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Womb woes: Clinics and doctors tackle infertility issues in a variety of ways

For her, as with many women struggling with infertility, the emotional journey takes it toll.

The good news is that professionals can help with those emotions when friends and family cannot.

In addition to understanding the physical battle with infertility, understanding the emotional toll that it can take can be daunting, but professionals know that learning about what it can do to a person emotionally is just as important as understanding the physical aspects. Today, men and woman turn to therapy, group support systems and holistic medicine.

"It is the patient's state of emotional health that can be a large factor working against them. When your body is in a state of stress -- physical or emotional -- different hormones and chemicals are released into the body which aren't ideal for achieving a pregnancy," said Larine Restive, embryologist and coordinator for Central New York Healing Arts in Latham.

CNY Fertility Center in Latham, and its partner CNY Healing Arts, work together to connect the physical and emotional aspects of fertility. They offer five programs and services to men and women that strive to meet the needs of their patients.

Dr. Robert Kiltz, the founder and director of CNY, said the center embraces a theory of integrative holistic infertility care, which takes care of the patient's whole condition, not just the physical symptoms. Maintaining a balance of mind, body and spirit helps patients become parents, said Kiltz.

The Circle of Hope support group meets monthly, and meetings often include guest speakers who educate patients on the benefits of certain therapy options. The topics discussed include yoga, acupuncture, adoption and miscarriages. Another program is Fertile Friends One-on-One Support, which matches up two patients who have similar personalities. The pairs write in journals, attend counseling and most important, form a bond of friendship. For many people, connecting with someone who is going through the same experience is an invaluable comfort, according to Restive.

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