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Mindful : April 2013
Stacy Brindise, 30, was eager to have children. But after trying for several years to conceive, she and her husband, Mike, were still childless. Like millions of couples, the Brindises were faced with what doctors refer to as “unexplained infertility.” Couples diag nosed with unexplained infertility are typically active, health- conscious people of childbearing age who find themselves—for no appa rent reason—without a crib or a bottle in the house. Like ma ny, the Brindises followed a familiar route, first consulting doctors who recommended hormone treatment, which Stacy reluctantly decided to try. The arduous six-cycle program involved daily medications, self-administered hormone shots, a nd monthly intrauterine insemination with a catheter. But the Brindises still couldn’t get pregnant. Physicians next suggested that Stacy try in vitro fertilization. It would involve doses of medication, a considerable price tag (starting at $12,000), and increased chances of her having twins—factors that gave the couple considerable pause. Nothing had worked and it was time, Stacy decided, to change her approach. “ When people have a medical problem, everybody seems to jump right to drugs → $34B Americans spent nearly $34 billion out of pocket for alternative treatments in 2007, according to a National Institutes of Health sur vey. Health Care New & Improved A new generation of patients and doctors is changing the face of American medicine. It’s about more than curing disease now— it’s health for the whole person. Story by Emma Seppala Photographs by Cameron Wittig April 2013 mindful 35 health