The potential of assisted reproduction

Infertility comes as a surprise to most couples — approximately 10 to 15 percent face this challenge when they try to conceive.

“It is important to realize that infertility is more than just a physical condition; it involves emotional and social issues as well,” explains Frederick D. Sengstacke II, MD,, assistant professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology and Director of the InVitro Fertilization program which offers a range of assisted Reproductive Technologies. As one or more factors can contribute to Infertility, the first step is to interview the couple together. “We review all prior medical records in our diagnostic and treatment plans,” he says.

Some infertility is caused by the body’s hormone producing glands. Stengstack’s subspecialty — reproductive endocrinology — concentrates on diseases specific to reproduction. It’s a constantly evolving field, he adds, with advances for both men and women.

Upstate’s IVF clinic offers microsurgical techniques have been adopted to treat pelvic adhesions, tubal obstruction, endometriosis and fibroids.

Stengstack also treats women who are facing other medical challenges, such as cancer. “We also offer procedures for women to retrieve and save eggs before they have a treatment, such as chemotherapy. I would encourage any young woman who faces cancer treatment to talk about this option with her oncologist.”

Upstate’s Division of Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility was established in 1975 and is the first center of its kind in Central New York. To learn more about  fertility options, please call the Women’s Health Network  at 315-464-2756 or toll-free at 855-890-UWHN.