Dr. Woodford comes to us from the University of Washington based in Seattle, where she served as Assistant Professor in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology. She has also held positions at Colorado Reproductive Endocrinology in Denver, and Pacific Northwest Fertility and IVF Specialists in Seattle. She is double board certified in Obstetrics and Gynecology, and Reproductive Endocrinology.
Dr. Woodford’s reputation for clinical excellence is mirrored by her achievements in teaching and research. She is the recipient of numerous teaching awards throughout her tenure, dating back to her days in residency. Her areas of academic interest include: hormonal effects on ovaries as well as Onco-fertility treatments for cancer patients. Dr. Woodford has spent two years as a researcher at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center in Seattle, Washington.
Dr. Woodford completed her medical school at Albany Medical College in Albany, New York. Her residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology was completed at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical center in New Hampshire. Then Dr. Woodford took her talents down south for her fellowship in Reproductive Endocrinology at the University of Louisville in Louisville, Kentucky.
We are very excited to welcome Dr. Woodford to our practice. Her background and philosophy align well with Bloom’s core ideology – the 4 “E’s”: expertise, experience, ethics, and empathy. We believe that her passion for fertility medicine will be a valuable asset in providing excellent, customized patient care for the months and years to come.
Bloom Reproductive Institute is happy to announce that our first IVF grant winners, Shana and Mark, are now proud parents of healthy twins!! We are extremely happy and excited for them.
Our latest grant winner for Q1 2016 has been awarded to Kristina and Scott. We wish them the best during their cycle!
If you are interested in applying for the Quarterly IVF Grant, please contact us at email@example.com.
Some tidbits of information regarding fertility.
Infertility is defined by the American Society for Reproductive Medicine (ASRM) as the inability to achieve pregnancy after one year of trying, or for a period of six months for women over the age of 35. While the emotional effects of not conceiving can take a toll on one’s psyche, it is important to understand that the condition is fairly common. In other words, you are not alone. Not remotely.
Fertility troubles, as defined above, affect nearly 1 out of 6, or up to 15% of all couples. According to the National Institute of Health, 33% of fertility issues can be attributed to males, while another 33% can be attributed to females. The remaining instances can be linked to both partners or occur for unexplained reasons.
Some of the common causes of fertility problems for women include: stunted egg production due to Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS), blocked tubes, Endometriosis, and an age-related decrease in the number of eggs remaining in the ovaries.
Common causes for male factor fertility troubles include: low sperm count, decreased sperm motility, and advanced age.
Despite these factors, fertility treatments have progressed through time to offer solutions to couples dealing with infertility. We at Bloom Reproductive Institute pledge to assist you through your journey of fertility treatment. By making your story ours, we strive to treat the fertility issues that affect your family with cutting edge technologies and techniques tailored to your specific case.
Bloom Reproductive Institute is enrolled in a number of insurance plans that offer fertility coverage. Plans that we’ve contracted with include:
Insurance coverage can be confusing, and guidelines for qualifying treatments can be strict. Our billing department is available to answer any questions you may have regarding insurance coverage and requirements. Existing patients can fill out the appropriate insurance benefit form on our patient portal to let us know more about your coverage. For new patients, please feel free to contact us via phone or email to clarify your coverage concerns.
Bloom Reproductive Institute is proud to partner with ARC fertility to offer a number of payment plans for fertility treatment. For nearly 17 years, ARC has helped make fertility treatment more affordable and accessible to all. Please click the following link to learn more about ARC packages and payment plans that might suit your financial needs.
NPR has published a fairly in-depth story relating to ovarian reserve. Specifically, the article goes into detail about the AMH test and egg freezing. We field a number of questions regarding the AMH test on a daily basis. To read this excellent article and understand a bit more about this "Fertility" test, click "AMH test and ovarian reserve".
According to the Center for Disease Control, the risk factors that can cause fertility troubles for women include: smoking, excessive alcohol use, extreme weight gain or loss, stress, and amenorrhea (the absence of menstruation).
But the biggest factor by far is age. Nowadays, women are delaying having children until a later age. The CDC states that 20% of women have their first child after the age of 35. Aging decreases the chances of a woman getting pregnant, while increasing the chances of them having a miscarriage.
Why does this happen? Because, as we age, our hormone levels change, which affect a number of ovarian functions. First, the ovaries become less able to release eggs. Second, there are a decreased number of eggs. And third, the eggs that are produced are not as healthy (more fragile).
Fertility factors for men include much of the same things that affect women: smoking, excessive alcohol consumption, extreme weight gain or loss, and stress. But again, age is a primary factor in men’s ability to conceive.
Men too are delaying having families until later in life, when compared to just a few decades earlier. A comprehensive German study conducted in 2004 showed that as men age, their sperm does as well.
That study found that aging decreases the overall volume of sperm produced, decreases the motility (ability to move well) of the sperm, and compromises the physiological structure of the sperm.
Despite aging being a significant risk factor in fertility, the advances in fertility treatments have been able to help couples conceive more than ever before. While treatment doesn’t necessarily guarantee conception, it does increase the chances that older couples can start families.
We’re excited to announce that Bloom Reproductive Institute will be offering a fertility grant to existing patients, once every calendar quarter. We know that fertility treatment can be costly, and that some simply cannot afford it.
Yet, at the same time, we truly believe that everyone deserves a chance to make family blossom. So we’ve developed a grant that will cover one cycle of IVF treatment for one qualifying patient every calendar quarter.
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