Full disclosure: I’m not the biggest fan of medical doctors. I don’t think they are bad people and they do the world a lot of good. I just haven’t had the best experience with them—either they had the personality of a horny toad or they only treated symptoms, instead of root lifestyle or emotional causes, of a health issue.
That said, my opinion of doctors was about to change the day I met Dr. Nurit Winkler. You see, she was referred to me though Nest Egg Fertility—the agency I went with to handle my egg extraction and freezing as they offer 10 – 25% discounts on both doctor visits and medication.
And Dr. Winkler is one of the Egg Nest’s go-to fertility doctors. And now I know why. For me, seeing Dr Nurit Winkler for this very emotional process was actually positive… and successful—11 of my eggs were procured and now on ice. Here are 10 reasons why I think Dr. Nurit Winkler is an incredible fertility doctor:
Age doesn’t scare her off.
Unlike with another fertility doctor I had met with, I didn’t feel like I was ‘past my prime’ to freeze my eggs. In fact, when I sheepishly told her I was 39 and wanted freeze eggs (based on egg health and amount, it’s best to freeze eggs 35 years and younger), she said, “Oh, you’re young!”
Easy to talk to.
Unlike some doctors who make you feel like you’re on trial during a consultation, Dr. Nurit Winkler’s energy is warm, easy-going and relatable. Thus, it’s easy to open up to her and be honest about your true feelings and desires when it comes to fertility.
Some of my lifestyle choices were compromising the health of my eggs. Her advice? She urged me to quit them at least three months before the procedure. However, she also said stress was not good for egg health. If it was going to be too stressful to quit it all together, she advised cutting way back.
Extremely wise and informed.
She was up on the latest in fertility research and procedures. In fact, she insisted doing a cutting edge test that would predict how many eggs could be extracted. (more on that later)
Dr. Nurit Winkler adjusted her schedule to make sure I could see her. She would come in extra early or stay late and even come in on the weekends.
Loves her work.
When I asked her if she got tired of working everyday (due to a woman’s cycle, being a fertility doctor means you’re on call all the time), Dr. Winkler replied, “Sometimes, but what a wonderful job I have to help bring life into the world.”
Outside office visits, talking to your doctor about your questions or concerns is nearly impossible. Not with Dr. Winkler…she wants to discuss test results over the phone and you can email her with questions. Her response time is usually no more than 48 hours, but usually within the day.
Although she doesn’t sugar coat anything, she’s ultimately positive. And this helped me tremendously in reassuring my choice to freeze my eggs at 40. For example, during one of the routine ultrasounds to check on the growth of my eggs due to the fertility drugs, she gasped and said, “Wow! They are growing so beautifully!”
She’s believes that your body knows best.
Let’s face it: giving yourself those fertility drugs—with all the different doses and types—can get confusing. Lots of women flub up—including myself. When I confessed to her that I screwed up the dosages on a particular day, she replied, “You didn’t screw up at all. Obviously, your body knew exactly what it needed because your eggs are doing so well!”
She’s open minded.
During the 10-day egg growing phase, I did 5-minutes of affirmations each morning and each night. For example: “My body responds quickly to the fertility drugs”, “I am growing evenly-sized, strong eggs” or “Twelve healthy eggs are on ice”. Although the mind-body connection is a being more readily accepted these days, most doctors don’t put much weight in it. But, I told Dr. Winkler about them anyhow. She thought it was a wonderful idea. After the procedure, I asked her how many eggs were extracted. She said, “I really tried to get 12, the number in your affirmations, but we were close—we got 11!”
Bonus: She’s a creative problem solver.
Recently, I urged my friend to go see her. Said friend had fertility issues and had seen several doctors so far about the complications…None gave her much confidence or an action plan that made sense. My friend finally went to see Dr. Winkler for a consultation. When I asked her how it went, she said, “Wow, I felt so hopeful afterwards. Dr. Winkler offered solutions that no other had posed before!”
For more on fertility issue, keep reading my post on “Why I Froze My Eggs At 40”.