Dr. McCarthy-Keith - Georgia Reproductive SpecialistNational Infertility Awareness Week (NIAW) runs from April 23-29, 2017. Whether you’re ready for pregnancy now or are just keeping your options open for the future, it is never too early to start a conversation with your doctor about your reproductive health. Unfortunately, a lot of women don’t even approach the subject of their fertility with their doctor until they start trying to get pregnant and find that they are having difficulty. If you are between ages 20 to 40 and your doctor does not raise the subject, then you should.

Ask your doctor to test your ovarian reserve. Women are born with about one million eggs in the ovaries, and from that point on, egg supply is slowly dwindling down. This process speeds up in the mid-to-late 30s, which makes getting pregnant more challenging with age. A simple blood test to check your Anti-Mullerian Hormone (AMH) level can provide information about your current egg reserve. As a woman’s egg supply declines, so does her AMH level. The AMH test is fairly routine, and can be completed by most standard laboratories.

Ask your doctor to check you for fibroids. It’s not only size, but location of fibroids that makes them a threat to fertility. If you have been diagnosed with fibroids, you should have periodic monitoring of your fibroids with a pelvic exam and ultrasound to be sure that they are not impacting your fertility. If you have surgery for your fibroids, you should ask your doctor how surgery may affect your future fertility.

Have an honest conversation with your doctor about your weight and lifestyle. If you are overweight, you are at greater risk of developing diabetes, heart disease and certain cancers.  You may also have more difficulty conceiving and having a healthy pregnancy. At your annual exam, talk with your doctor about your body mass index (BMI) and ways to keep it in a healthy range.

There are other things that you can do to protect your reproductive health. You should get annual gynecologic exams, and practice safe sex techniques to prevent sexually transmitted diseases. Don’t smoke cigarettes and avoid secondhand smoke, because both can lower your fertility. Lastly, incorporate healthy diet and regular exercise into your daily routine.

So are you ready to be a conversation starter? There’s no time like the present to talk about your reproductive health, especially during NIAW. #StartAsking

Desireé McCarthy-Keith, MD, MPH, FACOG

Dr. McCarthy-Keith is board certified in both obstetrics and gynecology and reproductive endocrinology and infertility. She earned her medical degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and also a Master of Public Health in maternal and child health from the University of North Carolina.  She completed her obstetrics and gynecology residency training at Duke University Medical Center and a fellowship in Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility at the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Maryland.  Dr. McCarthy-Keith has special interests in male and female infertility, polycystic ovary syndrome, uterine fibroids and in vitro fertilization.

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Andrews, Mary Kay_Beach House Cookbook

Local Atlanta author, Mary Kay Andrews is back with another book and this time she’s taking readers from the beach to the kitchen with some of her favorite coastal cuisine. Grab a copy of “The Beach House Cookbook” on May 2 and flip through a selection of easy-to-follow recipes ranging from Fourth of July buttermilk-brined fried chicken to New Year’s Day Open House charcoal-grilled oysters for festive feast ideas all year ‘round.

Details: $29.99. Marykayandrews.com

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Isabella - From Darkness to Life - HBIC PhotographyAtlanta resident, Isabella (pictured left) spent her 14th birthday like many of her other days—helping those around her struggling with substance abuse. On April 2, Isabella will attend the National Youth Activist Awards in Nashville, where she is nominated for the Community Ambassador and Environmental & Health Impact awards. This year, Isabella plans to launch her own nonprofit. From Darkness to Life hopes to increase the number of qualified addiction counselors in schools.

Details: facebook.com/outreachfromdarknesstolife

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EDIN Celebrity Dance Challenge - Scott Reeve PhotographyIn 2016, Nancy Keenan competed in the EDIN Celebrity Dance Challenge as a way to give back to the organization that helped save her daughter’s life. Though she won’t be taking the stage again this year, her daughter is a prime example of how powerful the right resources can be in the life of someone suffering from an eating disorder.

See local celebrities bust a move at this year’s Celebrity Dance Challenge on April 20 at The Buckhead Theatre at 6:30 p.m. and support EDIN’s efforts to prevent eating disorders, decrease the stigma surrounding the illness and more.

Details: Tickets start at $50. myedin.org/cdc 

This year’s celebrity dancers include:

Stacey Adams (Harry Norman, REALTORS®)
and Q Harper

Chef Mimmo Alboumeh (Maya Steaks & Seafood) and Natalie Pruitt

Mark Beaty, M.D. (Beaty Facial Plastic Surgery) and Asiya Khasnutdinova

Tammy McCall Browning (Good Moves) and Nathan Griswold

Jennifer Champion (Stay-at-Home Mom) and Erick Nathan

Tabitha Grant (Domino’s Pizza) and D Norris

Chef Todd Dae Kulper (Doraku Sushi) and Neeti Mehta

Milly Marques (Brows by Milly) and Shane Smith

Adam Asher Wattenbarger (Salem Media Group) and Ana Llorente

Kathy Zickert (Smith, Gambrell & Russell, LLP) and Desiree Nathanson

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Pete the Cat - Darrell HazelrigPete is one cool cat. He skateboards, plays guitar and loves his white shoes. The star of the New York Times Best Selling Series by James Dean, “Pete the Cat”, is making his way to the Center for Puppetry Arts April 4 – May 28. Pete and his hand-crafted friends will take the stage for a special sensory-friendly performance on April 23 in honor of National Autism Awareness Month. Along with other adjustments to make the show enjoyable for all, theater lights will be dimmed, the show soundtrack volume will be made consistent and a quiet zone will be located in the lobby.
Details: 1404 Spring St. NW, Atlanta; puppet.org

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IFBB Figure Professional and Registered Dietician Bree Marsh shares how she balances her passion for fitness with everyday life and how House of Payne Personal Training helps her achieve her goals.

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Susan G. Komen Greater Atlanta - Bubbles and Bling

Celebrate of your favorite Hollywood character and walk the pink carpet at Mason Fine Art Gallery on Saturday, February 25 at Susan G. Komen Greater Atlanta’s Bubbles & Bling event. Partygoers can enjoy movie-inspired food, an open bar, and the chance to bid on auction items like a private dinner with Rich McKay, the CEO of the Atlanta Falcon’s CEO. Emcee Madison James, of B98.5 and a DJ will keep the party going all nightlong.

Details: Tickets start at $150. komenatl17.auction-bid.org

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House of Payne Personal Training co-founder Steve Payne shares his number one secret to achieving success.

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Sherri Adair - Sawyer Photography - BSAWe just kicked off our 7th Annual Over 40 & Fabulous! contest and the nominations are rolling in.

Each year the contest has grown and I am always blown away whenever I have the opportunity to meet the amazing nominees.

Yes, they all look great, and yes, they are serious about staying active and committing to a healthy lifestyle, but what I love most is that they “do good” for others. And that is more often than not, the reason they become a part of our Over 40 & Fabulous! family.

If you are passionate about a charity or cause, participating in the contest is a great way to raise awareness, money and meet like-minded Atlantans who want to support your crusade.

Screen Shot 2017-01-31 at 10.01.17 AMOur 2015 Over 40 & Fabulous! winner, Michelle Hodgson, had this to say about her involvement.

Best Self’s coverage was such an incredible form of support for Children Helping Children. Not only did it increase donations, volunteerism, and awareness in Atlanta, but the exposure also led to national coverage in other magazines and attention that lead to CHC receiving George Bush’s Points of Light Award. But the best part is when businesses provide this type of generous support, it frees up our time, money and resources for our programming which directly benefits the children we serve! WE LOVE BEST SELF! 

And yes, we have become a bit of a family. The nominees and winners from previous years often join the annual festivities because of the fun and camaraderie. It’s just a great group of people who aspire to be their best selves and inspire us all.

So, don’t be shy … it’s for a good cause. Nominate yourself, or someone you know, through February 20 at bestselfatlanta.com. And remember to follow us on Facebook to vote and join the events we have scheduled for 2017.

We welcome Dr. Ken Anderson/Anderson Center for Hair, Karen Foley/Windy Hill Athletic Club and Dr. Elizabeth Whitaker/Atlanta Face & Body Center to our 2017 Over 40 & Fabulous! Advisory Board.

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You know that dream idea you’ve been holding on to in the back of your mind? Christy Wright wants to help you turn that idea into not just a reality, but also into a money-making business. On April 19, Wright will bring her Business Boutique 1-Day event to Atlanta and share advice for helping women earn a living doing what they love.

Details: Tickets start at $39.11905 Highway 92, Woodstock; businessboutique.com

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