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Infertility and the Wrong Path Taken

By David Kreiner MD

September 22nd, 2015 at 12:41 pm

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A day of atonement is when people reflect on the choices they’ve made and the goals they’ve set and ponder things like what mistakes or wrong decisions they may have made that have led them down a path they did not intend to take. Sometimes, mistakes may have landed patients on the path of infertility.

Dr. Kreiner examines a common situation he encounters where poor decisions…or indecision…on behalf of patients and their GYNs leads them down a path they certainly did not intend…

A friend of mine was complaining to me about the trouble he got into with his homeowner’s association because he did not hide his empty garbage cans in his garage but left them behind his cars in front of his house.  It was 20 feet from the curb, he claimed, still distraught that he should have been scolded for breaking the rule.  “I didn’t know”.  That phrase, “I didn’t know” clicked in my brain as a recurrent declaration from the frustrated patients who I see every day.

My infertility practice is filled with patients who spent years of their lives all the time assuming that their fertility would be there when they were ready.  Some even mentioned their failed attempts at conceiving to their gynecologist who may have reassured them or if it were a more aggressive clinician, he may have put them on Clomid for 3 to 6 months.  Meanwhile these women got older, many over 40 not realizing that time was chipping away at their fertility.  “They didn’t know”.

A fertility screen is a good way to assess annually what is happening to your fertility independent of your age.  This is accomplished by getting day 2 or 3 FSH and estradiol levels as well as an ultrasonographic antral follicle count.  An AntiMullerian Hormone level can be checked at any point in the cycle and likewise reflect the relative number of eggs left giving some reassurance about a person’s remaining fertility.

What do I as a reproductive endocrinologist who sees the damage done by this benign neglect on a daily basis do to wake people up to the fact that fertility is a temporary state that needs to be taken advantage of when the time is right?  Today, doctors can take ovarian tissue/eggs from a child or adult to preserve her fertility prior to fertility-robbing cancer treatments.  In fact, egg freezing technology is now here for the healthy women who want to preserve their fertility. It’s become acceptable therapy with ever increasing success and lack of problems being noted. Ask your Long Island IVF doctor about egg freezing.

Patients who are not in a position to execute their reproductive rights while they are still fertile should consider egg freezing when they do not have a partner to share in conception.  With a willing and available partner, freezing embryos is another viable option.

But without question, couples who are ready to start a family, should seek assistance from a reproductive endocrinologist who specializes in helping those such as yourselves build your families.  Even when not covered by insurance, there are affordable options such as minimal stimulation IVF, grants, and studies that make the process within reach of most people in need.   So do not become another victim to “I didn’t know”.  Take action, see a reproductive endocrinologist and get on the right path to building that family of your dreams.

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Have you considered egg freezing? Do you wish you had?

 

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Long Island IVF Hosts Important Family Act Town Hall Event!

By Tracey Minella

December 10th, 2012 at 1:18 pm

Long Island IVF, in conjunction with RESOLVE the National Fertility Association, is extremely proud and excited to host the New York metropolitan area’s Town Hall event where the public can learn more about how to support the Family Act bill and meet their elected officials.

The Family Act will provide a tax credit in excess of $13,000 to help offset the costs of IVF infertility treatment. It also provides a credit for fertility preservation costs for those facing cancer. (For more information on the Family Act, please read the article below).

The Town Hall event will be held at the Long Island IVF office at 8 Corporate Center Drive, Suite 101, Melville, New York, on Tuesday, December 18, 2012 at 6:00 p.m. Local representatives have been invited. Come out to show your support for this important bill. And bring your friends.

Long Island IVF’s Dr. Steven Brenner will be the keynote speaker at the event. Additional speakers, including elected officials or RESOLVE Board members in attendance, are possible as well. Local OBGYNs and oncologists also support this legislation and will be present. Light refreshments will be served.

The purpose of the event is to discuss the Family Act, show your elected officials that you support a tax credit for IVF, and to learn how you can help advocate for its passage. There will be letters available for attendees to fill in and sign, which LIIVF will forward to the appropriate political officials.

Please encourage your friends and family to attend this important event. We have never been so close to obtaining federal assistance with the costs of IVF as we are right now. But we need everyone’s help to make it happen. Share this information. Ask your OBGYN if they will attend this event, or share the details with their patients. Share it with anyone you know who has been touched by infertility or fertility-robbing cancer treatment.

For many people, the passage of the Family Act may be the difference between becoming a parent someday or not. Do it for yourself. Do it for future generations.

With a potential $13,000 + tax credit on the line for IVF, can you afford not to come out and support this bill next Tuesday? Please make the time. Even one hour.

In this busy season of miracles, your support of this legislation could be the best gift you’ll ever give.

There is no cost to attend this event. Please RSVP to Long Island IVF: Email nlanier@liivf.com or bhogan@liivf.com or call Nicole or Bridgette at 631-752-0606. We look forward to seeing you there! Please bring your friends.

 

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Will you come to the event? Will you share it with others?

 

 

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