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What San Antonio Should Know about Fertility Specialist Dr. Summer James

What San Antonio Should Know about Fertility Specialist Dr. Summer James

Dr-Summer-James1Q: You were once chief resident, and likely had your pick of sub-specialties. Why did you choose reproductive endocrinology?

A: We perform rotations as interns, so I spent time with reproductive endocrinologists during my residency. I saw my first ultrasounds during that time, and experienced moments when couples saw or heard the baby’s heartbeat. That joy peaked my interest

I love the amazing things we as fertility specialists can do for people. For example, preimplantation genetic diagnosis (PGD) can eliminate the threat of genetic diseases such as cystic fibrosis (CF). Finally, I’m drawn to the cutting edge technology that drives reproductive endocrinology. Fertility is an exciting field, and one that is constantly changing. I’ve practiced medicine for more than a decade, and there is always something new on the horizon.

Q: What do you like best about San Antonio, your new hometown?
A: Well, as the mom of twin 10-month-old daughters and lead physician at one of San Antonio’s newest fertility clinics, I haven’t had much time to explore! Everyone tells me I will love it, and I already have discovered that family-friendly San Antonio is a big city with a small-town feel.

Q: You have twins, so I’m sure you have fielded this question: Have you experienced fertility first-hand?
A: I’m not shy about telling people that it took me three years to get pregnant. We progressed from ovulation induction with Clomid, to IUI, and then three cycles of in-vitro fertilization (IVF). After lots of fertility treatment, it took IVF to get the job done.

Q: What do you want people to know when they begin fertility treatment?
A: First, most of the time I find something treatable. In fact, most couples will get pregnant within the first few months of fertility treatment. I don’t always know immediately what the fix is, but if you can stick with a fertility regimen, you will almost certainly create the family you want.

Q: What do you like to do in your spare time?
A: Did I mention the twins? When I have the time, though, I am an avid sports fan, and enjoy working out and lifting weights.

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