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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

18
Oct

Becoming an Egg Donor: Follow Up

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Diane (not her real name) has embarked on the journey of becoming an egg donor at CNY Fertility Center and will share her thoughts during the process in her blog here. If Diane’s journey and stories that she shares compels you to look in to becoming an egg donor we would love to get you started. The first step is to fill out our Donor Eligibility Questionnaire – click here to begin.
Follow Up:

Not long after my egg retrieval I received word that of the nine eggs they had collected from me, they were able to inject seven with sperm and that five of those eggs created embryos.  I was very hopeful that my recipient would become pregnant.  It seemed to me that with five embryos she had pretty good chance of at least one implanting and becoming a baby!  A couple weeks later, however, I was informed that, sadly, she did not become pregnant.   I have to say, I was devastated.  I couldn’t imagine how the recipient felt.  It had been such an effort and I felt like I let her down and that I was a failure.  The only thing that kept me going was hoping that she would try again and select me again as her donor.  I really wanted a second chance to try and help her out.
I can’t even begin to imagine the strength it takes for the couples going through fertility treatments time and again.  It is hard on you physically, emotionally, and mentally.  One must have enormous emotional endurance to undergo these procedures with hope and faith each time around.  I can imagine that hearing the words, “Congratulations you’re pregnant!” make it worth all of that effort!
Sincerely,
Diane

30
May

Video: Infertility and Supplementing Cycles with Herbal Formulas

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Hi!  My name is Lisa Stack, and I’m the CNY Fertility Support Coordinator.  In addition to my “Words of Support and Encouragement” this week, I wanted to upload a quick video talking about the benefits of traditional Chinese herbal tonics.  At our CNY Healing Arts Center, which I had mentioned in the video, we’re happy to offer you these traditional Chinese herb tonics, and they really are wonderful.  There are a lot more videos and there are a couple of articles coming for the website, so you can get a ton more information there.  
I wanted to let you know that this is another way that you can supplement your cycle.  If you’re going through your cycles, you’re doing your medications, you’re doing your yoga, you’re doing your meditation, and trying to relax as much as possible, but feeling like you want to add a little bit more—these herbal tonics are a great way to do it.  They are very safe as long as you take them along the proper guidelines and in the doses that they recommend.  They work from within to release all the great hormones and energy, and kind of soothe some of the challenges that you may be facing.  They are great tonics for general fertility, endometriosis, if you maybe have difficulty with your lining, great follicle stimulation.  There really are so many great ones there, especially in your early pregnancy.  So, if you’ve had problems with miscarriages, spotting during pregnancy, or even getting into the more challenging pregnancy symptoms such as hyperemesis, morning sickness—they have tonics that take you through all those moments.  This is a great way to cheaply help you supplement your cycle in a nice, safe way; but also knowing that you’re doing everything you can to improve your fertility.  
We have a bunch of videos from Donald Clarke on our website, and more will be coming.  We will also be talking about the male fertility tonics as well in the next couple of weeks.  I hope you take a look at those.  Again, if you have any questions about acupuncture, about the fertility tonics, Maya Abdominal Massage, or any other massage, or any other opportunities at our CNY Healing Arts Centers, please feel free to contact our practitioners.  They’re awesome and really easy to talk to, they’re really fun.  They love helping our clients and love helping get our clients pregnant and healthy.  So feel free to give them a call and as always you can call me.  This week we also have some great support opportunities coming up and into next week, so take a look at our calendars for those.  Have a great week! 
Lisa Stack, Support Coordinator
Lstack@cnyfertility.com
315-744-8073

13
Apr

Communication During a Donor Cycle

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Our CNY Fertility Center Donor Coordinators are proud of their open communication with our clients.  Unique and innovative, our coordinators offer you complete access by staying constantly connected via phone and email.  We understand how important each cycle is, and so we want to make sure that you feel completely secure and happy with your progress.
 
Transparency and honesty are critical for a happy and successful cycle, especially when there are multiple parties involved.  You may be wondering when your donor will begin her medications, how she is feeling about the process, and when she will be ready for retrieval.  This is in addition to monitoring your own medications and progress.   As you can see, there are many facets to a donor cycle, and we want you to be in the loop every step of the way.
 
If at any moment you have a question about your cycle, please don’t hesitate to contact one of our coordinators.  They would be happy to answer any questions you may have, and make sure that you completely understand your cycle plan.  Their job is to make sure your cycle progresses smoothly, and they love what they do!
 
You may contact the Donor Team by calling 800.539.9870 (toll free)
Or via email:
Pati Breh: Pbreh@cnyfertility.com
Stephanie Rogers: Srogers@cnyfertility.com
Kari Gardner: Kgardner@cnyferility.com

We look forward to hearing from you, and creating the family you have always wanted.
Our donation team would be happy to further explain the cycles available to you, or answer any other questions you may have.  Please visit our website for more information: http://cnyfertility.com/donor-gametes/

11
Apr

Simple Distractions: Breaking the Cycle of Obsessing over your Cycle

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If you’re a woman undergoing treatment for infertility, chances are you’ve heard a lot about your menstrual cycle: when it starts, when it ends, when you’re most fertile, when you’re least fertile. Although getting to know your cycle is a key part in understanding your fertility status, you don’t want to go overboard with it.
Being obsessed with anything – having a baby, getting a job promotion, running an 8-minute mile – is a sign of emotional and often physical distress. So, if it’s hurting our health, why do we obsess? Because we feel like we’re losing control, and, in reality, we are. Infertility is not a choice, but an uncertainty. This loss of control flips the panic switch in our minds as our instinctive fight-or-flight response takes over. Our thoughts tell us: “Hurry! Fix this! Solve the problem! Now!” Basically, we are afraid.
When you’re on this rollercoaster of fear and anxiety – measuring your basal body temperature every hour and pretending you have to pee so you can check your cervical mucus – you need to find ways to distract yourself from these overwhelmingly obsessive thoughts. You need to remember to enjoy life beyond the thought of having your own baby.
Here are a few simple distractions to break the cycle of obsessing over your cycle: 

  • Call up a friend
  • Read a book
  • Take a hike
  • Get a massage
  • Do yoga
  • Start a garden
  • Cook something
  • Volunteer
  • Join a club or course
  • Try photography
  • Sing along to the radio 

It may seem counterintuitive to relax in the midst of all your struggle and desperation. It may even feel like you’re letting go or giving up, but you must remember that it’s not. It is simply a humble admission that you are not in control. Once you face this truth and subdue your compulsive thoughts, there will be more room for other things in your life: joy, laughter, passion, peace, hope, perspective, and a little zest.

2
Feb

IVF and Progesterone Treatment

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The following information is provided by CNY Fertility Centers in Syracuse, New York, Albany New York and Rochester New York. Low cost IVF and other infertility treatment is available along with an extensive range of holistic methods.

After ovulation, progesterone is produced by the corpus luteum, which comes from the follicle. This steroid hormone induces the lining of the uterus to support implantation and growth of the embryo.  For up to 8 weeks after the missed period, or 8 weeks gestation as physicians refer to it, the secretions of the corpus luteum are necessary. During the next week, the placenta produces enough progesterone to support the further development of the pregnancy. This is known from experiments 30 years ago involving removal of the corpus luteum during pregnancy.

Measuring progesterone levels in a menstrual cycle or in pregnancy are not very useful because of wide variations in output. A syndrome known as luteal phase defect is thus very difficult to diagnose.  Progesterone levels in pregnancy below 10 ng/ml are commonly associated with a poorly implanting pregnancy. These may indicate an impending miscarriage or tubal pregnancy.
In IVF, the follicles are aspirated with a needle, removing many of the cells which might be there otherwise to form the corpus luteum. Thus, since the early days of IVF, progesterone supplementation has been used to make up for the deficit created by removal of these cells.

The problem of questionable progesterone availability was further aggravated by the use of the gonadotropin-releasing hormone analogs. These drugs, Lupron, Antagon and Ganerelix, suppress the pituitary’s production of LH, cutting stimulation of the corpus luteum and thus cutting progesterone production. It is clear that progesterone supplementation is needed after these drugs are used, as they are in virtually all IVF protocols today.

Progesterone can be used after IVF treatment by either injection or vaginally. There has been a long and deep controversy regarding the use of the vaginal approach. Two key US studies showed that it did not work as well as injection and the painful progesterone shots became the norm in the US for the past 10 years. Further study however has now shown that clinical pregnancy rates after IVF are the same no matter which route is used.

It is also clear that supplementation is needed up to 7 weeks gestation and almost certainly not needed beyond 9 weeks gestation. The exact point is not known.

Vaginal options include gels and tablets approved for usage in infertility and IVF. These include Crinone which can be used once a day. It has been extensively studied and shown to be as effective as the progesterone shot. Others are Endometrin tablets and Prometrium tablets.

Although there has been some concern on this point, it appears that there is no evidence that the use of progesterone poses risks to the fetus.

Reference
Practice Committee ASRM SRE.  Progesterone supplementation during the luteal phase and in early pregnancy in the treatment of infertility Fertil Steril 2008