When Should I See a Fertility Specialist?

Couples who are having trouble conceiving may be unsure as to when they should seek care from a fertility specialist, often wondering if they’ve tried conceiving naturally for a long enough period of time or if an unknown fertility issue may be accountable.

It’s important that couples stay calm. Added stress will not help fertility concerns and has been known to exacerbate difficulty conceiving. At Fertility Solutions, we advise that couples seek the advice of a fertility specialist if:

  • The female partner is over the age of 35 and you have been trying to conceive without success for 6 months.
  • The female partner is under the age of 35 and you have been trying to conceive without success for 1 year. If you are under 35 and are unable to conceive after trying for 1 year, we suggest a visit to your Ob-Gyn as a first step in determining if an issue is present.
  • Any of the following medical conditions are present: recurrent miscarriage, polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS), endometriosis, irregular menstrual cycle and low sperm count (oligospermia).

A fertility specialist will be able to address your concerns through testing, diagnosis and treatment.

Not every couple with a fertility issue will seek the assistance of a fertility specialist. Some couples will visit a fertility specialist prior to attempting to conceive because they need genetic testing. Genetic testing, also referred to as preimplantation genetic diagnosis (PGD), is used in cases where there is a concern over passing a genetic or chromosomal issue on to children. PGD is commonly used to detect conditions such as cystic fibrosis, Huntington’s disease, Tay-Sachs disease, sickle cell anemia and more.

Should you require the help of a fertility specialist for any of the situations listed above, your first consultation with Fertility Solutions will include a personalized plan for your individual fertility goals. We realize every patient is different, and each dream of building a family deserves our personal time, effort and attention. Please contact Fertility Solutions to schedule a consultation today.

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Get To Know Your Fertility Specialist: Dr. Vasiliki Moragianni

Vasiliki MoragianniDr. Vasiliki Moragianni was kind enough to offer her time to answer a few questions about how her path led to working in the field of fertility, her work at Fertility Solutions, and how she spends her time outside of the center. Get to know Dr. Moragianni by reading her responses below.

Did you always know that you wanted to be a fertility doctor?

My love for the field of reproductive endocrinology and infertility (REI) began during one of my rotations in medical school. I worked with two amazing physician-mentors, who introduced me to the intricacies of the female reproductive system and its pathophysiology. I have enjoyed every minute of it ever since!

How did you find yourself working in the fertility field?

After completing my Obstetrics & Gynecology residency at Abington Memorial Hospital in Philadelphia, I was accepted at the prestigious three-year REI fellowship program at Harvard Medical School & Boston IVF. The clinical and academic skills that I acquired there have laid the foundation of my career in this field.

What about working in the fertility specialty appeals to you most?

Working with individuals and couples as they navigate through the very challenging, but often rewarding journey of fertility is what I enjoy most. Building long-term relationships with these patients and becoming their strongest ally and supporter is invaluable to me.

What’s your favorite part about your daily work?

Interacting with my colleagues and patients. The work environment at Fertility Solutions is very enjoyable and highly collegial, which in turn translates into us, as a team, providing outstanding care to our patients.

What new technology or advances excites you the most?

Constant technological advances in the area of diagnosing optimal embryos for transfer is what helps us improve our success rates and keep offering more and more patients the realistic hope of parenthood.

And lastly, how do you spend your free time?

I have been Greek folk dancing since I was a little girl and feel really fortunate that I have the opportunity to continue doing this in Boston with my group of dear friends. Furthermore, my husband and I love watching movies, taking day trips when the weather permits, and spending time with each other and our friends.

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Employee Recognition Series: Latonya Turner, Medical Assistant

latonya turner photoLatonya Turner is a great asset to our team here at Fertility Solutions.  Latonya began her career as a phlebotomist for 12+ years at the Beth Israel/Deaconess Hospital in Boston, MA. Latonya joined Fertility Solutions this past summer, and has proven exemplary interpersonal skills.  She works in our Dedham and Woburn locations.

Our patients “light up” when they encounter Latonya and her beautiful smile.

As a Medical Assistant at Fertility Solutions, I am rewarded everyday by our amazing patients and the very caring and dedicated staff I work with.  The outstanding service Fertility Solutions provides creates endless possibilities for individuals and couples interested in building a family” – Latonya on Fertility Solutions

Latonya may be one of our newest employees but she is already a patient favorite. She never fails to give  a personal compliment, a smile, and an sincere wish to have a great day to every single person she comes in contact with, including her fellow colleagues. It is a joy to work with someone with such a warm personality.”Dr. Pei-Li Huang

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Affordable Fertility Treatment: 2 New Packages from Fertility Solutions

Fertility Solutions is proud to offer patients two new affordable fertility treatment packages designed with your budget in mind. We realize that fertility treatment costs can be daunting, and may cause some to put their dreams of having a family on hold or choose to abandon the concept altogether.

The entire team behind Fertility Solutions strongly believes that everyone deserves the chance to have a family. Our physicians work tirelessly to support coverage for fertility treatment in Massachusetts and Rhode Island.  In addition to encouraging insurance coverage, we’ve prepared two exciting new fertility care options designed with your financial concerns in mind.

Egg Freezing: Option starting at $5,400

Egg freezing is steadily becoming a consideration for more and more women who are simply not in the place they want to be when they start a family. With the average age of a woman giving birth to her first child increasing and egg freezing available as a viable option, the so-called “biological clock” is less of a concern. Egg freezing provides women with the opportunity to have a baby at the age when they are ready to do so. Regardless of your motivation for doing so (career, partner, etc.), freezing your eggs for future use does not have to lead to financial concern. We are simply offering a choice for you and your future dreams.

Fertility Solutions is now offering patients a new egg freezing package that starts at just $5,400 for the first egg freezing cycle, and your first full year of storage is completely free.

We encourage patients who would like to learn more about egg freezing to schedule a consultation with one of our experienced fertility specialists.

IUI & Clomid: Two new packages

Intrauterine insemination (IUI) is often the first step fertility specialists recommend to patients experiencing difficulty with conception. IUI can be used in cases of mild male factor infertility, women who are using a sperm donor, and when unexplained infertility is diagnosed. The process is relatively quick and minimally invasive.

Fertility Solutions offers patients two new IUI package options, ranging from $750-$2500 for treatment. Our packages offer patients options regarding monitoring, medication (Clomid) and more.

Fertility care should not break the bank. As support for fertility insurance coverage grows, Fertility Solutions will continue to lead those actively seeking coverage and to provide affordable options for each and every patient. The stress of an infertility diagnosis is more than enough cause for patient’s concern – worrying about how to pay for s well.

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Dr. Moragianni Answers Questions about Egg Freezing on Grecian Echoes Radio Program

ID-100127511Dr. Moragianni recently appeared on the Greek radio program “Grecian Echoes” to discuss fertility-related topics and to answer questions from patients. During her most recent visit to the show, Dr. Moragianni discussed a highly relevant topic for women that has made headlines for the past several months: egg freezing.

Egg Freezing, also referred to as fertility preservation, offers women a unique opportunity to freeze their eggs now so they are able to start a family when they are ready to do so – not because they feel like they have to.

We highly recommend that our patients, prospective patients, and followers tune in to the program in order to gain a deeper understanding of what egg freezing is, how it works, who should consider it, and more.

We also encourage those who listen to prepare any questions they may have throughout the program and to feel free to post these questions on the Fertility Solutions Facebook page before any future shows. Dr. Moragianni will review these questions and can potentially answer them during the next program she hosts. Patients and interested parties can also call into the program and ask a question anonymously if they so choose.

Please tune in by listening to the clip on egg freezing below:

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Fertility Solutions is AIUM-Accredited

Fertility Solutions is proud to announce that we are an AIUM-accredited practice. AIUM, or the American Institute of Ultrasound in Medicine, is an association that works to advance “the safe and effective use of ultrasound in medicine through professional and public education, research, development of guidelines, and accreditation.” Fertility Solutions was recognized for our commitment to truly personal patient care in that all four of our physicians perform ultrasounds themselves, as opposed to using the assistance of an ultrasound technician. Not every fertility practice includes physicians that take this extra step in patient care, and why we are proud to be among those who do.

Our patient’s comfort is always foremost in our minds. We know that undergoing fertility treatment can be quite an experience, with hope and stress high in equal measure. In order to make this process easier on our patients, our doctors perform ultrasounds and provide results during the same visit. Our doctors also strive to call patients personally when new test results are available so they can answer questions and respond to concerns right away. We know just how important these calls are to our patients, which is why at Fertility Solutions your doctor will be the one to contact you personally.

An AIUM accreditation means a great deal to the entire team at Fertility Solutions. It’s important that every patient, current or prospective, understand that their dream of having a child is taken to heart – that they aren’t just a number. Many of our patients come to Fertility Solutions after experiencing a less personal approach with other fertility centers and are relieved finally to receive direct care from their doctor during appointments. We are able to offer patients complete fertility care with an approach driven by four of New England’s leading fertility specialists.

For more information on what makes Fertility Solutions a standout among fertility practices in the New England region, we invite you to read: Why Choose Fertility Solutions.

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32 Years Later: The Diminishing Stigma of Infertility Treatment

In 1981, the first “test tube” baby was born in the United States through use of In Vitro Fertilization (IVF). In the 32 years since Elizabeth Jordan Carr was born, fertility testing and treatment has come a long way, with significant improvement in success rates, range of options and overall patient experience. Fertility specialists have worked hard to provide their patients Family Building options, and to create a more calming, less stressful environment. A significant part of this mission has included reducing the stigma couples have faced in the decades since Elizabeth Jordan Carr’s birth.

Just as tremendous progress has taken place with fertility treatments, the stigma against those with an infertility diagnosis has also lessened somewhat. Back in 1981, when IVF was brand new to most of the world and the entire concept still seemed highly futuristic, an infertility diagnosis was the end of the road for those who wished to have a child to whom they were genetically related. This changed when IVF babies like Elizabeth Jordan Carr were born – Carr was the fifteenth person to be born using this procedure. Suddenly, couples were aware that there was another way to have a baby outside of natural conception or adoption.

As with many new medical procedures, when IVF and successful reproductive technologies were introduced, people were skeptical. Most understood that assisted reproductive technology had the capacity to help those facing infertility to have a child, but the notion of in vitro fertilization being responsible for human life was entirely groundbreaking. There was some resistance to IVF, which fueled a stigma that followed previously infertile parents and their new children. Thankfully, as use of IVF and similar technology became more mainstream, suspicions began to diminish.  IVF, IUI or AI, sperm donor, egg donor and surrogacy have all become part of today’s family planning conversation. Now infertile and LGBTQ couples and individuals are able to pursue these family building options every day across most of the world.

Even with this growth, however, there is still room for improvement. Not every state in the U.S. provides a range of fertility care for patients, and even fewer allow legal options for compensated surrogacy. Insurance coverage for fertility care is still generally unavailable for many, although practices like Fertility Solutions offer patients affordable financial packages and discounts to help ensure that everyone who wishes to have a child is able to do so.

If you are looking to support couples and individuals in need of fertility treatment, Fertility Solutions recommends that you write your state representative and advocate for fertility insurance coverage. Companies such as Facebook and Apple have promised to cover costs associated with fertility care, but the vast majority of American employers have yet to follow their lead.

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RESOLVE New England celebrates 40 years during 21st Fertility Treatment, Donor Choices and Adoption Conference

Fertility Solutions attended the RESOLVE New England 21st annual Fertility Treatment, Donor Choices and Adoption Conference on November 8th. Dr. Vasiliki Moragianni and Maryanne Gaffney, our Marketing Coordinator, were both in attendance and enjoyed the experience – proclaiming the event a “great success”.

Dr. Moragianni was a speaker at the event and gave a talk on Diminished Ovarian Reserve: What it Means & the Treatment Options.

Fertility Solutions would like to give sincere “thanks” to RESOLVE New England for forty years of commitment to infertility support, advocacy and education. The infertility community has greatly benefited from the work of organizations like RESOLVE who work tirelessly to advocate for advanced treatment options, better support, and financial coverage for patients.

We invite you to enjoy a few photos of the conference below.

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How to Cope with Stress during Fertility Treatment

For those that undergo fertility treatment on their journey to parenthood, there are a number of stressors that can potentially impact your outlook. As you’ve already experienced difficultly conceiving, you have a medical condition preventing natural conception or you’re LGBT, you and your partner are already all too aware of how infertility can cause stress.

Now that you’re seeking treatment, this stress may change from “Will we ever conceive?” to “When we will conceive? Will treatment be successful? Can we afford this? Should we try another option?”

Fortunately, these questions can be answered by a trained fertility specialist. However, the stress that accompanies your journey is not as easily remedied. It’s essential that fertility patients practice coping techniques to help manage their stress levels and keep a healthy line of communication between you, your partner and your fertility doctor.

Patients should not worry that they are stressed out by fertility treatment – this is a very common experience and is frankly expected because your hopes and dreams now rely on the care and attention of a specialist. Fertility patients must shift their expectations for how they will build their families, and even as you begin treatment, it can take a long time to adjust to this line of thought. Give yourself permission to feel what you’re feeling, and then work on expressing these feelings to your partner, physician or a support group. It’s perfectly natural to be angry, disappointed and stressed when facing an infertility diagnosis – the key is to not bury these emotions and not to push past it as you undergo treatment.

One way that a lot of patients relieve stress is to learn as much information as they can about their particular fertility issue. We do advise that you not go overboard with statistics that are presented to you but that you collect a wide range of information and discuss your findings with a fertility specialist. A specialist will be able to differentiate between fact and fiction, and you’ll feel better if you know more about your fertility and treatment plan.

Fertility Solutions also encourages patients to join a fertility support group. Regardless of your stress level, a support group is an excellent opportunity that can allow patients to choose what they reveal while learning from others who are also going through the same situation.

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Fertility Solutions Celebrates its 4th Birthday

Lisa Fernandes and Dr. Moragianni celebrate our 4th birthday!

Lisa Fernandes and Dr. Moragianni celebrate our 4th birthday!

For the past four years, the physicians and staff of Fertility Solutions have dedicated themselves to providing a warm and compassionate environment for fertility treatment and care. We are a patient-centered practice, and we choose to focus on a more personal approach with our patients. On October 18, 2014 we celebrated our fourth year of helping to build families in the both the New England area and worldwide with our International Patient Program.

To help celebrate this achievement, Fertility Solutions doctors and staff members took the time to let us know their thoughts and what they are looking forward to in the future:

“As Fertility Solutions completes its 4th year of helping deliver the joy of parenthood to countless numbers of individuals, it is our opportunity to look back at our achievements and towards the future.

Fertility Solutions started as a hope that medicine and fertility care could be offered in a personalized manner. We previously practiced in an environment that every year, took us further and further away from out patients. Care in larger centers resulted in less personalized care and less physician contact. Fertility Solutions over these past 4 years has never compromised in meeting our goal to work closely with our patients who are going through fertility care. Our success over the past 4 years is second to none. I am proud of our center, proud of what we do and very grateful to all the individuals who have dedicated themselves to work alongside us.”

–   Dr. Anania, Founder & Partner

“As Fertility Solutions celebrates its 4th birthday this October we are reflecting on hundreds of incredible journeys towards parenthood, and excitedly look forward to many more years of helping patients build their families! Thank you for letting us share in your special moments!”

–   Dr. Moragianni

We were thrilled to receive balloons to celebrate the occasion.

We were thrilled to receive balloons to celebrate the occasion.

“I can’t believe it’s been four years already. My thanks to everyone—nurses, embryologists, medical assistants, administrative staff, Drs. Anania, Kowalik and Moragianni, and especially our patients – for making Fertility Solutions the very best place to work. It has been a joy working with all of you.”

–   Dr. Huang

“I am so thankful for the opportunity to work alongside so many wonderful people who are dedicated to provide the best infertility care for our patients.  As we approach our 4th anniversary I am truly proud of to have been part of the Fertility Solution’s role in the family building story for so many individuals and couples.”

–   Dr. Kowalik

A birthday cake!

A birthday cake!

“These past 4 years have flown by. Fertility Solutions is a true patient centered practice. I am so fortunate to have the privilege to work with so many dedicated professionals who truly care about patients and always put the needs of the patient first. I would have to say one of the most rewarding aspects is receiving letters and pictures from our patients with their beautiful results, reminding us of how lucky we are to do what we do every day.”

–   Nurse Sandra Khirallah

Enjoy even more birthday celebration photos below!

Drs. Huang, Kowalik and Anania cake photo (better)

Dr. Huang balloon photo

Dr. Huang and Dr. Anania balloon photo

FSOL staff photo for birthday

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