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Who Are You Remembering This Weekend?

By Tracey Minella

May 28th, 2016 at 1:54 pm

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Seems to me that any time there’s a party or celebration going on…and you’re infertile…it can be a tough time. This weekend is no exception.

 

First off. Let’s not lose sight of the real reason for Memorial Day…to remember our fallen heros. The men and women who have made the ultimate sacrifice so we could live in the world’s best country. The generations of soldiers who’ve protected our borders and solidified our status as a superpower…as a nation where we can enjoy many freedoms, and where most can access the best medical care available through cutting edge technologies, like IVF.

 

So, remember to be thankful for that. In fact, why not attend a parade in their honor? Or visit a military cemetery and take in the magnitude of their sacrifice by viewing the perfectly aligned, seemingly endless rows of headstones adorned with American flags. It’ll take your breath away, give you some perspective, and get you away from that barbeque you’re dreading for a bit.

 

The other reason for the day is the inescapable celebration kicking off the start of the summer. It’s pretty much un-American not to host or attend some form of outdoor party or barbeque this weekend. That means mingling with often insensitive family and friends and sometimes strangers. Add some beer or umbrella drinks. Now that can be a recipe for disaster…

 

Give yourself permission not to go if it’s too difficult for you or to leave after a short time. Unlike major celebrations, it’s just Memorial Day. Your absence won’t be glaring. Besides, hotdogs and beer are not exactly on the fertile foods list. A picnic and walk on the beach with your partner can be just what you need to regenerate your “couple’s energy” and connect again in a stress-free environment. Can you hear the waves now?

 

If you’re in the mood to party, think of it as the start of a new season…the best one of all. Or at least the least stressful. Go to…or host…the type of gathering that works best for your needs.

 

If you host, you control the food and drink, so you can make healthy choices and need not feel deprived. Better yet, you control the guest list. I always thought that was well worth the cost of hosting. If you’re a guest, ask the host politely in advance who will be there and what they’ll be having. No one wants to be surprised with a menu they can’t eat or a guest they can’t stand. Then decide if you’ll go and what to bring.

 

The stress of infertility and TTC makes every day stressful and any holiday…even Memorial Day… brings the potential for added stress. I hope you all find a way to get some stress-free time over this three day weekend.

 

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What did/will you do this Memorial Day weekend? Was it stressful or stress-free?

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Teachers, Take Note: Long Island IVF is the “A+” Answer

By admin

May 22nd, 2016 at 3:22 pm

Everything is better in the summer. Even IVF.

This is especially true if you are a Long Island teacher or NY State or local government worker with infertility coverage through United Healthcare’s Center of Excellence (UCOE) provided under the NY State Empire Plan (NYSHIP).

We have some exciting news to share: Although Long Island IVF has previously been one of only a few designated United Healthcare Centers of Excellence (UCOE) infertility providers through the NY State Empire Plan – effective June 1st, we’re now the only UCOE infertility services provider with practice offices and laboratory facilities on Long Island. And that’s great news for Long Island’s insured teachers and others who want to take advantage of the substantial financial benefits that come with choosing a UCOE provider for your fertility care and have those services provided exclusively on Long Island.

Even those who aren’t able to take advantage of the Empire Plan’s UCOE benefits, can confidently trust Long Island IVF with their fertility care. Our doctors are consistently voted Top Docs and Super Doctors by their peers and the practice has been voted “Best In Vitro Fertility Practice” by the public for the past two years straight–ever since the category was added to the Long Island Press contest. We brought Long Island its first IVF baby and many other firsts in the field.

Summer is just starting. The sun is bright and the mood is as relaxed as it ever gets. We’d love to help you start your family this summer. Call today for your consultation.

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Are you planning to have fertility treatment during the summer?

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Long Island IVF-WINNER: Best in Vitro Fertility Practice 2015 AND 2016

It is with humble yet excited hearts that we announce that Long Island IVF was voted the Best In Vitro Fertility Practice in the Best Of Long Island 2015 and 2016 contest…two years in a row!

The doctors, nurses, embryologists, and the rest of the Long Island IVF staff are so proud of this honor and so thankful to every one of you who took the time to vote. From the moms juggling LIIVF babies… to the dads coaching LIIVF teens…to the parents sending LIIVF adults off to college or down the aisles… to the LIIVF patients still on their journeys to parenthood who are confident in the care they’re receiving…we thank you all.

We love what we’ve gotten to do every day more than 28 years…build families. If you are having trouble conceiving, please call us. Many of our nurses and staff were also our patients, so we really do understand what you’re going through. And we’d like to help. 631-752-0606.

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Long Island IVF Celebrates National Nurses Week!

By Tracey Minella

May 9th, 2016 at 1:19 pm

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You’ve yelled at them. Cried on their shoulders. Squeezed their hands. Lent them your sore and weary veins. And celebrated (or will celebrate) your success with them.

They are your Long Island IVF Nurses. And they are the embodiment of all that National Nurses Week is meant to celebrate.

They’ve been right there in the trenches with you on the most important journey you may ever take. They’re the link between you and your doctor. Maybe the link between you and your sanity at times, too.

They know your name and your history. Taught you how to do injections. Ordered your meds. Wiped your tears. They’re your biggest fan and are ready with a hug of support or congratulations. They’ve got your back.

If there is a special nurse at Long Island IVF (or anywhere) that has touched your life, please drop her a note, give her a call, or just give her a “shout-out” right here in the comments to let her know how much she means to you. It will make her day!

As a 7 time IVF patient from the “dark ages” of the 90’s, my personal shout out goes to my own LIIVF nurses: Joey, Maryann, Sue and Vicky (pre-donor egg coordinator days!)

Joey, you rode the ups and downs like they were your own and you always knew how to make me laugh, even when I was dying.

Maryann, your Katie stories and special humor were always day-brighteners. Your perfect mix of realism and optimism kept me grounded and hopeful.

Sue, no one…and I mean no one… could ever be more organized and on the ball than you. Thanks for giving me the peace of mind of knowing that every single minor detail of all my IVF cycle stuff was in order on your watch.

Vicky, I’ve never met anyone who oozes comfort, calm, and hope like you. Having you as a nurse was like wrapping all the stress of IVF in some fluffy, happy, insulating cloud. It’s no wonder you moved on to Donor Egg Coordinator.

My other nurses, Denise, Patty, and Dotty retired or moved on, but are all special to me. And I’ll never forget Gail, Dina, Karen F., and Pat.

Now it’s YOUR turn…

Shout out begins now!

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Who is your favorite LIIVF nurse and why?

 


 

 

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Infertility, Mother’s Day, and Something Promising

By Tracey Minella

May 8th, 2016 at 4:59 pm

Hands down, Mother’s Day is the hardest day of the year if you’re an infertile woman. There are just too many ways you are suffering with hearts too heavy for words to soothe.

Most ache from the pain of not having children yet or of having suffered the loss of children through miscarriage, stillbirth, or death. Some suffer from not being able to have additional children and the lack of sympathy toward secondary infertility. Then, there are the painful assumptions of strangers wishing all women a “Happy Mother’s Day” and the agony of spending Mother’s Day in the company of women with young children. Finally, there is the special darkness that infertile women who have lost their mothers feel.

Nothing I say will help your heart feel better…so I will speak to your head instead.

I’ve got something more tangible than just hope that next Mother’s Day will find you pregnant or celebrating. Something promising that may make a big difference in your journey to motherhood.

What if I told you there is a time-tested, holistic treatment that may improve the chance of your IVF cycle succeeding? And what if the cost of that treatment was less than $200? And what if it might even help women who have experienced failed IVF cycles in the past? Would you want to know more?

I’m talking about fertility acupuncture. Long Island IVF’s Dr. David Kreiner is the only reproductive endocrinologist in the region who is also a certified acupuncturist. This treatment…an Eastern medicine therapy to complement Western medicine’s cutting-edge IVF technology…is now available to all IVF patients at Long Island IVF.

Why not promise yourself this Mother’s Day to learn more about whether fertility acupuncture is right for you? You can take back some of the frustrating lack of control over your fertility by learning about all the possible treatments that may optimize your family-building plans. It’s impossible to know for sure, but maybe this is the missing piece. You owe it to yourself to learn more.

Join us on Thursday, May 12, 2016 at our Melville office for an exciting Acupuncture Symposium and listen to Dr. Kreiner and a full panel of 7 other medical experts discuss how IVF success may be improved with acupuncture and holistic therapy. The event is free, but registration is required.

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Will we see you on Thursday night??

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Long Island IVF-WINNER: Best in Vitro Fertility Practice 2015 AND 2016

It is with humble yet excited hearts that we announce that Long Island IVF was voted the Best In Vitro Fertility Practice in the Best Of Long Island 2015 and 2016 contest…two years in a row!

The doctors, nurses, embryologists, and the rest of the Long Island IVF staff are so proud of this honor and so thankful to every one of you who took the time to vote. From the moms juggling LIIVF babies… to the dads coaching LIIVF teens…to the parents sending LIIVF adults off to college or down the aisles… to the LIIVF patients still on their journeys to parenthood who are confident in the care they’re receiving…we thank you all.

We love what we’ve gotten to do every day more than 28 years…build families. If you are having trouble conceiving, please call us. Many of our nurses and staff were also our patients, so we really do understand what you’re going through. And we’d like to help. 631-752-0606.

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6 Potential Causes of Miscarriage and Recurrent Pregnancy Loss (RPL)

By Satu Kuokkanen, MD, PhD

May 2nd, 2016 at 11:31 am

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Experiencing a pregnancy loss is always devastating for individuals hoping to establish or expand their family. Patients describe a range of grieving emotions related to the loss of a person they never had a chance to meet, love and share the future.  This grieving process may last anywhere from few weeks up to several years.  Not surprisingly, I have heard from many patients that one of the most difficult coping times was around the expected due date of the pregnancy that they miscarried.

 

It may be somewhat comforting for patients to know that they are not alone. In fact, miscarriage is the most common pregnancy complication and it affects 1 in every 6-8 confirmed pregnancies, that’s 12-15%. The risk of miscarriage increases with maternal age. While women younger than 30 years old have a 10-12% risk of pregnancy loss, the risk is four fold higher for women in their 40’s. Identifying a potential cause may help with the emotional impact of the pregnancy loss whether it is isolated or recurrent loss.

 

Recurrent pregnancy loss (RPL) is diagnosed after a woman has had two or more consecutive miscarriages and RPL affects 1 in 20 couples who are attempting to conceive. While isolated miscarriages are commonly due to chromosomal and genetic abnormalities, other factors are responsible for RPL. These factors vary depending on the gestational age of the pregnancy loss. Evaluation of potential RPL causes is important in determining whether therapy is available to the patient.

 

6 Potential causes of RPL:

 

  1. Congenital and acquired structural uterine factors. A uterine septum, a partial or complete division of the uterine cavity, is the most common congenital structural uterine abnormality.  Uterine septum and bicornuate uterus (“heart shaped womb”) have been linked to RPL. Acquired structural uterine pathologies that distort the normal uterine cavity include endometrial polyps that are skin tag-like growths of the uterine lining, fibroids that are affecting the uterine cavity, and intrauterine scarring that can develop after surgical procedures, such as dilatation and curettage (also known as D&C).  Radiology studies of the uterus with saline ultrasound (‘water sonogram”) or magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) are standard methods to evaluate the womb.

 

  1. Chronic endometritis is inflammation of the uterine lining. This condition is diagnosed by sampling of the uterine lining with an endometrial biopsy or D&C.

 

  1. Structural chromosome abnormalities of the parents is a rare but known cause of RPL. A simple blood test of both parents to assess numeric and structural chromosomal component (karyotype) is done.

 

  1. Abnormalities of blood clotting.  The well-known condition in this category is anti-phospholipid antibody syndrome (APAS) which women can acquire during their reproductive years. Anti-phospholipid antibody levels can be measured in blood for diagnostic purposes.

 

  1. Endocrine-related abnormalities include elevation in alterations in thyroid hormone secretion and diabetes with uncontrolled blood sugar levels.  Also, women with polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) appear to have heightened risk of pregnancy losses.

 

  1. Environmental and lifestyle factors have also been linked to an increased risk of miscarriages. Such factors may include maternal obesity, cigarette smoking, and exposure to environmental toxins. How these factors may impact pregnancy or pregnancy loss differs and is still being studied at the current time.

 

It is important to remember that, although painful, an isolated miscarriage may often be followed by a healthy and successful pregnancy. And that, RPL, while devastating, can be caused by a factor that may be treated with proper, specialized medical care. In either case, your dream of parenthood may still be within reach.

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Have you suffered one or miscarriages, been treated for an underlying cause, and gone on to have a successful pregnancy?

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Long Island IVF-WINNER: Best in Vitro Fertility Practice 2015 AND 2016

It is with humble yet excited hearts that we announce that Long Island IVF was voted the Best In Vitro Fertility Practice in the Best Of Long Island 2015 and 2016 contest…two years in a row!

The doctors, nurses, embryologists, and the rest of the Long Island IVF staff are so proud of this honor and so thankful to every one of you who took the time to vote. From the moms juggling LIIVF babies… to the dads coaching LIIVF teens…to the parents sending LIIVF adults off to college or down the aisles… to the LIIVF patients still on their journeys to parenthood who are confident in the care they’re receiving…we thank you all.

We love what we’ve gotten to do every day more than 28 years…build families. If you are having trouble conceiving, please call us. Many of our nurses and staff were also our patients, so we really do understand what you’re going through. And we’d like to help. 631-752-0606.

 

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