David A. Forstein, D.O.
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We offer you the best services for endocrine and infertility care in the southeast. Our clinic was established over 15 years ago and is staffed by world-class physicians and a caring and qualified staff. Our center and the associated In Vitro Fertilization program provide a full-range of medical and surgical options for patients in the Upstate and beyond.
Fertility Center of the Carolinas
At the Fertility Center of the Carolinas of Greenville Hospital System (GHS) University Medical Group, we know that treating infertility requires a full-circle approach.
Our fertility program is one of the most successful in the country, with assisted reproduction pregnancy rates that exceed the national average. We're here for you during this journey toward parenthood.
We believe that combining the latest medical knowledge and technology with a gentle, caring staff leads to these excellent results.
For more information or to schedule an appointment, contact us today.
Also, plan to join us for our monthly seminars that address infertility issues.
By the time Wilma Wagner first visited Fertility Center of the Carolinas, she had been through four failed in vitro fertilization (IVF) procedures, two unsuccessful intrauterine inseminations, countless tests and experimental reproductive drug therapies. In fact, just before her appointment with Dr. Bruce Lessey, the center's medical director, she learned that her fourth IVF had resulted in a dangerous ectopic pregnancy. The embryo had implanted and was growing in her fallopian tube instead of her uterus and had to be dissolved lest it rupture and potentially kill her.
"That was our lowest point," said Wagner, a 32-year-old Greenville native with a master?s degree in education. "I just felt so bitter, and even my husband Dave, who had been so strong through all of our struggles to start a family, wanted to give up. We just didn?t think we could handle any more emotionally."
But at their initial meeting, Dr. Lessey was "like a breath of fresh air" to the Wagners, who had been advised by other specialists to consider adoption, an egg donor or a family life without children. While she had always been the picture of perfect health ? normal weight, no history of surgeries or radiation, vegetarian diet "Wagner knew she had some problems with inflammation in her body. Discouraged by being told over and over again that there was no clear reason for her infertility, she embarked on her own research and found that endometriosis might be the cause of her inflammation and infertility problems. Whereas other doctors did not agree and said they could find no evidence of endometriosis, Dr. Lessey, an expert researcher on endometriosis and infertility, listened to Wagner and after studying her case, concurred that she likely suffered from endometriosis.
"He was the first doctor who respected what I had read and learned about my condition," Wagner said.
The path toward healing unfortunately started with a medical emergency. At her last appointment, Wagner had received an injection to dissolve her ectopic pregnancy, but unbeknownst to her, it did not work. She awoke one morning in excruciating pain. Dr. Lessey met her in his office's waiting room and after measuring her blood pressure, realized she was hemorrhaging from the pregnancy and ordered an emergency surgery.
While in the operating room, he discovered what he described to Wagner as one of the most extensive case of mild endometriosis he had ever seen. ?Because it was not thick enough to form a large cyst or fibroids, it didn't show up on any scans, but it was enough to prevent me from getting pregnant."
After she recovered from the operation, Wagner had renewed hope and was ready to try to get pregnant again.
She and her husband had two frozen embryos left from their earlier IVF efforts. In a decision guided by their Christian faith, the couple had committed early on that any embryos that were created as part of their quest to start a family would ultimately be used by them. While it was possible that without the endometriosis, Wagner could have conceived naturally, the couple proceeded with a fifth IVF procedure to give the remaining embryos their chance to grow.
In a joyous experience, Wagner learned she had conceived and the pregnancy was progressing normally. But she wasn't out of the woods yet. During a very stressful period early in her pregnancy, there was bleeding, and the couple thought they might lose one of the babies the weaker of the two embryos. Yet both babies held on for dear life, and today the Wagners are the proud parents of healthy twins, Grace and Daniel.-Wagner, Homemaker
- Our fertility program is one of the most successful in the country
- Our patients get individualized attention, with a focus on diagnosis before treatment
- Honest and caring doctors
- Latest infertility technology that is safe and on the cutting edge
- Quality care in a quality facility
Some of our most asked about procedures: In Vitro Fertilization (IVF), Egg Donation, Intrauterine Insemination (IUI), Ovulation Induction, Sperm Donation
Areas Served: Hendersonville, Asheville, Simpsonville, Taylors, Greer, Clemson, Laurens, Clinton, Saxon, Wellford