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Long Island IVF Seminar Thursday Night! Meet Our Team!

By Tracey Minella

September 18th, 2012 at 1:11 pm

Summer’s over. There’s a slight chill in the autumn night air. And you have no plans for Thursday night. That is until now. 

Grab a light sweatshirt and some comfy jeans… maybe even a festive scarf… and come on down to Long Island IVF and meet the team. 

We can really help you get your mind off all the worry that comes with trying to conceive and not succeeding yet. Is there a voice in your head saying there may be a reason why you haven’t gotten pregnant yet…but you keep ignoring it out of fear? 

Well, don’t miss this chance to meet and mingle with the Long Island IVF team this Thursday, September 20, 2012 at 6:30 pm and get all your questions answered! Think about that. Free access to privately pick the brain of a Reproductive Endocrinologist. No co-pay. No check. No cost. Just listen, learn, and then ask your questions in private. 

Spend some time with us learning all about IVF. After all, knowledge is power. We’re a very knowledgeable and approachable group. Still nervous? Bring a friend. 

In fact, we’ll sweeten the pot if you do just that! Grab a friend* and come down to meet some of our team… and we’ll give you a Starbucks card for yourself. 

Can’t get your friends to come with you? Well, you still have US…and we’re the best friends someone suffering from infertility could ask for…we understand AND can help! You’ll get riveting, cutting edge fertility information from some of the most respected doctors, embryologists, and staff members in the reproductive medicine business. You could even make a new friend. 

As if that’s not enough…we’ll have cookies. That’s right. We feed you snacks if you come out in the chilly night air. 

Remember, after you’ve learned everything there is to know about IVF, you can have all your personal questions answered privately right after the speakers wrap up their quick presentations. And the best part is that you don’t even have to be a current patient to come! Just come in off the street. Have an early dinner and come over afterwards. Or swing by after work. 

Have you been trying to conceive without success? Maybe suffered one or more miscarriages? Is your day 3 FSH in the stratosphere? Have other programs told you to give up?  Have they said you’re too heavy to conceive? Do you need info on grant programs and financing? Would you like to hear of contests where you could win great prizes like restaurant certificates and free or discounted infertility services? If so, you really need to come down and meet the some of our professional team. 

Don’t you owe it to yourself to just check it out? When was the last time you could corner a RE and ask all your questions without them politely dashing out? For free.

 Come on. We’re waiting for you. And your legitimately interested friend*…who, by the way, can’t be a spouse, partner, parent, child, pregnant neighbor, octogenarian, or octomom. (That would be cheating!) 

Seminar begins this Thursday, September 20th at 6:30 pm at: Long Island IVF, 245 Newtown Rd., Suite 300, PLAINVIEW, New York 11803 

We’ll be there ‘til the last question is asked and answered…or we run out of cookies…whichever comes first 😉 Be there. 

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The Man’s Role in IVF

By Tracey Minella and David Kreiner MD

February 10th, 2012 at 1:33 pm

What are the man’s responsibilities in IVF? Well, guys can be as involved or detached as they choose. So please choose involved. Yes, it’s scary and overwhelming at first. But everyone’s here to help you and your partner get through this. You really CAN learn to do the injections. I promise. So, be a player, not a spectator.  Not just because it’s the right thing, but because if you choke at the big moment, you may just be forgiven. (Read on for a great tip on taking the stress off of the big moment):

Dr. Kreiner has seen it all. Read on for his perspective:

Many husbands complain that they feel left out of the whole IVF

process as all the attention and care is apparently directed towards

the woman. If anything they may feel that at best they can show up

for the retrieval at which time they are expected to donate their sperm

on demand. If you should fail at this then all the money, time, hope

and efforts were wasted all because you choked when you could not

even perform this one “simple” step. I have not witnessed the terror

and horrors of war but I have seen the devastation resulting from an

IVF cycle failed as a result of a husband’s inability to collect a specimen.

Relationships often do not survive in the wake of such a disappointment.

Talk about performing under pressure, there is more at stake in

the collection room than pitching in the World Series. Husbands and male partners

view IVF from a different perspective than their wives. They are not the ones

being injected with hormones; commuting to the physician’s office

frequently over a two week span for blood tests and vaginal ultrasounds

and undergoing a transvaginal needle aspiration procedure. At least women are

involved in the entire process, speak with and see the IVF staff regularly

and understand what they are doing and are deeply invested emotionally

and physically in this experience. So what is a husband to do?


Get Involved


Those couples that appear to deal best with the stress of IVF are ones

that do it together. Many husbands learn to give their wives the injections.

It helps involve them in the efforts and give them some degree of

control over the process. They can relate better to what their wives are

doing and take pride that they are contributing towards the common

goal of achieving the baby. When possible, husbands should accompany

their wives to the doctor visits. They can interact with the staff, get questions

answered and obtain a better understanding of what is going on.

This not only makes women feel like their husbands are supportive but

is helpful in getting accurate information and directions. Both of these

things are so important that in a husband’s absence I would recommend

that a surrogate such as a friend, sister, or mother  be there if he cannot be.

Support from him and others help diminish the level of stress and especially

if it comes from the husband helps to solidify their relationship.

Husbands should accompany their wives to the embryo transfer.

This can be a highly emotional procedure. Your embryo/s is being placed

in the womb and at least in that moment many women feel as if they

are pregnant. Life may be starting here and it is wonderful for a husband

to share this moment with his wife. Perhaps he may keep the Petri dish

as a keepsake as the “baby’s first crib”.  It is an experience a couple is not

likely to forget as their first time together as a family.


With regards to the pressure of performing to provide the specimen

at the time of the retrieval, I would recommend that a husband freeze a

specimen collected on a previous day when he does not have the intense

pressure of having to produce at that moment or else. Having the insurance

of a back up frozen specimen takes much of the pressure off at the

time of retrieval making it that much easier to produce a fresh specimen.

There are strategies that can be planned for special circumstances

including arranging for assistance from your wife and using collection

condoms so that the specimen can be collected during intercourse.

Depending on the program these alternatives may be available.

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If you did IVF, was your partner involved? How did it go? Any funny or sweet stories to share?

 If your partner wasn’t involved, are you happy about that decision, and if so, why was it the right decision for you?

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