Fertility Blog

SRM’s Statement on Roe vs Wade

SRM’s Statement on Roe vs Wade

SRM believes that all health care decisions should be made by patients and their providers alone. SRM supports the availability of reproductive health services for all patients and continue to stand with ASRM’s statement on the impact of reproductive care worldwide.

Common Food Fears with PCOS

Common Food Fears with PCOS

By, Chelsea Fechtner, MScN, CN   PCOS is a common but complex condition that impacts the body in many ways. Nutrition modifications are helpful for symptom management, however recommendations can often be conflicting and confusing. Taking an individualized...

5 Strategies to Achieve your Wellness Goals

5 Strategies to Achieve your Wellness Goals

By, Chelsea Fechtner, MScN, CN Building healthy nutrition and lifestyle habits is important for optimizing fertility and overall health. The food we eat, how much or little we move our bodies, how we manage stress, and ultimately how we care for ourselves can make a...

Your First Visit to a Fertility Clinic

Your First Visit to a Fertility Clinic

Ruby Booras and Anne Judge, from The Whole Pineapple Podcast and SRM, recently met with Dr. Nichole Barker to ask her some questions about what to expect at your first visit to a fertility clinic and how best to prepare. Here’s some of the highlights from their...

Meal Planning Strategies for PCOS & Fertility

Meal Planning Strategies for PCOS & Fertility

By, Chelsea Fechtner, MScN, CN As a nutritionist, the majority of my workday is spent talking about food! Naturally, this makes meal planning one of my favorite wellness routines that supports me in eating healthy meals throughout the week. If you don’t have the same...

The Whole Pineapple

The Whole Pineapple

We recently sat down with Ruby Booras and Anne Judge, two of SRM’s nurse practitioners, to talk about their new podcast – The Whole Pineapple. What made the two of you decide to start a podcast? Ruby: This is such a passion project for me.  It combines two of my...

Washington State Infertility Insurance Mandate

Washington State Infertility Insurance Mandate

Exciting news, Washington coalition applauds legislation requiring health plans to cover fertility services! Mandate applies to health plans for groups, individuals, and state and school employees. Washington State House Bill 1730 was filed this week on January 3rd!...

Managing PCOS Over the Holidays

Managing PCOS Over the Holidays

By, Chelsea Fechtner, MScN, CN The holiday season is in full swing! Whether you’re traveling or staying local, holiday busyness can make it challenging to stick to your health and wellness routines.  Incorporating nourishment and self-care throughout the season is key...

Balanced Eating for PCOS Symptom Management

Balanced Eating for PCOS Symptom Management

By, Chelsea Fechtner, MScN, CN   Confused about carbs? Wondering if fruit is ok for PCOS? Blood sugar balance is an important piece of this puzzle and below are strategies and information to help you understand why and how to create balanced meals! Blood Sugar...

Thanksgiving Wellness Strategies

Thanksgiving Wellness Strategies

By, Chelsea Fechtner, MScN, CN How are you feeling about the holidays the year? While this can be a joyful and indulgent time, it can also bring up other emotions around family, fertility, food and even body image. Below are a few strategies to try out this year that...

Should I Go Dairy-Free for PCOS Management?

Should I Go Dairy-Free for PCOS Management?

By, Chelsea Fechtner, MScN, CN The short answer: it depends! Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) is the most common endocrine disorder in reproductive women, affecting nearly 10% in this age range. PCOS can cause symptoms like acne, unwanted body hair growth, scalp hair...

How to Build a Joyful Movement Routine

How to Build a Joyful Movement Routine

By, Chelsea Fechtner, MScN, CN Ever feel like you just don't have the time and energy in your day to fit in a workout? Or maybe you're consistently skipping workouts because they feel like a chore? I'm about to share strategies that will help you successfully...

Eating for Optimal Fertility

Eating for Optimal Fertility

By, Chelsea Fechtner, MScN, CN I know I'm not the first to tell you that fertility is complex! Our bodies are like intricate machines and there are many different biological processes involved in fertility. Whether you're trying to conceive or just looking to optimize...

Guide to the PCOS Diet

Guide to the PCOS Diet

PCOS nutrition simplified. Which PCOS diets work and which foods to avoid, and how women with PCOS beat insulin resistance, lose weight and stay healthy.

When the Embryologist Becomes the Patient

When the Embryologist Becomes the Patient

Infertility isn’t something anyone can prepare you for. We all grow up saying “when I have kids,” not “if I can have kids.” So, if the day comes where a doctor is telling you that you’ll need major intervention to have the family you’re hoping for, it will absolutely...

I’m Freezing My Eggs – Part 3

I’m Freezing My Eggs – Part 3

Freezing my eggs was honestly the best decision I made for myself in 2020. I felt empowered to take control of my future fertility – I wasn’t going to let anyone else define it for me.

I’m Freezing My Eggs

I’m Freezing My Eggs

I’m excited to share my egg freezing journey with all of you (the ups, the downs, and all the feels), in hopes that you feel empowered to make the best decision for yourself.

Getting Personal: Q & A with Dr. Kaitlyn Wald

Getting Personal: Q & A with Dr. Kaitlyn Wald

I realized just how perfectly the Reproductive Endocrinology sub-specialty blended my interests and played to my strengths as a provider.  I found myself driven by my empathy for couples facing infertility and the incredible opportunity to help them realize their dreams of having a family.

Kate’s Story – Living with PCOS

Kate’s Story – Living with PCOS

Like many women, my PCOS symptoms started to show up in my mid-late teens. I spent many years in and out of doctor’s offices for symptoms and even in the hospital for ruptured cysts without ever getting a diagnosis, or even having someone mention PCOS as a possibility.

Living with PCOS: A Patient Story

Living with PCOS: A Patient Story

PCOS was introduced to me at the age of 25. I was gaining weight, shaving my neck, and lamenting over my thinning scalp. When I was diagnosed, I had just gotten engaged and the news was unsettling, but the reality didn’t sink in until we started trying to grow our family.

The Aftermath: What happens after the fertility dust settles?

The Aftermath: What happens after the fertility dust settles?

The reality is that even after treatments and failures and successes, the diagnosis and experience of infertility will never leave you. Regardless of the outcome, you will arise after the dust settles.  What you do with yourself after that is up to you.  Dust off, take a deep breath, and take your first steps to seeking help and support.

Alternative Approach to Becoming a Parent

Alternative Approach to Becoming a Parent

There are various ways to start a family…each beautiful and precious.  As LGBTQ couples and people wanting to become parents begin to explore their options, it is clear that there are different ways to reach that cherished goal.  Seattle Reproductive Medicine delves into alternative paths to parenthood.

Getting Personal: Q & A with Dr. Akhil Shah

Getting Personal: Q & A with Dr. Akhil Shah

Continuing our physician spotlight series on the blog, we recently caught up with our newest physician to the SRM team, Dr. Akhil Shah and asked him a few questions. We hope this series helps you get to know our physicians a little better. You’ll see they’re a pretty interesting group of people!

How to Stay Connected to Your Partner When IVF Makes You Feel Crazy

How to Stay Connected to Your Partner When IVF Makes You Feel Crazy

Receiving a diagnosis of infertility can be a painful time for couples and the stress of fertility treatment can test even the strongest bonds… And IVF? It’s a rough process to go through as a couple. The hormones, the not knowing, the whole experience can make you feel totally insane. But don’t worry, you’re not alone.

Two Mommies, One Path to Motherhood

Two Mommies, One Path to Motherhood

It only takes, “one moment” of looking at her family to make, “every single second of infertility treatments ‘worth it'” for SRM patient, Brandi. It may be a long path to parenthood at times but with a community behind you and the promise of those “one moments” at the end, it’ll all be “worth it”.

New Year, New Insurance: 5 Things You Should Ask Your Insurance Carrier

New Year, New Insurance: 5 Things You Should Ask Your Insurance Carrier

It’s a new year! While this is a time for celebration and resolutions, it is also when many insurance plans change or start over. Now is the time to call you insurance provider and find out if you have an infertility benefit under your new plan and what you need to do in order to access the benefit. But what do you ask someone once you actually get past the automated prompts? To help guide the conversation with your insurance provider we asked our finance team what questions patients should ask when talking to their insurance; here are the top 5.

Navigating The Holiday Season: A Personal Story

Navigating The Holiday Season: A Personal Story

December is here which means the holiday season is in full swing. For many families, this time of year is one of the toughest to get through and is a strong reminder that something is missing.  With that in mind, SRM Physician Liaison, Marcie Guthrie decided to share her personal story as well as a few tips that helped her navigate the emotional and stressful waters of the holiday season.

Getting Personal: Q & A With Dr. Kevin Ostrowski

Getting Personal: Q & A With Dr. Kevin Ostrowski

Continuing our physician spotlight series on the blog, we recently caught up with one of our Urologists, Dr. Kevin Ostrowksi and asked him a few questions. We hope this series helps you get to know our physicians a little better. You’ll see they’re a pretty interesting group of people!

Getting Personal: Q & A With Dr. Tom Walsh

Getting Personal: Q & A With Dr. Tom Walsh

Continuing our physician spotlight series on the blog, we recently caught up with one of our Urologists, Dr. Tom Walsh and asked him a few questions. We hope this series helps you get to know our physicians a little better. You’ll see they’re a pretty interesting group of people!

Getting Personal: Q & A With Dr. Erik Mazur

Getting Personal: Q & A With Dr. Erik Mazur

Continuing our physician spotlight series on the blog, we recently caught up with our newest physician, Dr. Erik Mazur and asked him a few questions. We hope this series helps you get to know our physicians a little better. You’ll see they’re a pretty interesting group of people!

Getting Personal: Q & A with Dr. Nancy Klein

Getting Personal: Q & A with Dr. Nancy Klein

Continuing our physician spotlight series on the blog, we recently caught up with Dr. Nancy Klein and asked her a few questions. We hope this series helps you get to know our physicians a little better. You’ll see they’re a pretty interesting group of people!

4 Unexpected Facts About Infertility

4 Unexpected Facts About Infertility

This week is National Infertility Awareness Week – 7 days devoted to speaking up about infertility.
The physicians and staff at SRM are devoted to bringing infertility into the light, allowing those affected to speak openly about their journey. In that spirit, we wanted to share a few things you might NOT know about infertility.

Building my Family: A Fertility Nurses’s Story

Building my Family: A Fertility Nurses’s Story

The path to parenthood is different for everyone and infertility can impact anyone, even an infertility nurse. In honor of National Infertility Awareness Week, we asked one of our wonderful nurses to share their story. We hope it encourages you to share your own infertility story.

Words of Wisdom For Your Infertility Journey

Words of Wisdom For Your Infertility Journey

Going through infertility is a journey. It can be long, hard and stressful, and you may even feel lost at times on what to do next. Tamara Tobias, a Nurse Practitioner at SRM has gone on this journey in the past. In her new book, Fertility Walk: A Fertility Nurse’s Guide Along Your Journey, she shares some words of wisdom to help inspire and keep you sane throughout your infertility journey.

Getting Personal: Q & A With Dr. Nichole Barker

Getting Personal: Q & A With Dr. Nichole Barker

Continuing our physician spotlight series on the blog, we recently caught up with Dr. Nichole Barker and asked her a few questions. We hope this series helps you get to know our physicians a little better. You’ll see they’re a pretty interesting group of people!

A Journey Through Infertility

A Journey Through Infertility

SRM patient, Nicole Harding shares her story in the hopes of breaking the stigma surrounding infertility. We hope her journey through infertility gives you hope that there is light at the end of the tunnel and the family of your dreams is possible.

Are At-Home Fertility Tests Right For You?

Are At-Home Fertility Tests Right For You?

While at-home fertility tests seem like a cost-effective and time-saving way to take the guess work out of trying to get pregnant, do they actually work? SRM’s Anne Judge, MSN, ARNP weighs in on the pros and the pitfalls of trying to conceive with convenience.

Coping With the Holidays

Coping With the Holidays

The holidays are a wonderful time of year, but they can also be difficult for people struggling with infertility. In this week’s blog post, we offer a few suggestions for making the most of the holidays.

Getting Personal: Q & A with Dr. Michele Cho

Getting Personal: Q & A with Dr. Michele Cho

Continuing our physician spotlight series on the blog, we recently caught up with Dr. Michele Cho and asked her a few questions. We hope this series helps you get to know our physicians a little better. You’ll see they’re a pretty interesting group of people!

Getting Personal: Q & A with Dr. Lynn Davis

Getting Personal: Q & A with Dr. Lynn Davis

Continuing our physician spotlight series on the blog, we recently caught up with Dr. Lynn Davis and asked her a few questions. We hope this series helps you get to know our physicians a little better. You’ll see they’re a pretty interesting group of people!

Getting Personal: Q & A with Dr. Gerard Letterie

Getting Personal: Q & A with Dr. Gerard Letterie

Continuing our physician spotlight series on the blog, we recently caught up with Dr. Gerard Letterie and asked him a few questions. We hope this series helps you get to know our physicians a little better. You’ll see they’re a pretty interesting group of people!

Getting Personal: Q & A with Dr. Angela Thyer

Getting Personal: Q & A with Dr. Angela Thyer

Continuing our physician spotlight series on the blog, we recently caught up with Dr. Angela Thyer and asked her a few questions. We hope this series helps you get to know our physicians a little better. You’ll see they’re a pretty interesting group of people!

The Zika Virus

The Zika Virus

There has been a lot of talk in the news recently about the Zika virus and its effect on reproduction. SRM is closely following developments related to the Zika virus. As many of our patients are thinking about, or actively trying to get pregnant, we wanted to share the latest recommendations regarding the Zika virus.

Getting Personal: Q & A with Dr. Brenda Houmard

Getting Personal: Q & A with Dr. Brenda Houmard

Continuing our new physician spotlight series on the blog, we recently caught up with Dr. Brenda Houmard and asked her a few questions. We hope this series helps you get to know our physicians a little better. You’ll see they’re a pretty interesting group of people!

Getting Personal: Q & A with Dr. Paul Lin

Getting Personal: Q & A with Dr. Paul Lin

Welcome to our new Physician Spotlight Series on the SRM blog! We hope this series helps you get to know our physicians a little better. You’ll see they’re a pretty interesting group of people!

To kick off the series, we recently caught up with Dr. Lin and asked him a few questions.