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Live Webinar May 12th: East Meets West: Fertility Treatment During a Pandemic

Dr. Mark Perloe
Mike Berkley, L.Ac., FABROM

Dr. Mark PerloeWebinar Tuesday, May 12, 2020, 7:00 PM ET: Register here.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dr. Mark Perloe earned his medical degree from Pennsylvania State University, Hershey Medical Center, and served his residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology at the University of Wisconsin. Dr. Perloe completed his fellowship in Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility at the University of Minnesota.

He has extensive experience treating conditions related to infertility including polycystic ovary syndrome, recurrent pregnancy loss, menstrual disorders, fibroids, male factor infertility, endocrine disorders, and other reproductive health problems. His patients have access to the latest in vitro fertilization techniques including fertility preservation, the use of donor eggs, donor sperm, and gestational surrogacy.

Dr. Perloe has served as principal investigator in numerous reproductive health research studies including innovative IVF treatments, ovulation induction, polycystic ovary syndrome, as well as investigational medications for the treatment of male erectile dysfunction. He has served as consultant and a task force member to the Women’s Initiative of the American International Health Association and was active in establishing the first approved endoscopy-training center in the former Soviet Union at the Russian National Institute of Women’s Health.

In 1986, he co-authored Miracle Babies and Other Happy Endings for Couples with Fertility Problems. Dr. Perloe is a frequent speaker at community and professional educational seminars, blogs regularly on Facebook, and has created a YouTube PCOS Awareness Channel.

Dr. Perloe has served as principal investigator in numerous reproductive health research studies and has served as a consultant and a task force member to the Women’s Initiative of the American International Health Association. Dr. Perloe has been an active participant educating consumers for more than two decades.

Mike Berkley, L.Ac., FABORM is the founder and director of The Berkley Center for Reproductive Wellness. Mike is licensed and acupuncture board-certified in New York State and also certified in Chinese herbology by the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine.

Mike graduated from The Pacific College of Oriental Medicine in New York in 1996, and he has been treating reproductive disorders since then. Berkley is the first acupuncturist/herbalist in the United States to work exclusively in the field of reproductive medicine.

He enjoys working in conjunction with some of New York’s most prestigious reproductive endocrinologists while delivering attention and treatments meeting fertility patients’ needs. Call (646) 832-4480 to schedule an initial appointment today.

Mike’s Personal Story

"I developed an interest in acupuncture and herbal medicine due to a very personal and difficult reason - infertility. My wife and I decided that we wanted to start a family soon after we got married. We tried and tried for two years before seeking the help of a reproductive endocrinologist. My wife was diagnosed with a bacterial infection and an autoimmune marker. At our follow-up examinations, we were “cleared” of all obstacles to conception and told to go home and “try.” We tried for another six months without success.

At this point, my wife sought out the help of an acupuncturist/herbalist who had some basic knowledge of reproductive issues. After treating with acupuncture and herbal medicine for six months my wife got nothing more than a regulated period. We were disappointed, then, the very next month, the miracle manifested! She was pregnant and she carried to term without a hitch. We had a beautiful 7.5-pound little tiger who is now a young man, healthy, happy, and productive! I was amazed, humbled, and enormously excited and gratified by the result which was yielded by what seemed like some hocus-pocus newfangled type of medicine, but it really worked.

It was then that I started to explore acupuncture and herbal medicine on my own. I had a curiosity to learn more. I couldn't believe it when I found out that this type of medicine had existed for 3,000 years and there are hundreds of medical texts dating back centuries on the subject of reproductive disorders and how to treat them.

I responded to an ad in the Village Voice for an open house at Pacific College of Oriental Medicine’s New York campus and left almost six years later with a degree in acupuncture and a National Board Certification in herbal medicine.

With license in hand, I devoted every free moment to studying Western medical and Chinese medical approaches to treating infertility. After years of study and clinical experience, I have been fortunate in that I have been able to develop my own unique acupuncture protocols and proprietary herbal formulas."

Fertility Treatment with Acupuncture

Acupuncture module

An E-Learning Module and educational project in conjunction with the Berkley Wellness Center.

New York Becomes Tenth State to Require Coverage of IVF and Sixth State to Require Coverage for Fertility Preservation for Certain Patients

A map of New York State emphasizing the New Mandate insurance companies to cover IVF treatment

Apr 01, 2019 
By: ASRM 
Origin: ASRM Bulletin Vol.22 No.1 

ASRM Bulletin Volume 22 Number 1

April 1, 2019 
 

New York lawmakers passed a budget measure late yesterday which updates the state’s existing infertility statute to include a requirement for health plans operating in the large group market (employers with 100 or more full-time staff) to provide coverage for three cycles of in-vitro fertilization. The budget measure also includes a provision requiring that patients at risk for iatrogenic infertility
be covered for fertility preservation services. 

Passage of the budget measure with these provisions caps a multi-year effort
on the part of ASRM and coalition partners including RESOLVE, the Alliance for Fertility Preservation, EMD Serono and Ferring Pharmaceuticals to pass the Fair Access to Fertility Treatment Act.  Inclusion of major pieces of FAFTA in the budget measure is a major victory for patients in New York and brings the state in line with current medical standards of care.

Provisions to lift the existing ban on surrogacy in the state were not included in the budget measure despite the hard work of other coalition partners. ASRM will continue to seek passage of The Child Parent Security Act via the regular legislative process. 

ASRM issued the following press release.

Washington, DC - The American Society for Reproductive Medicine (ASRM) applauds the news that New York has passed a long overdue update to the state’s infertility statute as part of its budget bill today.

“We are ecstatic that the leaders in New York have voted to require insurance companies who
participate in the large group market in the state to provide infertility coverage, including IVF and fertility preservation. This measure will allow many New Yorkers to get the health care treatment they need
in order to build their families. New York’s reproductive medical professionals wish to express our gratitude to Governor Cuomo and his staff for their leadership and to the champions in the legislature, Assemblywoman Aravella Simotas and Sen. Diane Savino, who have made access to this care a priority for New York families,” stated Peter Schlegel MD, President of the American Society for Reproductive Medicine.

Dr. Schlegel
went on to add, “We
are not done in New York yet, however. Having passed this vital measure to improve access to IVF treatments, we call on the leaders of the legislature to follow the Governor’s lead and reform New York’s antiquated laws pertaining to surrogacy, another vital therapeutic option for patients.”


 

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Republication or any other use of the contents of the Bulletin without permission is prohibited. To request permission to quote or excerpt material from the Bulletin, contact Sean Tipton at stipton@asrm.org.   

 

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Sean Tipton 
Ph: 202-863-2494 
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Eleanor Nicoll 
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2018 Full Speed Ahead

Not many outside of our community understand the losses we share or great joy when success comes. And by success that includes a live birth, an adoption or the resolution to live childfree.  So to all of you - for those who started out with us from the beginning in October 1994 through 2018, I wish you hope and success in the new year.   I'd like to send a special thank you to Chris and Amy Neuner, for permission to use their music from the off-broadway production of "Infertility A Musical Hard to Conceive". We took your pictures, cards and letters as well as some video clips and produced a music video. This is INCIID's  tribute to hope for 2018 and to all of you. Thank you for being part of the INCIID family and sharing your miracles and memories in order to give hope to those who still struggle with infertility and pregnancy loss. With INCIID you are never alone. 

Please enjoy "If I Had You"

If you have a story to tell, please email us.

IVF Scholarships from INCIID

"From INCIID the Heart" IVF Scholarship

2019 Scholarships will be reviewed on a rolling basis as they are received each month.

The InterNational Council for Infertility Information Dissemination (INCIID -- pronounced “inside”) has the first and only national program designed to help individuals and couples -- From INCIID the Heart -- It provides an  In Vitro Fertilization (IVF) Scholarship to those in need through donations of funds and treatment from professional members, and consumers.    

 "Infertility care is sometimes portrayed as ‘wealthy couples creating designer babies. But nothing could be further from the truth".  The From INCIID the Heart is an important step in helping to eliminate the barrier preventing many couples from having children.

There are at least 6-7 million infertile couples in the U.S., and of those, approximately two million are unable to conceive without IVF treatment.  The majority have no insurance coverage for IVF and its associated medications, which can range in cost between $18,000 and $25,000 per couple. And  EMD Serono supports the program with donations of ovarian stimulation medications.
 
INCIID continues to gain support for the scholarship from a number of respected IVF clinics in the U.S. to donate their expertise and state-of-the-art facilities for patients who do not have the financial resources. Thes generous reproductive centers support the INCIID mission to help patients build families where they may not have the opportunity without help. The program will cover most of the basic expenses incurred during an IVF cycle.

Couples with financial and medical need may be eligible for participation in the program. The criteria are simple: No insurance covering IVF, Financial Need and Medical Infertility (as defined by the American Society for Reproductive Medicine - ASRM).  Final committee selections and decisions take cost-of-living in different regions of the country into account, applicants who may have student loan debt and a variety of other situations. Each application is processed based on an individual needs assessment.   INCIID required applicants provide copies of their most recent tax returns (2 years) and pay stubs (2 consecutive and most recent pay cycles), and supply a letter from their doctor recommending IVF as medically necessary. Selected recipients partner with INCIID in agreement to fundraise a small amount. 
Our goal is to give those without insurance coverage for IVF an opportunity to fulfill their dream of becoming parents.

For more information and to apply: READ the FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions) FIRST. Once you read the FAQ, download the application located at the end of the FAQ.

* All recipient/finalist cycles are subject to a final medical review and determination on whether the donated treatment is appropriate for the recipient. INCIID  may make changes in policies, procedures, offerings, and requirements at any time. The fundraising agreement in no way guarantees a cycle of IVF.

The application process is on-going. If you want to be considered for the program, please read the FAQ first and then send us your application. Applications are reviewed throughout the year. Before you apply: Please get the latest version of Adobe Reader.

INCIID is grateful to EMD Serono. for their support of this program.