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26
Jul

Clinical Phone Line: Offering 5-Star Fertility Care to Clients Worldwide

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clinical phone line - fertility service at CNY FertilityWelcome to CNY Fertility Center’s Clinical Line:

To better serve our clients, CNY Fertility Center has created a Clinical Phone Line comprised of members of our clinical team.  Each clinical line team member has been specifically trained to meet your needs and assist you with any clinical related questions.  The clinical line team member that you speak with may not be someone from the office location that you visit for your appointments; however, that team member is there for you and wants to assist you in your fertility journey during the times you are not in the office.

For those clients that have experienced the phone system while developing this service, we thank you for your patience.  Depending on the volume of our calls, you may be asked to hold for a brief period of time prior to your call being answered.  You will also have the option of leaving a message if you are unable to hold.  If you do not have an immediate need and would prefer to communicate directly with any member of our clinical staff, please do not hesitate to use our messaging system through your patient portal.  The system will allow you to choose a specific staff member who will answer these less urgent messages in the next few days.  (If you do not see a member of our team in the messaging system it usually means they have been removed temporarily due to an extended period of time out of the office).

Our intention at CNY continues to be actively finding ways to better serve our clients and be there for you whenever you need us!

Request Consultation or Appointment

If you are a new patient and would like an initial fertility consultation, in-office or over the phone, please visit this link and fill out our New Appointment Form or call us toll free at 800-539-9870.

16
Jun

Revisiting Male Factor Infertility Support

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gift-card_tree-fieldYesterday, many of our clients celebrated their first Father’s Day.  We are so proud to have contributed to their journey to parenthood, but we also know that our work is not done.  Many men are still hoping to celebrate their first Father’s Day, and we are committed to doing everything we can to help that dream come true next year.
Male Factor Infertility is challenging emotionally, and physically, to overcome.  Luckily, our treatment options are constantly evolving, and our practice has taken some exciting steps forward this year in advancing our medication protocols and surgical procedures to make fatherhood a possibility for many more men.
For more information on our many treatment options available, including IVF after vasectomy, please contact our office for a consultation or follow up talk, and we would be happy to review your options.
Tonight, Lisa is hosting a free Fertility Support Teleworkshop focusing on Male Factor Infertility, beginning at 6p.  For call information, please email Lisa directly:  Lstack@cnyfertility.com
Finally, here are some interesting articles on Male Factor Infertility, what it is, and a few natural support options available:
Male Factor Infertility
What is a Semen Analysis?
Fatty Acids can Improve Male Fertility
Infertility and Men Avoiding Excess Estrogen
For all of our fertility support offerings, please check our CNY Fertility and CNY Healing Arts calendars.  Please let us know if you have any questions, and we look forward to hearing from you during these sessions!
One last note, did you know that we started  new Private Facebook Fertility and Pregnancy Groups for current clients?  We also have groups for Secondary Infertility and Pregnancy Loss. Here, you can find a safe and secure space to share with other women and men facing similar challenges.  You can get immediate support and feedback!  If you are interested in joining, please message Lisa Stack within the Patient Portal.
 
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If you are interested in a more private one-on-one support situation, Lisa Stack is our CNY Fertility Center Support Coordiator, she offers her services as a lay support person and can be contacted by email at lstack@cnyfertility.com if you are not yet a client or via the Patient Portal if you are a current client.
Request Consultation or Appointment
If you are a new patient and would like an initial fertility consultation, in-office or over the phone, please visit this link and fill out our New Appointment Form or call us toll free at 800-539-9870.

26
May

Observing Memorial Day

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flag-we-the-people-art-print-by-sam-applemanToday, the CNY Fertility Family remembers and honors those who have lost their lives serving in the military.  We also hold those who continue to serve, and their families, close to our hearts.  We are truly grateful for the selfless giving of our military men and women, and we hope that you join us in sending special thoughts to those who have lost their loved ones.
We have had many great experiences working with clients who are active in our military, and we are proud to offer special discounts and any support that we can to these families.  If you are considering cycling with us, and you are eligible for military discounts, please contact our financial team for more information: Costs@cnyfertility.com   We are grateful for your sacrifices, and we want to help you in any way that we can to create or expand your family.

19
May

Secondary Infertility Support

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gift-card_tree-fieldThis Thursday, Lisa is hosting our  Interactive Fertility Support Webinar and she focusing on the emotional challenges of secondary infertility.  Secondary infertility is defined as the inability to become pregnant or to carry a full-term pregnancy after having had one or more children without challenges before.
Many parents feel guilty for wanting another child so badly, especially if they already have more than one child. This guilt is entirely misplaced.  You can absolutely love your existing child/children, but still yearn for more – it doesn’t have to be one or the other.
Unfortunately, couples with secondary infertility tend to receive less support from friends and family than couples who were never able to conceive. This happens because couples who already have one or more children do not have a visible loss to explain their grief, whereas couples who have no children are visibly lacking the family they wish for.
Because of this common disparity, many couples often need help from professionals and/or support groups when coping with secondary infertility. We at CNY Fertility know how difficult it is to deal with what could have been and what actually is, which is why we encourage you to seek support throughout your struggles.  You are welcome at our support offerings, including our Circle of Hope Support Group sessions found on our CNY Fertility and CNY Healing Arts calendars.
You are also invitied to join Lisa, our Support Coordinator, for a free Integrative Fertility Support Webinar focusing on Secondary Infertility on Thursday, May 22nd at 6:00p.  To register, please visit: https://www1.gotomeeting.com/register/364490321

Finally, did you know that we started  new Private Facebook Fertility and Pregnancy Groups for current clients?  Here, you can find a safe and secure space to share with other women and men facing similar challenges.  You can get immediate support and feedback!  If you are interested in joining, please message Lisa Stack within the Patient Portal
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If you are interested in a more private one-on-one support situation, Lisa Stack is our CNY Fertility Center Support Coordiator, she offers her services as a lay support person and can be contacted by email at lstack@cnyfertility.com if you are not yet a client or via the Patient Portal if you are a current client.
Request Consultation or Appointment
If you are a new patient and would like an initial fertility consultation, in-office or over the phone, please visit this link and fill out our New Appointment Form or call us toll free at 800-539-9870.

13
Mar

Mini-IVF on the Rise: An Affordable Option with Great Potential

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The Wall Street Journal recently published an article highlighting the growing popularity of Mini-IVF.  At CNY Fertility Center, with locations in Syracuse, Albany, and Rochester, NY, we are proud to offer Mini-IVF as an affordable option to our clients, with great potential for success.  Mini-IVF and traditional IVF differ in medication protocol prior to egg retrieval.  Mini-IVF, or minimal stimulation IVF, uses fewer and more mild medications.  This results in fewer follicles produced, minimizing the risk for multiples, and saving clients significant money on medictions.
This unique protocol is something to consider if you are finding that the cost of medications for a traditional IVF cycle is limiting your options.  This is also a good option for those who would like to minimize the risk of multiples, or amount of medications used.  For more information on our Mini-IVF protocol, please see these two informative articles:  Are you thinking of doing a Mini-IVF? and Mini-IVF:  What is It and Why Should I Try It?
We welcome you to schedule a consultation or follow up talk to discuss all of your options, and create a unique protocol suited to your needs.  You are also welcome to contact our Financial Team at any time to discuss your costs and insurance coverage:  Costs@cnyfertility.com
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Request Consultation or Appointment
If you are a new patient and would like an initial fertility consultation, in-office or over the phone, please visit this link and fill out our New Appointment Form or call us toll free at 800-539-9870.

16
Jul

July 16th, 2013: Egg Donors Cycling & Available to Additional Recipients

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Fertility Treatments - CNY Fertility CenterAt CNY Fertility Center, with locations throughout NY State, we help to facilitate many donor cycles in a given year. We’ve found that providing a weekly update to our current Recipient Clients, and potential Recipient Clients, regarding Egg Donors cycling in the upcoming months to be very beneficial.
Below you can see a list of egg donors who will be starting an egg donor cycle in the next month or two.  If you are a current CNY Fertility Center client and have completed all of your testing and are interested in cycling with any of the donors listed below please contact your donor coordinator. All of our egg donor profiles can be reviewed through your Patient Portal.
If you are interested in cycling with one of the donors on our list below but are not a current CNY Fertility Center client, we welcome you to contact our office and we can discuss the process with you. If you have any interest in becoming an egg donor, or know of someone that may be interested, visit this link for more information.
Donor Team Contact Info:
Phone – 1.855.CNY.Eggs
Email – Allyson at ASantoro@cnyfertility.com
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If you are interested in an initial fertility consultation either over the phone (if you live out of the NY State region) or in-office, please call our toll-free number at 800.539.9870 or request a consult here.

12
Nov

April's Journey to Fertility: Confirmations

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April is a CNY Fertility Center patient and has been on her journey to fertility for approximately three years. April will share candid stories and a unique perspective on the fertility challenges many women and couples face. CNY Fertility Center has locations in Syracuse, Albany and Rochester, NY.
Week 66: Confirmations
In the past several weeks, I have experienced many “little confirmations” regarding our journey to parenthood. First, a woman at work came up to me saying “I don’t know if you will get mad, but I wanted to give this to you because I thought of you.” She handed me CNY’s IVF Flyer which lists the various package purchase options. I immediately told her I was thankful she thought of me and that we are already going through CNY. She went on to say she picked the flyer up at our local women’s expo and told me how friendly she thought the CNY representatives were; she is correct. (Thanks for the confirmation, Laurie.) I not only appreciate all of the staff members at CNY, but I also appreciate the sign from above that I am exactly where I am supposed to be in my journey to fertility.
Secondly, more than one of our aunts has openly supported and discussed our decision to explore adoption options. While this seems to contradict my other “little confirmation,” both actually work in conjunction with each other. You see when I attended my friend’s baby shower this Sunday, I received two more confirmations. First, Julie, who I wrote about in Week 61 and Week 62, is experiencing a truly miraculous pregnancy despite multiple failed IVFs and IUIs (at least a dozen). While I was truly happy for Julie and she confirmed that miracles really do happen, I was also able to speak to the host of the shower, who adopted her beautiful son and daughter from Romania. This week’s lesson is clear and simple: I need to trust the process, whole-heartedly embark on the journey, and be open to all of our family building options. The goal is for us to be parents and to enjoy the lessons we learn along the way!
Whether I become pregnant during our next assisted cycle, whether we use donor eggs or adopt, whether we experience a natural pregnancy or we chose to build our family through a combination of means, we are making the right decisions, and we will soon become a mother and father. So will you!
Keeping the faith and trusting the process,
April all Year
april.allyear@yahoo.com

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Click here to read all of April’s previous blog articles on her journey toward fertility.

1
Oct

Back to Basics: Fertility and the Menstrual Cycle

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At CNY Fertility Center, founded by Dr. Robert Kiltz, with offices in Latham, Syracuse and Rochester, you will be asked a common question at your consultation. How are your menstrual cycles? Have you ever wondered why this is so significant?
Many women do not give to much attention to their menstrual cycle. Typically only concerning themselves with knowing that their period comes every month and when the best time to conceive a pregnancy is. For the many women that are having trouble conceiving, having some knowledge of what happens during this 28 day menstrual cycle may actually shed some light on your fertility treatment.
The menstrual cycle begins on the first day of blood flow; this is counted as day 1.On average the menstrual cycle can range from 24-35 days. The menstrual phase may last 4-8 days. On day 1 the hypothalamus is telling the pituitary gland to produce FSH, follicle stimulating hormone, and LH, luteinizing hormone. The pituitary is also telling the ovaries to produce estrogen. The production of FSH tells the follicles (tiny cysts which house the egg) to grow. This is the follicular phase. Typically one follicle will become dominant and many others will degenerate. During fertility treatments FSH and LH are added through daily injections resulting in more follicles. The dominant follicle(s) is producing estrogen and a small amount of progesterone. The estrogen is causing the uterine lining to thicken in preparation for an embryo to implant. Once the follicle(s) reach about 20mm in size, on average around day 14 if the cycle is 28 days, the pituitary secretes a large amount of LH, the LH surge. There will also be a surge in FSH, these two combined signal the ovary to rupture the follicle(s), and this is ovulation. It is at this time fertilization can occur. Preparation of the uterus continues for fertilization. This is now considered the luteal phase of the cycle.  The ONLY true test that ovulation has occurred is when a pregnancy is established.
The pituitary continues to produce LH and the hypothalamus will produce gonadatrophin releasing hormone (GnRH). The follicle from which the egg was releasing now becomes a corpus luteum cyst. The higher levels of LH signal the corpus luteum to produce progesterone. This progesterone is necessary in sustaining early pregnancy. There continues to be estrogen produced also. If pregnancy does not occur the LH and the FSH stop. The progesterone and the estrogen drop and the uterine lining sheds. The cycle begins again.
There are many factors which can affect this cycle, causing a hormonal imbalance, such as stress, diet and exercise. Also conditions such as polycystic ovaries and ovarian cysts can affect normal menses due to elevated levels of estrogen.
At CNY Fertility Center we want you to understand your treatment. We are here to help you achieve your goal of conceiving a baby. We will ask you about your menstrual cycle in order to gain valuable information which will help plan your treatment. If you do not fully understand any aspect of your treatment, please do not hesitate to ask one of our providers.
Sheila Miller, RT RDMS
Ultrasonographer and Radiology Technician
CNY Fertility Center, Latham, NY
518.690.0700
smiller@cnyfertility.com


Reference: http.www.medhelp.org

22
Sep

April's Journey to Fertility: Educating Friends, Families, and Employers – Part I

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April is a CNY Fertility Center patient and has been on her journey to fertility for approximately three years. April will share candid stories and a unique perspective on the fertility challenges many women and couples face. CNY Fertility Center has locations in Syracuse, Albany and Rochester, NY.
Week 63: Educating Friends, Families, and Employers – Part I
I have found that one of the most difficult aspects of going through fertility treatments is figuring out what to tell your friends, family and employers. Early in the fertility game, many of us are able to be fairly vague with our employers and crafty with what we tell our friends and family. However, each unsuccessful cycle is quickly followed by another month of treatments, appointments and missed work and/or social events. I remember having the conversation with our building principal two years ago regarding my need to miss work. In this case, I was upfront, but I was not upfront with everyone as quickly. Let’s face it, my principal has enough professionalism not to ask me how my cycle went or when my pregnancy test will be. He was a safe one to initially share information with, and I find that once you associate the word “infertility” with having to miss work, no one questions you. Really, no employer wants to have that discussion in detail! (Nor should they; I would much rather be at work than having to throw my legs up in stirrups for an internal exam every other day!)
However, the process can last years, and at some point we have to realize our own limits and begin educating others on our own challenges.  My friend Jess recently wrote the following response in our online “support group/yoga e-mail group”:
“I think this process is incredibly isolating, because it makes people uncomfortable and puts you in situations where you are supposed to be super happy for people and few people on the outside of infertility “get” that you can be happy for them but still really sad for you….I wish that people would realize how lucky they are for being able to have an intimate moment with their partner, pee on a stick, see a heartbeat 9 weeks later, and deliver a healthy baby at 40 weeks or whatever, without needles, constant monitoring, constant news that something else is on the fritz with one of your body’s basic functions, blood tests, ultrasounds, procedures, incredible hope and then dashing disappointment. I also wish that it was more “socially appropriate” to be as open and frank about all that we go through to have a baby as it is for people to talk about their ultrasounds and morning sickness and babies’ poopies and what have you. Maybe then more people would “get it.” I am leaning toward total disclosure at this point because I am sick of pretending that everything is ok to the world when really it’s not. And because I deserve the same support and understanding that people give those complaining about their lack of sleep from their newborn, or their sore breasts from breastfeeding, or the nausea that stalks them all day long.”
And isn’t Jess right? Don’t we deserve the same support? I believe one of the main reasons we do not get support from the insurance companies, our friends, our families and our co-workers is because this topic is still somewhat taboo. Of course, I am not jumping at the chance to talk about my egg quality or my husband’s sperm count at any of our family events, but I do feel that we are all on this tumultuous journey for some reason. If in the end, however, I can teach a few more people to be just a little more informed and sensitive regarding a topic that affects approximately 10% of the population, then I can feel just a bit more at peace with my involuntary involvement in this process. And it is a process!
In hopes of educating others,
April all Year
april.allyear@yahoo.com
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Click here to read all of April’s previous blog articles on her journey toward fertility.

3
Sep

Maya Abdominal Therapy and Male Infertility

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Maya Abdominal Therapy: To help aid with male fertility
Infertility can be defined as the failure to achieve pregnancy after regular unprotected intercourse for at least one year. About 1/3 of fertility issues are related to female symptoms another 1/3 are related to male symptoms the rest are unknown causes.
There are several causes of fertility issues in men:

  • Disorders of sperm numbers, movement and shape.
  • Erectile dysfunction, premature ejaculation and failure to ejaculate.
  • Varicocele; a mass of enlarged and dilated veins that develops in the spermatic cord.
  • Medical disorders; diabetes, high blood pressure, coronary artery disease, neurological disorders, kidney disease, cancer, alcoholism, stress.
  • Recreational drugs; alcohol, tobacco, marijuana, opiates, anabolic steroids.
  • Prescribed drugs; consult with your physician.

Daily life changes to help promote fertility:

  • A healthy diet, avoid junk foods
  • Exercise; consult with your physician
  • Maintain ideal body weight.
  • Reduce alcohol consumption
  • Don’t use recreational drugs / smoking
  • Find ways to reduce stress; example: meditation, yoga, walking, reading, etc…..
  • Acupuncture
  • Maya Abdominal Therapy

Why Maya Abdominal Therapy (MAT) for Men?
Maya Abdominal Therapy returns the body to homeostasis. The technique guides abdominal organs into their proper position. This increases blood supply to the prostate and encourages blood flow to the entire pelvis. It relieves chronic constrictions this can enhance erections by allowing an increased blood flow into the penis. We recommend one session (in some cases 4) along with instructed use of Dr Rosita Arvigo’s rainforest remedy Male Tonic (nick name Mr. Saturday night). Male tonic is used for erectile dysfunction, impotency, benign prostate hyperplasia, and kidney or bladder infection, prostatitis, kidney or bladder stones (not acute). Taken with Blood Tonic it can help sperm production.
For a full list of Rain Forest Remedies please visit our CNY Healing Arts website here.
Take ownership of your health:
During your one hour Maya Abdominal Therapy session your therapist will teach you self care abdominal massage techniques. These techniques can be performed at home daily and will take only 3 to 5 minutes. The fertility process can be a very stressful time, Maya Abdominal Therapy is for both female and male with self care this is something you and your partner can share. Take a few minutes each day to work with each other, this will not only lower stress, but it will increase your overall health.
To research other symptoms relieved by Maya Abdominal Therapy; please visit our CNY Healing Arts website here or arvigomassage.com
Signs of improved health:
After your first session and over the next three months you may notice a difference in your urination and stool.  You might have milky urine, which is a positive thing (a good cleanse). If you are a person who suffers from constipation or loose stool, this will dissipate, and you should have regular movements. Your energy levels will increase, any symptoms of low back pain, heartburn, reflux will change for the better.
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John Capozzi, LMT,
Certified Maya Abdominal Therapist

CNY Healing Arts offers Maya Abdominal Therapy at all three locations.  Syracuse, NY – Latham, NY – Rochester, NY.
For more information please contact John Capozzi, LMT, Certified Maya Abdominal Therapist, located at CNY Healing Arts 191 Intrepid Ln, Syracuse NY 13205 (315-671-5755), jcapozzi@cnyhealingarts.com

Success Stories

26
Jul

Clinical Phone Line: Offering 5-Star Fertility Care to Clients Worldwide

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clinical phone line - fertility service at CNY FertilityWelcome to CNY Fertility Center’s Clinical Line:

To better serve our clients, CNY Fertility Center has created a Clinical Phone Line comprised of members of our clinical team.  Each clinical line team member has been specifically trained to meet your needs and assist you with any clinical related questions.  The clinical line team member that you speak with may not be someone from the office location that you visit for your appointments; however, that team member is there for you and wants to assist you in your fertility journey during the times you are not in the office.

For those clients that have experienced the phone system while developing this service, we thank you for your patience.  Depending on the volume of our calls, you may be asked to hold for a brief period of time prior to your call being answered.  You will also have the option of leaving a message if you are unable to hold.  If you do not have an immediate need and would prefer to communicate directly with any member of our clinical staff, please do not hesitate to use our messaging system through your patient portal.  The system will allow you to choose a specific staff member who will answer these less urgent messages in the next few days.  (If you do not see a member of our team in the messaging system it usually means they have been removed temporarily due to an extended period of time out of the office).

Our intention at CNY continues to be actively finding ways to better serve our clients and be there for you whenever you need us!

Request Consultation or Appointment

If you are a new patient and would like an initial fertility consultation, in-office or over the phone, please visit this link and fill out our New Appointment Form or call us toll free at 800-539-9870.

16
Jun

Revisiting Male Factor Infertility Support

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gift-card_tree-fieldYesterday, many of our clients celebrated their first Father’s Day.  We are so proud to have contributed to their journey to parenthood, but we also know that our work is not done.  Many men are still hoping to celebrate their first Father’s Day, and we are committed to doing everything we can to help that dream come true next year.
Male Factor Infertility is challenging emotionally, and physically, to overcome.  Luckily, our treatment options are constantly evolving, and our practice has taken some exciting steps forward this year in advancing our medication protocols and surgical procedures to make fatherhood a possibility for many more men.
For more information on our many treatment options available, including IVF after vasectomy, please contact our office for a consultation or follow up talk, and we would be happy to review your options.
Tonight, Lisa is hosting a free Fertility Support Teleworkshop focusing on Male Factor Infertility, beginning at 6p.  For call information, please email Lisa directly:  Lstack@cnyfertility.com
Finally, here are some interesting articles on Male Factor Infertility, what it is, and a few natural support options available:
Male Factor Infertility
What is a Semen Analysis?
Fatty Acids can Improve Male Fertility
Infertility and Men Avoiding Excess Estrogen
For all of our fertility support offerings, please check our CNY Fertility and CNY Healing Arts calendars.  Please let us know if you have any questions, and we look forward to hearing from you during these sessions!
One last note, did you know that we started  new Private Facebook Fertility and Pregnancy Groups for current clients?  We also have groups for Secondary Infertility and Pregnancy Loss. Here, you can find a safe and secure space to share with other women and men facing similar challenges.  You can get immediate support and feedback!  If you are interested in joining, please message Lisa Stack within the Patient Portal.
 
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If you are interested in a more private one-on-one support situation, Lisa Stack is our CNY Fertility Center Support Coordiator, she offers her services as a lay support person and can be contacted by email at lstack@cnyfertility.com if you are not yet a client or via the Patient Portal if you are a current client.
Request Consultation or Appointment
If you are a new patient and would like an initial fertility consultation, in-office or over the phone, please visit this link and fill out our New Appointment Form or call us toll free at 800-539-9870.

26
May

Observing Memorial Day

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flag-we-the-people-art-print-by-sam-applemanToday, the CNY Fertility Family remembers and honors those who have lost their lives serving in the military.  We also hold those who continue to serve, and their families, close to our hearts.  We are truly grateful for the selfless giving of our military men and women, and we hope that you join us in sending special thoughts to those who have lost their loved ones.
We have had many great experiences working with clients who are active in our military, and we are proud to offer special discounts and any support that we can to these families.  If you are considering cycling with us, and you are eligible for military discounts, please contact our financial team for more information: Costs@cnyfertility.com   We are grateful for your sacrifices, and we want to help you in any way that we can to create or expand your family.

19
May

Secondary Infertility Support

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gift-card_tree-fieldThis Thursday, Lisa is hosting our  Interactive Fertility Support Webinar and she focusing on the emotional challenges of secondary infertility.  Secondary infertility is defined as the inability to become pregnant or to carry a full-term pregnancy after having had one or more children without challenges before.
Many parents feel guilty for wanting another child so badly, especially if they already have more than one child. This guilt is entirely misplaced.  You can absolutely love your existing child/children, but still yearn for more – it doesn’t have to be one or the other.
Unfortunately, couples with secondary infertility tend to receive less support from friends and family than couples who were never able to conceive. This happens because couples who already have one or more children do not have a visible loss to explain their grief, whereas couples who have no children are visibly lacking the family they wish for.
Because of this common disparity, many couples often need help from professionals and/or support groups when coping with secondary infertility. We at CNY Fertility know how difficult it is to deal with what could have been and what actually is, which is why we encourage you to seek support throughout your struggles.  You are welcome at our support offerings, including our Circle of Hope Support Group sessions found on our CNY Fertility and CNY Healing Arts calendars.
You are also invitied to join Lisa, our Support Coordinator, for a free Integrative Fertility Support Webinar focusing on Secondary Infertility on Thursday, May 22nd at 6:00p.  To register, please visit: https://www1.gotomeeting.com/register/364490321

Finally, did you know that we started  new Private Facebook Fertility and Pregnancy Groups for current clients?  Here, you can find a safe and secure space to share with other women and men facing similar challenges.  You can get immediate support and feedback!  If you are interested in joining, please message Lisa Stack within the Patient Portal
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If you are interested in a more private one-on-one support situation, Lisa Stack is our CNY Fertility Center Support Coordiator, she offers her services as a lay support person and can be contacted by email at lstack@cnyfertility.com if you are not yet a client or via the Patient Portal if you are a current client.
Request Consultation or Appointment
If you are a new patient and would like an initial fertility consultation, in-office or over the phone, please visit this link and fill out our New Appointment Form or call us toll free at 800-539-9870.

13
Mar

Mini-IVF on the Rise: An Affordable Option with Great Potential

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The Wall Street Journal recently published an article highlighting the growing popularity of Mini-IVF.  At CNY Fertility Center, with locations in Syracuse, Albany, and Rochester, NY, we are proud to offer Mini-IVF as an affordable option to our clients, with great potential for success.  Mini-IVF and traditional IVF differ in medication protocol prior to egg retrieval.  Mini-IVF, or minimal stimulation IVF, uses fewer and more mild medications.  This results in fewer follicles produced, minimizing the risk for multiples, and saving clients significant money on medictions.
This unique protocol is something to consider if you are finding that the cost of medications for a traditional IVF cycle is limiting your options.  This is also a good option for those who would like to minimize the risk of multiples, or amount of medications used.  For more information on our Mini-IVF protocol, please see these two informative articles:  Are you thinking of doing a Mini-IVF? and Mini-IVF:  What is It and Why Should I Try It?
We welcome you to schedule a consultation or follow up talk to discuss all of your options, and create a unique protocol suited to your needs.  You are also welcome to contact our Financial Team at any time to discuss your costs and insurance coverage:  Costs@cnyfertility.com
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Request Consultation or Appointment
If you are a new patient and would like an initial fertility consultation, in-office or over the phone, please visit this link and fill out our New Appointment Form or call us toll free at 800-539-9870.

16
Jul

July 16th, 2013: Egg Donors Cycling & Available to Additional Recipients

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Fertility Treatments - CNY Fertility CenterAt CNY Fertility Center, with locations throughout NY State, we help to facilitate many donor cycles in a given year. We’ve found that providing a weekly update to our current Recipient Clients, and potential Recipient Clients, regarding Egg Donors cycling in the upcoming months to be very beneficial.
Below you can see a list of egg donors who will be starting an egg donor cycle in the next month or two.  If you are a current CNY Fertility Center client and have completed all of your testing and are interested in cycling with any of the donors listed below please contact your donor coordinator. All of our egg donor profiles can be reviewed through your Patient Portal.
If you are interested in cycling with one of the donors on our list below but are not a current CNY Fertility Center client, we welcome you to contact our office and we can discuss the process with you. If you have any interest in becoming an egg donor, or know of someone that may be interested, visit this link for more information.
Donor Team Contact Info:
Phone – 1.855.CNY.Eggs
Email – Allyson at ASantoro@cnyfertility.com
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Thank you!
CNY Fertility Center’s Donor Team
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If you are interested in an initial fertility consultation either over the phone (if you live out of the NY State region) or in-office, please call our toll-free number at 800.539.9870 or request a consult here.

12
Nov

April's Journey to Fertility: Confirmations

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April is a CNY Fertility Center patient and has been on her journey to fertility for approximately three years. April will share candid stories and a unique perspective on the fertility challenges many women and couples face. CNY Fertility Center has locations in Syracuse, Albany and Rochester, NY.
Week 66: Confirmations
In the past several weeks, I have experienced many “little confirmations” regarding our journey to parenthood. First, a woman at work came up to me saying “I don’t know if you will get mad, but I wanted to give this to you because I thought of you.” She handed me CNY’s IVF Flyer which lists the various package purchase options. I immediately told her I was thankful she thought of me and that we are already going through CNY. She went on to say she picked the flyer up at our local women’s expo and told me how friendly she thought the CNY representatives were; she is correct. (Thanks for the confirmation, Laurie.) I not only appreciate all of the staff members at CNY, but I also appreciate the sign from above that I am exactly where I am supposed to be in my journey to fertility.
Secondly, more than one of our aunts has openly supported and discussed our decision to explore adoption options. While this seems to contradict my other “little confirmation,” both actually work in conjunction with each other. You see when I attended my friend’s baby shower this Sunday, I received two more confirmations. First, Julie, who I wrote about in Week 61 and Week 62, is experiencing a truly miraculous pregnancy despite multiple failed IVFs and IUIs (at least a dozen). While I was truly happy for Julie and she confirmed that miracles really do happen, I was also able to speak to the host of the shower, who adopted her beautiful son and daughter from Romania. This week’s lesson is clear and simple: I need to trust the process, whole-heartedly embark on the journey, and be open to all of our family building options. The goal is for us to be parents and to enjoy the lessons we learn along the way!
Whether I become pregnant during our next assisted cycle, whether we use donor eggs or adopt, whether we experience a natural pregnancy or we chose to build our family through a combination of means, we are making the right decisions, and we will soon become a mother and father. So will you!
Keeping the faith and trusting the process,
April all Year
april.allyear@yahoo.com

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Click here to read all of April’s previous blog articles on her journey toward fertility.

1
Oct

Back to Basics: Fertility and the Menstrual Cycle

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At CNY Fertility Center, founded by Dr. Robert Kiltz, with offices in Latham, Syracuse and Rochester, you will be asked a common question at your consultation. How are your menstrual cycles? Have you ever wondered why this is so significant?
Many women do not give to much attention to their menstrual cycle. Typically only concerning themselves with knowing that their period comes every month and when the best time to conceive a pregnancy is. For the many women that are having trouble conceiving, having some knowledge of what happens during this 28 day menstrual cycle may actually shed some light on your fertility treatment.
The menstrual cycle begins on the first day of blood flow; this is counted as day 1.On average the menstrual cycle can range from 24-35 days. The menstrual phase may last 4-8 days. On day 1 the hypothalamus is telling the pituitary gland to produce FSH, follicle stimulating hormone, and LH, luteinizing hormone. The pituitary is also telling the ovaries to produce estrogen. The production of FSH tells the follicles (tiny cysts which house the egg) to grow. This is the follicular phase. Typically one follicle will become dominant and many others will degenerate. During fertility treatments FSH and LH are added through daily injections resulting in more follicles. The dominant follicle(s) is producing estrogen and a small amount of progesterone. The estrogen is causing the uterine lining to thicken in preparation for an embryo to implant. Once the follicle(s) reach about 20mm in size, on average around day 14 if the cycle is 28 days, the pituitary secretes a large amount of LH, the LH surge. There will also be a surge in FSH, these two combined signal the ovary to rupture the follicle(s), and this is ovulation. It is at this time fertilization can occur. Preparation of the uterus continues for fertilization. This is now considered the luteal phase of the cycle.  The ONLY true test that ovulation has occurred is when a pregnancy is established.
The pituitary continues to produce LH and the hypothalamus will produce gonadatrophin releasing hormone (GnRH). The follicle from which the egg was releasing now becomes a corpus luteum cyst. The higher levels of LH signal the corpus luteum to produce progesterone. This progesterone is necessary in sustaining early pregnancy. There continues to be estrogen produced also. If pregnancy does not occur the LH and the FSH stop. The progesterone and the estrogen drop and the uterine lining sheds. The cycle begins again.
There are many factors which can affect this cycle, causing a hormonal imbalance, such as stress, diet and exercise. Also conditions such as polycystic ovaries and ovarian cysts can affect normal menses due to elevated levels of estrogen.
At CNY Fertility Center we want you to understand your treatment. We are here to help you achieve your goal of conceiving a baby. We will ask you about your menstrual cycle in order to gain valuable information which will help plan your treatment. If you do not fully understand any aspect of your treatment, please do not hesitate to ask one of our providers.
Sheila Miller, RT RDMS
Ultrasonographer and Radiology Technician
CNY Fertility Center, Latham, NY
518.690.0700
smiller@cnyfertility.com


Reference: http.www.medhelp.org

22
Sep

April's Journey to Fertility: Educating Friends, Families, and Employers – Part I

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April is a CNY Fertility Center patient and has been on her journey to fertility for approximately three years. April will share candid stories and a unique perspective on the fertility challenges many women and couples face. CNY Fertility Center has locations in Syracuse, Albany and Rochester, NY.
Week 63: Educating Friends, Families, and Employers – Part I
I have found that one of the most difficult aspects of going through fertility treatments is figuring out what to tell your friends, family and employers. Early in the fertility game, many of us are able to be fairly vague with our employers and crafty with what we tell our friends and family. However, each unsuccessful cycle is quickly followed by another month of treatments, appointments and missed work and/or social events. I remember having the conversation with our building principal two years ago regarding my need to miss work. In this case, I was upfront, but I was not upfront with everyone as quickly. Let’s face it, my principal has enough professionalism not to ask me how my cycle went or when my pregnancy test will be. He was a safe one to initially share information with, and I find that once you associate the word “infertility” with having to miss work, no one questions you. Really, no employer wants to have that discussion in detail! (Nor should they; I would much rather be at work than having to throw my legs up in stirrups for an internal exam every other day!)
However, the process can last years, and at some point we have to realize our own limits and begin educating others on our own challenges.  My friend Jess recently wrote the following response in our online “support group/yoga e-mail group”:
“I think this process is incredibly isolating, because it makes people uncomfortable and puts you in situations where you are supposed to be super happy for people and few people on the outside of infertility “get” that you can be happy for them but still really sad for you….I wish that people would realize how lucky they are for being able to have an intimate moment with their partner, pee on a stick, see a heartbeat 9 weeks later, and deliver a healthy baby at 40 weeks or whatever, without needles, constant monitoring, constant news that something else is on the fritz with one of your body’s basic functions, blood tests, ultrasounds, procedures, incredible hope and then dashing disappointment. I also wish that it was more “socially appropriate” to be as open and frank about all that we go through to have a baby as it is for people to talk about their ultrasounds and morning sickness and babies’ poopies and what have you. Maybe then more people would “get it.” I am leaning toward total disclosure at this point because I am sick of pretending that everything is ok to the world when really it’s not. And because I deserve the same support and understanding that people give those complaining about their lack of sleep from their newborn, or their sore breasts from breastfeeding, or the nausea that stalks them all day long.”
And isn’t Jess right? Don’t we deserve the same support? I believe one of the main reasons we do not get support from the insurance companies, our friends, our families and our co-workers is because this topic is still somewhat taboo. Of course, I am not jumping at the chance to talk about my egg quality or my husband’s sperm count at any of our family events, but I do feel that we are all on this tumultuous journey for some reason. If in the end, however, I can teach a few more people to be just a little more informed and sensitive regarding a topic that affects approximately 10% of the population, then I can feel just a bit more at peace with my involuntary involvement in this process. And it is a process!
In hopes of educating others,
April all Year
april.allyear@yahoo.com
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Click here to read all of April’s previous blog articles on her journey toward fertility.

3
Sep

Maya Abdominal Therapy and Male Infertility

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Maya Abdominal Therapy: To help aid with male fertility
Infertility can be defined as the failure to achieve pregnancy after regular unprotected intercourse for at least one year. About 1/3 of fertility issues are related to female symptoms another 1/3 are related to male symptoms the rest are unknown causes.
There are several causes of fertility issues in men:

  • Disorders of sperm numbers, movement and shape.
  • Erectile dysfunction, premature ejaculation and failure to ejaculate.
  • Varicocele; a mass of enlarged and dilated veins that develops in the spermatic cord.
  • Medical disorders; diabetes, high blood pressure, coronary artery disease, neurological disorders, kidney disease, cancer, alcoholism, stress.
  • Recreational drugs; alcohol, tobacco, marijuana, opiates, anabolic steroids.
  • Prescribed drugs; consult with your physician.

Daily life changes to help promote fertility:

  • A healthy diet, avoid junk foods
  • Exercise; consult with your physician
  • Maintain ideal body weight.
  • Reduce alcohol consumption
  • Don’t use recreational drugs / smoking
  • Find ways to reduce stress; example: meditation, yoga, walking, reading, etc…..
  • Acupuncture
  • Maya Abdominal Therapy

Why Maya Abdominal Therapy (MAT) for Men?
Maya Abdominal Therapy returns the body to homeostasis. The technique guides abdominal organs into their proper position. This increases blood supply to the prostate and encourages blood flow to the entire pelvis. It relieves chronic constrictions this can enhance erections by allowing an increased blood flow into the penis. We recommend one session (in some cases 4) along with instructed use of Dr Rosita Arvigo’s rainforest remedy Male Tonic (nick name Mr. Saturday night). Male tonic is used for erectile dysfunction, impotency, benign prostate hyperplasia, and kidney or bladder infection, prostatitis, kidney or bladder stones (not acute). Taken with Blood Tonic it can help sperm production.
For a full list of Rain Forest Remedies please visit our CNY Healing Arts website here.
Take ownership of your health:
During your one hour Maya Abdominal Therapy session your therapist will teach you self care abdominal massage techniques. These techniques can be performed at home daily and will take only 3 to 5 minutes. The fertility process can be a very stressful time, Maya Abdominal Therapy is for both female and male with self care this is something you and your partner can share. Take a few minutes each day to work with each other, this will not only lower stress, but it will increase your overall health.
To research other symptoms relieved by Maya Abdominal Therapy; please visit our CNY Healing Arts website here or arvigomassage.com
Signs of improved health:
After your first session and over the next three months you may notice a difference in your urination and stool.  You might have milky urine, which is a positive thing (a good cleanse). If you are a person who suffers from constipation or loose stool, this will dissipate, and you should have regular movements. Your energy levels will increase, any symptoms of low back pain, heartburn, reflux will change for the better.
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John Capozzi, LMT,
Certified Maya Abdominal Therapist

CNY Healing Arts offers Maya Abdominal Therapy at all three locations.  Syracuse, NY – Latham, NY – Rochester, NY.
For more information please contact John Capozzi, LMT, Certified Maya Abdominal Therapist, located at CNY Healing Arts 191 Intrepid Ln, Syracuse NY 13205 (315-671-5755), jcapozzi@cnyhealingarts.com