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Dr. John Holden

Fertility Medicine
Rockford, IL
35 years experience male

Locations

University of Illinois Family Health Center

Rockford, IL

Address

1221 East State Street, Address 2, Rockford, IL
Directions

Practice website

Fax

(555) 555-5555

About

Bio

I was born in 1957 at a US Army Hospital in Stuttgart, Germany to Captain Douglas Holden and his wife Patricia. I spent my formative years in Southern California and in Michigan. While pursuing my undergraduate degree in Sociology/Pre-med, I took a two year hiatus to answer a mission call for my church. I served in French-speaking countries and from this I developed a fluency in the language as well as an appreciation of other cultures. Just after graduation, I married Dominique. She has blessed my life with four wonderful children and 32 years of bliss. I received my MD from Texas A&M. My Ob/Gyn residency was at Albert Einstein Medical Center in Philadelpia. My fellowship in Reproductive Endocrinology/Infertility was under the legendary pioneer, Dr. Samuel S.C. Yen at the UC San Diego.

Specialties
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Fertility Medicine

Gynecology

Obstetrics & Gynecology

Doctor Q&A

91 Answers
12 Agrees
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A 18-year-old female asked:
Dr. John Holden
Fertility Medicine 35 years experience
Irregular bleeding: During the first decade of menstrual cycles, periods can be erratic
A 23-year-old female asked:
Dr. John Holden
Fertility Medicine 35 years experience
Ovulation: Ovulation occurs anywhere from 7 to 21 after the onset of menses, depending on the individual. Use an ovulation prediction kit to test for your day.
A 29-year-old female asked:
Dr. John Holden
Fertility Medicine 35 years experience
Uterine bleeding: In regularly-cycling women, ovulation at midcycle is the norm but not a definitive indication. The only absolute indication is a pregnancy.
A 21-year-old female asked:
Dr. John Holden
Fertility Medicine 35 years experience
Bumps & nodes: Almost certainly your skin lesion and enlarged lymph node are somehow interconnected. A visit to your doctor will quickly help you to know if it is se... Read More
A 30-year-old male asked:
Dr. John Holden
Fertility Medicine 35 years experience
Cervical lesions: The only way you could possibly know your wife has "white lesions on her cervix" would be that her ob/gyn told her so. Since she is already in the car... Read More
A 35-year-old female asked:
Dr. John Holden
Fertility Medicine 35 years experience
Naturopathy for PCOS: Key to addressing the root cause of pcos is focusing on insulin-resistance. 1) dietary limitation of starch and glucose. 2) increase exercise. 3) chro... Read More
A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. John Holden
Fertility Medicine 35 years experience
Advanced age: All women who are older than 35 should be assessed by a specialist in infertility (reproductive endocrinologist) as to why they are infertile. They do... Read More
A 17-year-old female asked:
Dr. John Holden
Fertility Medicine 35 years experience
When in doubt ...: When one test result is equivocal (as this one is), run another test.
A 22-year-old female asked:
Dr. John Holden
Fertility Medicine 35 years experience
Yes: A pregnancy test is usually helpful in this situation.
A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. John Holden
Fertility Medicine 35 years experience
Clomid (clomiphene) timing: Initiating Clomid (clomiphene) dosing on day 3 of the menstrual cycle (where day 1 is the first day of heaviest flow) is best.
A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. John Holden
Fertility Medicine 35 years experience
Clomid (clomiphene) and sex: You should be enjoying your intimacy anytime during the month. The only time you are fertile, however, is when you ovulate.
A 31-year-old female asked:
Dr. John Holden
Fertility Medicine 35 years experience
In moderation: Soy is good for both men and women at any age, in modieration.
A 24-year-old female asked:
Dr. John Holden
Fertility Medicine 35 years experience
Stuff: Without microscopic evaluation of what you describe, there is know way of being certain as to what it was.
A 32-year-old male asked:
Dr. John Holden
Fertility Medicine 35 years experience
Swimming: Neither seawater, nor lake water, nor chlorinated swimming pool water will pose any risks.
A 36-year-old female asked:
Dr. John Holden
Fertility Medicine 35 years experience
Mittelschmerz : Not uncommonly, ovulation produces discomfort that we refer to as mittelschmertz (from the german meaning "middle pain"). The spotting is caused by t... Read More
A 19-year-old female asked:
Dr. John Holden
Fertility Medicine 35 years experience
Abnormal bleeding: The symptoms you describe happen from time to time and usually have no long-term implications. Of course, a pregnancy test is always appropriate any t... Read More
A 18-year-old female asked:
Dr. John Holden
Fertility Medicine 35 years experience
Plan B works anytime: Anytime during the cycle.
A 40-year-old female asked:
Dr. John Holden
Fertility Medicine 35 years experience
No: Unless your hysterectomy was performed within the past week, shoulder complaints are unrelated to pelvic issues. You should be evaluated by your prima... Read More
A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. John Holden
Fertility Medicine 35 years experience
Improve sperm count: Optimizing sperm: 1) be healthy (i.e.- proper diet ; exercise) 2) avoid excessive heat (i.e.- hot tubs, long-term sitting, and occupational hazards)... Read More
A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. John Holden
Fertility Medicine 35 years experience
Cigarettes: All types of cigarettes (including marijuana) are unhealthy. It is best to shoot for optimum health when having problems conceiving. Stop with the c... Read More
A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. John Holden
Fertility Medicine 35 years experience
Clomid (clomiphene) and alcohol: Alcohol is metabolized in the liver. As a result, the metabolic enzymes of the liver become active and more inclined to metabolize Clomid (clomiphene... Read More
A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. John Holden
Fertility Medicine 35 years experience
Sluggish sperm: Yes, probably. An old trick to improve sperm motility is caffeine + cough syrup about an hour before intercourse. It actually works!
A 49-year-old member asked:
Dr. John Holden
Fertility Medicine 35 years experience
Condom breakage: Use of petroleum-based lubricants and/or poor storage conditions contribute to condom breakage.
A 25-year-old male asked:
Dr. John Holden
Fertility Medicine 35 years experience
Skin lesions: When used as directed and under the supervision of a physician, Aldara (imiquimod) is both safe and effectice.
A 23-year-old female asked:
Dr. John Holden
Fertility Medicine 35 years experience
Implantation spottin: Implantation spotting may be brief or prolonged over several days. It may be very light pink or heavy red.
A 40-year-old female asked:
Dr. John Holden
Fertility Medicine 35 years experience
Advanced age: Unfortunately, older eggs do not fare well compared to younger ones in any aspect of IVF. And whereas frozen embryos lately perform comparably to fre... Read More
A 18-year-old female asked:
Dr. John Holden
Fertility Medicine 35 years experience
Implantation Bleed: There is no quantifiable amount of bleeding that one can determine being implantation bleeding vs. Miscarriage. Only that a pregnancy continues to th... Read More
A 25-year-old female asked:
Dr. John Holden
Fertility Medicine 35 years experience
Menstrual cycles: There are two parts to the cycle. The front end (follicular phase) is 7 to 21 days depending on the individual - 14 days is the most common, being the... Read More
A 20-year-old female asked:
Dr. John Holden
Fertility Medicine 35 years experience
Hormones and cycles: Birth control pills are notorious for affecting changes in uterine bleeding, especially if you miss a pill or two. Always rule out pregnancy with a te... Read More
A 23-year-old female asked:
Dr. John Holden
Fertility Medicine 35 years experience
BV: There are no restrictions to sexual activity for either the antibiotics or the condition.
A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. John Holden
Fertility Medicine 35 years experience
Sperm in a condom: Some condoms contain spermicide, causing sperm death quickly. In regular condoms, sperm may remain viable for several days.
A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. John Holden
Fertility Medicine 35 years experience
Hypogonadism: I have conductive extensive research on the subject. One of my medical students is currently putting the finishing touches on a ground-breaking paper ... Read More
A 27-year-old male asked:
Dr. John Holden
Fertility Medicine 35 years experience
7 clomid (clomiphene) cycles: Birth defects are not a concern in pregnancies conceived while taking either Clomid (clomiphene) or letrazole. However, if your wife is not pregnant ... Read More
A 21-year-old female asked:
Dr. John Holden
Fertility Medicine 35 years experience
Urinary problems: For this degree of urinary symptoms, you should see a urologist. A urologist !
A 23-year-old female asked:
Dr. John Holden
Fertility Medicine 35 years experience
Clomid (clomiphene) and ovulation: Either the dose of Clomid (clomiphene) you took was inadequate to induce ovulation or Clomid (clomiphene) does not work for you (in which case you wil... Read More
A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. John Holden
Fertility Medicine 35 years experience
Sperm motility: Grading scale: 0 = no motion. 1 = some head or tail movement, but no forward progress. 2 = feeble forward progress, not likely fast enough to swim ... Read More
A 16-year-old female asked:
Dr. John Holden
Fertility Medicine 35 years experience
Delayed menses.: A late menstrual period is quite common and occurs for many reasons (too many to describe here). It is possible that you are pregnant, but the test ga... Read More
A 33-year-old female asked:
Dr. John Holden
Fertility Medicine 35 years experience
Abnormal bleeding: This single event has been described from time to time without explanation or implication some worrisome underlying problem. It happens, so just relax... Read More
A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. John Holden
Fertility Medicine 35 years experience
Improve sperm count: Optimizing sperm: 1) be healthy (i.e.- proper diet ; exercise) 2) avoid excessive heat (i.e.- hot tubs, long-term sitting, and occupational hazards)... Read More
A 20-year-old female asked:
Dr. John Holden
Fertility Medicine 35 years experience
Postmenstrual pain: The symptoms you describe have many possible explanations and are almost always temporary and not indicative any serious underlying problems. If you ... Read More
A 25-year-old female asked:
Dr. John Holden
Fertility Medicine 35 years experience
Yes: Implantation bleeding can be as heavy as a menstrual period or even heavier. To be reassured, have your HCG level checked for "doubling".
A 27-year-old female asked:
Dr. John Holden
Fertility Medicine 35 years experience
Unusual cycles: One or two unusual cycles do not usually suggest something bad is happening to you. If your cycles persist with clotting, and especially if symptoms ... Read More
A 20-year-old male asked:
Dr. John Holden
Fertility Medicine 35 years experience
Faintness when stand: You should not delay being seen by a doctor. These symptoms may indicate a very serious underlying condition.
A 29-year-old male asked:
Dr. John Holden
Fertility Medicine 35 years experience
Adenomyosis: Adenomyosis is not a contraindication for pregnancy.
A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. John Holden
Fertility Medicine 35 years experience
Normal sperm count: The semen analysis has 4 parameters of importance: 1) volume of ejaculate 2) # of sperm/ml of ejaculate 3) % motility (and it is important to rate ... Read More
A 30-year-old female asked:
Dr. John Holden
Fertility Medicine 35 years experience
UTI after ultrasound: It sounds like you may have either a urinary track infection or urethritis. You should have this checked out if it persists beyond a few days.
A 17-year-old female asked:
Dr. John Holden
Fertility Medicine 35 years experience
Pregnant?: Whenever there is any question about a possible pregnancy, the first thing you should do is get a pregnancy test.
A 33-year-old female asked:
Dr. John Holden
Fertility Medicine 35 years experience
Estrogen peak: As the dominant follicle cyst approaches full maturity it produces the greatest amount of estrogen of the cycle. Cervical mucous is produced in respon... Read More
A 17-year-old female asked:
Dr. John Holden
Fertility Medicine 35 years experience
Implanon: Long-term hormonal therapy is notorious for disrupting cycles, especially over the first six months.
A 24-year-old female asked:
Dr. John Holden
Fertility Medicine 35 years experience
Confirming ovulation: The only absolute certainty that ovulation has occured is pregnancy. Short of that, use of urine test kit will confirm that an essential robust LH su... Read More

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Mar 30, 2015
Dr. Holden is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
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Mar 31, 2015
Dr. Holden is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
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Thanks for your quick reply! I thought I was never going to get an answer. However the bleeding has stopped. so ill just keep a lookout:)
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Thank you, your answer was very helpful! Thankyou i hope iam pregnant because the last 2 days its been brown blod with side cramping (:
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Thank you, your answer was very helpful! Thanks.. So you think I should take it day 3 to 7

Education & Training

Medical/Graduate school

Texas A&M Health Science Center College of Medicine, TX
Graduated 1987MD

Residency

ALBERT EINSTEIN MEDICAL CENTER
Completed 1991

Awards

UIC Distinguished Teaching Award, twice
Top Obstetrician and Gynecologist, First Place, Illinois - Summer
2013

Affiliations

UIC Executive Committee, Illinois State Medical Society delegate, Winnebago County Medical Society Executive Board, American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology, American Society of Reproductive Medicine
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