Think of this time as the preparatory period for a pregnancy. Light exercise like walking/yoga, high fat low carb diet, vitamins and rest are recommended. It is best to abstain from alcohol, quit smoking not take any harmful substances.
No you do not need a referral although many of our clients come through referrals.
Infertility is defined as the inability to conceive for 1 year when having unprotected intercourse. For women over 35, infertility is defined as the inability to conceive for 6 months or more.
This may be the first question that goes through your head after you have been trying to conceive for any amount of time, or if you have begun your treatment for infertility. Infertility is a tricky condition. There are a variety of emotions associated with it, the stigma in our culture is that pregnancy should be “easy” and “natural” and these phrases can cause couples to feel inadequate and frustrated with their situation. The truth is that 10% of all couples are infertile and infertility is a disease and should be given the same emotional support as other diseases are given, and be free of that stigma.
There is nothing that you have done wrong which has caused your infertility. Dealing with the emotions that infertility brings about can often lead couples to the blame game. They can blame themselves, (oh if I just hadn’t waited so long) or their partners (well if he/she just had done this..) when the truth of the situation is that the blame game will only hurt your relationship at a time when you need to support one another the most. Take your infertility factor, whether it be male factor, female factor or both, as your united diagnosis. Don’t make it a “mine” or “your” issue, become a united front! You will likely feel sadness and pain, find comfort in your partner and offer your comfort to your partner.
The journey of infertility can be long, with highs and lows. Knowing that it’s you and your partner against the world will help you during all these times.
We recommend women take Ovavite, TherOmega, Ovasitol, and DHEA (75 mg per day unless you have PCOS). For our male clients, we recommend Conception XR Motility Support, Theromega, Ovasitol, Vitamin D (if blood levels are below 30), and NeoQ10. Of course, we also recommend that you eat a high fat low carbohydrate diet, also known as the BEBB (bacon, eggs, butter, beef) Diet, appropriately pronounced baby!
Please contact our office AT LEAST 2 weeks prior to the start of your menses. It can take a minimum of 2 weeks for you to receive your medications and to be certain all necessary prior authorizations are in place. Of course, if you have not yet had your new patient consultation, we often book those out months in advance and therefore recommend setting your consult up as soon as you know you are ready to get started. Our initial consultations are free if you don’t have insurance or if your insurance does not cover the consultation. After your initial consultation you can begin treatment with the start of your next cycle (if there is enough time to receive all your meds) but are also free to wait a few months to get started. If your cycles are irregular, then once you have your meds, you can come in for a baseline and begin your treatment.
Currently, our Syracuse and Albany offices have embryology labs and perform egg retrievals and embryo transfers. However, monitoring for an IVF cycle can be done at any of our offices or any OB/GYN, Hospital, radiologist, or clinic that capable of doing blood work and ultrasound monitoring.