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.

5
Oct

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

17
Feb

Interview with Maya Grobel and Noah Moskin – Producers of Documentary Film "One more Shot"

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Will (W): First off, thank you so much for taking the time to do this interview.  All of us at CNY loved your documentary One More Shot and were so excited for an opportunity to speak to you both.  For those who don’t know either of you, can you please introduce yourself?
Maya (M): Thanks so much!
I’m Maya. I’m a clinical social worker/psychotherapist in Los Angeles and my practice is now primarily focused on supporting those struggling to conceive. I also produced the documentary, One More Shot, with my husband.
Noah (N): I’m the husband, Noah. I’m a television producer in Los Angeles. I work mostly in unscripted and reality, and I’m the director of One More Shot.
(W) When and why did you decide to document and film your fertility journey? Did the reasons for filming and eventually sharing your story change as years went by?
(M) Noah and I decided to film the first appointment with the RE not really knowing where we were going with the footage. We had already been trying for about 18 months before we saw the RE. Noah and I and our good friend Gabe, who was the director of photography on the film, met in college and took film classes together. We were always documenting something and making short films so it seemed natural for us to document. The more our story unfolded the more we realized we had an important story to share so we kept going. It was hard at times— we didn’t even have a proper camera in the beginning, we were using a still photography camera and it kept overheating and we’d put it in front of a fan to cool off…
(N)The reasons for filming evolved, as did how we wanted to share our story. Maya and I turned the camera on ourselves initially as a way to help process what we were going through. Somehow having a camera in the room, for whatever reason, made it easier for me to talk about how I was feeling and what I was worried about. Like Maya mentioned, we thought this would be just a little short video, we didn’t really think we’d even share it with anybody outside our family. But as time went on, we kept shooting and filling out the arcs of the film, and it turned into something much bigger in scope and scale than we’d anticipated, but we were also able to keep it incredibly personal.
(W)Were you scared about the reaction you would receive from either the general public or from those you know personally when you decided to share your story?
(M) We were never scared but we knew there would be some people who would not receive this film well. Anyone who starts a conversation with “there are too many people on this planet…” or “there are plenty of children in the foster care system…” just might not be able to see our perspective. It was important to me that we portrayed an honest look at what infertility was like for a real couple and that we showed the various ways families can be created. We always assumed most people in our immediate friend and family circle would be supportive. Most were but there were moments we did feel misunderstood.
(W) In One More Shot you mention how it was very hard to find support for what you were going through in the typical places you would normally turn to for support (friends, family, etc).  It seems that this is such a common experience.  Having gone through this yourself and now working as a fertility counselor, what do you suggest people do to find the necessary support community?  
(M) It’s really hard but I do think there are more supports online and more books and just more of an awareness of infertility now than when I started my journey in 2012. I think finding a community— even if it’s not fertility related, is helpful. I got trained as yoga teacher and found that incredibly supportive physically and emotionally, because the philosophy of yoga and mindfulness and non-attachment all really apply when you’re going through fertility struggles. I know there are several “Secret” facebook groups out there and some of my clients are connected to that and find that helpful. Alice Domar writes books that are helpful for people…RESOLVE works to create community…there’s not a ton of support but it does exist. It also depends on what a person is comfortable with. We were really lucky to have been grant recipients from the Baby Quest Foundation and once we were part of that family they were very supportive.
(W) What do you wish you knew back when you started trying to conceive in 2010? Not so much regrets or things you would change, but what resources, information, etc do you wish you had known about?  In other words, what are some of your favorite resources for those who are TTC?
(M) I read a handful of books— I’m trying to think back, Waiting for Daisy by Peggy Orenstein is the one coming to mind right now, and there are more books now. Really, at the time I didn’t feel there was much out there I related to, that’s why I started my own blog, Don’t Count Your Eggs. It was really helpful for me to write and process my experiences through writing and then slowly I had an audience and my experiences were validated. That’s what we all need— going through infertility and going through life, right? To be able to share and connect and be validated and reassured that we aren’t crazy. Sharing and expressing myself through writing helped me, but that’s not for everyone. Some people are very reserved about all this. Finding a good therapist who can support you one-on-one is always helpful, I think, if it’s the right person. Funny, I didn’t actually see a therapist through our journey, but it probably would have helped me. I just learned about a very interesting (and free) fertility mentor program that people can sign up for called Fruitful Fertility.  I had some “mentors” so to speak, so I would recommend connecting with someone who has come out the other side in one piece.
(W) How do you think sharing your story affected your journey and experience?  Would you suggest others share their own experience as a way of dealing with the hardships encountered in this incredibly stressful journey?
(M) Sharing and documenting was extremely important for me. I was pretty frustrated and in a way didn’t fully understand why there is so much shame and stigma around infertility. It’s a medical diagnosis, why should I be ashamed if I have a problem with my ovaries? We really wanted to share and help anyone who felt shame, or broken or inadequate or like not a “real man or woman,” see that there’s no shame in struggling to conceive. No one did anything wrong. No one is less of a person. Infertility is just a strange space to exist in for an extended amount of time. It can feel very confusing and isolating and there are identity struggles that come up— like who am I as a person trying to conceive? For me, I am comfortable sharing so it helped me process, and writing about it and documenting on film allowed us to create something tangible and create a coherent narrative amidst the chaos of what we were going through.
(N) I think making the film and it evolving into a work that I wanted to share forced me to confront my feelings and disappointments throughout our infertility journey in a way I might not have otherwise. Maya and I are both creative people and, first in her writing, and then for me with the film, I think we found a way to have an outlet for our feelings. An outlet is very important. I don’t think sharing or having an outlet necessarily means you need to write a blog or make a movie (there are plenty of easier ways). I would always suggest people try their best to actually speak and have somebody who can really, fully listen. Barring and in addition to that, though, if you’re moved to write or paint or make a video or compose music or you’re into tattoos, I highly recommend using your creativity to help you share. You’ll feel better, you’ll be a more creative person, and you will process your pain in a way that you might not be able to if you just keep it all bottled up.
(W) How did your experience with infertility shape you?  How did sharing your story affect your life?
(M) I think our infertility experience made us much more aware and sensitive to alternative family building, obviously, because we really knew nothing about any of this until it happened to us. It gave us incredible insight and perspective into a very emotionally challenging experience and allowed us to (eventually) recognize that our crisis provided us an opportunity to grow and be more open-minded and empathic as individuals, as a couple, in our relationships with others, and, especially for me, in our work. It also gave us a certain confidence that the rug can be pulled out from under us and we will find a way to stay standing and figure out. Sharing gave us a community and honestly felt like it gave our heartache more meaning— that we could share and be helpful to others in some way.
(W) Can you talk a little about the medications and how they affected you emotionally?  Any tips for dealing with this?
(M) I was a HOT MESS. Clomid was actually the worst. I felt totally crazy and could recognize that my thoughts weren’t rational but felt so much rage I was almost hot while I took that. My OBGYN who prescribed it never told me there could be emotional side effects like this so I was a bit blindsided. So was my family. But it was temporary. The other meds made me cranky and I gained a lot of weight and my skin broke out and I felt like I was always running hot, had night sweats…jeez now that I describe it it was pretty bad. But you muscle through and you tell yourself it’s temporary. This isn’t the new you, it’s a rough and ugly moment in time. Noah and I kind of boarded up the windows and doors and waited for the storm to pass.  Expecting some mood shifts might help set the expectation.
(N) Yeah, Clomid’s a helluva drug. My advice: be kind to your partner. Have a thick skin. Remind them you love them every chance you get. The storm will pass.
(W) What was the toughest part for Noah – besides suffering through those horrible antibiotics?
(N) Those pills were BIG and I get tummy aches easily. In all seriousness, though, the toughest part of our process for me was not being able to just fix it all. Another challenge I felt regularly was that after a failed procedure you weren’t necessarily closer to your goal. In most things you do, even if you fail at a goal, at least your experience or perspective or plans put you in a better position to succeed the next time. Not with this. You start a zero, you get what feels like so close, and then when it doesn’t work you’re back at zero. That was a lot for me to get through.
(W) Noah, so much of the infertility story is focused on women.  Can you explain the male perspective a little?  What was it like for you?  How was what you went through similar and how was it different than what Maya went through?
(N) Every case is different but for us, all my pain was emotional and mental. I am good at compartmentalizing things and I think that skill came in handy during infertility. I was (mostly) to brush aside the bad and disappointment and focus on next steps. Maya had to physically endure all of this. I can’t imagine the frustration that comes when a doctor tells you your body just doesn’t want to do what it’s supposed to do. She was such a warrior through all of this.
(W) Noah, what advice would you give men who are going through infertility difficulties with their spouse or partner?
(N) It’s tough to give any blanket advice. Every relationship is different. You have to play both sides of the ball in this. Be relentlessly positive, but acknowledge sadness and disappointment when they’re there. Have a plan, but give yourself the space to be disappointed when things go wrong. Battle every day, but understand this is a long game. And buy flowers or bring home dessert for no reason.
(W) In the world of infertility, women appear to be much more vocal.  How do you think men can begin to contribute and help bring about positive change?
(N) It needs to start with men being able to talk about this with each other. And it’s not that if you tell your buddy the situation he’s going to reject you and tell you your broken and make fun of you to your other friends. He may not have an idea on how to help but that’s fine too. You need people who will listen. The best thing a friend said to me was, “I’m sorry. That really sucks. Tell me about it any time.” That’s it. Men don’t always need to fix things or have an answer. They just need to be able to acknowledge that this sucks. More often than not, though, that friend knows somebody or knows somebody who knows somebody who is dealing with infertility too.
(W) One More Shot was such a well-made film.  I think people would be really interested in seeing some of Noah’s (and Gabriel’s) other projects.  What else have they been involved in? Will Noah be directing any feature lengthy films in the near future? What should we look out for in the future?
(N) I’d love to direct another feature. You got a script ready to go? My day job as a television show runner keeps me pretty busy. I’m finishing a show for History Channel at the moment. I’m also in the process of developing a couple other projects, including somewhat of a sequel to One More Shot. I’m hoping that One More Shot can help me land some higher profile gigs but if nothing else it’s shown me that I’m capable of producing and directing a feature film and can survive the process intact.
(W) You and Noah seem to have such a good relationship throughout your journey.  What can we learn from your journey and how did you stay united as a couple?
(M) Noah and I met when I was 20 and he was 21. We started trying to have a baby ten years later. So we had a really strong foundation and friendship before shit hit the fan, and I am grateful for that. Noah is also just extremely rational and patient, so however nuts I got he was able to stay grounded. I got lucky in the husband department. But I think for many couples this is very destabilizing. Finding a way to stay connected, taking a time out from the fertility talk a few times a week to remember why you came together in the first place. Noah and I kept trying to do the things we liked to do— go to rock shows and baseball games— it wasn’t the same, it did feel like we were trying to do fun things at times to remind ourselves that we weren’t totally miserable people, but it did help to just connect. Intimacy and communication can get very strained so being able to talk honestly and try different ways to stay connected is important.
(N)Yes, what she said. She’s always right.
(W) What do you think are currently the three most pressing issues in the world of infertility?
(M) Changing a cultural of shame.
Access of treatment for people, not just those who can afford it.
And nearly everything surrounding third party reproduction and the lack of coherence in that world and a lack of focus on what is best for a child conceived through third party reproduction.
(W) What are the three most common things you discuss or help your client through as a professional fertility counselor?
(M) Depression and anxiety are highly associated with infertility, so much of my work centers on helping decrease these symptoms. When someone has tried many things and has not been successful there is a lot of fear and a lot of expectation that anything they try also won’t work— so I try to help my clients connect to the hope that lives in their hart and learn ways to combat a lot of fear-based negative messages that naturally invade their mental space. I help people process trauma because pregnancy loss as well as the loss of what could have been during an IVF cycle can feel very traumatic for some people. I work with couples to help everyone get on the same page and depending on the situation there can be many discussions about what to do next. This conversation usually has a lot of factors to process and if moving to a third party situation it’s figuring out how to process the grief while holding onto the hope and possibilities of third-party help. I also focus on what is best for children born through assisted reproduction and third-party reproduction and help people let go of any shame or negative baggage from the fertility journey so that it doesn’t follow them into parenthood.
(W) What was your experience with the Oaxacana healer like?
(M) I don’t know where to begin. It was a two-minute scene in the movie but a two-day event in real life. It both seemed totally crazy and made me totally hopeful at the same time. Looking back I think I was also feeling very desperate and superstitious— we didn’t include some scene that were… really intense and insane. I don’t regret it. Like everything else, each person has to do what they need to do to feel like they’ve done everything they can. For me this was part of it.
(W) At CNY Fertility – Embryo donation is a very important service we offer, but our ability to offer this service in a timely fashion is often hampered by the availability of embryo donors.  Can you talk a little about embryo donation and the impact embryo donation has made in your life?  What would you say to families who are unsure what to do with remaining embryos after their family has been completed?
(M) Embryo donation is still fairly new and I think a lot of people struggle with the decision of what to do with remaining embryos. Obviously, embryo donation made a HUGE impact on my life in that it gave us our child, and I believe it can be a good option for some people but it’s not for everyone. I think with more education, people can make better-informed decisions on both sides of embryo donation and what is again most important is the child and how this child understands how they came to be. There is a company called Embryo Options that provides different services to different clinics but also gives some good information about embryo disposition options and what they mean. I think clinics should collaborate with mental health professionals to educate patients so people aren’t just paying storage fees indefinitely because they don’t really know what else to do. I’m thinking of doing some talks like this— maybe via a webinar or something, so I can help educate others. Though I am so grateful for embryo donation I am not necessarily an advocate for it. I just believe everyone needs to make the best choices for themselves and clinics need to be more prepared to store and do FDA testing and keep records in a way on the front end of an IVF cycle so that they can be prepared for embryo donation as an option on the back end.  There is another clinic in Florida, called Embryo Donation International that has been around for a while and specializes in this.
(W) Have you contacted the donors?
(M) Not yet. We don’t have a lot of information but I’m hoping to get more. I think it is really important to be able to have information for both medical and psychological/emotional reasons.
(W) How do you think being a professional social worker and psychotherapist affected your journey through infertility?  Did you seek any 3rd party professional help yourself?
(M) I think it was helpful that a lot of my friends are therapists and I felt a good amount of support from my colleagues when I needed it. I think it was hard at times when I thought I should be coping better with a situation but all I could do was cry it out. I reached out once to a therapist in my area who was very seasoned in infertility but felt very ashamed and judged by this person, which made me immediately realize the need for empathic therapists who can meet a client wherever they happen to be o their journey. My yoga teacher was my therapist. And my acupuncturist. I found support just not in the most traditional places.
(W) When do you suggest people use counseling services for dealing with infertility? 
(M) I think it is always helpful to find support and process what’s going on— when that seems necessary for people is a personal decisions. I think if you’re gearing up for another IVF cycle after several haven’t worked and you don’t feel hopeful, that could be a good time to seek support. After trauma experiences or losses, moving to third party, if you and a partner are not on the same page, if you’re feeling more agitated and anxious and sad—- really any time in the fertility process I think a good therapist can come in really handy. Sometimes people also just feel so isolated and misunderstood that a therapist who gets it and can validate the experience and essentially speak the same language can feel really grounding.
(W) How can people seek your counsel?
(M) I’m licensed in CA and located in West Los Angeles. I’m trying to work out ways to provide support to people around the world and that might be through educational materials… right now I just see client’s locally but if people go to my website and sign up for the mailing list I can keep people posted if I do any educational talks or classes etc.
(W) What’s it like to be a Mother?
(M) It’s who I’ve always known I was supposed to be. I had a very… fluctuating identity as a woman with infertility trying to conceive for many years, and it didn’t feel good. Caring for our kid— that feels right. While I do feel so grateful to finally be part of the club, I also often feel like an outsider. There is something that might be a little different had we not struggled. I can’t always put my finger on it but it’s there. But our little girl is my world. She is such an amazing human and I know it was my purpose and mission to bring her into this world. She might actually be a superhero, I’m not totally sure yet, she’s still young. Also— I know I’m not “allowed” to complain (I really don’t like that people say that to folks who have struggled if they complain about anything once they are a parent) but I’ve never been this tired in my life.
(W) Noah, what’s it like to be a Father?
(N) Being a father is fun, exhausting, exhilarating, humbling … Did I mention exhausting? I love it. Having a child, maybe even having a daughter specifically, has tested me in some new ways that I never thought about. But I love it.
(W) What tips would you have for Mothers and Fathers who struggled with infertility before having a child?
(M) Process your process. Understand the impact the “journey” has had on your self and your relationship. Figure out if there is shame you need to leave behind and remember you are coming at this whole parenting thing with a bit of an emotional deficit if not emotional fatigue. Just because you really wanted this doesn’t mean it’s all rainbows and unicorns and you have the same rights as anyone else to complain or have parenting challenges.
(W) Do you have any plans to further expand your family?
(M) I’m scheduled to transfer the last remaining embryo in our daughters batch— her full genetic sibling at the end of the month. It’s the last shot. Wish us luck 😉

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Egg Bank Profile List: October 27, 2015

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Conceiving with IVF and Egg Donor Cycles at CNY FertilityConsidering exploring a frozen donor egg cycle through the CNY Fertility Egg Bank? This is another cutting edge fertility treatment option available to you. There is no waiting or coordinating your cycle with the donors cycle. The eggs are immediately available for you to use when you’re ready.

See below for a current list of available donors with frozen eggs in the CNY Fertility Egg Bank. We update this list every Tuesday, this week there are several new donor profiles. If you are interested in learning more about the frozen donor egg cycle treatment option, or exploring one during your next cycle, please contact a member of our donor team.

Donor Team Contact Info:
For CNY Fertility clients and non-clients, please call us at 1.855.CNY.Eggs
For CNY Fertility clients, please message Allyson Santoro through the eIVF Patient Portal. For instructions on how to use the messaging system within eIVF click here.
 
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CNY Fertility Center’s Donor Team