This month – September – we are observing National Food Safety Education Month to help our patients know how to be food safe. The mission of this movement is to educate people on how to prevent food poisoning when one’s immune system is down. If you are pregnant – or undergoing fertility treatment trying to conceive – you must be aware of the difference between common nausea and food poisoning.
Food Safety and Fertility
Pregnant women and their unborn baby are at risk of getting very sick from food poisoning.
Other risk groups:
- Children under 5
- Adults over 65 – especially those with health problems
- Adults and adolescents taking medications that reduce the body’s natural immune system
Food Poisoning Prevention
- Take special care in storing and preparing food.
- Clean: Wash hands, utensils, surfaces when storing and preparing food
- Separate: Avoid spreading germs by separating raw meat, poultry, seafood, eggs
- Separate: Raw, cooked, fresh food
- Cook thoroughly: Use a food thermometer to make sure food is cooked to an internal temperature that will kill germs
- Chill: Refrigerate perishable food and leftovers promptly
Your fertility is reliant on many patient-focused variables.
- Infertility diagnosis
- History of previous pregnancies
- History of previous miscarriages
- Number of failed IVF cycles – fresh and frozen embryo transfers
- Number of embryos transferred in a single cycle
- IVF protocol recommended
- IVF ancillary procedures used – ICSI, Assisted Hatching, In Vitro Maturation
- Genetic testing to select only quality embryos for transfer – PGD, PGS/NGS
- Gender Selection
Best IVF Protocols
Challenging Patients Welcome
We don’t refuse those patients diagnosed as a difficult case. At New Hope Fertility Center, we welcome patients rejected by other fertility specialists because they are deemed to be hopelessly infertile.
- No refusals based on a woman’s advanced maternal age
- No refusals based on low FSH levels
- No refusals based on the number of potential eggs (follicles) a woman can produce per fresh cycle
- No refusals because a woman does not respond well to fertility medication
One Good Egg Policy
Customized IVF care is the best. Remember: It only takes one good egg and one healthy sperm to make a baby. Our focus is to help you produce good quality eggs during a fresh IVF cycle – not a high quantity of eggs using large doses of injectable fertility medications.
More Helpful Pregnancy Resources
It is important to work with a fertility care team having the experience required to design a customized fertility treatment plan meeting your personal needs. To schedule your initial consultation with the fertility specialists at New Hope Fertility Center – click the icon below – or call 917.525.5496.