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Privately Ask Personal Infertility-Related Questions

By Tracey Minella

February 21st, 2013 at 6:33 pm

If you’re trying to conceive or suffering from infertility, you’ve got questions. Lots of them.

Sure there are plenty of busybodies willing to diagnose you with their unsolicited two cents. They “get it” because it took them a whole 3 months of trying before they “finally” got pregnant. And there are plenty of answers on the internet…if you can decipher their technical terminology or even trust their sources.

Wouldn’t it be great to hear the answers from the doctors you trust or to get the support from the patients who’ve walked…or are walking…in your shoes? Well, you can. Privately and for free.

If you ever have a question to pose to a Long Island IVF doctor, embryologist, or nurse, or if you are wondering if a fellow or former patient might have some encouraging words of support, you can send your question (or rant!) to us privately through Facebook’s private message feature. (Do not just post it to the general page, though, unless you want it to be seen publicly.)

Your private message will not be seen by the public or fans of the Long Island IVF Facebook page. Only by Long Island IVF staff.

If it is a question for staff, we will get the answer and post both the question (using only the first name of the asker) and the answer. If it is a question for the group of Facebook followers or a rant, we will post it (again, with only the name of the asker) and allow our community members (who are willing to publicly share their responses) to post helpful and respectful comments. Many of our Facebook fans are current and former patients, or experts, with big hearts and great advice to share.

This will enable us to turn Facebook into a more personal, forum-type experience for all of our followers, while still posting all the entertaining, educational, and inspirational things you’re used to seeing from Long Island IVF.

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So, my fellow infertile friends are you ready to help… and be helped by… others?

 

Photo credit: Stuart Miles http://www.freedigitalphotos.net/images/Computing_g368-Girl_Secretly_Looking_Behind_Laptop_p54818.html

 

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Infertility Podcast Series: Journey to the Crib: Chapter 2

By David Kreiner, MD

February 19th, 2013 at 4:50 pm

Welcome to the Journey to the Crib Podcast. We will have a blog discussion each week with each chapter.

This podcast covers Chapter Two: The Pregnancy Test is Negative Again-What Do I Do? You, the viewer, are invited to ask questions and make comments.  You can access the podcast here:  http://podcast.longislandivf.com/?p=20

A negative pregnancy test is a reminder of all the feelings of emptiness, sadness and grief over the void created by infertility.  This chapter was written to arm the reader with infertility with a strategy to fight off the potentially damaging effects that this condition can do to the afflicted individual.

The first step in dealing with the emotional onslaught that infertility brings includes focusing on breathing, meditation and seeking support from a partner or friend.  Perspective through knowledge in the fact that fertile couples only conceive every five months means that the infertile couple is in good company with many future moms and dads.

The next step is seeking help from a trained professional, a reproductive endocrinologist, whose focus is on helping infertility patients.  He/she works with infertile couples to develop a plan based on diagnosis, age, years of infertility, motivation as well as financial and emotional means to support that therapy.

Therapy may be surgical or medical.  They may include intrauterine inseminations or IVF with minimal or full stimulation.  There may be diagnostic tests, yet undone that may prove to be of value in ascertaining a cause for the problem and facilitate treatment.

Complementary and adjuvant therapies may offer additional success potential and emotional support by improving the health and wellness of an individual.  The mind body programs and acupuncture are the most popular of these.

A strategy for dealing with the negative pregnancy test is offered with the intent of helping patients take control of their lives, improve their health and well being and increase the likelihood that the next test will be a positive one.

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Please share your thoughts on the podcast and ask Dr. Kreiner any questions.

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