Too Much Patience Is Not a Virtue

by Susan Trout, MD March 9, 2011 No Comments

“Patience is a virtue, Possess if you can, Found rarely in a woman, And never in a man.” My Grandmother used to tell me that as a child. But every once in a while, I see a patient with too much patience. One of the first questions I ask my patients is “how long have […]


Need sperm?

by Susan Trout, MD March 8, 2011 No Comments

Sometimes life throws you curve balls. You desperately want a baby, and there is no man in your life or the man you are madly in love with has had a vasectomy. Whatever reason there is for not having a sperm source, you can still conceive with donated sperm. There are two types of sperm […]


Happy Socks And The Mind-Body Connection

by Susan Trout, MD March 1, 2011 No Comments

I had a patient come in the other day for the procedure to transfer her embryos back into her uterus as part of her IVF cycle. She had on these brightly-colored socks with smiley faces all over them. I told her that I liked her socks. She told me they make her happy, and so […]



by Susan Trout, MD February 28, 2011 No Comments

Today seems to be fibroid day. It’s funny how it goes like that sometimes. I don’t have any discussions about fibroids for days, and then it’s all I do for a day. A fibroid, or uterine leiomyoma, is a growth in the uterus. The walls of the uterus are mainly made up of smooth muscle […]



by Susan Trout, MD February 27, 2011 No Comments

Endometriosis is a condition where the same type of cells that grow inside the uterus and come out every month with a period start growing somewhere else. They can grow on ovaries, intestines, bladder, or anywhere in the belly. In very rare cases, they can even grow somewhere outside of the abdomen. As these cells […]


Putting Fallopian Tubes Back Together After a Tubal Ligation

by Susan Trout, MD February 25, 2011 No Comments

Life throws you curve balls sometimes. The decision you made to have your tubes tied was perfectly reasonable at the time. You had no idea what life had in store for you, and now you find yourself wanting another child. Well, you probably have some options. Depending on what method was used to “tie” your […]


Tips for Trying to Conceive

by Susan Trout, MD February 23, 2011 No Comments

So far, I’ve blogged about different topics in infertility. Let’s take a step backwards and go over some of the basics in trying to conceive. The most fertile period of a woman’s cycle is right around ovulation. Determining when ovulation takes place is therefore key to getting pregnant. If a woman’s cycle is more than […]


Do The Right Thing

by Susan Trout, MD February 22, 2011 No Comments

So far, this blog has been about different fertility topics. Today, I need to vent just a little bit. I was raised that you treat others the way that you would want to be treated and that you do the right thing no matter what. I have tried to live my life in this manner, […]


Recurrent Pregnancy Loss

by Susan Trout, MD February 20, 2011 1 Comment

Recurrent pregnancy loss is defined as 3 or more miscarriages, with or without intervening successful pregnancies. Although this is the definition, I think it is somewhat cruel to make a woman who is had only 2 miscarriages wait for a third one before offering her any testing or help. One miscarriage in a woman’s reproductive […]

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