9
Nov

How To Deduct the Cost of IVF

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24
Oct

The Ultimate Guide to Choosing Your First Fertility Treatment

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Asking yourself, “should I do an IUI or IVF as my first fertility treatment?” What about starting with a more natural timed intercourse? One of the most common questions people ask when they first begin doing their research on infertility treatment is, “what fertility treatment should I start with?” While many presume it’s always best to start with the least intervention possible, that’s not always the case.

It’s a great question and while every situation is unique and you should consult with your own personal fertility specialist, we’ve asked one of our Board Certified Reproductive Endocrinologists, Dr. Edward Ditkoff, to answer a few questions and help get you started.

Timed Intercourse

Q:  What is one situation in which you recommend pursuing timed intercourse as an initial treatment option, and why?

A:  “As long as the female has a normal ovulatory cycle, her anatomy is normal, the sperm count is normal, and they have not been trying to get pregnant for a long time, I think it’s a suitable way to start fertility treatment. Typically, the older the patient, the less time you would recommend pursuing timed intercourse. But if they’re younger, under 30 years of age, everything seems to be normal, and they haven’t really tried to get pregnant yet, I think that’s a good first option. “

Q:  What is one situation in which you recommend AGAINST timed intercourse as an initial treatment option, and why?

A:  “I would not recommend timed intercourse in an older patient who should be more aggressive. I would not recommend timed intercourse for a woman 37 years of age or older attempting to conceive on their own for a year or so unsuccessfully.  Otherwise I don’t really think we are helping these patients conceive as efficiently as they should, which I would think they’re interested in since they’re seeing a fertility specialist.”

IUI

Q:  What is one situation in which you recommend pursuing IUI as an initial treatment option, and why?

A:    “One situation in which I would recommend pursuing IUI as an initial treatment during initial fertility treatment attempts, is if the female pelvis is anatomically normal with or without an ovulation issue. Insemination can be used with women who ovulate normally as well women who don’t.  As long as there’s adequate sperm from their partner or from a donor.  Typically, I would not recommend IUI if the patient, upon initial consultation, has been attempting to conceive for a long time with a male partner who has a normal semen analysis.”

Q:  What is one situation in which you recommend AGAINST IUI as an initial treatment option, and why?

A:    “If a patient has tubal disease, that’s one situation in which I would recommend against IUI. The reason would be, if the fallopian tubes are blocked, the insemination would be ineffective and conception would not occur.  If the tubes are partially blocked or open and diseased, that would increase the risk of an ectopic pregnancy.  Obviously, I would not recommend IUI if the male factor is severe enough that there is not sufficient sperm.  Specifically, if the total motile sperm count is less than 10 million sperm.  In the past, we used 2 million motile sperm as the cut-off, but these days, we generally use 10 million.”

IVF

Q:  What is one situation in which you recommend pursuing IVF as an initial treatment option and why?

A:  “There are two situations in which we recommend pursuing IVF as an initial treatment option:  (1) if the fallopian tubes are blocked and the patient is otherwise fertile in terms of age, good ovarian reserve, etc. she is an ideal patient to undergo IVF;  (2) if the male partner has a very low sperm count (less than 10 million total motile sperm) with an otherwise normal, fertile female, that couple is also an ideal patient to begin IVF as an initial treatment.  Obviously if the fallopian tubes are blocked then the sperm and egg cannot get together. Similarly, if the sperm count is below 10 million total motile sperm, then the probability of the sperm finding the egg on its own is low as well, even with other fertility treatments such as IUI. IVF is the ideal solution in these cases.”

Q: What is one situation in which you recommend against IVF as an initial treatment option and why?

A:  “Even though I am an IVF doctor and I think IVF has a potential benefit for almost any type of patient if not every patient, there are situations where it is not warranted. For example, for a 23-year old otherwise normal male and female couple who only have an ovulation factor to be concerned about, letrozole or Clomid IUI is a very reasonable initial treatment option to consider. Why? Because they are very fertile and unless they want to preserve their fertility, there is no reason they need to do IVF.  All they need to do is induce ovulation, correct the underlying problem, and pregnancy should occur hopefully within a 3-month trial period.  Regarding cost and invasiveness of treatments, couples most often prefer to be more conservative. This would be one situation in which I would recommend against IVF as an initial treatment option.”

28
Aug

Dr. Kiltz’s Ice Cream Recipe

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Let’s just put it this way – you’ve never had Ice Cream like this before. Quite frankly after trying this pulling out that Ben and Jerries Pint is going to feel like a bit of a shame.

 

Plus . . . IT’S KETO AND B.E.B.B. approved.

 

 

 

19
Mar

CNY Fertility IVF Grant/Giveaway March 2018

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As part of a thank you to all the incredible families and families to be in our CNY Fertility Community we are incredibly excited to announce that for CNY Fertility’s third IVF Giveaway of 2018 we have partnered with Theralogix and Maplewood Suites to bring a more complete fertility care package to the winner of our March IVF Grant/Giveaway.

By partnering with Theralogix and Maplewood Suites we will now be providing the winner of the IVF Grant/Giveaway with a FREE IVF Cycle, all of the FERTILITY SUPPLEMENTS needed for your care, as well as FREE ACCOMMODATION (should you be coming from out of the area).

Now, for the ever so boring but important rules and details:

Eligibility and submission:

  • To enter yourself for a chance to win a the IVF Grant/Giveaway you MUST like the post AND share your fertility story in a comment on the associated Facebook or Instagram Post.  The comment must be at least 4 sentences long to be considered a valid submission. The comment must be related to your fertility journey, TTC, fertility treatment, etc.
    • Please tell as much of your story as possible and try to provide any tips you think others may find helpful.
  • You can submit a comment on both Facebook and Instagram to increase your chance of winning.
    • You can submit multiple comments to each post, but submitting multiple comments on each platform will NOT increase your chance of winning. Duplicate entries will be removed before randomly selecting the winner.
  • The IVF Giveaway Winner will be selected on Saturday, March 31 – submissions due March 30th.
  • Partners (husband/wife/boyfriend/girlfriend/etc) CAN apply.
  • The IVF Cycle CANNOT be transferred to a friend or family member other than your partner/significant other.

What the randomly selected winner receives:

  • One Free IVF Cycle
    • This Includes: Oocyte Retrieval, Intracytoplasmic Sperm Injection (ICSI), Assisted Hatching, Embryo Transfer, and Cryopreservation and storage of Surplus Embryos for a period of one year following the fresh IVF Cycle.
    • What is not included: Monitoring, medications, FETs ($250/transfer), Donor Egg, Donor Sperm, Donor Embryos.
    • You must schedule your initial consultation with one of our CNY Fertility Center locations within 6 months of the completion of this giveaway. You will not be charged for this consultation if your insurance does not provide you coverage. If you are a past CNY Fertility Client you will need to come in for a follow-up appointment within 6 months of the completion of this giveaway.
    • You must start your Free IVF cycle within 1 year of the completion of this giveaway.
  • All Theralogix Fertility Supplements that Dr. Kiltz recommends for the entirety of the cycle corresponding to this IVF Giveaway.
  • A free stay in a Single Queen Efficiency Room (up to 3 people) at Maplewood Suites in Syracuse, NY for your treatment if you are coming from out of the area beginning the day before your egg retrieval and ending the day after your embryo transfer if you are staying for a fresh transfer and beginning the day before your egg retrieval and embryo transfer and ending the day after your egg retrieval and embryo transfer should you be doing a frozen embryo transfer. Blackout dates apply and are subject to change. Current blackout dates include April 6th through the 8th, April 25th through the 29th, May 11th-13th, May 15th-23rd, and June 1st-3rd.
    • Due to the blackout dates, CNY Fertility will be happy to schedule your treatment cycle around these days to the best of our ability to assure you receive the free accommodation as part of this giveaway.
    • Free Accommodation is good for one treatment cycle. Accommodation will not be provided for multiple Frozen Embryo Transfers.

More about our partners:

Theralogix:

CNY Fertility Center has chosen to partner with Theralogix® to offer a comprehensive line of evidence-based, independently tested and certified nutritional supplements. Theralogix supplements have been approved by a Medical Advisory Board comprised of nationally reputed physicians and scientists after a detailed review of the most recently published scientific data. Speak with your CNY Fertility specialist to learn more or head to https://services.theralogix.com/landing/cnyfertility/ to buy yours today at a slight discount through CNY Fertility.

Maplewood Suites:

Maplewood Suites is our premier hotel partner providing accommodations for our out of town clients in the Syracuse area for only $99/night. As included in all of their stays, Maplewood Suites provides our clients with free transportation to and from the airport, CNY Fertility, and between any entertainment/restaurant/etc and the hotel (not from one entertainment location to the next) within 5 miles of the Hotel.

Additionally, Maplewood Suites provides complimentary breakfast, afternoon snacks, 24/7 Starbucks coffee, and two free drinks (non-alcoholic during your treatment at CNY) per day from their restaurant lounge.

 

 

*No Cash Value for any of the winnings

*CNY Fertility is not responsible for upholding any of the partner gifts/giveaway offerings.

*The winner must have no outstanding balance at CNY before starting their free cycle.

28
Mar

A Uterus Fit for a Shutterfly: A Story of Single Parenthood, IVF, and Infertility

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I have enough pictures of my uterus to make a Shutterfly book.  It would be a mid-length Shutterfly book, absent of any color photography, and debatably artistic.  Not sure this a Shutterfly book anyone would want to put on their coffee table or would want for grandparents day, but regardless, I have at least 18 quality photos to make a book happen.

A Shutterfly book of uterus pictures is one of the unique upsides I have found since I belly flopped into the baby-making pool.

Here’s me in a nutshell.

I am 39.  Not old in the big picture of things, but basically somewhat hag-like in the fertility realm.  Advanced maternal age they call it.  I sometimes picture my eggs sitting in rocking chairs eating oatmeal, listening to show tunes.  It makes the idea of having old eggs a bit more emotionally manageable.

I’m single.  Super-single.  I think my last “quality” date was in 2010, and the only reason that date made quality status is because he turned out to be an excellent beer pong partner.

In this life I have known of only a few true things; that all clowns are creepy, that Jordan Knight was the superior New Kid on the Block, that if I made it to the Price is Right stage that I would walk away with both showcases, that I want my last meal to be a Dairy Queen Blizzard, and that one day I wanted to have a child.

It surprised me that one day would sneak up on me so quickly.

I come from a family that appears to be reproductively gifted.  My dad is one of 9, my mom is one of 12, and I am one of 5.  I was really banking on this family history to lead me into the reproductive promise land.  Much like Pinterest made me believe I could paint the aluminum siding of my 2-story house with only a paint sprayer and a 6ft step ladder, my family history gave me the false confidence that me and my eggs had all the time in the universe.  8 failed pregnancy tests later, evidently that is not the case.

When I started to muse to myself that maybe it was time to get cracking on this family making notion, I had a chat with my girly bits doctor.  I wanted to get her thoughts and to share with her my “plan”.  My “plan” was to get my mind wrapped around things, save a little money, and then in March, when it was super convenient for me, start trying.  After listening and absorbing my thoughts, my doctor told me to take my plan, roll it up tight, and then slap myself in the face with it.

If I was serious about spawn, she recommended to start trying immediately.  That was a little more than I expected to hear on a leisurely fact-finding mission. I needed to act, and I needed to act now. Much to my surprise, you don’t do this type of thing at your girly doctor.  You need a fertility specialist, loads of blood work, some super personal selfies, and a bunch of money to set on fire.

You also need to call your parents and explain to them how you have been thinking about getting knocked up by science.  All of these things are somewhat daunting and happen in rapid succession in my experience.

Calling my parents was…something. My mom was supportive, hesitant but supportive.  Insistent on a Catholic donor, but supportive. My dad was quiet, and quiet is not what I expected from my feisty Arab father.  I expected some rage, a truckload of disapproval, and a threat on my life. What I got was quiet. After the quiet came the, “Maybe if you wore more makeup, or went to the gym…there’s nothing wrong with you!” This felt a lot like he was calling me fat and ugly, but really it was him telling me that anyone would be lucky to be married to me.  I chose to find the rainbow in this conversation.

After a lot of sobbing on my part, my father gave me his blessing to make myself happy. So, I happily went through the process of selecting a donor.  Much like with my dating life, my preferences are very simple; tall, white, smart.  Shockingly, searching through a donor catalog to find these attributes was easier than it has been while dating for 24 years.

I would like to say that I knew I had found my donor when the skies opened up, a light beamed down from above, and an angel got its wings.  In reality, I read in my donor’s profile that his favorite movie was the South Park film.  That clinched it for me.

I ordered up a small vial of my donor for the low, low cost of $475 per vial, which does not include the $225 in shipping and handling.  Once, I happened to be at my doctor’s office at the time of my donor’s delivery.  I took a selfie with the package, partly for the hilarity and partly to show my kid a picture of me with his or her father.

In the days ahead I peed on ovulation strips and took my temperature until it was time to go in for the big show.  An insemination is about as romantic as it sounds.  It’s held in a well-lit, candle less room, no lobster dinner, and is conducted by a kindly nurse who makes small talk about the curve in your cervix and the total motile sperm provided by your donor.  Once the deposit is made, you are left to wait…and wait…and wait.  I have been waiting now for almost a year.

In a year I have spent about $15,000, cried more tears than I knew my face had in it, learned that I was stronger and weaker than I thought I was, and that support isn’t always what you think it is.

Each month for a year I have mourned a baby that never was.

That’s been really tough.  Mourning a fictitious baby.  Each month you have to treat yourself like you are pregnant.  I don’t drink, I abstain from caffeine, I avoid jumping on trampolines.  Each month you behave like you are a vessel of life, until your body reminds you that you are way less vessel and much more a PMS Chocolate Monster.  It’s probably the cruelest thing about the process.

Through this odyssey, I have lost lifelong friends who don’t approve of my decision.  People who used to call me every day on their way home from work I think have lost my number.  I have a closet full of baby hand me downs that I can’t bear to open.  Every time I pop a prenatal vitamin I feel like a sham.  I have felt alone and unrelatable.  I have felt jealous of strangers in the Cracker Barrel with pregnant bellies.  I have wondered if this is all a punishment for something I did or did not do.  My 92-year-old grandmother has begged me to not do this, and to go to the Catholic orphanage and get a cute girl baby.

I wish I could say that there have been numerous moments of joy and hope along the way, but anyone who has gone through this would call me a liar.  In an effort to make graham crackers into s’mores, I have tried to find the upside when I can.  Where the joy has been absent, I have found comfort instead.  When hope seems to be empty, you find a small muster of strength under a couch cushion.

For each friend who has abandoned me, I have a friend who has gone to every doctor’s visit with me, has listened to me cry and rage for hours, a friend who against her better judgement, has given me hormone shots in my ass.  If that isn’t love, I don’t know what is.

This process is pretty cruel and pretty exhausting, but what’s the alternative?  To throw my hands up in the air and do nothing?  To concede on a life that I have always wanted?  To return all the pants I bought with elastic waistbands?  While probably the least expensive alternative, it’s not the most reproductive.

While I am down, hanging on the ropes, with a pretty good gash to my soul and spirit, I think I have 10 rounds in me.

My fertility specialist has told me it’s time to move on to IVF.  Moving on is costly, and stressful, and costly again.

Moving on means more needles, and hormones, and doctors visits, a needle in an area where I don’t what needles, and a more full-time 2nd job.  It means spending $30,000 of money I don’t have.  Moving on means, I have a chance to succeed and a chance to fail.

Moving on means I could replace my Shutterfly book of uterus pictures with a book featuring my baby.

So on, I move.

 

Written by: Angela

18
Apr

Client of the Week: Katie Tamez – A Proud Fertility Fighter

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We knew it wouldn’t be easy to start our family as I had multiple surgeries to remove scar tissue and endometriosis.

When I was 15, I was diagnosed with Poly Cystic Ovarian Syndrome. During my last surgery in November 2016, both of my Fallopian Tubes were removed. They were blocked and heavily damaged and at this point were causing more harm than good.

Though I knew it was the right thing for my body, I fell into a bit of a depression. Any hope, no matter how little, of us having a family naturally was gone. My ob/gyn surgeon had recommended CNY Fertility to us and a month after surgery we had our first consultation with Dr. Corley.

We began keto and prepared for our first egg retrieval. I knew being depressed about the situation would not help my body prepare, so I began blogging and sharing our story through social media.

Infertility and IVF was taboo. No one talked about it, but once I started the conversation I started getting messages from friends asking for advice on trying to convince. The silence was breaking!

In February 2017 we had our first retrieval with Dr. Corley and ended up with 7 beautiful frozen embryos! Due to lack of insurance coverage after retrieval we had to put transfer on hold. It wasn’t our exact plan but we needed to save money to continue.

While we took some time off, we still continued to spread awareness and in October I was honored to do a TV interview with a local news station about IVF. At this point I knew I wanted to do more; not just for us but for all families going through infertility treatments.

So, I started contacting local, county, and state government leaders in New York asking why there wasn’t more coverage for families going through this. In March 2018 we finally began to prepare for our first frozen transfer. I was also invited back to the news station to give an update on our story and give some insight to NYS looking to move forward with infertility coverage.

We hope within the coming weeks we can travel to Albany to meet with government leaders in person and spread further awareness. But that will be on hold for a few weeks as we transferred our first embryo on April 3, 2018 with Dr. Kiltz and Great news!!

Our beta 4/13 was 349.89, on 4/15  it was 710, and our beta on 4/17 2003!!! We are 4 weeks 6 days as of today, the 18th. We did an ultrasound and saw a gestational sac!!

We love CNY so much. Without CNY Fertility we never would have gotten to this part of our journey. You guys, the nurses, doctors, and staff at both CNY Fertility and Healing Arts have become like family to us, helping our baby come home!!

And I still can’t wait to meet Chris at the capital in a few weeks! Even though we are pregnant we will still continue to fight with you guys and get better healthcare coverage for everyone!

25
Apr

National Infertility Awareness Week IVF Grant/Giveaway

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As part of National Infertility Awareness Week (NIAW) and #flipthescript with Resolve, we are calling everyone to raise their voice to combat the stigma associated with infertility, increase public awareness, and spread fertility treatment coverage. To encourage your voice, CNY Fertility is proud to continue our monthly IVF Grants with our 4th IVF GIVEAWAY of 2018.

Before we get started, we would like to offer a big thanks to our partners: IntegrityRX, Theralogix, and Maplewood Suites for helping bring a more complete fertility care package to the winner.

Because of our partners, the winner of our IVF Giveaway will also receive $1000 gift card to IntegrityRX for fertility medications, Preconception Fertility Supplements brought to you by Theralogix, and free accommodation at Maplewood Suites (if the winner is coming from out of the area)!

Now, for the ever so important rules and details: 

The winner will be selected randomly, but it will be checked to make sure all of the rules were followed appropriately.

Eligibility and submission:

To enter yourself for a chance to win our National Infertility Awareness Week IVF Grant/Giveaway you MUST do the following by April 28th at 11:59 PM PST

  • like and comment on the post with the above graphic on Instagram.
  • Like/follow our Instagram page (if you already are following us, then you are all set!)
  • share your (in)fertility story in a video on Facebook/Instagram tagging at least one member of your state senate/upper house of your state’s legislature (for instance, if you live in New York – one of these people https://www.nysenate.gov/senators-committees). You must also include #ivfgiveawaycny in the post so the video can be easily found.
    • The video MUST be your story as pertaining to you trying to conceive, fertility treatments, and/or why you feel it is important for us to speak up about fertility issues.
    • If your video is longer than 1 minute, you will need to post it as a “Slide Show” on Instagram. If you are unfamiliar with how to post a slideshow, please read: https://www.socialmediaexaminer.com/how-to-use-instagram-multiple-image-posts/ and visit https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PBUfTzrDdFA
      • note, with doing “slide show,” you will need multiple copies of the video in your photo app on your phone. For instance, if your video is 2 minutes and 30 seconds that will be split into 3 slides on Instagram and you will need 3 copies of the video in your photo album.

What the randomly selected winner receives:

  • One Free IVF Cycle
    • This Includes: Oocyte Retrieval, Intracytoplasmic Sperm Injection (ICSI), Assisted Hatching, Embryo Transfer, and Cryopreservation and storage of Surplus Embryos for a period of one year following the fresh IVF Cycle.
    • What is not included: Monitoring, medications, FETs ($250/transfer), Donor Egg, Donor Sperm, Donor Embryos.
  • A $1000 Gift Certificate for your fertility medications purchased at IntegrityRX.
  • All Theralogix Fertility Supplements that Dr. Kiltz recommends for the entirety of the cycle corresponding to this IVF Giveaway.
  • A free stay in a Single Queen Efficiency Room (up to 3 people) at Maplewood Suites in Syracuse, NY for your treatment if you are coming from out of the area beginning the day before your egg retrieval and ending the day after your embryo transfer if you are staying for a fresh transfer and beginning the day before your egg retrieval and embryo transfer and ending the day after your egg retrieval and embryo transfer should you be doing a frozen embryo transfer. Blackout dates apply and are subject to change. Current blackout dates include but are not limited to May 11th-13th, May 15th-23rd, and June 1st-3rd.
    • Due to the blackout dates, CNY Fertility will be happy to schedule your treatment cycle around these days to the best of our ability to assure you receive the free accommodation as part of this giveaway.
    • Free Accommodation is good for one treatment cycle. Accommodation will not be provided for multiple Frozen Embryo Transfers.

Stipulations:

  • Submissions will end at 11:59 PM PST on April 28th. The winner will be selected on or by May 1st.
  • Only 1 submission/post per person.
  • Partners (husband/wife/boyfriend/girlfriend/etc) CAN apply separately.
  • The IVF Cycle CANNOT be transferred to a friend or family member other than your partner/significant other.
  • If you submitted a video using #ivfgiveawaycny you MUST submit a new video
  • You must schedule your initial consultation with one of our CNY Fertility Center locations within 6 months of the completion of this giveaway. You will not be charged for this consultation if your insurance does not provide you coverage.
  • If you are a past CNY Fertility Client you will need to come in for a follow-up appointment within 6 months of the completion of this giveaway.
  • You must start your Free IVF cycle within 1 year of the completion of this giveaway.
  • If the winner is a current CNY Client, the Free Cycle cannot be applied retroactively and you must be in good financial standing with our billing department.

More about our partners:

IntegrityRX:

Integrity Rx was conceived on the notion of combining customized, compassionate care to our Fertility patients. 24/7 access to our highly trained fertility pharmacists and nurses who provide friendly and professional services and work diligently to provide a stress free experience for our patients. Offering highly competitive national pricing, discounted manufacturer plans, and additional cost savings programs. Free overnight shipping available in most cases.

Theralogix:

CNY Fertility Center has chosen to partner with Theralogix® to offer a comprehensive line of evidence-based, independently tested and certified nutritional supplements. Theralogix supplements have been approved by a Medical Advisory Board comprised of nationally reputed physicians and scientists after a detailed review of the most recently published scientific data. Speak with your CNY Fertility specialist to learn more or head to https://services.theralogix.com/landing/cnyfertility/ to buy yours today at a slight discount through CNY Fertility.

Maplewood Suites:

Maplewood Suites is our premier hotel partner providing accommodations for our out of town clients in the Syracuse area for only $99/night. As included in all of their stays, Maplewood Suites provides our clients with free transportation to and from the airport, CNY Fertility, and between any entertainment/restaurant/etc and the hotel (not from one entertainment location to the next) within 5 miles of the Hotel.

Additionally, Maplewood Suites provides complimentary breakfast, afternoon snacks, 24/7 Starbucks coffee, and two free drinks (non-alcoholic during your treatment at CNY) per day from their restaurant lounge.

 

 

*No Cash Value for any of the winnings

*CNY Fertility is not responsible for upholding any of the partner gifts/giveaway offerings.

15
May

Clients of the Week: Kim and Brian

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As with all patients at CNY Fertility, building our family has not been easy.

My husband, Brian and I learned we were expecting our first child in the summer of 2015. Things progressed normally until our twenty week ultrasound, when our baby girl was diagnosed with a severe congenital lung defect. We decided then that we were going to do whatever it took to save her life. We left our home and traveled several hundred miles away to be seen by the best fetal specialists in the world.

For six weeks we fought relentlessly to save her as she grew in my womb, but at 26 weeks and 3 days, we both developed major life threatening complications and were rushed in for a c-section. Our daughter, Aria Noelle was born at 3:06 PM on January 2, 2016. She was so brave and beautiful. She fought for an hour after birth, before her delicate and damaged little lungs gave out. We held her, loved on her, then said our goodbyes. We were absolutely devastated.

Several months later, we decided to try again. We knew having another baby wouldn’t fix our grief, or replace the daughter we lost, but our longing to parent a child on earth still remained. Unfortunately, that wasn’t an easy road either. Along the way we experienced a first trimester miscarriage, a PCOS diagnosis, and multiple failed rounds of intrauterine insemination (IUI).

When our last round of IUI failed, we found ourselves feeling incredibly hopeless. Our insurance provider didn’t cover fertility treatments, and as we added up the money we had already spent on failed treatments, and the extra financial burden that IVF would bring, we just didn’t know how we would do it.

Then we found out about CNY Fertility, and the amazing IVF giveaway they were doing for Valentine’s Day earlier this year. On a whim, we entered, and so many of our dear friends and family helped by submitting entries as well. I was standing in the kitchen with my best friend when I opened up my messages on my phone, and saw we won the IVF giveaway. We both screamed, hugged, and cried tears of joy. Finally, we had another chance to bring home the rainbow baby we had been praying for.

Our first round of IVF is currently underway, and it is impossible to put into words just how grateful we are to have been given this opportunity by CNY Fertility. They will forever hold a very special place in our hearts.

3
Jun

June IVF Grant Giveaway

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For over 20 years we have maintained our clients as the number one focus in everything we do. Unlike many clinics who turn away clients due to age, BMI, ovarian reserve, FSH levels, repeat failed cycles, or only transfer blastocyst embryos to artificially boost success rates, CNY Fertility believes that true success is only found in allowing EVERYONE the opportunity to create or expand their family.

As part of our continued dedication to provide the world’s most accessible and affordable high-quality fertility treatment, we are pleased to announce our 6th IVF Giveaway of 2018.

By partnering with Theralogix and Maplewood Suites the winner of our June IVF Grant/Giveaway will receive a FREE IVF Cycle, all of the FERTILITY SUPPLEMENTS needed for your care, as well as FREE ACCOMMODATION (should you be coming from out of the area).

Now, for the ever so important rules and details:

Eligibility and submission:

  • To enter yourself in the Giveaway you must comment on and like/love at least one Facebook Live Video with Dr. Kiltz during the live broadcast during the month of June.
  • The Facebook Live videos are currently scheduled for every Sunday of June (The 3rd, 10th, 17th, and 24th) at 8 PM EST.  Date and time of facebook live videos are subject to change. Please follow our Facebook and Instagram pages for updates on live events.

Selection:

  • One person from each of Dr. Kiltz’s live videos in the month of June will be selected randomly to be entered in the final drawing pool consisting of one name from each of the Live Videos.  One winner will then be randomly selected from this final drawing pool.
    • This means that commenting and liking each of Dr. Kiltz’s Live Videos during the month of June will increase your odds of winning.
  • Partners and spouses CAN apply separately.  The cycle cannot be transferred to family or friends other than your partner or spouse.
  • The winner will be selected and contacted on or around July 1st.

What the randomly selected winner receives:

  • One Free IVF Cycle
    • This Includes: Oocyte Retrieval, Intracytoplasmic Sperm Injection (ICSI), Assisted Hatching, Embryo Transfer, and Cryopreservation and storage of Surplus Embryos for a period of one year following the fresh IVF Cycle.
    • What is not included: Monitoring, medications, FETs ($250/transfer), Donor Egg, Donor Sperm, Donor Embryos.
    • You must schedule your initial consultation with one of our CNY Fertility Center locations within 6 months of the completion of this giveaway. You will not be charged for this consultation if your insurance does not provide you coverage. If you are a past CNY Fertility Client you will need to come in for a follow-up appointment within 6 months of the completion of this giveaway.
    • You must start your Free IVF cycle within 1 year of the completion of this giveaway.
  • All Theralogix Fertility Supplements that Dr. Kiltz recommends for the entirety of the cycle corresponding to this IVF Giveaway.
  • A free stay in a Single Queen Efficiency Room (up to 3 people) at Maplewood Suites in Syracuse, NY for your treatment if you are coming from out of the area beginning the day before your egg retrieval and ending the day after your embryo transfer if you are staying for a fresh transfer and beginning the day before your egg retrieval and embryo transfer and ending the day after your egg retrieval and embryo transfer should you be doing a frozen embryo transfer. Blackout dates apply and are subject to change.
    • Due to the blackout dates, CNY Fertility will be happy to schedule your treatment cycle around these days to the best of our ability to assure you receive the free accommodation as part of this giveaway.
    • Free Accommodation is good for one treatment cycle. Accommodation will not be provided for multiple Frozen Embryo Transfers.

More about our partners:

Theralogix:

CNY Fertility Center has chosen to partner with Theralogix® to offer a comprehensive line of evidence-based, independently tested and certified nutritional supplements. Theralogix supplements have been approved by a Medical Advisory Board comprised of nationally reputed physicians and scientists after a detailed review of the most recently published scientific data. Speak with your CNY Fertility specialist to learn more or head to https://services.theralogix.com/landing/cnyfertility/ to buy yours today at a slight discount through CNY Fertility.

Maplewood Suites:

Maplewood Suites is our premier hotel partner providing accommodations for our out of town clients in the Syracuse area for only $99/night. As included in all of their stays, Maplewood Suites provides our clients with free transportation to and from the airport, CNY Fertility, and between any entertainment/restaurant/etc and the hotel (not from one entertainment location to the next) within 5 miles of the Hotel.

Additionally, Maplewood Suites provides complimentary breakfast, afternoon snacks, 24/7 Starbucks coffee, and two free drinks (non-alcoholic during your treatment at CNY) per day from their restaurant lounge.

 

 

*No Cash Value for any of the winnings

*CNY Fertility is not responsible for upholding any of the partner gifts/giveaway offerings.

*The winner must have no outstanding balance at CNY before starting their freecycle.

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Words of Support and Encouragement Week of October 5, 2009

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267788663_4e8a7a1b6cArt enables us to find ourselves and lose ourselves at the same time.
– Thomas Merton
Have you ever tried art as a release?  Although we may not regularly make time to do something creative, it can often have incredibly cathartic results.  Simply doodling at your desk has a wonderful way of distracting the mind and calming your thoughts.  Taking your normal desktop sketches to a larger format can have even greater results.
Although it may seem intimidating if you are not used to allowing yourself this creative freedom, it does get easier and more enjoyable.  Choose any medium you would like to try, drawing, painting, crocheting, pottery… whatever interests you.  You are doing this for no one else but yourself!  Set aside some time to clear your mind with a few deep breaths, and allow your fingers to move over the tools you have chosen.  It is important to not hold a standard for the piece you are about to create.  This piece is yours, it will be perfect – however it comes out.  Next, begin creating.  Don’t think too much, just start moving and it will come.  Create what looks beautiful to you.  You can share your completed work of art if you like, but you don’t have to.  It is completely up to you, it is yours! Read more