Atlanta’s doctors provide answers to all your medical questions.

One Best Self reader asked: What can I do to optimize my chance of spontaneous or “natural conception”?

Susan Conway, MD of Georgia Reproductive Specialists says: Maintaining a healthy lifestyle (good nutrition, exercise and avoiding tobacco) is essential. Frequent intercourse (every one to three days) during the six-day fertile window preceding ovulation offers the best chance of success. Specific timing or positions makes no difference, nor does light alcohol or caffeine consumption. The most important thing to remember is that fertility decreases significantly with advancing age. Make sure to see a reproductive endocrinologist if you’re a women over the age of 35 and have been trying to conceive for more than six months.

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Join Over 40 & Fabulous! contest cover winner Kim Vaughn and the Atlanta support group of the Sjögren’s Syndrome Foundation at the 6th Annual Sip for Sjögren’s. This fine water tasting event will take place on Sunday June 2 from 3– 5p.m. at Nelson Mullins in Atlantic Station.

Guests will have the chance to sample some unique bottled water from around the world, enjoy light refreshments and learn about Sjögren’s syndrome.  Tickets are $25 each or $40 for two. There will a large silent auction with over 100 gifts and prizes donated by businesses from around Atlanta.

The Sjögren’s Syndrome Foundation is a national, non-profit organization dedicated to fighting Sjögren’s syndrome, a chronic autoimmune disease in which the body’s immune system attacks the moisture-producing glands.  As many as 4,000,000 Americans are afflicted with it and there is no known cure.

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Winners of Best Self Atlanta Magazine’s Over 40 & Fabulous! Contest as well as supporters and friends turned out en masse to celebrate at 3 Sheets in Sandy Springs.

The top 10 winners are Maryclaire Andres, Dr. Leslie Gray, Dr. Neil Cooper, Ursula Lentine, Doug Barron, Kim Vaughn, Mary Pompeo Williams, Sean O’Keefe, Kitsy Rose and Ann Marie Weeks. Many of the past year’s Over 40 & Fabulous! contest winners also attended the party.

The overall cover contest winner was kept a secret and revealed at the party. The winner with the most votes was Kim Vaughn. Kim is a professional model as well as an image and pageant consultant who has coached numerous local, state, and national title winners. She also served as a national spokesperson for the Sjögren’s Syndrome Foundation.

Read more about all the wonderful winners of this year’s Over 40 & Fabulous! contest in the new June issue on stands this week. Make sure to check back on our Facebook page for photos from the party!

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By Intisar Seraaj-Sabree

So, you want to be a writer? Well, Callanwolde Fine Arts Center will host John DeDakis, a writer, teacher and speaker, as he presents his two best-selling mystery-suspense novels, “Fast Track” and “Bluff,” and discusses his writing career on Wednesday, May 29 from 7 to 9 p.m. in the Callanwolde Library (980 Briarcliff Rd. NE, Atlanta, GA). This free event is open to the public.

If you’re searching to develop your writing skills and to network with likeminded writers, join the “So You Want to be a Writer” event. DeDakis will discuss his 45 years of experiences as a journalist and novelist, including working as the senior coy editor on CNN’s “The Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer” and working as a White House correspondent.

The “So You Want to be a Writer” discussion will be followed by a book signing, and wine and cheese reception. For more information, call (404) 872-5338 or visit

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Atlanta’s doctors provide answers to all your medical questions.

One Best Self reader asked: Are there other surgical options besides a hysterectomy for fibroids?

Assia Stepanian, MD
 of Academia of Women’s Health & Endoscopic Surgery says: Absolutely! These options depend on the reproductive goals, symptoms, locations of the fibroids and general health aspects. Myomectomy is the only surgery approved for women with fibroids desiring fertility.
Laparoscopic, robotic or hysteroscopic approaches belong to minimally invasive gynecologic surgery because the incisions from these procedures are smaller and recovery is significantly easier than after laparotomy.
Essentially everything done in myomectomy with larger incisions can be done through small incisions or no incisions at all. The exception would be extremely large or very wide fibroids and patients with medical contraindications to the above methods.

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By Anne-Marie Berte, @am_sunshine

A celebration of Core Fusion’s 10th Anniversary with Exhale Spa and Women’s Health Magazine will take place on May 22. This free day of Core Fusion is not to be missed!
There will be light bites, giveaways and amazing gift bags. Core Fusion is exhale spa’s challenging barre-based workout which combines core work with Pilates, yoga, ballet and dance principles to stretch, tone and lengthen muscles.
Building off this main barre class, Exhale has created core fusion boot camp, core fusion cardio, core fusion sport, core fusion cycling and core fusion yoga. Mark your calendars to attend this amazing event and join me for a sampling of these fantastic workouts.

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The popular midtown MetroFresh café recently expanded to include some exciting new features that are sure to keep diners coming back for more.

Owner Mitchell Anderson (at left) and his team continue to serve up fresh soups, salads and dinner entrees, but now customers can eat outside at a 14 seat “bar height” communal table that is perfect for large parties.

Since doubling their size, the space also includes a fun wine bar and cappuccino bar.

Details: 931 Monroe Drive, Atlanta, GA, (404) 724-0151,

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Mrs. Meyer’s Clean Day Lavender Air Freshener and Candle – These clean smelling room fresheners are not overpowering yet keep rooms smelling great. They contain natural essential oils and the ingredients are 94 percent naturally derived. Spray $4.99, candle $9.99.
Details: Ace Hardware, 4405 Roswell Road NE, Atlanta, GA,,


Beet Hummus – Look for this tasty appetizer at Food 101 in Sandy Springs. It is served with sea salt crackers, cucumber and Feta cheese. $7
Details: Food 101, 4969 Roswell Road Atlanta, GA, (404) 497-9700


EZ One Price Cleaners $1.99 – This is an awesome concept in dry cleaning. Anything you take in – be it a coat, prom dress or shirt is $1.99. It is simple and a great way to save money.
Details: 4314 Roswell Road, Atlanta, GA, (678) 974-8377


Institut’ DERMed Eye Shadow – I love the quality and flexibility of this eye shadow pallette. The 8-Well Eye Pallette from Institut’ DERMed is designed to house up to eight different shades. Pick your favorite ones and keep them in one place for easy application. $16 for the holder and $16 per shade – there are 36 colors to choose from.
Details: 5589 Peachtree Road, Atlanta, GA, (770) 454-7788


Atlanta Hawks – You still have a little time in the season to catch a game. Attending a Hawks game is great hometown fun. There is lots of action and entertainment on and off the court. I loved it!

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Atlanta’s doctors provide answers to all your medical questions.

One Best Self reader asked: I heard there is a new option for people who suffer from abdominal aortic aneurysms (a bulge in the main blood vessel that runs through the stomach and carries blood from the heart to the rest of the body). Can you explain what it is?

Eyal Ben-Arie, MD
 of Piedmont Heart Institute says: This new procedure, called a fenestrated aortic endograft, involves using a fenestrated aortic stent-graft to reinforce openings and maintain blood flow to vessels that lead to other organs. Instead of making a large incision in the stomach, doctors make a small cut near each hip. Currently, this minimally invasive procedure is only available at Piedmont Heart Institute and Emory University Hospital. Patients who get this done typically have a very short hospital stay and experience minimal pain.

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Atlanta’s doctors provide answers to all your medical questions.

One Best Self reader asked: If I snore, could I suffer from sleep apnea?

Ramie A. Tritt, MD of 
Atlanta ENT says: Chronic, loud snoring can be a warning sign for sleep apnea. What separates sleep apnea and snoring is that sleep apnea includes short periods of interrupted breathing. Sometimes this may be accompanied by a gasping or choking sound. If you snore and have excessive daytime sleepiness, you should seek the opinion of a doctor familiar with sleep apnea.

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