperm that have been washed and concentrated are placed directly into the uterus around the time your ovary releases one or more eggs to be fertilized. Learn more about your treatment options here.
In-Vitro Fertilization is a process that uses a combination of medicines and surgical procedures to help sperm fertilize an egg, and help the fertilized egg, or embryo, implant the uterus. It’s a very quick and simple process that doesn’t require an anesthetic. Two weeks following the embryo transfer, a blood test is taken to determine if the procedure resulted in a pregnancy.
There isn’t only one way to build a family. We offer a variety of services to help you learn more about your options, and guide you through every step of your family-building journey. From Reciprocal IVF, to use of Donor Eggs or Donor Sperm and Gestational Carriers, we’re here to help you on your unique conception journey. Learn more here.
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