Fertility Nurse of the Month: Jamie Leonard, RN, Bennett Fertility Institute, Oklahoma City, OK August 2015
In addition to her role as IVF coordinator at Bennett Fertility Institute, Jamie Leonard is the Chair of the Nurses Professional Group (NPG) of the American Society for Reproductive Medicine (ASRM), and is enrolled in a masters program in Health Care Administration and Nursing Administration Management at University of Oklahoma, scheduled to graduate in the spring of 2016. FertilityAuthority is pleased to recognize Leonard as Nurse of the Month.
Clinical trials are carefully controlled studies that test a certain variable in order to find out more information regarding a specific disease or condition. Clinical trials operate under strict, set conditions, often throughout many locations at the same time.
Countless advances have been made in the field of infertility because of infertility clinical trials. These advances include new fertility medications, fertility treatments, and infertility diagnostic tools.
Currently, there is one infertility clinical trial in Oklahoma that is in the recruiting phase.
Representing interests of parents, children, donors and surrogates
The field of assisted reproduction has developed rapidly over the past several decades. Some of the most important developments have been in the field of third-party reproduction, such as surrogacy, egg donation, and sperm donation. As countless couples have achieved their families through these third-party assisted reproduction techniques, new legal questions have arisen regarding the rights of those involved in these procedures.
After you have been diagnosed with infertility, you may feel as if you are alone. Many people with infertility have difficulty sharing their feelings and their struggles with their family, friends, or even with their partner. However, keeping those feelings bottled up may cause even more stress in your life.
Insurance coverage for the diagnosis and treatment of infertility
Fertility treatment costs can quickly rise, especially when more than one course of fertility drugs or multiple IVF cycles are necessary. As a way to help defray some of the costs of fertility treatments, some couples turn to their insurance companies to help pick up the slack. But unlike treatment for most other disorders, fertility treatment is commonly not covered by insurance plans.
Having a baby with a surrogate, or gestational carrier
Surrogacy is an option for individuals or couples when first-line fertility treatments have been unsuccessful. In surrogacy, a woman, known as a surrogate, carries a child for a woman or a couple, usually because the woman cannot conceive or carry a pregnancy to term. Gay couples may also use a surrogate.
The following data, from the Assisted Reproductive Technology Report published by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), detail the number of babies born form donor egg IVF cycles at Oklahoma fertility clinics.
Choosing to use an egg donor may be an option for women with certain disorders like premature ovarian failure or a diminished ovarian reserve. Women may also work with egg donors if they want to avoid passing down genetic disorders from the mother’s line, or if cancer treatments have disrupted their ovarian functions. Gay couples may also choose egg donation in conjunction with surrogacy to have a biological connection to their child.
When couples are choosing a fertility clinic, they often head right over to the fertility clinic success rates. Fertility clinic success rates for clinics in Oklahoma, as well as across the country, can be found in the Assisted Reproductive Technology Report. The ART Report , which is compiled by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), breaks down fertility clinic success rates by age group and type of IVF cycle.
Find the right clinic for your fertility treatments
If you have had difficulty trying to conceive, it may be time to transfer your care to a fertility clinic. Fertility clinics are medical facilities staffed by fertility doctors that assist individuals or couples who are trying to conceive but suffer from infertility.
Choosing a fertility clinic can be a difficult choice, since fertility clinics differ in their areas of specialization, fertility treatments offered, diagnoses treated, and costs and payment plans. Residents in Oklahoma have three fertility clinic options located throughout the state, in both Oklahoma City and Tulsa.