UPDATE: Check out this follow up post for answers to all the questions below
tl;dr: We are trying something new. The team at Spring Fertility is offering their time to answer your questions about fertility, and anything else egg freezing, IVF or family planning related that’s on your mind.
More details on the what and the why:
I wanted to host this conversation for Elpha members because fertility comes up A LOT on Elpha since family planning is a complicated topic for everyone, and especially for those of us who are also invested in work. But I also have a personal reason for hosting this conversation: I’ve had a painful and difficult struggle with pregnancy and fertility over the last few years.
I wrote a post on Elpha a few years ago wondering “should I have kids?”, but it turned out the question for me was really “can I have kids?” This was a hard truth that I discovered shortly after launching Elpha as a startup in 2019 (when I was 33). Over the last few years, I’ve learned that there are a lot of people like me that discover later in the game that everyone has different amounts of success with egg freezing and IVF, and that getting and staying pregnant aren’t easy for us all. When I was younger I thought I didn’t want to have kids and no one urged me to get educated about my fertility despite that, and so I waited. As I got older I changed my mind about wanting kids. I pretty quickly discovered that I didn’t understand my own body and health, and that I would have made different choices had I been educated about my personal fertility situation earlier. It was a truly painful experience for me that I hope fewer people go through.
These days, every time I’m chatting with someone who is thinking about their fertility, I find myself urging them to learn more about their unique situation and to take the first steps with a doctor to understand their fertility so they can make informed decisions and plan accordingly. I WISH someone had urged me to do that much earlier on. So since this is a space where we support each other and share our personal experiences and lessons-learned, I wanted to do that with this very sensitive topic.
I worked with Dr. Klatsky at Spring Fertility and had a very positive experience. I felt like he was extremely candid and direct with me during our work together. I value both of those qualities a lot (as you know from our culture on Elpha). He and the Spring Fertility team are also a world-class fertility center by the numbers, so I wanted you all to have access to their knowledge and expertise. So without further ado, I’d like to introduce the Spring team and share more context for how this conversation will work. Also: We’ve asked the Spring Fertility team to offer a special Elpha members-only discount in case you would like to explore your fertility with them. They’ve generously said yes, so please look out for that in a subsequent post.
How this will work:
Spring Fertility is a best-in-class fertility center that puts patient care first. They believe everyone deserves to have a family if they want one. They’re a team of scientists, but they’re also spouses and parents and have been patients, too.
We’ve invited Dr. Peter Klatsky, co-founder and CEO of Spring Fertility, Dr. Catha Fischer, Medical Director at Spring NYC, and Dr. Monica Pasternak, Medical Director at Spring San Francisco to answer all of your questions about fertility, fertility preservation and IVF!
Dr. Klatsky is dual board-certified, in both Reproductive Endocrinology & Infertility, as well as Obstetrics & Gynecology. Prior to starting Spring Fertility, Dr. Klatsky also designed and founded Mama Rescue, a mobile phone application providing emergency transport for mothers seeking emergency medical care in western and central Uganda. He’s received numerous awards for his dedication to patient care.
Dr. Fischer graduated with honors from Washington University in St. Louis before attending the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai. She completed her residency at Yale-New Haven Hospital and then went on to complete her fellowship in Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility at Columbia University Medical Center-New York Presbyterian Hospital. Her personal ethos is that patients deserve exceptional clinical care and a compassionate patient experience.
Dr. Pasternak attended Columbia University where she majored in Middle East and South Asian Studies with a minor in Biology. Dr. Pasternak completed medical school at the University of Miami, where she also received her MBA, before going on to complete her Obstetrics & Gynecology Residency at Yale. Following residency, Dr. Pasternak completed her fellowship in Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility at Cornell.
Whether you’re just starting to think about your fertility, or you’ve already decided that you want to freeze your eggs or do IVF, we want to make sure that all your fertility questions are answered. Post your questions below. No question is too small or silly – remember: everyone is at a different point in their journey.
Submit your questions (can be posted anonymously, too) by June 18th. Drs. Pasternak, Fischer and Klatsky are then going to get together and write up thoughts and answers to your questions, which we will share with you in the coming weeks.