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Some Confessions of a NIAW Hater

By Tracey Minella

April 30th, 2017 at 9:28 am

 

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I hate infertility. I hate that people are so clueless… and their words and actions are so hurtful …that we have to raise their awareness of our pain and educate them about this disease that affects 1 in 8. And I hate that NIAW is just a week long.

Then, in many ways, life just goes back “normal”. To the unacceptable normal. Starting now.

Sure, last week we certainly raised awareness in the community. We hosted a couple of NIAW events including a wildly popular and fun night of Yoga for Fertility on Wednesday followed by  an Acupuncture for Fertility Symposium on Thursday where a small group gathered in an intimate setting with Dr. Kreiner and James Vitale, LAc, to learn about and discuss fertility-focused acupuncture.

We bonded with patients from our own practice, as well as those from other practices, and they bonded with each other. We welcomed prospective patients, their parents and friends, and interested strangers. We empowered them with therapies and activities they can use to take back some control over their fertility. They were thankful and such a pleasure to get to know. In short, we did some good. As did other infertility practices and organizations around the country.

But, now NIAW is over. And it’s kind of quiet.

How do we keep the momentum of NIAW going? How do we make sure the topic of infertility doesn’t get swept under the rug until next April?

First off, we have two more important events this week— basically extending the NIAW into two weeks instead of one– giving you some extra support as the dreaded Mother’s Day and Father’s Day holidays approach.

We have a seminar called New Beginnings Through Donor Egg” on May 2 for those who’d like more information on conceiving through donor egg and who want to hear from a successful donor egg mom. We also have a ground-breaking workshop called “Tired of the Secret?” on May 4 for those who want to explore the option of coming out of the infertility closet, but need to work through some issues with our infertility specialist and counselor, Bina Benisch, M.S., R.N. Both events are free and open to the public, but preregistration is required and seats are limited.

Another way to keep infertility in the spotlight is to move on swiftly and loudly to the next thing that keeps infertility in the news. Maybe that means joining thousands of infertility advocates by going to Washington D.C. for Advocacy Day on May 18, 2017.

Or maybe it means participating in the New York City Walk of Hope on May 20, 2017 to raise infertility awareness. The “Baby Hope” team asked us to spread the word in case anyone else wants to join or donate to her team for the walk. It’s just a mile…you can do it!

Let’s keep the conversations about infertility going…

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Will you be there?

 

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Listen Up! World Parenthood: It Takes a Village

By Tracey Minella

April 24th, 2017 at 9:06 am

Hope you can all hear me from up on this soapbox*. So LISTEN UP:

Those tree-hugging hippies who imagined we’d have world peace if we all just loved one another…like, right now…were on to something. Not sure it works for the world peace thing, but for World Parenthood—oh, yes. Definitely. If we all just loved one another, we could all become parents. (No, I don’t mean it that way!) But it will literally take a village to bring parenthood to the world.

Here’s the plan:

To the women who never had fertility problems or experienced loss. Be quiet. Really. Your nagging questions are hurtful, your advice is unsolicited, and you don’t understand. You never will understand. Don’t pretend you can. Want to help? Really want to make a difference? Just say you’re sorry and “listen up” if and when we choose to speak about it. You wish you could do something more? Well, you can.

LISTEN UP: You’ve got working parts—use them for others. Donate your eggs. Donate your uterus and be a surrogate or gestational carrier for another couple. Do it for someone you know. Or for a stranger. Whatever works for you. Too much to ask? Then donate money. Give to a couple that can’t afford fertility treatment. If handing over the cash is awkward, then buy them something they need or pay for a service they use so they can put that freed-up money into their fertility fund instead. Stop with the sweaters and give cash or a credit card gift card for holidays. Give to fertility fundraisers, grant programs, and infertility organizations like Resolve. Just help someone. And for the love of all things holy, lighten up on the relentless Facebook baby posts and false pregnancy jokes.

To the women who overcame their fertility problems. You know better. You do understand. And yet you are different now. You are on the other side. Don’t you dare pretend it didn’t ever happen—or that it was just a black hole in your past. Don’t just move on with your miracle. Look back.

LISTEN UP: You have an obligation to those who haven’t left their journeys—and to those who will suffer after you. Do something. Offer something. Anything. Educate others. Become an infertility advocate. Raise awareness by participating in a Walk of Hope or other event. If you are able to do so, donate eggs or lend your uterus to a needy couple. And please, please, please…if you did IVF and your family is complete, consider Embryo Donation of the embryos you won’t be using—it would be the answer to another couple’s prayers. If more couples really considered and felt comfortable with this option, rather than discarding or donating them to research, the impact on world parenthood would be monumental. And always, offer the right words of encouragement as only you can. Or the shoulder you needed to cry on.

To all men and women, heterosexual or homosexual: Unite. Donate what you have to your cause and the cause of others. Be supportive.

LISTEN UP: We all need something from each other to create our families. Gay men need eggs or embryos and a uterus. Women need sperm. If you have something someone else needs—eggs, sperm, embryos, a uterus—consider giving or lending freely. Make a real difference. Help create a life that will be loved beyond measure by a loving person or couple desperate to have a baby. Your contribution may make the process affordable for couples who would otherwise not be able to access or afford these services on top of standard IVF costs. Look into your heart and see if there is something you can do to help someone else become a parent. Someone you love needs help having a baby. Your help. Give that gift.

It takes a village to make world parenthood a reality. Step up. LISTEN UP.

*This post, for National Infertility Awareness Week 2017, is the view point of the author and may or may not reflect the position or feelings of Long Island IVF and its physicians.

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Election Day, Politics, and Infertility

By Tracey Minella

November 8th, 2016 at 5:33 pm

 

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Today, what feels like the longest, most controversial, and unprecedented presidential election campaign will finally come to an end. Sadly, and on a level not seen before, families and friendships have been broken over this election and we are all watching and holding our collective breath for the results as well as the potential aftermath.

But this post is not to persuade anyone on whom to choose. We each have issues that are important to us and, for some, the choice today may come down to which candidate supports our most important issue.

This post is to reflect on how the infertility community affects political change and public awareness of infertility.

Behind the scenes—and often center stage—countless people fight continuously for the rights of the infertility community. Some advocates are infertile right now; others may have already resolved their infertility but want to help those suffering today—and tomorrow. Some want to see certain groups, such as military veterans, get medical coverage for assisted reproductive technology. While others just want mandated infertility and adoption coverage for all.

There’s a lot going on in the political and infertile world—some front-burner and other back-burner movements.

A couple of months ago, after years of advocacy, the commonly-called #IVF4Vets bill, also known as MilCon-VA, was finally passed, removing the VA-bar on IVF treatment for veterans. This change is the first step toward providing IVF to military veterans who are infertile as a result of their military service. Unfortunately, it’s often one step forward and two steps back when it comes to gaining political ground. At practically the same time, what’s been coined the proposed Harris Embryo Amendment entered the picture. It’s also been called “the worst piece of federal legislation ever introduced”*.

The Harris Embryo Amendment would be a real threat to federally-funded IVF. In a nutshell, it would prohibit the federal funding of any IVF treatments in a federal government facility in which there is a possibility that any resulting viable embryo could be discarded or destroyed. Since excess embryos are not only commonplace in IVF, but generally an unavoidable result of the treatment, the mandated transfer of all fresh embryos would actually, in most cases, be detrimental, since the current standard practice is generally transferring only one or two embryos per cycle. In addition, the survival and use of all embryos thawed after cryopreservation cannot be guaranteed. So, the proposed amendment may threaten federally-funded IVF and cryopreservation as it now exists.

There have been other political initiatives in recent years on behalf of the infertile, including but not limited to the Family Act and the Adoption Tax Credit Refundability Act. As assisted reproductive technology continues to advance and the demand for these services grows, we can expect to continue to advocate both for and against new legislation.

So, after this election—and maybe just a short break from the politics—consider becoming more involved in infertility-related advocacy and legislation. The first and best step would be to reach out the RESOLVE: The National Infertility Association—the group that fights tirelessly for the rights of the infertile community. (Thanks, RESOLVE!) You can check out the political initiatives here.

And if you are overcome with infertility-related sadness and stress as the holiday season is approaching, please let us help you.

In an effort to increase public awareness of infertility before the special stress of the winter holiday season hits those who are suffering in silence, Long Island IVF is sponsoring the second annual Coming Out Infertile Day with “The Reveal: A Coming Out Infertile Workshop” on November 17th from 6:30-8:00 pm at our Melville office.

This free workshop will be led by our own Mind-Body Medicine expert and psychologist, Bina Benisch, MS, RN, who specializes in counseling infertility patients and will focus on helping infertile people work through the obstacles that may be preventing them from coming out to their family and friends. The focus is to help those who would like to “come out” to do so in a way that’s right for them, so they can get the support they need. All are welcome. Pre- registration is required here. Like our Facebook page or Coming Out Infertile Day page for information on how to join the social media movement on Nov 17 to come out infertile with one easy graphic and one click-again for those who are ready to do so.

Now, go ahead and vote!

*Barbara Collura, RESOLVE

 

 

 

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Fighting Infertility with Your Voice

By Tracey Minella

May 7th, 2014 at 10:42 am

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What would you do if I told you your voice mattered? If I said that you could make a difference. If I said that you could help yourself and others get financial support to defray the costs of infertility treatment and/or adoption?

What if I said today is the day?

Well, you can. And it is.

Today is National Advocacy Day and right now, women (and men) from all over the country are converging on Capitol Hill and taking a stand on behalf of all those who are struggling with infertility. They are meeting with their senators and representatives and asking them to support three bills, each aimed at assisting couples with their family-building.

The first bill is The Family Act. S 881/H.R. 1851: If passed it will provide a substantial tax credit for the out-of-pocket expenses associated with in vitro fertilization or IVF. It could be the difference between having a family… or not… for many people.

The second bill is the Adoption Tax Credit Refundability Act of 2013, S 1056/H.R. 2144: Although the adoption tax credit is permanent, if passed, this bill will add back in the refundable provision that was in place in 2010 and 2011 and help more children, especially those in foster care, find permanent homes.                     

The last bill is the Women Veterans and Other Healthcare Improvement Act of 2013, S 131/ H. R. 958: If passed, this bill will require the Veterans Administration to provide family building options (i.e. IVF and adoption assistance) to veterans who are now infertile as a result of being wounded while in service to our country.

You don’t have to be in Washington to be heard!

RESOLVE, the National Infertility Association has made it easy for your voice to be heard. For simple instructions with the links you need to make a quick phone call to each of your local representatives…and a simple script you can read from so you don’t even have to think at all or be nervous… just click here: http://bit.ly/1mChEUe

C’mon and pick up that phone. The only way things will ever change is if we take action. Our representatives need to hear that we can’t start our families without this support. They need to know that we support these bills and that they should support them, too. Do it for yourself. And if you’ve already built your family, do it for those who are still struggling to build theirs. Do it so change will happen and so your own children or grandchildren won’t have to struggle if they are faced with infertility someday.

It will be the most important call you make today. Be heard. Make a difference.

Make the call.

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Did you call your representatives today? How did it go? Please share your experience.

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May: The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly

By Tracey Minella

May 2nd, 2013 at 7:12 pm

 

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May is here.

The weather on Long Island has finally warmed up. Mother Nature has been particularly cruel for so long… with Hurricane Sandy and Winter Storm Nemo combining for seven long months of misery. But for those suffering from infertility, the weather is the least of our worries.

Especially in May.

May is ugly. It brings Mother’s Day on May 12…the hardest day of the entire year for infertile women. There are so few ways to console yourself that day. And even fewer if your infertility journey has been long, if you’ve suffered losses or miscarriages along the way, or if you’ve lost your own mom. And you’re not imagining things…every stranger you encounter really is wishing you a Happy Mother’s Day. It’s maddening.

But May is also good. It brings Advocacy Day on May 8…an opportunity to do something about your infertility. An opportunity to feel some sense of control over your situation. And lack of control over infertility is one of the most frustrating parts of it. You can join the movement of hundreds…maybe thousands… of suffering infertiles from across the nation as they descend upon the Capitol to meet and speak with their elected representatives about the impact infertility has had on their lives. You can educate them about infertility and the unbearable pain of this disease. You can put a face to the disease and make it easier for your officials to support new and pending legislation, such as the Family Act, that will positively impact infertile couples everywhere. Go to Washington if you can. Learn more about Advocacy Day here: http://familybuilding.resolve.org/site/PageServer?pagename=advday_home

What if you want to, but can’t, go to Washington for Advocacy Day?

RESOLVE, the National Infertility Association has the perfect Plan B for those of you on Facebook or Twitter: Join the Thunderclap! That’s an effort where, at the same precise moment on May 8, 2013, the cyber-world will hear the deafening crescendo of one unified message…a “thunderclap” of an untold number of supporters of the infertile. You can get more information about and can join this movement (and have your friends join) by clicking here: https://www.thunderclap.it/projects/2094 .

By joining the Thunderclap to “Unite for the Family Act” and designating whether you want to support the movement through Facebook or Twitter, the Thunderclap Project and Resolve.org will automatically send this message once on behalf of each person who joins in: “Ask your Members of Congress to support issues important to people with infertility. http://thndr.it/11CJK6T” …and each message will be sent at the same time on May 8 to make a noticeable impact!

So the only way May can be all bad is if you don’t take advantage of Advocacy Day by either attending the annual event in Washington or by joining in the Thunderclap project. Taking some action will help your spirits. It is some much-needed empowerment in a world where you’ve been stripped of control. Movements like these are what we hope to look back on as the reason the Family Act gets passed someday.

Unfortunately, it won’t make Mother’s Day any less ugly.

But it can be the start of something beautiful.

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Will you join the Thunderclap?

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Join the National Infertility Awareness Week 2013 Movement

By Tracey Minella

April 22nd, 2013 at 10:34 am

 

A movement is sweeping across the nation this week. RESOLVE, the National Infertility Association, fertility practices, reproductive rights attorneys, infertility bloggers, and infertile couples are joining forces to have our collective voice heard.

But who is listening?

Who must hear us?

·         Our representatives in Washington, so that desperately needed government programs can be enacted to provide funding, insurance benefits, or federal tax credits for infertility treatment for everyone who needs it, regardless of where they live.

 

·         Our employers, so that we don’t have the added stress of going to morning labs and sonos and then sneaking into work late with another fake excuse, leaving a bad impression on the boss and jeopardizing our jobs and our insurance coverage (if we’re lucky enough to have it). Imagine a world where infertile employees didn’t have this added worry? (Now if they’d only do away with the office baby showers!)

 

·         Our families, especially those who have been blessed with fertility. If our families can’t understand that infertility is a disease and give us the emotional and… if possible the financial… support we need, than how can we ever find the strength to look beyond our families for help?

 

·         Our friends who are fertile. The ones effortlessly having child after child while we’re waiting. The ones who don’t understand the pain of infertility and the agony of not knowing when, or even if, our dreams of becoming parents will ever be realized. The ones whose baby showers and kiddie birthday parties we struggle with attending, often having to choose between being the friend we want to be or protecting ourselves from heartbreak.

 

·         The public. We need them to know what to say… and what not to say… to us. Infertility is a disease. It is not our fault we can’t get pregnant. It’s not God’s plan. We don’t need to relax. “Just adopting” is not that easy. And that miscarriage most certainly was not “for the best”.

 

Long Island IVF has free events, with refreshments, each night this week at our Melville offices on many issues of interest to the infertile community. Up tonight at 6:30 pm is Dr. Kreiner’s seminar on “Trying to Conceive: The Complete Fertility Workup”. For a list of all of this week’s “Evenings of Education” events, please click here: http://blog.longislandivf.com/2013/long-island-ivfs-national-infertility-awareness-week-events/

 

If you are wondering how you can join the movement to raise awareness of infertility, RESOLVE has some wonderful ideas right here: http://www.resolve.org/

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What are you planning for NIAW this week?

 

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Infertility Support Through Blogging

By Tracey Minella

January 10th, 2013 at 10:53 pm

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RESOLVE, the National Infertility Association, is a great source of information and resources for those suffering from infertility. One popular feature it offers is the annual “Bloggers Unite Program”. During National Infertility Awareness Week in April each year, there is a theme for infertility bloggers to blog about. In 2012, the theme was “Don’t Ignore Infertility”.

Infertility blogs are as different as their authors’ individual infertility experiences and personalities. They may be written by newbies or seasoned IVF veterans, by those who had easy success or those who suffered terrible losses. By those who adopted, who had multiples, or who chose to live child-free. By those who are frank, sarcastic, funny, reserved, or serious. In short, there is something for everyone.

These are the blogs featured in RESOLVE’s 2012 “Bloggers Unite Program”: http://bit.ly/UP0vcR Consider checking some out.

My blog post from April 25, 2012 on Long Island IVF’s blog, The Fertility Daily, is number 35 on page three of the list. Here is that blog, in full, below:

Don’t Ignore Infertility Support Available

There’s something wrong with me. I see infertile people.

As an infertility blogger and an IVF mom, my mission is to support the women still on their fertility journeys. To listen to them and, when the time is right, to share my own stories to give them strength to go on…or to let go.

And to remind them that their infertility journeys will come to an end. Some day. It may be the day a baby is born or adopted, or with an eventual decision to live child-free. But someday, all this stuff…the charting, injections, inseminations, blood work, retrievals, transfers, miscarriages, stillbirths, and two week waits…all the stuff that now makes up every moment of every day… will end. “Really”, I tell them. “Trust me”…

But I lied.

True, the infertility journey will end. But the infertility itself never goes away.

Most people don’t know that.

After six years… three IUIs, six fresh IVFs, a twin loss, OHSS, ovarian torsion, and countless other obstacles to happiness, then a seventh IVF, for two problematic, bed-rest, preterm labor, gestational diabetic pregnancies which each delivered 6 weeks early…I was sure I’d put infertility behind me. Shop’s closed. Time to let that little smokin’ piece of charcoal I call “my remaining ovary” rest in peace.

But infertility remains.

It’s like in those movies where people see dead people. Except I see infertile people.

It’s there in the faces of young married couples who have the careers, the houses, and the “fur babies”, but have no obvious reason not to have had children yet. The woman awkwardly avoids eye contact when someone unknowingly brings up children. Those of us who’ve been there see it. It is blindingly obvious—like infertile radar.

It’s there in our faces, too. It’s in the little nagging worries about whether the countless vials of injectable medications are going to come back to bite you some day, some way. Or in the resentment we feel about having children later…possibly a decade later…than fertile folks did– and the fear of having less energy to parent them the way they deserve, or of living long enough to see them settled.

I’ve seen division in the infertility world. Among the childless, you have the rookies and the veterans defined by the number of failed IVF cycles they’ve endured. Then you have the secondary infertility patients, often claiming to be resented by the childless for being “greedy” enough to come back for another child. Finally, you have the newly pregnant or newborn success stories– the envy of all. Harsh, but often true. The world can be ugly, and the infertile world is no exception.

When a patient passes into the success story group, something wonderful happens to them. But something sad happens, too. They get the boot. Like some kind of graduation rite, the new moms get ejected from the ranks of the infertile. Their infertile former friends think they’re different now. They think they’re just like all the other fertile folks.

You have a baby now. You no longer understand us.

Are you reading this and saying “So what? Bring it on. Just let me get pregnant and kick me out! I can’t wait until infertility is over!”

It’s not so easy to be a woman without a country. You don’t fit in with your old infertile friends who are still trying to conceive, but you also don’t fit in with the fertile people who, by their words and actions, often take the ease with which they conceived for granted.

Enter one of the best kept secrets of the infertility world… the survivor’s guilt.

Infertility will always be part of you. Even as you push your child on a park swing, you’ll be acutely aware of the sad, detached woman on the bench. You’ll always remember the date of your long-awaited positive pregnancy test and will often think of the waiting room and the people still waiting there. You may find you are far too overprotective of the child you worked so hard to have. That infertile radar is always on.  And your heart hurts for those still struggling…even if they’ve forgotten you.

I blog about infertility for the doctors who didn’t give up on me when I wasn’t an easy case, or an easy patient, or truth be told, much help to their success stats. I blog for the doctors who built my family. For today’s patients and the patients yet to come. Some of the drug names have changed, but the stories are all relevant and the support is heartfelt.  It didn’t feel right to just go on with my life after my journey ended.

Sadly, many IF bloggers gravitate only to blogs by women currently on their journeys. Of course, they are wonderful sources of support. But to overlook the value of informative commercial blogs or blogs by those whose journeys have ended is to overlook another source of support.

So, don’t ignore the infertility support that is available from those who’ve walked a mile in your stirrups. Don’t shun us because you think we don’t understand you anymore. Don’t lump us in with the fertile people just because our journey has ended. Take advantage of the fact that we want to focus only on you.

We are here to help and support you. We will never forget. Don’t ignore us.

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Do you read other infertility blogs? If so, which ones?

 

 

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Long Island IVF’s Town Hall Event Was a Success!

By Tracey Minella

December 19th, 2012 at 3:48 pm

Long Island IVF, together with RESOLVE the National Infertility Association, would like to thank all those who took the time out of their busy lives to come down a share an exciting hour with us last night at our Family Act Town Hall Event.

There was a chill in the night air as people walked in, tired from the demands of their long days. No doubt, they all had somewhere else they also needed to be. But they came.

They came with a sense of curiosity or responsibility. With a feeling of interest or passion. Whatever the motivation…they came.

They listened to Dr. Brenner and Amy Demma as they discussed the many facets of The Family Act and the impact its passage would have on their lives…on their infertility journeys. They heard how it could provide needed relief in couples’ efforts to build their families…up to a $13,000+ federal tax credit for infertility treatment for IVF. They asked their questions.

They listened to stories of those who have already reached out to their local representatives by email or phone calls…and how easy and fast the process really is. And they became motivated to take action themselves. And those who are open about their infertility struggle considered asking their close friends and family to contact their representatives too.

By the end of the night, the attendees were all ready to act. They had the knowledge. They had the letters and sample scripts. They had links to get more information from Long Island IVF’s website, blog and Facebook, as well as RESOLVE, and Amy Demma, and The Family Act’s Facebook page.

The time to act is now. This legislation is coming up for a vote early in the New Year.

Let’s make 2013 the year infertile couples get the financial break they’ve been waiting for. Let’s do this before more biological clocks run out. Money should never be the reason a couple can’t have a baby.

Thank you again Amy Demma and RESOLVE and to all of you who came out and made a difference last night! And for those who were there in spirit, too. Please everyone, do your part. Together we can make a difference.

Here’s a link to find out how you can make a difference: http://www.resolve.org/get-involved/congressional-call-week-2012.html

 

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If you attended the event last night, what did you learn or what was the most enjoyable part? If you did not attend, will you write to or call your representatives?

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Remove Your Fertility Roadblock Tomorrow

By Tracey Minella

December 17th, 2012 at 9:48 pm

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If you are infertile, what is preventing you from getting, or remaining, pregnant? For many it is a financial roadblock. Especially in this economy.

Infertility treatment has become more mainstream over the past twenty five years, with most people knowing someone who used assisted reproductive technologies, like IUI or IVF, to conceive. Happily, even the social stigma surrounding infertility is finally starting to disappear as people speak out about their infertility struggles and seek support from groups like RESOLVE and from infertility blogs (like this one!) and Facebook sites.

Success rates for IVF continue to rise and, depending on the clinic used and other variables may exceed 60% per cycle.

Despite these advances, few states mandate infertility coverage and most insurance policies do not cover IVF. Those lucky few who have IVF coverage may exhaust that benefit’s maximum without conceiving. That leaves the majority of people who need IVF unable to afford it to start or grow their families.

Many of today’s women cannot continue to wait out this poor economy in order to afford IVF. The stress of being denied access to the medical care needed in order to conceive is unbearable. And it’s made worse by hearing that proverbial ‘biological clock’ ticking louder and louder as more time passes.

But you can take action today…actually tomorrow…to try to change all that.

The Family Act is legislation pending in both the House and Senate which if passed will provide a federal tax credit of over $13,000.00 for infertility treatment like IVF (or for fertility preservation in the case of cancer patients). We have never been so close to getting federally mandated assistance with the costs of IVF. But we need your help.. and we need it tomorrow night!

Long Island IVF and RESOLVE the National Infertility Association have teamed up to present New Yorkers with a unique public forum to discuss and advocate for the passage of the Family Act. It is a Town Hall event open to the public, our patients, local politicians, and national fertility advocates. Dr. Steven Brenner and well-known fertility advocate Amy Demma, Esq. are two of the speakers. Follow Long Island IVF, RESOLVE, and Amy Demma on Twitter so you don’t miss any updates on this legislation.

Please join us tomorrow night. One hour. Make a difference. Together we may have the power to take away the pain of infertility for many…those suffering today and those who will suffer in the future.

Would $13,000+ make a difference in your journey?

Here are the details:

Event: Long Island IVF’s Family Act Town Hall Event

Place: Long Island IVF, 8 Corporate Center Dr., Melville, New York

Date: Tuesday December 18, 2012

Time: 6:00 p.m.

Or click here and share this event with your friends and family: http://www.facebook.com/events/455924451132402/

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We need you. Are you coming?

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Your Infertility “To-Do” List For This Week

By Tracey Minella

December 16th, 2012 at 5:25 pm

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It’s the weekend before Christmas and people are busy with last minute preparations. Today, you may be making your final checklist for the week. Here’s an important item to add:

  • Attend Long Island IVF’s Family Act Town Hall Event on Tuesday at 6:00 p.m.

If you or a loved one is struggling with infertility…especially with the inability to pay for infertility treatment like IVF (in vitro fertilization)… Our Town Hall Event is a “MUST” on your to-do list this week.

There will be a public forum on the Family Act… very important legislation pending in both the House and Senate…which seeks to provide a tax credit over $13,000.00 for costs associated with IVF treatment. It also provides a similar credit for fertility preservation for cancer patients.

This important event… the only one of its kind in New York…will bring together not only Long Island IVF patients, but also members of the public, politicians, physicians, and fertility advocates. It is time to let our elected officials know how important financial relief for fertility treatment is so that they will fight to get it for us. We’ve never been this close to an IVF tax credit. Please come out and support the effort.

Long Island IVF’s Dr. Steven Brenner will be a keynote speaker. He will be joined by Amy Demma, Esq., a Board member of RESOLVE of New England and a passionate advocate of the Family Act. Other speakers are still being lined up and will be announced as we know the details. Light refreshments will be served.

Please take an hour out of your busy week to learn about and show your support for the Family Act. Show your legislators that it is important to you. Stop by on the way home from work. Take a break from other activities and swing by briefly with a friend. Sign a letter to your elected representatives (we will have them waiting for you!) so we can mail it in and let them know that Long Islanders want assistance with the costs of IVF and fertility preservation!

Passage of the Family Act could mean the difference between someone having a family…or not. Please stop by on Tuesday night and make a difference in your life or in the lives of countless others.

It’s the most important gift you can give this season.

Event: Long Island IVF’s Family Act Town Hall Event

Place: Long Island IVF, 8 Corporate Center Dr., Melville, New York

Date: Tuesday December 18, 2012

Time: 6:00 p.m.

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