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Age and IVF Success

A blog by Dr. Jeffrey Klein, RMA of New York, May 4, 2015

It is widely known that as a woman’s age increases, her fertility declines, and as a result many couples are hesitant about embarking on the in vitro fertilization process. The journey can be challenging, expensive, and fraught with emotion. But as our technology has improved over the last several years, the impact of the mother’s age has become much less of an issue, though it certainly remains an important consideration.

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In order to analyze the sperm, a sperm analysis can be done several times to ensure accuracy of the test results. If there is a reproductive issue with the male, time is a dependent factor on prospective treatment for the couple, explains Dr. Seth Levrant who participates in the clinic Partners in Reproductive Health in Munster, IN and Tinley Park, IL.

Dr. Richard Paulson, a fertility doctor with USC Fertility in Los Angeles explains how the hormones estrogen and progesterone can prepare the uterine lining for implantation of an embryo, even in women who have had ovarian failure or in menopause.

UCSF's Dr. Evelyn Mok-Lin discusses the role of egg freezing today.

Westchester County, NY, in The News

Westchester County, NY, Fertility Guide

There are more than 30 fertility clinics in New York State; three of these fertility clinics are in Westchester County. The fertility clinics, in Hartsdale, White Plains, and Yorktown Heights, offer a full range of diagnostic tests and fertility treatments .

Chives Recalled after Listeria Contamination Fears

CBS News,  May 13, 2011
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Chives produced by a New York company called Goodness Gardens have been recalled, the FDA announced, over fears they might be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes bacteria, which can cause a serious infection called listeriosis. In pregnant women — who are 20 times more likely to contract the disease — listeriosis can lead to miscarriage, stillbirth, premature delivery, or a life-threatening infection for the newborn. The FDA says the chives were sold primarily by retailers in New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, Massachusetts, Pennsylvania, Maryland, Alabama, Illinois and Virginia.


New York Infertility Insurance Mandate

New York is one of just 15 states that has an infertility insurance mandate in place. An infertility insurance mandate is a law that requires insurers to offer coverage or to provide coverage for fertility treatment costs or in vitro fertilization (IVF) costs. New York law on fertility treatment insurance coverage is found in the New York Consolidated Laws, Insurance, Sections 3221 and 4303.

Westchester County Attorneys Offer Infertility Legal Assistance

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A lawyer represents the interests of parents, children, donors and surrogates

Over the past several decades, the field of infertility and fertility treatments has advanced greatly. New fertility treatments and assisted reproduction procedures have been developed to allow more people than before achieve their dream of having the family they always wanted. However, assisted reproduction procedures that use third parties, such as surrogates, sperm donors, or egg donors, have raised a number of legal questions.

Westchester County Infertility Support

Counseling and therapy for infertility

The road to family building through fertility treatments can be physically and emotionally challenging. It is common to bounce from emotion to emotion throughout the course of your infertility diagnosis and fertility treatment. You may feel sad or hopeless one day, only to feel angry the next day. The stress of the fertility treatment procedure can also affect your relationship with your partner, especially if the two of you do not agree on the cost and extend of the fertility treatments.

Westchester County Infertility Insurance Coverage

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Insurance coverage can help with fertility treatment costs

Fertility treatment costs can accumulate quickly, especially since more than one course of fertility drugs or cycle of IVF may be needed. As a way to shoulder some of the costs, many Couples turn to their insurance companies for coverage.

Only 15 states currently have state mandates in place that require insurance plans to offer coverage or provide coverage for fertility services. Thankfully for Westchester County residents, New York is one of the states that has an infertility insurance mandate in place.

New York Infertility Insurance Mandate

Surrogacy in Westchester County

Using a surrogate, or gestational carrier, to have a baby

Surrogacy is an option for individuals or couples when first-line fertility treatments have not been successful. Women may be candidates for surrogacy if they have abnormalities of the uterus, recurrent miscarriages, or if carrying a child would pose great health complications to them. Gay couples may also choose surrogacy as a way to have a biological connection to the child.

Egg Donation Success Rates in Westchester County, NY

Number of Westchester County donor egg cycles and babies born

The following data, from the Assisted Reproductive Technology Report, shows the number of donor egg IVF cycles and babies born from donor egg at Westchester County fertility clinics.


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