New IVF Treatment Discount for Wounded Veterans

Shady Grove Fertility heeds the call from America’s wounded veterans who have been without covered benefits for fertility treatment

Since the early 1990s, wounded veterans have not been eligible for fertility benefits. While Shady Grove Fertility has always provided special programs for veterans, a new initiative led by the American Society for Reproductive Medicine (ASRM) and the Society for Assisted Reproductive Technology (SART)—the two primary governing bodies of reproductive medicine—will provide even more treatment options for those in need.

military times logoIn an interview with Military Times, SART President Bradley Van Voorhis, M.D. said, “While we wait for Congress to act, our member clinics have chosen to try to improve the situation.” As the bill to reverse the treatment coverage ban continues to languish in Congress, ASRM, SART, and Shady Grove Fertility chose to move forward by creating the “Service to Veterans” program. Through the new program, more than 100 fertility centers all over the country have committed to adjust their rates for approximately 3,000 veterans whose wounds affect their spinal cords or reproductive systems.

Shady Grove Fertility Enthusiastically Supports New IVF Treatment Discount Program

In full support of the country’s veterans, Shady Grove Fertility—whose headquarters is located just outside Washington, D.C., with several offices in areas with strong military populations—has enacted the ASRM and SART initiative immediately offering this IVF treatment discount.

“These 3,000 service members have the best chance to build their families now, while they are still relatively young,” says Shady Grove Fertility reproductive endocrinologist Gilbert L. Mottla, M.D. “These men and women are our best and brightest. It is our honor to help them on their journey to parenthood,” Mottla adds.

Shady Grove Fertility Continues IVF Treatment Discount for Veterans with Military Discount Program

Shady Grove Fertility has always made affordable care for veterans a priority. SGF offers a Military Discount Program that gives all active duty and reservist men and women a 25 percent discount on a range of services including semen analysis, ultrasounds, and injection classes. Patients can also use the Military Discount Program for an array of treatments, from low-tech basic options like intrauterine insemination (IUI) to more advanced procedures such as in vitro fertilization (IVF). Building on this foundation of support for veterans and their families, Shady Grove Fertility says they are fully committed to supporting a 50 percent discount for wounded veterans through the Service to Veterans Program.

If you would like to learn more about Shady Grove Fertility’s exclusive financial programs or to schedule an appointment with a fertility specialist, please speak with one of our New Patient Liaisons at 877-971-7755. 

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Five Myths We Might Be Telling Ourselves about Seeking Infertility Counseling (And 5 Ways Infertility Counseling Can Help)

Couple looking to each other during therapy session while therapist watchesby Tara Simpson, Psy.D., Licensed Psychologist
Shady Grove Fertility Counseling Staff

Infertility is often one of the hardest obstacles most people have faced in their lives or relationship to date. The negative emotions, stress, and an overwhelming feeling of loss of control can often prevent those needing treatment to seek out or to continue with the very treatment they may need to overcome this obstacle. Here are five myths about seeking infertility counseling and five ways counseling may help you stay emotionally well throughout this process. 

Infertility Counseling Myth #1: I already talk about my fertility struggles too much and that doesn’t seem to help.  

While we can believe that we are repeatedly sharing our story of struggle, such as what treatment we are doing, shots we are taking, and/or the results of the latest tests, we often aren’t as candid with others about our true thoughts and feelings about these struggles. Therefore, while it feels like we are sharing a lot of facts, we aren’t actually processing the feelings (such as sadness, anger, and/or fear) that we may have about the process or outcomes of fertility treatment. Infertility counseling can be a safe and neutral place to discuss feelings and thoughts.

Infertility Counseling Myth #2: If I start really talking about my feelings and crying, I am afraid I will feel worse or my tears will never stop.

Contrary to what some believe, talking about how we feel doesn’t make us feel worse. We usually already feel really lousy; however, talking about how we feel allows us time to share as well as gain perspective. Infertility counseling can often provide new coping tools for how to deal with these feelings.

Infertility Counseling Myth #3: I should be able to handle this—I just need to relax and “get over it.

But why should you be able to handle this? Infertility isn’t something that we are taught to expect. Fertility treatment is a very stressful process that impacts us as an individual and couple. It isn’t just something we are struggling with in the current moment but also something that threatens our dreams for the future. It can also cause us to focus on the past with the “what if?” and “if only” thought processes. Infertility counseling can help you stay focused on the present so that you can feel more in control, while at the same time accept the current state of flux that your life is in.

Infertility Counseling Myth #4: Other people have worse problems than me.  

Sure. Some do. But this may be one of the toughest things you have had to face and it is difficult for you. Just because someone has seemingly worse things going on shouldn’t invalidate the stress and distress that you have. It can be helpful to be grateful for what we have in comparison to others who are burdened by more. However, it doesn’t help us to make ourselves feel worse simply because we judge our situation to be “less important.” The reality of infertility is that it can be stressful and it is essential to take care of yourself at this time.

Infertility Counseling Myth #5: The only thing that will make me happy is to get pregnant.

Well, absolutely. But we can learn to manage our emotions while we are on the journey. The purpose of talking to a qualified mental health professional who specializes in fertility issues is to help you cope with the process of fertility treatment. Our counselors will help you articulate the things you are worried about as well as help you make a plan for how you will endure while you are attempting to achieve that goal.

If you would like to learn more about our individual or couple’s psychological support services offered through Shady Grove Fertility or to sign up for a support group, please call  301-279-9030.

To schedule a new patient consultation at Shady Grove Fertility, please call 877-971-7755 or schedule an appointment online.

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How do you manage the stress of infertility?

Why is infertility stressful?

Most couples are used to planning their lives. They believe if they work hard at something, they can achieve it. So when they find it’s difficult to get pregnant, it can easily lead to a feeling of being out of control, which, for most people, is inherently stressful. To further compound the issue, infertility tests and treatments can be physically, emotionally, and financially demanding—one of the many reasons people experience high levels of stress and sometimes discontinue treatment.  Infertility can also cause strain on relationships, which can also be stressful.

In order to better cope with the stress of infertility, we offer these suggestions:

Recognize and validate the emotional aspects of infertility.

  • Take extra good care of yourself.
  • Exercise regularly to release physical and emotional tension.
  • Find ways to manage your emotions through journaling.
  • Participate in activities that you find enjoyable to take your mind off of treatment.
  • Be proactive—find the support you need.

Dr. Eric Levens from SGF’s Annandale, VA, office comments “It’s easy for us as clinicians to measure ovarian profile and sperm function, but it’s very hard to assess the impact stress may be having on your quality of your life.” It’s important for patients to understand the resources that are available to them and be proactive in seeking the type of support they need.

Take advantage of a wide array of support services.

Shady Grove Fertility offers patients a wide range of resources including support groups, online support communities, and educational articles on the topic of stress management. At Shady Grove Fertility, we provide psychological support services where individuals or couples can meet with a counselor before and during treatment to prepare for what to expect and to discuss coping strategies to better manage the stress and anxiety associated specifically with fertility treatments.

Consider complementary therapy to help reduce stress.

Many physicians recommend meditation and relaxation techniques to help reduce stress. Pulling Down the Moon, a Shady Grove Fertility partner, is a resource available to patients that takes a holistic approach to helping couples through the often stressful journey of preconception. Some of the many services they offer to patients include nutritional counseling, yoga, massage, and acupuncture.

  • For more information about Pulling Down the Moon’s services, please call 301-610-7755 or visit

And remember, there is no one “right” approach to managing stress. Find a solution that works best for you and your needs.

If you would like to learn more about our individual or couple’s psychological support services offered through Shady Grove Fertility, please call Sharon Covington at 301-279-9030.

To schedule a new patient consultation at Shady Grove Fertility, please call 877-971-7755 or schedule an appointment online.


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