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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.

12
May

Finding the Motivation to Keep Moving Forward

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Sunny DaffodilsYesterday, we held all of our clients close to our hearts during Mother’s Day.  We are honored to encounter so many fantastic women who are relentlessly hopeful in their journey to motherhood, and we hope that this is your year.  Next year, our goal is to have helped many more women move from hopeful mom, to motherhood.
For many women facing infertility, Mother’s Day is understandably incredibly challenging.  It is a holiday, full of outward recognition, of the very experience you so deeply desire to have.  This can very easily bring about feelings of sadness, anger, regret, frustration, and anxiety.  This emotional response is also very similar to when a cycle is unsuccessful.  We hope, however, that we can help you to use these experiences and emotions as motivation.  The sadness is OK to experience, but we would like to help you channel that sadness into a strength that will help you keep moving forward and opening yourself up to new opportunities that might support your fertility.
After so many failed cycles, it might feel cumbersome to have to try “one more thing”.  However, variety in treatment, emotional coping tools, and Traditional Chinese Medicinal support provide you with a blanket coverage of wellness for your overall health.
If you have considered trying many of our free support events, but you weren’t ready to take that step, our two Circle of Hope Workshops in Syracuse and Albany this week are the perfect opportunity for you to test the waters of resources that are available to you.
Syracuse
Wednesday, May 14th 4:30p-6:30p
Please note that this session will be held in lieu of our regular Circle of Hope Support Group session this month.  Please RSVP:  Lstack@cnyfertility.com
Albany
Friday, May 16th 4:30p-6:30p
Please RSVP 518-724-5750
 
We also have many in-office and virtual events for you throughout the month. Be sure to check our CNY Fertility and CNY Healing Arts calendars for our complete list.
 
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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.

23
Dec

Fertility Tips for the Holiday Season: Nourishing Foods

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Fresh assorted vegetables in boxes on farmer's marketGood morning!  This week, as many gather to celebrate the holidays, it is a great time to remember the importance of nourishing foods to feed both your body and spirit.  As you are celebrating over the next two weeks, keep in mind the importance of balance.  While there isn’t one perfect diet for fertility, there is a balance between allowing yourself to enjoy the special holiday meals, and providing your body with the most healthy and nourishing foods possible.  With the awareness of a few simple tips, you can enjoy your holiday meals while nurturing your fertility.
Nutrition for your fertility can be broken down into a few easy to remember guidelines, derived from Dr. Kiltz’s Fertile Secret:

  • Clean:  Try to reach for the most pure items with the fewest ingredients.  Minimize processed foods, to maximize the nutrients available to your body.
  • Fresh:  Include something fresh in every meal.  While enjoying your holiday meals, add an extra side of fruits or vegetables.
  • Clear:  Make sure that you are drinking plenty of water!

We want you to enjoy the holidays, while also feeling in control of your journey to your most fetile self.  If you are going to indulge this holiday, remembering to balance with one of the guidelines above will help you to stay on course.
For more Fertilty Tips for the Holiday Season, be sure to check our first two articles in the series; Yoga and Peaceful Movement and Acupuncture, Massage, and Self-Care.
If you are interested in scheduling an appointment with our CNY Healing Arts practitioners, please feel free to contact us.
We also welcome you to revisit our Holiday Support Guide for many tools for coping with the holidays while facing infertility.
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.

31
Aug

Video: Interactive Fertility Support on Stress Reduction and Honoring Emotions

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Lisa Stack, CNY Fertility Support Coordinator, facilitated an Interactive Fertility Support Webinar in August 2013 and discussed stress reduction techniques and honoring your emotions. She covered many different support topics and shared the various programs and opportunities that are available to our clients at all of our CNY Fertility locations – Syracuse, Albany and Rochester, NY.
Did you know that we started a new Closed Facebook Support Group?  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!  We also now have a Closed Facebook Pregnancy Support Group.
For our support opportunities, both in-office and virtual, please check our CNY Fertility and CNY Healing Arts calendars.
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If you have any questions about the support available, please feel free to contact us at any time.
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 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

CNY Fertility Center is a Father Christmas Sponsor for the 2012 Dickens Christmas in Skaneateles

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Brett Norsworthy, of Wolcott, N.Y., had become a real-life Scrooge. “If it hadn’t been for my children, I never would have celebrated the holiday,” he recalls.
Then, in 2000, he, his wife, Fran, and their four daughters and son, Duke, became the Cratchit family in the cast of Dickens Christmas in Skaneateles.
Life hasn’t been the same since.
“Now, I can’t wait for Christmas each year,” says Norsworthy, who has been playing Barry M. Deep, the local mortician, since his son outgrew the role of Tiny Tim. “It’s not Christmas unless we’re at Dickens.”
In 2006, Norsworthy’s father-in-law, Clarence Emery, of Brockport, and his wife, Wendy, joined the cast, as Mr. and Mrs. Fezziwig.
And finally, last year, Norsworthy’s 1-year-old granddaughter, Madisyn Emery, became the youngest-ever cast member, playing the last child left at the orphanage before Christmas.
“We have met and worked with so many wonderful and talented people over the years, many of whom have become close friends,” says Norsworthy, who has never missed a rehearsal or a performance. “I can’t imagine Christmas without this festival. This is our Christmas.”
Thousands of people who return year after year share the sentiment.
Dickens Christmas opens its 19th season Nov. 23 with the World’s Smallest Christmas Parade. Charles Dickens and his entourage will leave at noon from the old firehouse on Fennell Street and proceed east to Jordan and Genesee Streets, arriving at the Sherwood House porch in time for the 12:10 p.m. grand opening.
The festival is produced by Scarlett Rat Entertainment and presented by Mirbeau Inn & Spa and the Skaneateles-area business community. It runs over five weekends this year—from noon to 4 p.m. every Saturday and Sunday through Dec. 23, with a limited show (noon to 3 p.m.) Dec. 24.
So, what brings these Victorian-era characters to a Finger Lakes village?
The year is 1842, and Charles Dickens is working on his soon-to-be-written classic “A Christmas Carol.” In need of inspiration, he journeys to Skaneateles accompanied by Queen Victoria and Prince Albert. On the village streets, they encounter Scrooge, Tiny Tim, Jacob Marley, and the Ghosts of Christmas Past and Christmas Present, among other local denizens. Slowly but surely, the story takes shape.
The festival is free and draws more than 20,000 visitors each year. Highlights include:
• The Revels Live—Christmas carol sing-along—2 p.m. every day at the Gazebo. Twelve groups form, each representing one of the 12 days of Christmas. The groups vie for attention, and at the end, Queen Victoria awards a silver teasel to the most spirited performer. Winners have been known to wear their coveted silver teasels throughout the season.
• Scenes from “A Christmas Carol,” featuring guests from the audience, performed at 12:30, 1:30 and 3:30 p.m. on the steps of the Masonic Temple.
• Horse-drawn wagon rides around the village, departing from the Sherwood Inn, provided by Route 80 Stables.
• Free refreshments, including roasted chestnuts donated by Tops Friendly Markets and Johnny Angel’s and roasted outside Johnny Angel’s, and Byrne Dairy eggnog served by the Girl Scouts.
For children, Mother Goose will read holiday stories at the Skaneateles Library and Father Christmas will hand out treats from the porch of the Masonic Temple.
And for children of all ages, the Wonderful Wizard of the North will perform comedy magic shows at 1 and 3 p.m. Dec. 1, 2, 15, 16, 22 and 23 at the Skaneateles Library. Various musical groups, including the Victorian Dancers and Singers, will perform on alternate weekends. For a full schedule of events, go to www.skaneateles.com.
Everyone is invited to borrow period costumes from the Chamber of Commerce, 22 Jordan St., and join in the merriment.
“Our village becomes a magical place during the holiday season,” says Susan Dove, director of the Skaneateles Area Chamber of Commerce Foundation. “We invite Dickens fans from near and far to step back in time and join us for a slower-paced, more enjoyable atmosphere, where shopping can still be fun.
“We have more than 70 shops and restaurants, sure to please any taste,” she notes. “Why not make a weekend of it, and stay at one of our lovely bed-and-breakfasts, hotels or inns.”
Behind the scenes
Dickens Christmas has a cast of about 65, including young apprentice talent, which is joined by a variety of guest musicians and caroling groups. The show comes together in just six rehearsals. “We pack a lot in and streamline the process of building a character,” says Jim Greene, of Dryden, who is producing director and plays Dickens. “Every actor learns music and uses improvisational techniques to build his character and become part of the ensemble.”
Direction comes from Maria Wechsler, of Marcellus, who is artistic director and plays Queen Victoria; Kristen Baskewicz, of Rochester, who is music director and plays Lady Charlotte Anne, Duchess of Buccleuch; Brian Goldblatt, of Lafayette, who is managing director and plays Jacob Marley; and Tracey Greene, of Dryden, who is costumer.
More than 120 local businesses make Dickens Christmas possible through their sponsorship support. This year’s presenting sponsor is Mirbeau Inn & Spa.
Father Christmas sponsors include CNY Fertility and CNY Healing Arts, Johnny Angel’s Heavenly Hamburgers, The Sherwood Inn, SRC Arena, Summit Auto, Tops Friendly Markets, Verizon Business Services, and The Village Inn and Old Stone Mill.
Charles Dickens sponsors include Arbor House Inn and Suites, Bluewater Grill, Community Bank, Creekside Books & Coffee, Doug’s Fish Fry, Fleur de lis Florist, Group M Communications, Imagine, Joe’s Pasta Garage, KeyBank, M&T Bank, Mid-Lakes Navigation, Paris Flea, Pomodoro, Rhubarb, the Skaneateles Library, Skaneateles Town Square, the Skaneateles YMCA and Community Center and Wegmans.
The festival is further supported through ticket sales from a Dickens Raffle. First prize is a $1,000 gift certificate from Mirbeau Inn & Spa; second prize is a family membership to the Skaneateles YMCA and Community Center; third prize is a $500 gift certificate from Mirbeau; fourth prize is an amethyst necklace from Imagine; fifth prize is two tickets to an SU Men’s Basketball game, courtesy of Galaxy Communications; and sixth prize is two tickets to “The Sound of Christmas,” featuring Elisabeth von Trapp, Dec. 21 at the SRC Arena. Raffle tickets are $5 each, three for $10, 10 for $20, and are on sale at the Skaneateles Area Chamber of Commerce and other local merchants.
Additionally, when tickets to “The Sound of Christmas” are purchased through the Skaneateles Chamber (or when purchasers order their tickets online at srcarena.com and type in the promo code DICKENS), $5 from the sale of each ticket will go toward Dickens Christmas and purchasers will get preferred seating.
Looking for still another Dickens-inspired way to celebrate the season? The Sherwood Inn will offer Dickens Christmas Ale, made for it exclusively by Empire Brewing Co. with water from Skaneateles Lake.
For more information on Dickens Christmas, go to www.skaneateles.com, call 315-685-0552, or follow the event on Facebook (Dickens Christmas in Skaneateles) or Twitter (@DickensXmas).

16
Oct

Video: Dr. Rob Kiltz on Treating All Aspects of PCOS

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Dr. Rob: Hi Lisa! How are you?
Lisa: I’m great Dr. Kiltz. How are you doing?
Dr. Rob: Spectacular. It’s a really beautiful day, isn’t it?
Lisa: It absolutely is.
Dr. Rob: I always say if we’ breathing, it’s a good day. The rest is just part of the journey.
Lisa: It completely is.
Dr. Rob: It can be very challenging.
Lisa: It can be very challenging.
Dr. Rob: What are we talking about today?
Lisa: PCOS, which is also very challenging for our clients.
Dr. Rob: It’s is. It is Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome. Many women have it and we don’t know why nor do we know the cause. In general, Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome is really that–polycystic ovaries. Many women with polycystic ovaries have infertility, irregular menstrual cycles, they have issues with hyper insulin, anemia, high insulin levels, and excessive hair in some cases, half of them may be overweight and have difficulty with weight control.
Lisa: There are so many symptoms out there. It’s very challenging for clients because sometimes beyond just taking your fertility medications; there’s a whole lifestyle to consider. You have to consider diet, exercise, and relaxation to really get the PCOS under control. What I love about our centers is under one roof, we can accomplish everything. We can take care of nutrition, exercise, relaxation, while also managing medications and your cycle. It’s really wonderful to have a one-stop place to treat all facets of PCOS.
Dr. Rob: I think that’s really important. At CNY Fertility and CNY Healing Arts, integrative fertility care—that’s really who and what we really are. We’re here to bring both the Eastern and Western approaches together. For many people, acupuncture, yoga, and herbs all are very helpful. Polycystic Ovary Syndrome is not a bad thing. Many women are fertile with Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome. Simple things like diet change can be very, very helpful. Please, we’re here to help answer your questions. If there’s anything that we can do, and do it better, let us know!
Lisa: Absolutely. We have everything you need right under one roof. You don’t have to run and try to find the gym, find the nutritionist, and find an endocrinologist. We can take care of absolutely everything right here. So come on in and ask us any questions that you may have. Even if you’re just thinking I’ve heard some symptoms of PCOS, it may sound like what I’ve been facing or struggling with fertility for a little while, come on in. We can get a quick ultrasound, we can do a very quick consultation. We can diagnose you, and get you right on your way!

Lisa Stack, Support Coordinator
Lstack@cnyfertility.com
315-744-8073

1
Oct

Community Outreach: Fort Drum, Rome Memorial Hospital & PRIDE Events

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A couple of weeks ago, I met several happy clients of CNY Fertility Center at the Rome Memorial Hospital health fair, two proud fathers and a grandmother, as well as other satisfied and interested parties.  Each one told me how well they were treated, some naming specific CNY Fertility Center staff members, and all said how their entire experience with us was amazing. They had even attended the Circle of Hope Support Group, attended couples yoga workshops, and listened in on our support webinars! They practically glowed with pride in showing me their baby pictures and with praise for our staff!
Photos from Rome Health Fair:
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At a recent community outreach event in Fort Drum we met so many men and women who had either been to CNY Fertility Center or were planning on scheduling a consultation and had questions.  People, again, shared photos of their CNY babies.  There was so much interest, that we are planning to bring a “Girl’s Night Out” up to Fort Drum for all of the military women in November.
Photos from Fort Drum Event:
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When we attend the PRIDE parades and PFLAG picnic, we get to visit with many parents and their children when they stop by to say “Hello” and take their photo with us.  They are so grateful and eager to share their stories and tell their friends about us.  “No other fertility center provides support for LGBT organizations,” we hear this all the time as local LGBT groups share their appreciation for our support and sponsorships.
Photos from Syracuse PRIDE Parade in 2011
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I’m honored and proud to be able to represent CNY Fertility Centers and CNY Healing Arts Centers, every day during my Community Outreach work!
Carol Butler
Outreach Coordinator
cbutler@cnyfertility.com

31
Aug

Dr. Rob Kiltz's Integrative Approach to Fertility: The Fertile Secret

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When trying to conceive, it is beneficial to take a multi-faceted approach to fertility. In combination with medical procedures such as IVF or IUI, it is helpful to add other approaches such as yoga, acupuncture, and proper nutrition. Together, these help the mind, body, and spirit.
At CNY Fertility Center, Dr. Rob Kiltz, believes in the use of yoga and acupuncture to help increase the likelihood of conception. Dr. Rob Kiltz is now offering a complementary acupuncture treatment for all clients to utilize either pre- or post-embryo transfer, at his Albany and Syracuse centers. Dr. Rob is also offering Yoga for Fertility class free of charge due to his strong belief in the power of yoga to improve the body’s ability to conceive (for men and women).
According to results published in Fertility and Sterility, acupuncture has been shown to be significant especially when undergoing an IVF cycle. The underlying belief is that acupuncture reduces stress, improves blood flow to the ovaries and uterus, and helps to increase the number of follicles for a greater chance of conception.
Yoga for Fertility helps to relax the body, balance hormones, and enhances blood flow to the reproductive organs as well as to soothe and quiet the mind. Often times there can be many emotions which are challenging during the fertility process, and yoga helps to keep the mind focused and creates calmness within.
Nutrition is yet another component; a healthy diet will improve your mind as well as your body. Fueling the body with adequate folate, B vitamins, healthy oils, etc. is an instrumental to fertility. Even making small changes such as exchanging olive oil for margarine when cooking can really impact the body and make it a healthier environment for your conception.
To learn more about any of the above or to request consultation or an appointment, please call us toll free with your questions at 800-539-9870. If you are a new patient and would like an initial fertility consultation, click here to request a phone or in-office visit.

27
Jun

Yoga for Fertility

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Yoga for Fertility is a holistic exercise for your mind, body and soul.  While you’re stretching your body, you’re relieving stress, and getting some great support!
Yoga for Fertility has many wonderful benefits for the body.  Trained instructors show you different positions to relax many tight muscles and connective tissues in the body.  There are many poses in Yoga for Fertility that aid in circulation to the lower back, hips, groins, and pelvis, and reproductive organs.  Yoga for Fertility also aids to rid the body of impurities by opening up areas and helping blood flow throughout.  It is low-impact; however it still provides great results which helps to keep the body fit and toned!  
Yoga for Fertility also has terrific effects on your well-being.  It provides a sense of peace and calm.  Focused breathing aids the nervous system which can help to decrease anxiety.  Yoga for Fertility also helps to reduce the production of cortisol which is made by the body in response to stress.  Yoga also helps to naturally raise the levels of serotonin or the “feel good” chemical in the body, which can help women to feel empowered during the fertility process.  It also helps to increase energy levels.
When attending a Yoga for Fertility class, there’s a room full of other people who are on the road to fertility together.  It is another form of support in addition to Circle of Hope support groups or maybe for those who would like support, but are looking to ease into it.
Dr. Kiltz has decided to provide all Yoga for Fertility classes at no cost. He believes in the power of yoga and doesn’t want cost to be a barrier to fertility clients taking advantage of this powerful tool and resource while on the journey to conceiving.
Check out our class schedules at each of our CNY Healing Arts Center locations:
Syracuse:
Tuesdays 5:45pm-7:00pm, RSVP 315.671.5755
Rochester:
Wednesdays 7:00pm-8:15pm, RSVP 585-244-1280 ext. 2
Albany:
Tuesdays 7:00pm-8:00pm, RSVP to lhill@cnyhealingarts.com
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

20
Jun

Video: Acupuncture for Fertility Speaker at July Circle of Hope

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Hi!  My name is Lisa Stack, and I’m the CNY Fertility Support Coordinator.  I wanted to let you know that for our July Syracuse Circle of Hope support group on Tuesday, July 10th from 7:15pm to 8:30pm, we’re going to be joined by Donald, one of our great acupuncturist and Chinese herbalists.  Donald has been working with us for years, and he really has mastered the specific CNY Fertility’s Acupuncture for Fertility method that Dr. Kiltz loves and promotes with his Fertile Secret.   
So Donald will be at our session.  He will be there for the majority of our session, but we’ll have some time left over at the end just for our general sharing as well.  He’ll be able to answer any questions that you may have about Acupuncture for Fertility, Chinese herbs, and other benefits that you may reap from Traditional Chinese medicine such as specific diet modifications for your unique cycle and your unique diagnosis.   
Chinese medicine is a great way to approach fertility, especially if you’ve been feeling like maybe what you’ve been doing hasn’t been enough or it hasn’t just really ‘clicked’ yet.  A lot of people find wonderful results with Acupuncture for Fertility.  There have been many great studies showing Acupuncture for Fertility around the time of embryo transfer does increase your chances of conceiving. 
Luckily, Dr. Kiltz has given us the wonderful gift of a free acupuncture session either immediately before or after your embryo transfer.  So, if you’re interested in Acupuncture for Fertility, and you’re in the Syracuse area, come along and join us for that evening.  You can also go to Yoga for Fertility immediately before for free at 5:45pm.  We have a great dinner that we share together—it’s a nice relaxing evening.  You’ll get tons of information, and you can ask all of the questions that you’ve always wanted to ask of our acupuncturist, and the women around you who have shared in your experiences and may have tried Acupuncture for Fertility themselves.   
I used acupuncture when we were trying to conceive; I found wonderful results from it as well.  I found it incredibly relaxing.  There are a lot of other benefits beyond just conception so you can always ask me my experience as well, and I’d be happy to share with you.  I hope to see you in July!

Lisa Stack, Support Coordinator
Lstack@cnyfertility.com
315-744-8073