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Dr. John Gordon

Fertility Medicine
Arlington, VA
33 years experience

Locations

Office

Arlington, VA

Address

46 s glebe rd ste 301, Arlington VA 22204
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About

Bio

Dr. Gordon has been named one of Washington's Top Docs and his clinical interests include IVF and recurrent pregnancy loss. He has written a popular book on infertility entitled 100 Questions and Answers about Infertility and his blog can be found at 100infertilityquestions.blogspot.com.

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Fertility Medicine

Languages spoken

English

Doctor Q&A

90 Answers
7 Agrees
The number of answers this doctor has agreed with.
A 24-year-old female asked:
Dr. John Gordon
33 years experience
Only takes one...: Sperm do not suddenly combust upon exposure to air so i guess theoretically it is possible to conceive although unlikely...
A 31-year-old female asked:
Dr. John Gordon
33 years experience
Good job: Sounds like a true positive as you are 12 days after iui. Good luck drg.
A 30-year-old female asked:
Dr. John Gordon
33 years experience
Not necessarily: Usually the luteal phase should be 12-14 days so 9 days is clearly a bit short, but there is not a specific definition for luteal phase defect. In our... Read More
A 38-year-old female asked:
Dr. John Gordon
33 years experience
Several Options: Well you can approach this finding in several ways. First of all, you could simply consider ivf and speak to a fertility specialist about your chances... Read More
A member asked:
Dr. John Gordon
33 years experience
Both: Both are good options but the key question is whether or not you ovulated in response to the medication. We usually monitor our patients undergoing ov... Read More
A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. John Gordon
33 years experience
Depends: If you are hoping to conceive then it is possibl esometimes to recover sperm from the urine if you are suffering retrograde ejaculation and use this s... Read More
A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. John Gordon
33 years experience
Need bHCG: Agree with dr chin. However, a blood pregnancy test is helpful to confirm the outcome of the cycle. Certainly bleeding is not a good sign but have bee... Read More
A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. John Gordon
33 years experience
By getting pregnant: Of course that is an obvious answer. In general fi you have regular predictable cycles then you are probably ovulating . Other tests that suggest ovul... Read More
A 30-year-old female asked:
Dr. John Gordon
33 years experience
Seems unlikely: In general, implantation occurs about 7-9 days after ovulation. If you had a very short luteal phase then i guess this could be true but how would we ... Read More
A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. John Gordon
33 years experience
Can be difficult: Although imaging studies like ultrasound and ct are helpful sometimes the only way to rule out cancer is to undergo surgery. We are pretty good at fig... Read More
A 43-year-old female asked:
Dr. John Gordon
33 years experience
A guess: If you typically have 36 day cycles then since ovulation is usually 12-14 days prior to menses that puts ovulation at day 21-22 or so...But if your cy... Read More
A 28-year-old female asked:
Dr. John Gordon
33 years experience
No: See my answer to your other question. No way to know the count without a microscope (home tests are not necessarily accurate). Men who have had a vase... Read More
A 26-year-old member asked:
Dr. John Gordon
33 years experience
Unlikely: Only if you are too tired to have sex....But seriously there should be no long term impact on fertility from having mono. In the short run certainly y... Read More
A 24-year-old member asked:
Dr. John Gordon
33 years experience
Not very: We use IV sedation for our ivf egg collections and most patients have no recollection at all of the process. In the past year a couple of patients und... Read More
A 18-year-old female asked:
Dr. John Gordon
33 years experience
Maybe: A blood pregnancy test is always more accurate that the urine test. Although many patients will have a positive urine test on the day they miss their ... Read More
A 28-year-old male asked:
Dr. John Gordon
33 years experience
IVF or IUI : In general, there are not a lot of treatments that can improve sperm count. However, that does not mean that it is hopeless. In cases of male factor i... Read More
A 64-year-old male asked:
Dr. John Gordon
33 years experience
Depends: Sperm retrieval can be done in office under local anesthesia in some cases whereas in other men the procedure needs to be done in the hospital. Total ... Read More
A female asked:
Dr. John Gordon
33 years experience
Cyst at IVF Baseline: Not uncommon to see simple cysts especially on the luteal gnrh-a protocol. If the estrogen level is low then we usually start patients. If the cyst lo... Read More
A 21-year-old female asked:
Dr. John Gordon
33 years experience
Depends: If you had normal cycles before Implanon then cycles should resume. If always irregular then not surprising. I would see specialist to make sure no ot... Read More
A 31-year-old female asked:
Dr. John Gordon
33 years experience
Hard to know: Not sure why you are having the pain. I assume that it is related to endometriosis in some fashion. Oral contraceptives would be a good option to deal... Read More
A 32-year-old female asked:
Dr. John Gordon
33 years experience
Depends: Peak human fertility is about 20-25% per month. However, if there are other issues such as blocked tubes or abnormal sperm count then your chances wou... Read More
A 24-year-old female asked:
Dr. John Gordon
33 years experience
Hard to say: One study demonstrated that the twinges associated with ovulation was not the actually egg being released but was the final growth of the follicle a d... Read More
A 30-year-old female asked:
Dr. John Gordon
33 years experience
Depends: If this cycle is very unusual then perhaps this is not a big deal. However if your cycles are not regular then an evaluation is appropriate. Occasiona... Read More
A 30-year-old female asked:
Dr. John Gordon
33 years experience
Depends: Implantation usually occurs around day 9 following ovulation. B-hcg may be positive a couple of days after this....
A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. John Gordon
33 years experience
Depends: In general the advances in treating male issues require your participation and treatments such as IUI or ivf. There are some urologists that treat men... Read More
A member asked:
Dr. John Gordon
33 years experience
Several Options: Some of our patients with irregular cycles are monitored with sonograms and hormone levels to determine the optimal time to conceive. Other patients h... Read More
A 20-year-old female asked:
Dr. John Gordon
33 years experience
Maybe: No way to know if everything is going ok without a sonogram to document that the pregnancy is not an ectopic and that it looks appropriate for gestati... Read More
A 22-year-old female asked:
Dr. John Gordon
33 years experience
Depends: There are many possible explanations so i would check in with your OB gyn or a fertility doc to explore. Common issues include thyroid problems, slow ... Read More
A 34-year-old female asked:
Dr. John Gordon
33 years experience
Not enough info: Too many unanswered questions to offer an informed opinion. How long have you been trying, are your tubes open, do you have regular periods, what does... Read More
A 24-year-old female asked:
Dr. John Gordon
33 years experience
Depends: Although you could conceive in the cycle after the surgery, i would suggest that you review the surgical findings with your doctor and discuss a treat... Read More
A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. John Gordon
33 years experience
Check pregnancy test: Ultimately the proof is in the pudding. After ivf it seems that some patients are concerned if they see a bit of bleeding following et and others are ... Read More
A 33-year-old female asked:
Dr. John Gordon
33 years experience
Lupron (leuprolide) Works: Lupron (leuprolide) clearly best method to totally shut off reproductive cycle and cyst formation. You could ask your OB gyn about changing pills but ... Read More
A 39-year-old female asked:
Dr. John Gordon
33 years experience
Depends: Depends upon several factors: your age and sperm count on partner being the most important. Most studies suggest women over 37 with tubal ligation do ... Read More
A 21-year-old female asked:
Dr. John Gordon
33 years experience
See a fertility doc: Not an infrequent issue with patients who have used depo-provera for contraception. However, it would be appropriate to assess if there are any other ... Read More
A 34-year-old female asked:
Dr. John Gordon
33 years experience
Not sure: Hard to know what to make of that estrogen level. If it is 213 pg/ml then that number usually reflects a midcycle estrogen level with a follicle that ... Read More
A 32-year-old female asked:
Dr. John Gordon
33 years experience
Yes: Since sperm usually live 2-5 days you certainly may conceive this cycle. Best days for fertility are day before and day of ovulation but sounds like y... Read More
A 42-year-old female asked:
Dr. John Gordon
33 years experience
Not usually: Following HCG shot prior to retrieval a blood test for b-hcg will be positive for about a week. Would expect neg beta on day of et but honestly why wo... Read More
A 17-year-old female asked:
Dr. John Gordon
33 years experience
Probably not: Unfortunately this sounds pretty much like a normal period or close enough...Implantation bleeding would occur around 7 days following ovulation or 1 ... Read More
A 22-year-old female asked:
Dr. John Gordon
33 years experience
Yes: Pregnancy dating is very important so an early ultrasound is very helpful. Patients will bleed about 12-14 days after ovulation unless they are pregna... Read More
A member asked:
Dr. John Gordon
33 years experience
Ovulation: After taking Clomid (clomiphene) we can see if you ovulated by checking a Progesterone blood level about a week after we guess you ovulated (14+7 = 21... Read More
A 24-year-old female asked:
Dr. John Gordon
33 years experience
Could be: Since we don't know exactly which day you ovulated you may have hit it ok. The egg can be fertilized for about 24 hours after ovulation (usually 24-36... Read More
A 48-year-old female asked:
Dr. John Gordon
33 years experience
Probably OK: The problem with subjective symptoms is that they are so subjective. Ultimately the proof will be in the pudding once you get a pregnancy test. Han... Read More
A 22-year-old female asked:
Dr. John Gordon
33 years experience
Seems unlikely: Condoms are pretty effective at preventing pregnancy. May be a bit early for a beta. A positive beta would be real but a negative would require a rete... Read More
A 23-year-old female asked:
Dr. John Gordon
33 years experience
? Pregnant: I would suggest a pregnancy test. If it is negative then perhaps you just ovulated late although a very early pregnancy loss would also be a possibili... Read More
A 32-year-old female asked:
Dr. John Gordon
33 years experience
Seems Unlikely: I would think that the pain would be on the same side as the cyst. Your symptoms sound more GI in nature and the cyst may be just an incidental findin... Read More
A 26-year-old female asked:
Dr. John Gordon
33 years experience
Not uncommon: Lupron (leuprolide) works initially by causing your pituitary gland to release fsh and lh. This explains why it is used in certain ivf protocols. In p... Read More
A 22-year-old female asked:
Dr. John Gordon
33 years experience
No: Agree with dr de mola....I guess if you are too tired to have sex after donating then this could be an issue but otherwise no problem that i can think... Read More
A 32-year-old female asked:
Dr. John Gordon
33 years experience
Not unusual: A drop in Progesterone is not that unusual following et. The same is true with estrogen. Ultimately the proof will be in the pudding when you get your... Read More
A 21-year-old female asked:
Dr. John Gordon
33 years experience
Depends: Could happen right away and certainly would not assume you cannot conceive so use protection unless you are wanting to be pregnant. If your cycles are... Read More
A 35-year-old female asked:
Dr. John Gordon
33 years experience
Easy: If your cycles are regular then ovulation usually occurs 12-14 days before your first day of bleeding.

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Dr. Gordon is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
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Mar 31, 2015
Dr. Gordon is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
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Thank you, your answer was very helpful! The info you gave was very helpful. I have been asking myself n playing the guessing game the whole time. wIll keep trying then. Thank you!
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Thank you, your answer was very helpful! thanks a lot ! I am planning to get pregnant and so bought the ovulation kit to check and it shows negative during my ovulation time.
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Thnx. Does dat mean my lh surge becomes low after I ovolute. And there is greater chance that i can be pregnant if i had sex 2 nights befor

Education & Training

Medical/Graduate school

Duke University School of Medicine, NC
Graduated 1989MD

Residency

Stanford University Medical Center

Awards

Top Reproductive Endocrinologist, First Place, Virginia - Winter
2013
Top Reproductive Endocrinologist, Second Place, Virginia - Summer
2013
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