Couples struggling with infertility now have another place to reach out to for help thanks to a new partnership between Pinnacle Health and Reproductive Medicine Associates (RMA).
The new office, located in Hampden Township in the Fredricksen Outpatient Center on Technology Parkway, opened earlier this week. It's affiliated with RMA, which is based in Philadelphia.
A team of full-time reproductive endocrinologists will provide every type of fertility treatment including consultations, fertility evaluation, ovulation induction, in vitro fertilization and reproductive surgical procedures.
Dr. Benjamin Gocial says one in six couples struggles with infertility and their new office will allow them to get the help they need without traveling outside central Pennsylvania.
"Seeking help in a timely manner is one of the most important things," said Dr. Benjamin Gocial, who works at RMA of Central Pennsylvania. "All top often we see people wait one, two, even three years or more and unfortunately they lose a lot of time and opportunities."
Gocial says many couples may not even know they are infertile and offers a guideline of when you should seek medical help.
"If a couple is having unprotected intercourse and there is no conception in a year they should seek help. If the woman is over 35, they should shorten that interval to six months," said Gocial.
Heather and Eric Weber, of York, struggled with infertility for three years. They went through several treatments, miscarriages and hundreds of hours on the road traveling to a infertility treatment in Maryland.
"It just was a roller coaster ride of emotions," said Heather Weber.
The couple welcomed a baby boy, named Luke, on January 18, 2012. The family just celebrated Luke's first birthday.
"The day he was born, and I heard him cry it just brought back all the emotions that we went through, all of the sacrifice, and heart break. It just made it worth all that effort."
The Weber family is thinking about having another baby and were happy to hear they had another option.
"To have a local center is very exciting and I think that will be a good thing for many couples. We may check it out. It would be a closer option than traveling to Maryland," said Heather Weber.