By Virginia L. Houserman, MD On Thanksgiving Day, in the year 2000, our family’s lives would be forever changed. About 10 days before Thanksgiving we met our daughter, Kristina, for the first time at an orphanage about three hours east of Moscow, Russia. At the time, Kristina was almost thirteen months old. We then had […]

I got married in August of 1987 when I was 33 years old. I thought I had plenty of time left to get pregnant, but that didn’t turn out to be the case for me. I was already an infertility specialist working at St. Louis University as an assistant professor, so after a year went […]

When I was 6-years-old my family and I lived on a farm. I had a friend over one day, and we were playing doctor using an old rusty wagon as the bed. The wagon had an old broken piece of glass from a tang jar in it that I accidentally cut my hand on.  My […]

By Dr. Virginia Houserman, M.D., ART Fertility Specialist I met with a couple recently who had been trying to conceive for eight months. Typically we don’t recommend fertility treatments until a couple has been trying to conceive for at least a year, but in this case, the husband had a low sperm count, and the […]

By Virginia Houserman, M.D., ART Fertility Specialist It’s no secret that a normal weight plays an important role in many aspects of health. But many patients I see at ART Fertility are surprised to learn that being overweight can have a negative impact on fertility. The closer someone is to their ideal weight, whether they’re […]

By Virginia Houserman, M.D., ART Fertility Specialist These days, just about everyone is under at least a little stress. But if you’re having trouble conceiving, that stress is compounded. Stress plays an incredible role in infertility. Studies show – and I’ve seen personally – that the stress level in infertility patients is akin to that […]

Editor’s Note: Dr. Virginia Houserman is a fertility specialist at ART Fertility. She brings a unique perspective to her work and patients by having first-hand knowledge of the difficulties facing couples with infertility. I got married in August of 1987. I was 33 at the time, and thought that left plenty of time for me […]

This is a continuation of a conversation with Dr. Virginia Houserman about egg donation. Read Part 1.  What is typically the biggest concern for the egg recipient couple? Most couples are very concerned about the genetic medical history of the donor. They want to know that their potential child won’t have a family history of […]

Egg donation can be the answer to fertility issues for many couples, but it often brings up many questions. In a two-part series, Dr. Virginia Houserman, ART Fertility Specialist, answers some common questions that couples interested in egg donation have. How does egg donation work? When a woman is unable to conceive a child using […]

Nicole Kidman was 41 when she had her little girl 3 years ago.  Nancy Grace was 48 when she had her twins.  And Halle Berry was 41 when she gave birth to baby Nahla.  It is true that all of these celebrity births where the mothers are over 40 give the rest of us a […]