Egg Freezing Gives Women the Gift of Time

Source: Worcester Business Journal

A woman may have any number of reasons for wanting to wait before starting a family – health, career, relationships, etc. But as a women ages, so do her eggs, which could result in difficulty getting pregnant or having a viable pregnancy down the road. Julia Johnson, MD, chair of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, recently sat down with the Worcester Business Journal to discuss the process of egg freezing, known as egg vitrification, and how we offer this service to UMass Memorial patients through a partnership with Boston IVF. Read the full article.

Drs. Whalen and Johnson Earn Distinguished Awards

Dr. Johnson

Dr. Whalen

Giles Whalen, MD, surgical oncology, and Julia Johnson, MD, Ob/Gyn, reproductive endocrinology and infertility, were recently honored at the Worcester District Medical Society’s fall meeting. Dr. Whalen was presented with the Career Achievement Award for his compassion and dedication to the medical needs of patients and his contributions to research in therapeutic modalities in cancer care. Dr. Johnson was presented with the President’s Award in recognition of her research in menopause, hormone therapy and contraceptives, and her work to educate the community about women’s health. Congratulations Drs. Whalen and Johnson!

Dr. Johnson Talks about Female Athletes Missing Their Periods

Julia Johnson, MD, chair, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, joins this Heath Watch to address why females will sometimes stop having or miss their periods due to intense exercise such as running. Dr. Johnson talks about how estrogen levels are affected by exercise, what long-term loss of a period could mean, as well as the effects on infertility.

Navigating Menopause: Free Webinar Now Available On Demand

Think you might be menopausal? Did you miss our recent webinar Navigating Menopause: What to Expect and How to Adjust, presented by Julia Johnson, MD, chair, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology? You’re in luck! This informational program is now available on demand. Get answers to many of your personal questions from the comfort of your own home, and even better, at a time that works for your schedule. Tune in as Dr. Johnson walks you through the menopausal changes affecting your body and offers suggestions to guide you through this new stage of life. To watch the webinar, visit:

Join Dr. Johnson for Free Webinar on Navigating Menopause 

Julia Johnson, MD, chair, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, will present a free webinar: “Navigating Menopause: What to Expect and How to Adjust,” Wednesday, March 22 at 6 pm. Tune in from the comfort of your own home while Dr. Johnson helps you understand the difference between peri- and post-menopause, become familiar with the symptoms of menopause, learn about available treatments to help manage menopausal symptoms, and find out how to optimize your postmenopausal health. Registration is required. Visit event website for details.