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Negative Pregnancy Test Again…What Do I Do?

By Tracey Minella and David Kreiner MD

July 27th, 2011 at 12:00 am

Throwing the negative pee stick …or anything else … through the window isn’t going to help anything. So what’s a woman to do when faced with yet another horrible disappointment in the bathroom?

Fortunately, Dr. Kreiner of East Coast Fertility has some helpful advice:

Women confronted with a negative result from a pregnancy test are always disappointed, sometimes devastated. Many admit to becoming depressed and finding it hard to associate with people and go places where there are pregnant women or babies, making social situations extremely uncomfortable. A negative test is a reminder of all those feelings of emptiness, sadness and grief over the void infertility creates.

We don’t have control over these feelings and emotions. They affect our whole being and, unchecked, will continue until they have caused a complete state of depression. This article can arm you with a strategy to fight the potentially damaging effects that infertility threatens to do to you and your life.

First, upon seeing or hearing that gut-wrenching news, breathe.
Meditation — by controlling and focusing on your breathing — can help you gain control of your emotions and calm your body, slow down your heart rate and let you focus rationally on the issues. It’s best to have your partner or a special someone by your side who can help you to calm down and regain control.

Second, put this trauma into perspective.
It doesn’t always help to hear that someone else is suffering worse — whether it’s earthquake or cancer victims — but knowledge that fertile couples only conceive 20% of the time every month means that you are in good company with plenty of future moms and dads.

Third, seek help from a specialist, a reproductive endocrinologist (RE).
An RE has seven years of post-graduate training with much of it spent helping patients with the same problem you have. An RE will seek to establish a diagnosis and offer you an option of treatments. He will work with you to develop a plan to support your therapy based on your diagnosis, age, years of infertility, motivation, as well your financial and emotional means. If you are already under an RE’s care, the third step becomes developing a plan with your RE or evaluating your current plan.

Understand your odds of success per cycle are important for your treatment regimen. You want to establish why a past cycle may not have worked. It is the RE’s job to offer recommendations either for continuing the present course of therapy — explaining the odds of success, cost and risks — or for alternative more aggressive and successful treatments (again offering his opinion regarding the success, costs and risks of the other therapies).

Therapies may be surgical, such as laparoscopy or hysteroscopy to remove endometriosis, scar tissue, repair fallopian tubes or remove fibroids. They may be medical, such as using ovulation inducing agents like clomid or gonadotropin injections. They may include intrauterine insemination (IUI) with or without medications. They also may include minimal stimulation IVF or full-stimulated IVF. Age, duration of infertility, your diagnosis, ovarian condition, and financial and emotional means play a large role in determining this plan that the RE must make with your input.

There may be further diagnostic tests that may prove value in ascertaining your diagnosis and facilitate your treatment. These include a hysteroscopy or hydrosonogram to evaluate the uterine cavity, as well as the HSG (hysterosalpingogram) to evaluate the patency of the fallopian tubes as well as the uterine cavity.

Complementary therapies offer additional success potential by improving the health and wellness of an individual and, therefore, her fertility as well. These therapies — acupuncture, massage, nutrition, psychological mind and body programs, hypnotherapy –
have been associated with improved pregnancy rates seen when used as an adjunct to assisted reproductive technologies.

A negative pregnancy test can throw you off balance, out of your routine and depress you. Use my plan here to take control and not just improve your mood and life but increase the likelihood that your next test will be a positive one.

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What have you done to get through the disappointment? (I’d give my own advice but, as a pee stick thrower, I’m not one to talk…)

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Happy Birthday to the World’s First Test Tube Baby!

By Tracey Minella

July 25th, 2011 at 12:00 am

Happy Birthday to you. Happy Birthday to you. Happy birthday, dear Louise Brown. Happy Birthday to you. Are ya one, are ya two, are ya three…?

Do you remember where you were when you heard about the birth of the World’s first “test tube” baby? Probably not. But I do.

I was just learning about reproduction as a young teen, reading the newspaper in my parents’ brown, gold, orange and white classic 70’s kitchen, when I learned the sensational, seemingly sci-fi news. I remember thinking it was cool. Dad was intrigued. Mom was mortified.

Little did I know then how important that day in history would be in my own life. And how that very technology would be the answer to my own dream of becoming a mother some twenty years later.

ECF is celebrating Louise Brown’s birthday with an online trivia contest and an in-office raffle today. It’s our way of honoring the woman whose birth led us to our life’s work… and for some of us… to our own children.

Patients can come in to any ECF office today (no appointment needed) and put their name in the drawing for a Scotto’s Restaurant gift certificate. Take a minute and drop in to enter!

In addition, anyone can enter our online trivia contest right here on The Fertility Daily blog. Just answer a few IVF-related questions by posting your answers as a comment this post. (Or you can answer the same questions on our ECF facebook page as a comment to today’s post.)

The first person to get all of the answers right will win a Scotto’s Restaurant gift certificate (or if not a Long Island resident, then a restaurant finder or national restaurant chain gift card). If no one gets all of the answers right, the winner will be the first person who gets the most right. If no one gets any right, I win…just kidding. I have faith in you guys. [Hint: Google search!] The same person can’t win both prizes. So, in the unlikely event the same person wins both contests, ECF reserves the right to award the prize to the trivia contest winner and then pull a new raffle winner’s name.

The winner of the trivia contest will be announced right here tomorrow as a comment to this post. The raffle winner will be notified through the office. Winners have one week to claim their certificates by contacting Lindsay Montello in the Plainview office. Unclaimed prizes will be forfeited. Decisions of the ECF staff are final.

C’mon, don’t you deserve a romantic dinner for two?

So here’s the questions:

  1. In what country was the World’s first IVF Baby, Louise Brown, born?
  2. Give the last names of Louise Brown’s mother’s two IVF doctors?
  3. In what year was Louise born?
  4. Was she an only child?
  5. Was Louise’s first child conceived naturally or through IVF?
  6. Louise is not the first IVF baby to have her own baby, but Louise is related to the first IVF baby to have her own baby. What is the woman’s name and what is their relationship?

That’s all folks. Good luck!

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IVF, God, and J-Lo… Revisited

By Tracey Minella and David Kreiner MD

July 22nd, 2011 at 12:00 am

Well, well, well. Interesting how things work out sometimes.

I came across this potentially controversial post from early last year, before Jennifer Lopez had her year of American Idol. And while she was still with her husband, Marc Anthony. I’m not sure exactly where it fits in the chronology of their multiple wedding vow renewals during their… what… 7 year marriage. (Maybe truly happy couples are on to something by waiting until 25 years to renew. Or at least 10.) With all those renewal ceremonies, you’d think they’d remember what a vow means! But…no.

I wonder how a woman who was so vocal about God and her faith… and who effectively denounced IVF… justifies getting divorced. Gotta love this “selective Catholicism”?

Anyway, I’m done ranting.

Here’s Dr. Kreiner’s thought-provoking post:

Back in 1985 when I started my fellowship at the pioneering mecca of IVF, the Jones Institute For Reproductive Medicine, there were still many people and religious leaders who objected passionately with the use of Assisted Reproductive Technology to help people in need conceive.  Arguments ranged from accusing IVF of being immoral to the potential dangers of playing God.

Physician defenders of this nascent technology offered comparisons to other medical problems that have been helped by technology, such as immunizations to prevent infectious diseases like polio, chemotherapy to cure cancers like lymphoma, kidney transplants, etc.  To them, a world unwilling to use technology to aid the suffering is unethical.  They see it as criminal to stand by and ignore the cries for help.  To have infertility, is to be cursed with an inability to satisfy that basic human need, sited in the bible as a commandment to “go forth and multiply”, to procreate and build a family.  How, in God’s name can a physician with the technology and know how, ignore such pleas from the suffering?

Yet, Jennifer Lopez feels it appropriate to speak up in 2010 against IVF saying, “I…believe in God and I have a lot of faith, so I just felt like you don’t mess with things like that”…”And if it is (meant to be), it will.  And if it’s not, it’s not going to”.

I wonder if she would feel the same without the ability to cradle her babies in her arms.  Or for that matter, if she developed a disease that required the use of some other “God-like” technology would she let herself suffer rather than take advantage of a potential cure.

I respect others’ opinions and beliefs and would never tell them they were wrong in following their faith.  I wish that people like Jennifer Lopez would share the same respect for suffering infertile couples who think that IVF is an ethical treatment offering these patients their only chance at building their families.

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Do you think IVF is going against God’s will? Or did God give us the ability to develop this technology and bring these doctors into our lives for a reason?

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Having a Baby With Donor Egg or Sperm

By David Kreiner, MD

July 20th, 2011 at 6:32 am

As a reproductive endocrinologist (and, therefore, a supposed expert on heredity), I’m often asked how much of a child’s development and ultimate personality is a result of genetics (nature) and how much is a result of its environment (nurture). Typically, this question arises when dealing with patients contemplating using donor sperm or donor egg.

I don’t have the answer to this question; it’s one I, myself, have spent much time considering. I’m one of five children and I have four children of my own and, so far, three grandchildren. Though the environment and the genetics of my siblings and and my children doesn’t appear to be so different, each of us has developed unique characters and personalities. Some are significantly different.

I think the nature vs. nuture question is like a Jackson Pollack painting. When you raise a child, different colors of nature and nurture are tossed randomly up in the air and what we call “life” dresses the canvas below. Sometimes the picture it creates is breathtakingly beautiful and other times you wish you could start with a new canvas.

Now, if you are a conscientious parent, then you are most careful about how and what colors of nurture you toss. With nature however, even with that which comes from you, there is no control.

So, I tell my patients who are screening donors and are so concerned that their donor has a particular color hair, eye color or even personality type, that they are putting too much faith in just one can of paint that they get to choose to toss up in the air. People with blue eyes and blonde hair have other colors from ancestors that randomly did not appear on their body. But their gametes contain them and these cans of paint will potentially have more impact on the canvas that the blue eyes and blonde hair that the recipient is hoping for.

The characteristics I prefer in a donor are healthy with good odds for successful conception and a generally appropriate mix of physical and behavioral characteristics to match the recipient.

Then I pray for G-d’s blessing.

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What would be most important to you if you were choosing/chose a donor?

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The IVF Sex Talk: We Have a Stork Named Kreiner

By Tracey Minella

July 19th, 2011 at 12:04 am

“Where do babies come from, Mom?” my IVF daughter asked at the age of  three. Yes, three. (Did I mention IVF kids are exceptionally bright?)

“Well, honey. When Mommy and Daddy wanted to have you, we just went to Dr. Kreiner.” I smugly replied with a big grin. Hey it was a truthful response…and age appropriate for a three-year old.

But, by the time her brother came along the next year, Miss Relentless was savvy enough to hold her own with the high risk nurse practitioner examining me, who innocently said “Your mommy has a baby in her belly”.

She raised her eyebrow and replied matter-of-factly, “Nooo (implied: you idiot). It’s in her UTERUS.” She was four. I was floored.

Anyway, the sex talk has been making parents squirm forever. Adding the IVF piece to it just makes an uncomfortable talk a bit more freaky.

Even my own bright girl, whose been around the IVF office and knew she was an IVF baby all along, didn’t really grasp exactly what it meant to be an IVF baby until recently. I laid it out explicitly after they covered reproduction in school, mistakenly thinking she wouldn’t even blink. I thought I’d been so open about it. We talk about everything. Always have.

But, like any 13 year old having to face the repugnant fact that her parents might actually have sex, she was also pretty uncomfortable with the idea of being created in a lab. Her reaction surprised me and made me a little sad. But I guess it’s “normal”. After all, young teens don’t like to be different. Even though I pointed out six close friends who were also IVF kids, she felt different.

Yet it was also an opportunity to demonstrate how desperately we wanted a baby and the great emotional, financial, physical, and psychological expense we went through to make it happen. And the years we suffered. And the joy at last.

I waited all those years only to have her say embarrassing things to strangers. And it was totally worth it.

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How did you (or do you envision) have “the talk”?

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SPEAKING OF IVF BABIES, EAST COAST FERTILITY WILL BE CELEBRATING THE BIRTHDAY OF THE WORLD’S FIRST IVF BABY…LOUISE BROWN… ON MONDAY JULY 25TH.

WE’RE RAFFLING OFF A DINNER GIFT CERTIFICATE!

COME INTO ANY OFFICE AND PUT YOUR NAME IN THE HAT.

AND WATCH THIS BLOG AND FACEBOOK FOR A TRIVIA CONTEST WHERE WE WILL GIVE AWAY OTHER GIFT CARDS!!!

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For Infertile Muggles

By Tracey Minella

July 18th, 2011 at 12:00 am

So the Harry Potter series came to an end this weekend, with the release of the blockbuster final movie, Deathly Hallows 2. It’s hard to believe that a decade has passed since Harry and his friends first went off to Hogwart’s.

So many children and adults love this series. What a legacy JK Rowling left behind! After all, not every book series comes to life as an amusement park!

And who doesn’t love her underdog story of survival and success? Welfare mom typing it out with her baby at her feet. Overcoming several rejected submissions. Then, living the dream. A twist on that tale may sound familiar to many an IVF patient.

Children all over the world love the Harry Potter characters and their magical world. The costumed frenzy at theaters everywhere this weekend was a testament to that adoration. Many high school and college kids grew up with the series.

But what if your children didn’t? What if your infertility journey has taken so long that this series passed your kids by? Had you not been burdened by infertility maybe you’d have taken a young one to the theater this weekend.

When I see cultural trends or events in society that involve youth, I think how unfair it is that those who haven’t yet had their kids, are excluded. Or at least not fully included. Or how the kids missed out on something magical.

Like the Potter craze. Or American Idol. [I’m sure Idol won’t be around long enough for my daughter to audition…but if she hadn’t taken seven years to get here, maybe she’d have beaten out Taylor Hicks.] And my son didn’t arrive in time to catch that elusive Rangers Stanley Cup in 1994, so God only knows if he’ll see one in his lifetime.

So in addition to all the daily annoyances and frustrations …like how Disneyworld isn’t such a happy place without a stroller, how awful baby showers are, how the back-to-school commercials are like a letter opener in the heart, etc.…we have these once in a lifetime events that come and go without a baby or child to share them.

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Do you enjoy these events despite infertility? If so, are there any tips or tricks you can share to help others get through them?

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Infertility Needs a Betty Ford

By Tracey Minella

July 12th, 2011 at 12:00 am


Former first lady and drug addict, Betty Ford, died this week. She will forever be remembered for her contributions to helping recovering drug addicts.

Sure, there is the tangible reminder of the Betty Ford Clinic. The building which has served as a revolving door for some celebrities who try…and try again…to kick their habits.

But there’s a greater legacy.

There’s the intangible one. It’s what Betty Ford did to remove the stigma associated with drug addiction. It was her “coming out” and saying she was an alcoholic and drug addict. What she did by doing that was to make it easier for the regular, non-celebrities who were suffering the same pain to come out as well. To seek help. To be treated more openly. To remove the stigma attached to drug addicts.

Infertility needs a Betty Ford. I don’t think we have one yet. Do you?

We need a celebrity who owns up to her infertility and the treatment she had to overcome it. Not one who has a multiple birth and pretends it just happened naturally (Yes I know some do, but c’mon.)  Each time they fail to acknowledge it, they set our movement back again. They validate the stigma that keeps so many regular folks in the closet about their infertility. Like there’s shame attached to not being able to conceive without medical assistance. We all know we shouldn’t be ashamed. We know that…in our heads. But still many of us don’t speak up about it. We hide it. And we suffer in silence.

I’m holding out for a hero. One that not only admits the problem, but that does so before she has her IVF twins…when its hard to admit it because you don’t yet know for sure that the treatment is going to work for you. Telling us after the fact that you had fertility problems means nothing  when your nanny is pushing your twins’ 24 carat gold trimmed carriage through Central Park while you run off in your size 0 yoga pants to meet your personal trainer. Fess up in advance. Let us follow your saga. Be vulnerable.

And while we’re at it, how about a foundation with a program that assists regular folks like us in getting infertility treatment or covers adoption expenses? If I ever made it famous, an infertility-centered charity would be right up there on my list of philanthropic ventures. I can’t think of many other things that would be more satisfying than helping a couple become parents.

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So while we’re waiting on my fame and contribution, do you think we already have an infertility role model? A heroine for our cause? If so, let us know who and why.

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IVF and the Space Shuttle

By Tracey Minella

July 11th, 2011 at 12:00 am

Decades ago, the USA sent its first man into space. Back then, Americans were glued to their little black and white TVs with the rabbit ear antenna, trying to get a glimpse of the fuzzy picture of amazing history in the making.

As the years went on, the space program advanced. Men orbited the moon, then walked on the moon, then teachers even went to the moon. Clunky spaceships were replaced with sleek shuttles. America seemed to lose its fascination with the space program. Like a “been there, done that” mentality.  Some would argue that NASA went largely unnoticed, except for the two explosive shuttle tragedies. I can’t remember the last time I heard a little kid say he was going to be an astronaut when he grew up.

Anyway, it was still kind of sad to me when the last shuttle flight took off the other day. Not only from the nostalgic reflection, but also from a sadness looking forward.

On the one hand, you can surely argue that we have plenty of problems to direct our money at right here on Earth, and particularly in America. The economy has been so bad for so long now that it’s hard for people to tread water any more. Yet the halt of progress for the space program is still unsettling to me.

We were the leaders, explorers, pioneers. Now what? It makes me feel like this will become another example of America falling behind other countries. Another blow to science.

Then I think of how people were awed decades ago by the birth of the first “test tube” baby. Another case of not believing their eyes. Another example of science seemingly having no boundaries.

As the mom of two IVF babies…born in the “dark ages” when 4 embryo transfers were the norm and the success rate was only 17%… I’m in awe of today’s single embryo transfer success rates. And I am sure the rates will only continue to climb.

At least as long as science continues to be important in America. As long as children get good educations and seek careers in research and medicine.

The only thing sadder than the thought of today’s astronauts piloting tomorrow’s Delta jets, is the thought of today’s REs delivering, not creating, tomorrow’s babies.

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What do you think about the end of the space shuttle program and its impact on science?

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Infertile Mind Work in Progress

By Tracey Minella and Bina Benisch, M.s., R.n

July 8th, 2011 at 12:00 am

How many times have you heard someone say that your worry about infertility is all in your head? Well, maybe there’s some truth to that annoying comment.

The state of your mind plays a role in your fertility, just as your body does.

When the stress of infertility hits, you need to treat both the body and the mind. Many patients tend to zero in on a particular organ or diagnosis. They hear things like premature ovarian failure or PCOS and think ovary. Or they hear fibroids and think uterus. Some guys hear male factor or varicocele and it rocks their manhood. ECF treats the mind and body together.

ECF’s Bina Benisch has a way with your mind. She helps the ladies. And now, she’s just starting a support group for the guys. Here, she explains the mind/body approach to fertility treatment:

At East Coast Fertility, we understand the emotional aspect that accompanies infertility, and we believe it is equally important to support our patients emotionally as well as physically. It is important to understand fertility holistically. In addition to treating the various physical etiologies of infertility, we must take into account the effects of stress and anxiety.

Your mind and body work together, not separately. Therefore your thoughts have a direct effect on your physiology. When you are experiencing stress, your brain releases stress hormones. These stress hormones function in many ways. One of the stress hormones, cortisol, has been documented to interfere with the release of the reproductive hormones, GnRH (gonadatropin releasing hormone), LH (luteinizing hormone), FSH (follicle stimulating hormone), estrogen, and progesterone.

In fact, severe enough stress can completely inhibit the reproductive system. Cortisol levels have also been linked to very early pregnancy loss. For this reason, it has been found extremely helpful when treating infertility, to include mind/body methods and strategies which help to alleviate the stress response that sets off a cascade of hormonal responses which may inhibit fertility.

The mind/body work we teach here at East Coast Fertility includes methods that allow the body to return to a calm and relaxed state, thereby turning off the biochemical stress response and allowing our hormonal physiology to function optimally.  Feelings of anxiety, depression, isolation, and anger are common themes in infertility.  Often, anger masks the feelings of loss experienced month after month of trying to conceive without success. Infertility impacts on one’s marriage, self-esteem, sexual relationship, family, friends, job, and financial security.

One study showed that women going through infertility experience as much depression as women who have been diagnosed with life-threatening illnesses such as metastatic cancer, heart disease, or HIV. When women face these other illnesses, they are likely to seek out the support of their friends and family.

The sad aspect of infertility is that although these women are as depressed as those facing life-threatening illnesses, they are far less likely to seek out support from friends and family. Often, thoughts of not living up to the expectation to become pregnant, thoughts such as “Why is this happening to me?!”, and the intense emotions of loss related to the thought that one may never have a child, lead to feelings of isolation, anger, and depression.

Although there is a correlation between stress and infertility, the relationship remains complex. However, the research does in fact suggest that psychosocial factors such as depression and anxiety correlate with lower pregnancy rates following IVF. In addition, of the women who participated in Alice Domar’s Mind/Body program at the Mind/Body institute in Boston, 55% conceived pregnancies that resulted in the birth of a full term baby compared with 20% of the control group.

~ Mind/Body Support Group at East Coast Fertility ~

In our Mind/Body support group, patients experience the opportunity to share information, feelings, or their own personal stories. You may be surprised to see how your support can help others or you may be relieved to hear others experiencing the same type of thoughts and feelings as you experience. Often, the supportive nature of this group, and the connection that develops between members, fosters a healing process.
Feelings of isolation, anger, and stress are slowly relieved.

Our Mind/Body program focuses on symptom reduction and developing a sense of control over one’s life by utilizing Mind/Body strategies and interventions which elicit the relaxation response. The relaxation response is actually a physical state that counteracts the stress response. You can think of it as the physiological opposite of the body’s stress response. We cannot be stressed and relaxed at the same time.

Therefore when a person elicits the relaxation response, the body’s stress response is halted, stress hormones diminish. Stress responses such as heart rate, metabolic rate, blood pressure, and shallow breathing decrease. Breathing becomes slower and deeper, so we have more oxygen being delivered to all the cells in the body. The way in which you are taught to elicit the relaxation response is through methods such as: breath focus, guided visual imagery, muscle relaxation and learned mindfulness, and meditation.

In Mind/Body work, we also work with “cognitive restructuring” which is examining our negative thoughts, seeing where there is distortion, and reframing our thoughts positively and realistically. Often, we have held on to certain negative thoughts and feelings we may have developed years ago. The thought pattern becomes so ingrained in us, that we take it for truth, when in fact, it is a distortion. Cognitive restructuring will help you examine your thoughts and see which are distorted, causing you needless worry, anxiety, or depression. Once you understand how a thought is distorted, you can change those thoughts and alleviate the anxiety attached to them.

Awareness of the mind/body connection allows us to use our minds to make changes in our physiology. This holistic treatment – combining bio-medical science with mind/body medicine deals with the treatment of the whole individual rather than looking only at the physical aspect.  The fact is body and mind work together.

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We invite you to take advantage of this unique area of support provided at East Coast Fertility and join our Mind/Body group. If you are interested, please contact Bina Benisch. Your complete healing and best chance at conception may be at stake.

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IVF, Media Prejudice and the Redneck Mentality

By Tracey Minella

July 7th, 2011 at 12:42 am

Ever notice how just about every time IVF is mentioned in the news, it’s done in a negative way?

I freakin hate that!

There seems to be some kind of built in prejudice against IVF by news reporting agencies. Why is that?

Are they still spooked by the idea of creating life in a petri dish? Even after so many decades?  Do they still think IVF is a cross between sci-fi and Frankenstein?

Are there still nay-sayers who keep jumping at any chance to say, “See, I told ya so, Ethel! That in-veeter-o fertilizer is plain evil! Thems freaks of nature! I knowed somethin’ was wrong with them babies! It ain’t natural!” (That was my redneck impression….not that there’s anything wrong with being a redneck!)

Why is it that any IVF headline is negative? Sometimes, writers go way out of their way to play up some minor point in the whole article or study, just so they can create a negative headline about IVF. It’s like they want to scare people away. It’s irresponsible. It’s freakin mean.

One of our readers, Samantha, was infuriated by a recent news headline that read: “Study Links IVF to Down’s Syndrome” http://news.yahoo.com/ivf-downs-syndrome-test-raises-questions-230427261.html. The focus of the study was essentially to retrieve and do genetic testing on polar body by-product cells of women’s eggs to determine whether the eggs were abnormal or not before fertilizing them. The purpose was to help older women determine their odds of achieving a chromosomally normal pregnancy with their own eggs, or if the percentage of abnormal eggs was high, perhaps consider donor eggs.

The first problem with the headline is that it makes people think they’re talking about IVF patients across the board. This would understandably frighten younger patients at first glance. In reality, buried in the body of the article, is that fact that the average age of the study participants was 40. So, maybe that meant women from 35-45. Of course, the cases of Down’s will be high in that population.

Further, instead of creating a headline which addresses the main point of the study, the chosen headline was sensational in nature. It seems meant to frighten. And it, irresponsibly in my opinion, says there is a link, when in the very body of the article it quotes the director of the study team as saying “But we have no direct evidence yet. And I don’t want to worry women.”

Then they go on to speculate on a  tangential theory that just emerged from this research, which has yet to be studied or tested, that some type of ovarian stimulation in some “older” women may sometimes have an effect of possibly “ungluing” DNA prematurely and may somehow be linked to chromosomal abnormalities such as Down’s. No explanation as to if or why only older women may “unglue”…or what even on constitutes “older”? Any idea what kind of stimulation meds we’re talking about? Of course not, this is just a preliminary theory…an unexpected off-shoot of the study at hand. How do you throw this unsubstantiated theory out there like that? Wouldn’t it be more responsible and prudent to commission another study directed specifically at these new issues before trumpeting this unsubstantiated theory to the world?

It’s just like the octomom, the cloning doc, the embryo mix-up, and any other chance the news outlets get to paint an ugly picture of IVF.

I reckon it may be this way til the cows come home…or til one of our IVF youngens makes it to the White House…whichever comes first.

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Do these headlines scare you? Or do you believe there is a media prejudice against IVF and you just shrug it off?

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