Trying to get pregnant?
These words can be challenging and complicated depending on who is asking!
INFERTILITY SUPPORT AND COUNSELING
IINFORMATION AND SERVICES PROVIDED:
- treatment resources (traditional and non-traditional)
- understanding the types of care available
- how to choose a physician infertility specialist
- managing the stress for yourself or you and your partner
- options for funding your care
- help with the grief and depression resulting from unsuccessful treatment or miscarriage
- third party reproduction for same sex couples
- couples support and counseling
- educational and legal resources
- sexual problems getting in the ways of pregnancy
- psychosocial evaluations required for infertility treatment
What is infertility?
The traditional medical definition of infertility is “not getting pregnant after 12 months of unprotected intercourse, if you are under 35 years of age and 6 months of trying if you are over 35 unless there are conditions such as, but not limited to, undiagnosed male or female conditions such as blocked fallopian tubes or poor quality sperm.
This definition is based on the traditional view of a man and woman trying to get pregnant, but today there are so many variations of “trying to get pregnant,” such as:
- single women
- two women
- single men
- two men
- multiple parent configurations
The above parental configurations get help from:
- anonymous egg donors
- known egg donors
- gestational carriers paid
- gestational carriers volunteer
- anonymous sperm donors
- known sperm donors
- multiple combinations of the above
All couples are different and some aren’t couples but rather single women or men trying to get pregnant on their own with donor sperm or known donor sperm. Same sex couples have many options. Some male/female couples chose to reproduce without sexual intercourse.
There is no right or wrong way to get pregnant. Fortunately medical care provides an increasingly vast array of options for those trying to get pregnant regardless of the method or family configuration.
Infertility treatment is often a stressful process medically, emotionally and financially. This treatment is different from many other forms of medical treatment in terms of its duration, complexity and emotional challenges. Infertility treatment can take weeks of visits for each treatment cycle based on the female menstrual cycle. The treatment can be expensive and there can be confusing treatment choices tied to even more confusing financing schemes.
Infertility Support and Counseling
As an infertility counselor I can help you sort out the issues and choices on the path you are considering pursuing. If you are proceeding either as a couple, single or multi-party family configuration we can work one on one or with the couple or group depending on where you are in the planning for your family building process.
The services I provide are a combination of educational, counseling and referrals. If individual, couple or group counseling is needed your “out of network” health care insurance may cover all or part of the cost of the service.
I am a licensed clinical social worker (LCSW) in New York and New Jersey and was the administrative director of a large New York City comprehensive infertility center for over ten years. Over these years I have presented numerous talks on, how to be successful in the treatment process, financing infertility treatment and the male experience of infertility.
My offices are on the Upper West Side of Manhattan (close to the 79th Street stop on the 1 train) and in in New Jersey in Northern Ocean County My fee for an initial session (recommended is 75 minutes) is $250. Lower fees may apply for sessions with less time. My fee may be reimbursable through your healthcare insurance depending on the type of help you need and whether you have out of network health mental health insurance care coverage. I also have a sliding scale based on financial need.
Click here or on my home page for the link to The American Society for Reproductive Medicine. They have a wonderful data base of “Fact Sheets” open to the public with many of the topics that you will have questions about over the course of your medical treatment.
Also the Society for Reproductive Technology (SART.org) maintains the database of the live birth rates of most infertility centers around the United States. This is an excellent resource for helping select your infertility physician and it is important to review the SART notices about what to be aware of when reviewing centers’ live birth data.
If you are in a couple you can come alone or with your partner. If your partner is not ready to talk about the challenges of the treatment then coming alone is a great way to get started and to take care of yourself.
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