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27
Oct

Does organic eating impact sperm quality? When it comes to fruits and vegetables, it does!

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Fresh assorted vegetables in boxes on farmer's marketAccording to interesting data presented at the 2014 ASRM (American Society for Reproductive Medicine) Meeting, choosing organic options for high pesticide fruits and vegetables improved sperm motility and morphology.  In the study, men who ate the greatest amount of high pesticide fruits and vegetables showed a 70% lower motile sperm count and 64% lower number of normally shaped sperm.  For those men who generally ate low pesticide fruits and vegetables, there were no detected changes in motility and morphology.
So, we know that it is important to eat a well balanced diet including plenty of fruits and vegetables, but which ones should be organic?  The Environmental Working Group is a nonprofit research organization dedicated to providing the public with easily accessible information on the health and safety of products commonly used.  Every year, they publish a list of the highest to lowest pesticide level fruits and vegetables.   To go even further, they have a separate website devoted to the health and safety of home and beauty products.  You are able to search their database for any of the products you use, and receive a score of the perceived safety of the product.
Moving back to choosing organic fruits and vegetables for high pesticide residue produce, here is the Environmental Working Group’s annual “Dirty Dozen” list of produce with highest levels of pesticides detected.  The list begins with the highest level and works down:
1.  Apples
2.  Strawberries
3.  Grapes
4.  Celery
5.  Peaches
6.  Spinach
7.  Sweet Bell Peppers
8.  Nectarines – Imported
9.  Cucumbers
10.  Cherry Tomatoes
11.  Snap Peas – Imported
12.  Potatoes
The next time that you’re out shopping, we hope that you take this list along with you and consider swapping out a few of these items for their lower pesticide counterparts.  If you have any questions about diet, nutrition, or improving sperm count and quality, please don’t hesitate to contact our nursing staff.
For all of our fertility support offerings this month, 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.
 
 

3
Jul

Natural IVF: Working with the Body's Natural Process

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yellow flower closeupAre you concerned about the risk of multiples?  The burden of medication on your body, or the additional costs of medications?  Natural IVF might be a great solution for you.
During a Natural IVF cycle, a woman’s body is monitored closely with ultrasounds and bloodwork.  Instead of stimulating the ovaries to produce many follicles, a natural cycle does not use any medications, and instead uses the body’s natural follicular development.  Over the course of your natural cycle we observe your normal follicular growth (typically one follicle), and when your follicle has reached the appropriate size, we proceed with a typical IVF procedure.  The one follicle will be removed during an egg retrieval, and then fertilized.  After fertilization we watch your embryo grow, checking on its progress every few days.  Once your embryo reaches an appropriate stage, we will transfer the embryo back into your uterus.  Then, approximately two weeks later, we will schedule a blood test to check for pregnancy.
Clients will often choose a Natural IVF cycle if they want to minimize the risk of multiples, ovarian hyperstimulation (OHSS), or the number of embryos that could be created with a typical IVF cycle.  Additionally, minimizing the amount of medications used decreases the burden on the body, and the financial strain that clients can incur.
Since you will not be stimulating the ovaries with a Natural IVF cycle, it is unlikely that you will have two or more embryos to work with.  It is also very unlikely that you will have embryos to freeze.  Therefore, it is important to make sure that you are comfortable with a single embryo transfer, without frozen embryos to possibly transfer in the future.
If you would like to learn more about Natural IVF, please feel free to contact our center at any time.   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.

5
May

Circle of Hope Workshop: Syracuse and Albany

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yellow flower closeupAs Mother’s Day approaches this month, we have put together special support events in our Syracuse and Albany locations, because we know how challenging it can be for our clients to cope with the many emotions surrounding this holiday.  These events are designed to give you the opportunity to rest, relax, and expose yourself to many support opportunities available to you.
The grief, sadness, and longing that can be felt at Mother’s Day when you desire to have a child of your own, can be an opportunity to rethink the support that you are allowing yourself to access.  We have a wealth of methods to support your mind, body, and spirit here at CNY Fertility and CNY Healing Arts, and many of them are free.  During these two sessions, you will have the opportunity to meet some of our CNY Healing Arts practitioners, and learn about the many ways you can support your fertility both on your own and with their help.
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.

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.

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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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.