Fertility Questions & Answers – National Infertility Awareness Week
It’s NIAW (National Infertility Awareness Week) and RMACT (Reproductive Medicine Associates of Connecticut) is starting the week off, supporting Resolve (The National Infertility Association) by asking questions. That’s the theme: #STARTASKING
We have one question and one answer from each of our board certified Reproductive Endocrinologists. Our fertility specialists share invaluable information from experts that you can rely on.
NIAW Week at RMACT
This is a very full week at RMACT.
NIAW will be continuing with RMACT offering free fertility testing in Poughkeepsie on Tuesday, April 26. Correct. Free fertility testing. Whether you are ready for a baby or just want to know more about your fertility potential, please RSVP here. Ask the question, “how fertile am I?”
We are collecting letters, (along with other activities to support Resolve’s efforts) in honor of NIAW to bring to Advocacy Day in May. Join us this Thursday night, April 28, from 6-8 in RMACT’s Norwalk office. Contact us for more information. Our goal is 1,000 letters. Add your voice to ours. And if you can’t join us, sign the letter and send it to us. We will deliver them to our congresspeople and senators. Please RSVP here.
NIAW continues on Saturday, April 30 with our specially designed Pre-Conception Wellness Seminar in Norwalk with Carolyn Gundell, M.S. What do you need to know about taking care of yourself before conception? This is the place to find out.
Here are questions that our fertility doctors have answered over the years.
Fertility Questions #STARTASKING
From Dr. Mark Leondires:
What should you expect from a fertility consultation? #STARTASKING
“People dream about one day starting a family; nobody dreams about one day seeing a fertility specialist,” says Dr. Leondires, who has his own personal fertility story that includes working with two gestational carriers for his two sons. “But from the moment a patient walks through my practice door, I want to provide them with things they didn’t even know they needed: knowledge, hope and support. That’s how we achieve fertility success.”
From Dr. Spencer Richlin:
What was your experience at Advocacy Day in 2014? Why did you feel it was important to attend? #STARTASKING
“My patients are courageous and resilient in the face of infertility, but they need support,” says Dr. Richlin, a Board Certified reproductive endocrinologist. “Everyday my team and I help our patients by providing them with the medical and emotional tools that will help them successfully build their families. And now we are asking Congress to support them through The Family Act.”
From Dr. Joshua Hurwitz:
What can you do in those 90 days before conception? #STARTASKING
"First, take a prenatal vitamin with folic acid. Check with your health care provider about the dose that they would like to see in that vitamin supplement.
Second, take a look at your food. There are simple adjustments that you can make that will support your efforts to become healthier. We do know that healthier moms make healthier babies."
From Dr. Cynthia Murdock:
What is a cause of stress during fertility treatment that you didn’t expect? #STARTASKING
If I had to choose one single problem which causes the most stress and anxiety among our patients, I would say that it is bleeding in early pregnancy. The official medical terminology for this is first trimester bleeding. Nothing is worse than working so hard to achieve a pregnancy only to discover that you are bleeding. The first thought that enters everyone’s mind is “I am losing this pregnancy” and yet that is often not the actual result.
From Dr. Shaun Williams:
Has practicing reproductive medicine been what you expected? What has surprised you? #STARTASKING
It is as rewarding as I had hoped, although it is a roller coaster at times. When you work every day at the cutting edge of what we know as physicians and scientists, it becomes humbling to realize just how much we don’t know about the entire pregnancy process.
Ask Us Your Fertility Questions
Each day this week we are answering questions. Your questions. Please email me at FertileYoga@gmail.com . We don’t need to post your name or any identifying information.
#STARTASKING opens the conversation. Some answers are easily answered. Some are much more complicated. Asking a question furthers the conversation, inviting more questions and getting more information. We all need to know more.
We’d like to know what your questions are- we’re here to discuss them with you.
You are not alone.
Ask us a question.
We’ll go from there.
About Lisa Rosenthal
Lisa has over thirty years of experience in the fertility field. After her personal infertility journey, she felt dissatisfied with the lack of comprehensive services available to support her. She was determined to help others undergoing fertility treatment. Lisa has been with RMACT for eleven years and serves as Patient Advocate and the Strategic Content Lead.
Lisa is the teacher and founder of Fertile Yoga, a program designed to support men and women on their quest for their families through gentle movement and meditation.
Lisa’s true passion is supporting patients getting into treatment, being able to stay in treatment and staying whole and complete throughout the process. Lisa is also a Certified Grief Recovery Specialist, which is helpful in her work with fertility patients.
Her experience also includes working with RESOLVE: The National Infertility Association and The American Fertility Association (now Path2Parenthood), where she was Educational Coordinator, Conference Director and Assistant Executive Director.