Strong IVF Families to Gather on May 9
One of State’s Most Successful Fertility Programs
Brings Families Together at 17th Annual Reunion
May 05, 2003
Families from throughout upstate New York will return to the place where life began for their children as the Strong Fertility and Reproductive Science Center hosts its 17th Annual IVF Reunion on May 9.
The celebration reunites couples that have conceived children through in vitro fertilization (IVF) with other similar families as well as physicians, nurses and other staff from the program. Festivities are planned from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. in Helen Wood Hall on the University of Rochester campus.
In vitro fertilization is a method of achieving pregnancy by uniting an egg and sperm for fertilization outside a woman’s body. This creates an embryo that is later transferred into the woman’s uterus or fallopian tube, resulting in pregnancy. Couples from Rochester and across the state seek IVF services at Strong, whose success rates were recently cited in the Centers for Disease Control’s annual review of 383 IVF clinics across the country. In the most recent report, nearly half (46.5 percent) of the in vitro fertilization procedures started at Strong in 2000 for women under age 35 resulted in the birth a baby, compared to the national rate of 32.8 percent. For women ages 35 to 37, the success rate was 32.1 percent, compared to 26.7 percent nationally.
“We want the public and especially anyone facing infertility to know that it affects millions of families and that there are more options to treat infertility today than ever before,” said Vivian Lewis, M.D., director of the division of reproductive endocrinology and professor of obstetrics and gynecology at the University of Rochester Medical Center and Strong Memorial Hospital. More than six million couples in the United States experience infertility each year.
“Our annual reunion is a tangible way to see that there is hope for couples who may feel hopeless as they struggle to start a family. And, it is a wonderful opportunity to connect with so many of our families and for them to visit with one another and share their experiences. We find that many couples don’t realize the number of options available to help them achieve pregnancy and the tremendous amount of hope we can offer to couples who dream of having a family but are dealing with infertility,” Lewis added.
Established in 1984, the Strong Fertility and Reproductive Science Center has helped many couples have babies and has worked with countless others to cope with the emotional aspects of infertility. Last year alone, the Center cared for over 3,000 patients. For information about fertility services at Strong, call (585) 275-1930.