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BEFORE STARTING IVF…

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DR. Janelle Luk, Reproductive Enocrinologist

Dr. Janelle Luk, one of the top board-certified Reproductive Endocrinologists in New York City, is breaking barriers in the world of IVF as the Medical Director at Generation Next Fertility. She specializes in creating individualized fertility treatments based on each patient’s needs.

Dr. Luk brings her experience at two prestigious NYC fertility practices, including a previous role as Medical Director. This puts her in a unique position to cater to women of all ages and offer them the best available treatments. She uses her vast expertise in both traditional (conventional IVF) and alternative IVF treatments, including natural IVF and mild stimulation IVF, in order to meet each individual’s needs.

In addition, Dr. Luk remains active in research within the Reproductive Endocrinology field. She has published numerous reviews and research articles over her years of practice, and she has presented her research both nationally and internationally in China and Hong Kong. Dr. Luk’s areas of expertise include diminished ovarian reserve, infertility of unknown etiology, polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS), and recurrent pregnancy loss.

In our quest to destigmatize women’s health and support all paths to parenthood, we are asking the questions that many women are silently wondering. Read on for Dr. Luk’s answer and to the question: What Do I Need To Know Before Starting IVF? 

Prior to starting IVF, we recommend that women undergo baseline testing to gauge their current reproductive status. We recommend the following aspects be examined: fallopian tube potency, bloodwork and ultrasound to determine ovarian reserve, sperm quality, and one’s menstrual cycle. Afterward, we advise women to evaluate where they are currently in their life and determine practical logistics. Do they feel mentally ready to start consulting a fertility specialist? What insurance coverage do they have for infertility treatment services? Are they financially prepared to undergo treatment should services not be covered? Are there any upcoming travel plans that may disrupt continuous care?

 

Generally, patients should start thinking about consulting a reproductive endocrinologist like myself if 1) they are under 35 and have been trying to get pregnant naturally for over a year 2) if they are over 35 and have been trying to get pregnant naturally for over 6 months. At the initial consultation, patients can discuss various options, which may not always be IVF. There are less invasive options such as timed intercourse cycles and intrauterine insemination (IUI) to consider. Lastly, we recommend that patients conduct informed research—whether it be conversations with doctors, reliable internet sources, and/or support channels. 

Dr. Janelle Luk

If you want to learn more from Dr. Luk, join us on May 20th for an open + honest conversation at Hatch. Register here! Check out our calendar of free events for Beyond Mother’s Day events here.