The question you should be asking yourselves is "what can I do to help get pregnant that I haven't already done?" This doesn't only refer to protocols such as IUI, IVF, donor-egg, acupuncture and herbal medicine, but choosing the right reproductive endocrinologist and acupuncturist to create a winning team.
Many couples will go to an RE (reproductive endocrinologist) because of a gynecologist's recommendation or the recommendation of a friend. This is not a bad policy and often yields excellent results. But after several failed attempts with an RE and the support of an acupuncturist perhaps it might be prudent to consider a new team.
I work closely with several reproductive endocrinologists and I think they are wonderful. They have a great bed-side manner; they listen, they answer questions, they don't rush, they respond quickly to your calls and emails and they are seasoned, high level doctors; they also support acupuncture and recommend it to their patients; in other words - they are well informed about other modalities of medical intervention other than their own which have been shown to be effective in increasing positive outcomes. And they have high success rates not only in getting women pregnant, but more importantly - in take home babies!
These are the RE's that I recommend:
1. Joel Batzofin, M.D., of New York Fertility Services http://www.batzofinfertilityservices.com
2. Tanmoy Mukherjee, M.D., of RMA-NY http://www.rmany.com
3. Dan Stein, M.D., of St. Luke's-Roosevelt http://www.infertilityspecialistnewyork.com
4. Glenn Schattman, M.D., of New York Cornell http://www.ivf.org
5. Dan Levine, M.D., of Hudson Valley Fertility http://www.hudsonvalleyfertility.com
6. Robert Kiltz, M.D., CNY Fertility http://www.cnyfertility.com
A Little Data About Each of These Great Docs!
Dr. Batzofin is an expert on immunological causes of infertility and chronic repeated miscarriage. These causes are often overlooked and take many years typically to diagnose. And by that time you've lost precious time and more eggs. Dr. Batzofin does so after the first couple of visits! He is a brilliant investigator, diagnostician, and reproductive specialist. Dr. Batzofin always elicits a smile from his patients even in their darkest moments. He is a man of great humor, high integrity and excellence in medicine. I am proud to call him a friend.
Dr. Mukherjee is a great and seasoned reproductive endocrinologist who has the advantage of working with a seasoned team of seasoned pros including Drs. Ben Sandler, Lawrence Grunfeld and the medical director, Alan Copperman. Complicated cases get discussed and analyzed by the 'team' so a clearer picture of the case may be arrived at. So you as a patient have the advantage of having many doctors working on your case but enjoying the benefit having a wonderful relationship with just one- Dr. Mukherjee.
Dr. Stein is one of the few real competitors of Dr. Zhang of New Hope Fertility. He offers a similar but better protocol. What makes it better in my opinion is that Dr. Stein, after a single egg retrieval transfers a single 'fresh' embryo unlike Dr. Zhang who first freezes, then thaws, then transfers. Fresh transfers statistically have better outcomes than frozen. Dr. Stein is a truly compassionate man who works slowly, carefully and attentively with each and every patient - you are never rushed when you are with him. In fact when you sit across his desk you really feel like you're at his home, in his living room having an important dialogue - about you and your needs.
Dr. Schattman works under the aegis of medical director, Zev Rosenwaks, M.D., and has an excellent team of doctors, nurses and state-of-the-art facilities behind him to help ensure that your IVF procedure yields the result you want - a baby. Dr. Schattman is also a brilliant surgeon and a great guy.
Dr. Dan Levine of Hudson Valley Fertility is one of the most caring, loving and compassionate doctors I have ever met. And he takes all comers. He treated a woman with an fsh of 100 and she got pregnant and delivered a healthy baby. His wife Debbie is an expert on natural foods for fertility enhancement. They are a great team, delivering big results from a small, warm, homey, and wonderful practice.
Dr. Kiltz is a story unto himself. He is a most unique gentleman. He is a brilliant diagnostician and amazing reproductive endocrinologist. He has offices in Albany and Syracuse. He cooks organic food, practices Tai Chi, meditates, takes beautiful photographs, hikes the wondrous mountains of upstate New York and creates babies. He writes poetry. He has been an inspiration to hundreds of patients and is certainly an inspiration to me. I have met his parents and brothers - he comes from a tight knit, loving family - all of whom have open arms for friends and patients alike - these two distinct entities are usually indistinguishable. Dr. Kiltz is responsible for helping thousands of couple have babies. He is the 'guru' of reproductive medicine.
Regarding acupuncturists: most of them treat various pathologies from insomnia to infertility. You wouldn't go to an RE that treats infertility and asthma would you? You'd want to be cared for by a specialist - a doctor who knows a lot about a little - not a little about a lot.
One of the reasons to consider having a consultation with me is because I am the first acupuncturist in the United States to completely devote a complementary wellness practice to the care and treatment of those faced with fertility challenges. I am licensed and board certified in acupuncture and I am board certified in herbal medicine.
I have been treating infertility for fourteen years and nothing but infertility. Of course I highly recommend that you also consult with several acupuncturists so you can get a good 'gut' feeling about the one you choose to work with. If you'd like to find out more about me and The Berkley Center for Reproductive Wellness please visit our site http://www.berkleycenter.com. Other highly qualified acupuncturists who specialize in treating those with fertility challenges may be found at http://www.aborm.org.
Remember, at The Berkley Center for Reproductive Wellness we offer a 100% money back guarantee and free mini consultations. We want to be 100% certain that you have had every opportunity to have your questions answered and to feel totally comfortable with the team at The Berkley Center before your become a patient. Make sure that the acupuncturists you visit are willing to give you your money back if you are not satisfied and be certain to ask them if they will see you - free - for a brief consultation - we do and we always will. Be sure to call us at 212-685-0985 to learn about our money back guarantee and to schedule your free mini consultation.
Merry Christmas, Happy Chanuka, Happy Kwanza, Happy Life, and best wishes on your journey to family.
Love and Blessings...
Mike Berkley, L.Ac., FABORM