The Drs: Relationship Advice For Couple Affected By Fertility Issues
A couple was sent to relationship therapist Chris Donaghue, in hopes of getting help with their personal and marriage issues. They have been married for three years, and Mollie explained that she was diagnosed with poly-cystic ovarian syndrome, PCOS, when she was 22-years-old. It’s a hormonal issue that affects fertility. Mollie admitted that she doesn’t communicate her feelings well, feeling instead that she’s better off just handling it on her own. Her husband Stefan shared that he became independent at a young age and got used to making his own decisions and being in control.
Chris first expressed to the couple that a relationship is “the death of self and me.” Mollie and Stefan have been seeing a fertility specialist and Mollie is responding well to the medication, but she’s still not pregnant. As they began the fertility process, they started to be less intimate, because it started to feel more like a chore. Mollie and Stefan admitted that they didn’t feel as connected as they used to anymore.
The Doctors: Couple Repairs Marriage Damaged By Infertility
Chris recommended that couples find some way, big or small, to be intimate each and every day, even if it’s just a look or a sentence, to remind one another that they are each other’s romantic and intimate partner. He wanted Mollie and Stefan to make intimacy a bigger priority in their relationship.
Mollie admitted that she’s felt a lot of guilt, wanting to give Stefan a biological child was so important because he was adopted.
The Doctors: Infertility Struggles From PCOS
OB/GYN Dr Peter Weiss met with Mollie and then shared on the show that women ovulate around 12 times a year, but women with PCOS ovulate just 2-3 times a year. If you ovulate and are intimate with someone, the chance of getting pregnant that one time is still only 20%. Dr Weiss shared that despite that, Mollie’s chances of getting pregnant are actually significant, with him adding “you’ll have that baby.”
Dr Jennifer Ashton wants all women with PCOS to know that you can get pregnant, it just may be a little more difficult. Dr Weiss explained that other medical conditions can result from PCOS, but Mollie’s main concern is getting pregnant. A Colorado reproductive doctor offered Mollie and Stefan a free round of in-vitro fertilization to help them hopefully have a baby!
The Doctors: Staff Tips
Next, producers at The Doctors shared their tips, beginning with how to be an empowered patient. Ask about your options, whether you can wait, and if you can get a second opinion. To make your lipstick last longer, apply concealer first. When buying workout clothes, look for silver fibers to protect against odor and bacteria.
The Doctors: T-Rex Hand Selfies
Are you a fan of the selfie? Well apparently the duck face is out and the “T-Rex hand” is in! Take your hand and softly brush your jaw line or hold a piece of your hair to nail the look. What do you think? Will you use the T-Rex hand? Well, according to researchers, the way you take a selfie can say a lot about your personality. People who scored higher on levels of agreeableness were even more likely to emit a positive vibe from their selfies and tended to hold the camera lower. Duck-faced selfie-takers were more likely to be associated with neuroticism and emotional instability.
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The Doctors: Monsanto, Glyphosate Cancer Lawsuit
For The Doctors’ News in 2:00, it was reported that in 2015, the WHO labeled glyphosate, the active ingredient in the herbicide Round Up, as a likely carcinogen. Now, three cancer-stricken Nebraska farmers and an agronomist are suing Monsanto alleging the corporation mislead consumers about the safety of Round Up. The four plaintiffs have Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma, which is one of the cancers allegedly associated with glyphosate. A Monsanto representative responded to the lawsuit saying “While we have sympathy for the plaintiffs, the science simply does not support their claims.”
The Doctors: Duke Cancer Treatment Fast-Tracked By FDA
The FDA is fast-tracking a cancer treatment that has had “remarkable results” in clinical trials at Duke University. Doctors at Duke performed an experimental treatment on a nurse with a stage four brain tumor, that had never been done before on humans. She was injected with a modified version of the Polio virus, which attached to and killed the bad cells. That nurse is now cancer-free! The FDA is fast-tracking the treatment to hundreds of patients while it’s still being evaluated for final approval.
The Doctors: Matthew Ordon Doctorate Degree
A special shout-out was given to Matthew Ordon, son of Dr Andrew Ordon, for receiving his doctorate degree from Keck Medicine of USC. Matt received special several honors and will begin a neurosurgery residency at Northwestern University in Chicago starting in June.