A new product authorized by the FDA has been launched to help couples take a proactive step toward trying to conceive before undergoing more advanced fertility treatments like in vitro fertilization (IVF).
Sylvia Bernassoli, CRNA
The Center for Fertility and Reproductive Endocrinology at Magee-Womens Hospital of UPMC, Pittsburgh, PA
FertilityAuthority is pleased to recognize Sylvia Bernassoli, CRNA, as nurse of the month. A nurse anesthetist for more than half a century, she has spent the last 22 years working with IVF patients during egg retrieval. Not only has she dedicated her career to helping women have babies, now she’s forever tied to it. Bernassoli has made the decision to leave her life savings to support infertility research at Magee-Womens Research Institute & Foundation.
In addition to donating $20,000 annually from her retirement savings, Bernassoli has named Magee the beneficiary of her life insurance policy. The total sum is in the neighborhood of half a million dollars.
Introduced in December 2011 by Rinovum Women's Health, The Stork is a device meant for couples to safely perform insemination in the privacy of their own homes. Pittsburgh Inventor and CEO, Stephen Bollinger, says the technique allows for a high concentration of semen to be delivered just outside the opening of the uterus. The product is not yet approved by the FDA.
As you begin fertility treatments, you may start to realize how quickly the costs of fertility drugs and IVF costs add up. Especially when it can take, on average, three cycles to successfully conceive.
Lawyers who specialize in Reproductive Technology Law, or Family Building Law assist intended parents through the legal framework of building their families through surrogacy, adoption, sperm donation, egg donation, or embryo donation.
For women with ovarian reserve issues or high FSH who have been unable to conceive using their own eggs, donor egg IVF might be an option for family building. Gay couples using a gestational surrogate may pursue donor egg options as well.
Understanding the laws and resources on surrogacy in Pittsburgh
Surrogacy is often considered the most legally complex of all third party reproductive techniques. A surrogate carries a child for a woman or couple who, for a variety of reasons, is unable to carry the pregnancy.
There are three fertility clinics in Pittsburgh and many others in the surrounding area. Choosing the fertility clinic that is right for you can be a daunting task. Here are some things you should know about choosing a Pittsburgh area fertility clinic.
Therapy, counseling, or support groups can help you cope with infertility
Despite the fact that 1 in 8 couples is having difficulty conceiving, the infertility journey can be an isolating experience. Friends and family offer support and comfort, but sometimes their well-intended comments further remind you of the pain of infertility. As a result, your closest relationships may suffer. Seeking the help of an infertility therapist for individual, couples, or group counseling will help you cope with the emotions of infertility.
If you are a woman of reproductive age and trying to conceive, you may be wondering when to see a fertility doctor. Current medical guidelines suggest women over the age of 35 who have been trying to conceive for six months, and women under the age of 35 who have been trying to conceive for one year consult a fertility doctor. However, there are other criteria that may signal you to schedule an appointment with a fertility doctor: