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Dr. Steven Lindheim

Fertility Medicine
Tucson, AZ
38 years experience male

Locations

Arizona Reproductive Institute

Tucson, AZ

Address

1775 Skyline Drive, Tucson, AZ
Directions

My office hours

Wednesday: Closed
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About

Bio

I graduated from the Temple School of Medicine and was a resident at Pennsylvania Hospital in Philadelphia. I completed a fellowship in Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility at USC, and is currently Board Certified in both Ob/Gyn and Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility. My areas of interest and research are in-vitro fertilization, egg donation, and gestational surrogacy. I have over 100 scientific publications, and serves on national committees including the Society for Reproductive Surgeons and The Androgen Excess Society. Humbly, I have an empathetic and personal approach to couples seeking gynecologic and reproductive care and have been recognized by my peers who awarded me "Best Doctor" and “Top Doctor.” I also recognize the need for patient education, and have been an active participant in such societies as Resolve and the American Infertility Association.

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Fertility Medicine

Languages spoken

English

Doctor Q&A

136 Answers
17 Agrees
The number of answers this doctor has agreed with.
A 48-year-old female asked:
Dr. Steven Lindheim
Fertility Medicine 38 years experience
Unclear : Implantation failures can result from the following: 1. Abnormal embryos that are transferred 2. Difficult embryo transfer 3. Abnormal uterine cavity ... Read More
A 32-year-old female asked:
Dr. Steven Lindheim
Fertility Medicine 38 years experience
Possibly...: It could represent 1. A Progesterone deficiency and perhaps blood levels may confirm a luteal phase defect 2. It may simply represent that you are o... Read More
A 24-year-old female asked:
Dr. Steven Lindheim
Fertility Medicine 38 years experience
Testing!: History suggestive of infertility: 1. Attempting pregnancy more than one year 2. Irregular periods 3. Painful periods 4. Chronic pelvic pain 5. Overw... Read More
A 20-year-old female asked:
Dr. Steven Lindheim
Fertility Medicine 38 years experience
Yes: However, the second half of the cycle (luteal phase) is generally consistent lasting for 12 to 14 days. Thus, you more likely ovulated around days 14... Read More
A 27-year-old female asked:
Dr. Steven Lindheim
Fertility Medicine 38 years experience
Possibly: The hsg is accurate 90-95% of the time when compared to laparoscopy. It is more likely to five inaccurate readings with risk factors including: 1. P... Read More
A 25-year-old female asked:
Dr. Steven Lindheim
Fertility Medicine 38 years experience
Yes: Iui is the acronym for intrauterine insemination. Sperm is ejaculated- washed-concentrated and then introduced with a thin catheter-the size of a sm... Read More
A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Steven Lindheim
Fertility Medicine 38 years experience
Don't worry: 1. This could be a sign of implantation as the embryo is hatching and trying to imbed into your uterine cavity 2. The spotting could be residual ... Read More
A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Steven Lindheim
Fertility Medicine 38 years experience
Not necessarily: You should do what you feel is best for you. However, scientific data does not reveal taht any rest post-transfer makes a difference in outcomes, t... Read More
A 34-year-old female asked:
Dr. Steven Lindheim
Fertility Medicine 38 years experience
No: 9 to 12 days after one's period is more likely when you are ovulating. Spotting19-21 days after one's period is more likely to be when the embryo is ... Read More
A 16-year-old female asked:
Dr. Steven Lindheim
Fertility Medicine 38 years experience
Close to 90%: Levonogestrel pills, including the brands Plan B one-step and Next Choice one dose, are up to 89 percent effective when taken within 72 hours (three d... Read More
A 18-year-old female asked:
Dr. Steven Lindheim
Fertility Medicine 38 years experience
Not necessarily: Some of the ovulation predictors are not very sensitive- the best on the market is clear plan easy when you test, be sure you have not consumed la... Read More
A 33-year-old female asked:
Dr. Steven Lindheim
Fertility Medicine 38 years experience
Follow until 0: Always consider this pattern of HCG an ectopic pregnancy until the levels resolve. While it is most probably a biochemical pregnancy, the levels shou... Read More
A 32-year-old female asked:
Dr. Steven Lindheim
Fertility Medicine 38 years experience
Between Oct and Nov: The zoledex is a 3 month course of treatment. The ovary kicks back in during the month of september and expect a period with in 4 to 8 weeks.
A 31-year-old female asked:
Dr. Steven Lindheim
Fertility Medicine 38 years experience
Push through!: Options include 1. Oral contraceptives to shrink the cyst 2. Aspirate the cyst (amy come back) 3. Surgery to remove 4. Attempt a cycle of ivf wi... Read More
A female asked:
Dr. Steven Lindheim
Fertility Medicine 38 years experience
Depends: 1. How extensive was disease? 2. What technique was used to remove disease -->ablation? -->excision? For either technique, disease is often left... Read More
A female asked:
Dr. Steven Lindheim
Fertility Medicine 38 years experience
When hCG negative: Obstetricians like to say 3months for the simple convention of getting cycle regularity so dating the next pregnancy is accurate as an infertility sp... Read More
A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Steven Lindheim
Fertility Medicine 38 years experience
Possibly: This is where the majority of sperm are. The large volume is semen and is fluid from the prostate and seminal vesicles that matures-bathes, and prote... Read More
A 36-year-old male asked:
Dr. Steven Lindheim
Fertility Medicine 38 years experience
Could be several: An estrogen that high means you responded quite well to infertility meds. You will need to be careful of hyperstimulation syndrome where you can get:... Read More
A 49-year-old member asked:
Dr. Steven Lindheim
Fertility Medicine 38 years experience
7 to 14 days: Long protocol for ivf means using Lupron (leuprolide) for 7 to 14 days prior to egg recruitment medications (gonadotropins). This assures you won't o... Read More
A 21-year-old female asked:
Dr. Steven Lindheim
Fertility Medicine 38 years experience
Its not how long...: Its how often.... 1. If you have periods that are regularly irregular (ie every 60 days), from ovulation to period is 60 minus 14= ovulation day 46... Read More
A 30-year-old female asked:
Dr. Steven Lindheim
Fertility Medicine 38 years experience
No: We see this in only 10-15% of all normal pregnancies. So don't worry if you see it and if you don't see it!
A 18-year-old female asked:
Dr. Steven Lindheim
Fertility Medicine 38 years experience
Generally in pelvis: It can present with 1. Pain with menses 2. Continuous pain throughout your cycle 3. Pain with intercourse 4. Heavy bleeding 5. Pain with urinat... Read More
A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Steven Lindheim
Fertility Medicine 38 years experience
Home questionnaires: Consider implementing per-consult questionnaires to avoid embarrassing questions and allows the physician to only discuss pertinent points.
A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Steven Lindheim
Fertility Medicine 38 years experience
Sometimes: The medication for infertility treatment shouldn't make "you" crazy. It does help increase the hormones estrogen and Progesterone that can cause some... Read More
A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Steven Lindheim
Fertility Medicine 38 years experience
Yes: You can do a tubal reversal 1. Traditionally a large incision on you belly is done 2. Now we do it laparoscopically with a macjone called a robot.... Read More
A 28-year-old member asked:
Dr. Steven Lindheim
Fertility Medicine 38 years experience
Yes: Every program has different requirments but we do 1. Blood work for egg markers 2. Blood for implantation markers 3. Sexually transmitted disease b... Read More
A 25-year-old member asked:
Dr. Steven Lindheim
Fertility Medicine 38 years experience
Unlikely: However, very high if you have a tubal reversal. The pregnancy rates after a reversal are very close to never having had a tubal ligation following a ... Read More
A 52-year-old member asked:
Dr. Steven Lindheim
Fertility Medicine 38 years experience
Depends: For period control 1. Provera 2. Oral contraceptive pills 3. Iud for pregnancy 1. Clomid 2. Injectable gonadotropins.
A 29-year-old member asked:
Dr. Steven Lindheim
Fertility Medicine 38 years experience
Not recommended: The efficiency of frozen embryos is not like a fresh cycle. The questions to consider !) how many will survive the thaw-generally 80% 2) what is the ... Read More
A 20-year-old female asked:
Dr. Steven Lindheim
Fertility Medicine 38 years experience
Medications: Because a hair follicle has a 4-6 month life span-you must be patient. Generally, we want to lower circulating androgens using birth control pills or... Read More
A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Steven Lindheim
Fertility Medicine 38 years experience
Rare..but: 1. Poor stimulation and a cancelled cycle 2. Over syimualtion with too many eggs and one can overly bloated distended and very sick 3. No fertilizat... Read More
A 27-year-old member asked:
Dr. Steven Lindheim
Fertility Medicine 38 years experience
Genetic: Recurrent or enancy loss can be broken down to the following: 1. Genetic also called aneuploidy-95% of the time- too much or too little genetic mate... Read More
A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Steven Lindheim
Fertility Medicine 38 years experience
Yes: We give Valium and toradol for cramping.
A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Steven Lindheim
Fertility Medicine 38 years experience
It is manageable: Unfortunately, there is no known cause of pcos. It is probably genetic that expresses itself in mild-moderate and severe forms. Controlling the symp... Read More
A 23-year-old member asked:
Dr. Steven Lindheim
Fertility Medicine 38 years experience
It's possible: Bromocriptine is a Dopamine agonist that lowers serum prolactin that is responsible for lactation. In women with high prolactin, it may help ovulati... Read More
A 27-year-old member asked:
Dr. Steven Lindheim
Fertility Medicine 38 years experience
Stop Breast Feeding: Breast feeding causes an elevation in blood prolactin levels which can inhibit ovulation or may cause deficiency n Progesterone production that may ef... Read More
A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Steven Lindheim
Fertility Medicine 38 years experience
Ovulation: Antidiabetic medications are an over used medication, but in select cases, particularly in women with nsulin resistance may help lower androgens aidin... Read More
A 18-year-old female asked:
Dr. Steven Lindheim
Fertility Medicine 38 years experience
Absolutely: Though unlikely if you are regularly irregular. If you have menses every 60 days consistently, then you typically ovulate 60 minus 14 (typical length... Read More
A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Steven Lindheim
Fertility Medicine 38 years experience
You can"t: Natural conception itself is terribly inefficient with 20-50% of pregnancies miscarrying ivf and embryo selection is closer to selecting the best egg... Read More
A 29-year-old member asked:
Dr. Steven Lindheim
Fertility Medicine 38 years experience
Many: If you want to get pregnant today: 1. Donor sperm inseminations (least expensive) 2. Ivf using donor sperm 3. Egg donation if you have diminished o... Read More
A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Steven Lindheim
Fertility Medicine 38 years experience
IVF is best: The safest from a medical and legal aspect is to use a third party egg where the surrogate has no genetic link to the conception and is inseminated wi... Read More
A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Steven Lindheim
Fertility Medicine 38 years experience
Unpredictable: Most commonly, women present with severe menstrual cramps, painful intercourse, and infertility.
A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Steven Lindheim
Fertility Medicine 38 years experience
Yes: For a fresh ivf cycle, if you are not pregnant, then yes you will get a period once you stop your medications. Normally, the HCG made by an embryo wi... Read More
A 30-year-old female asked:
Dr. Steven Lindheim
Fertility Medicine 38 years experience
Increasing Evidence.: The vitamin d plays a key role in fertility by enhancing hormone production of estrogen and progesterone. -->a study suggests that only 7% of ferti... Read More
A 25-year-old female asked:
Dr. Steven Lindheim
Fertility Medicine 38 years experience
Possibly: We routinely do an ultrasound after the Cytotec (misoprostol) to assure complete removal of the sac. If not, then either another round of Cytotec (mi... Read More
A female asked:
Dr. Steven Lindheim
Fertility Medicine 38 years experience
Possible: If your embryo(s) were slightly delayed n development, then implantation and detection could occur in next 1 to 2 days. Being light-headed, can b... Read More
A 30-year-old female asked:
Dr. Steven Lindheim
Fertility Medicine 38 years experience
It is unlikely...: If you missed your period or was so slight that you assumed it was not a period, then clearly you could ovulate twice within the 56 days you are refer... Read More
A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Steven Lindheim
Fertility Medicine 38 years experience
Absolutely!: Your embryos may need to be quarantined in a separate freezing tank if you have extra embryos or some programs may require them to be sent to a long t... Read More
A 24-year-old female asked:
Dr. Steven Lindheim
Fertility Medicine 38 years experience
Consider PCOS: High lh certainly suggests that one is ovulating, . Though if ovulation is not evidenced by ultrasound evaluation, we often see a high lh in blood and... Read More
A 26-year-old male asked:
Dr. Steven Lindheim
Fertility Medicine 38 years experience
Several ways: 1. When cervical mucous becomes thin and watery from the dominant follicle suggests she is getting close to ovulation. 2. Basal body temperatures- w... Read More

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Mar 30, 2015
Dr. Lindheim is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
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Mar 31, 2015
Dr. Lindheim is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
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Thanks for your quick reply! Also I stopped taking the pill in June and have been regular since then, could it still be this causing issues?
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Thanks Dr Stephen.i appreciate your response and your time.although,i still dont av a period but i dont feel cramps again.ll have a scan tom
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Thank u! Big fan of natural cycle iui now. It worked! Going to post an interesting question now about iui if you're interested, stay tuned

Education & Training

Medical/Graduate school

Temple University School of Medicine, PA
Graduated 1984MD

Awards

Top Reproductive Endocrinologist, Second Place, Arizona - Winter
2013
Top Doctor, Third Place, Tucson Region, AZ - Summer
2013
Top Reproductive Endocrinologist, Second Place, Arizona - Summer
2013
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